Congratulations to Kayla Blunt and Deborah Davis; they are Bay College's representatives on the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Michigan Academic Team. They will be recognized on March 15 at an awards luncheon in Lansing hosted by the Michigan Community College Association which honors Michigan community college honor students.
Kayla Blunt is currently a Computer Information Systems double major at Bay College with a 3.85 GPA, and is planning on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science then a master’s in Computer Forensics. She will receive both of her Associate in Applied Science degrees this spring. When she isn’t at home racing cars with her son, she is working in the Information Technology department at Bay College strengthening her interpersonal and problem-solving skills, allowing her to offer the best support for technology related problems in this high-tech age. Kayla is also heavily involved with TRiO. As a peer mentor, tutor, and student in the program, she works closely with students like her to help them obtain the resources, skills, and confidence others may not have when attending college.
Deborah Davis is a non-traditional student who has returned to Bay College to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. A dream that began when she was in high school will be fulfilled when she graduates in December 2017. After twenty-eight years of marriage, raising four children, and moving halfway across the country, Deborah saw the loss of her job through the closure of the business as a “when a door closes, a window opens” moment. She decided that this may be her opportunity to return to school to finally get her nursing degree. Deborah had a lot of self-doubt about being able to handle the rigor of college coursework, but she quickly learned that she was capable of excelling in the classroom. She has been class representative for her nursing cohort throughout her academic career, and helped to plan and put on a Community Health Fair. Deborah believes in giving back to the community in which she lives. She has donated hundreds of hours to local organizations including the local animal shelter, the local amateur hockey association, Salvation Army, Relay for Life and many other small organizations that benefit the community.
Students are selected based on academic achievement, community service involvement and leadership accomplishment. All-state team members have the opportunity to be named to the All-USA Team, and may receive stipends from USA Today and Coca-Cola.
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, MS, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and throughout the world. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually.