Ivy Tech Community College students named to All-Indiana Academic Team

INDIANAPOLIS – Thirty-eight students from Ivy Tech Community College were named to this year’s All-Indiana Community College Academic Team at an event on March 17. The event was held at Shreve Hall in the Corrine and Steve Ferguson Academic Building at the Ivy Tech Bloomington Campus. The academic competition scores students on academic honors, activities including leadership and work experience, and an essay.

Phi Theta Kappa developed the All-USA Community College Academic Team to recognize high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Scholarship recipients were also announced at the event, which featured keynote speaker Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Trisha Norfleet, Ivy Tech Kokomo student, received a $5,000 scholarship from Follett Higher Education Learning Group and will be introduced at the American Association of Community College (AACC) Convention in New Orleans in April. Follett awards only twenty of these scholarships total to students nationwide. The All-USA program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending community college, with colleges being allowed to nominate two students for showing intellectual rigor and demonstrating academic achievement, leadership and civic growth. Norfleet was also recognized as a New Century Scholar, receiving an additional $2,000 for being recognized as one of the highest scoring students in each state. Judges consider academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom when scoring students.

Mikaela Dee, Ivy Tech Central Indiana student and Matthew Nelson, Ivy Tech Kokomo-Logansport student, have both been awarded $1,250 scholarships and have been named 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholars. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Both Dee and Nelson were recognized as Silver Scholars. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

The following Ivy Tech students received scholarships at the event:

  • $5,000 Follett Higher Education Group Scholarship winner: Trisha Norfleet
    • Norfleet is also one of 20 two-year college students named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team
  • $2,000 New Century Scholarship winner: Trisha Norfleet
  • $1,250 Coca-Cola Scholarship winner: Mikaela Dee
  • $1,250 Coca-Cola Scholarship winner: Matthew Nelson
  • $750 OneAmerica Scholarship winner: Mika Mosier
  • $750 OneAmerica Scholarship winner: Michelle Bunte

The following Ivy Tech students represent the All-Indiana Academic Team:

  • Elizabeth Cassady, Ivy Tech Community College, Anderson Campus
  • Jalin Bailey, Ivy Tech Community College Batesville, Campus
  • Whitney McCray, Ivy Tech Community College, Batesville Campus
  • Natchaya Luangphairin, Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington Campus
  • Brynn Parkinson, Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington Campus
  • Mika Mosier, Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus Campus
  • Maria Magana, Ivy Tech Community College, East Chicago Campus
  • Mackenzie R. Eickhoff, Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville Campus
  • Stephanie L. Taber, Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville Campus
  • Nikolaos Rivera, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne Campus
  • Dana Washington, Ivy Tech Community College, Gary Campus
  • Alison Breeze, Ivy Tech Community College, Hamilton County Campus
  • Jeremiah Lentz, Ivy Tech Community College, Hamilton County Campus
  • Eleanor Borley, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis Campus
  • Mikaela Dee, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis Campus
  • Gloria Turner, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis Campus
  • Rafael Molina, Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo Campus
  • Trisha Norfleet, Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo Campus
  • Sarah Merryman, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette Campus
  • Natalie Shields, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette Campus
  • Michelle Bunte, Ivy Tech Community College, Lawrenceburg Campus
  • John Romeo, Ivy Tech Community College, Lawrenceburg Campus
  • Ruth Martinez Sanchez, Ivy Tech Community College, Logansport Campus
  • Matthew Nelson, Ivy Tech Community College, Logansport Campus
  • Danielle Harvey, Ivy Tech Community College, Madison Campus
  • Jennifer Bilbrey, Ivy Tech Community College, Marion Campus
  • Ruth Nangle, Ivy Tech Community College, Michigan City Campus
  • Clinton Sandlin, Ivy Tech Community College, Michigan City Campus
  • Brendan Bow, Ivy Tech Community College, Muncie Campus
  • Michele Clemons, Ivy Tech Community College, Peru Campus
  • Maria Conley, Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg Campus
  • Kimberly Wrigley, Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg Campus
  • Kristina Concepcion, Ivy Tech Community College, Terre Haute Campus
  • Matthew Fash, Ivy Tech Community College, Terre Haute Campus
  • Gwendolyn Kozak, Ivy Tech Community College, Valparaiso Campus
  • Hanna Standerski, Ivy Tech Community College, Valparaiso Campus
  • Adam Boyle, Ivy Tech Community College, Warsaw Campus
  • Jessica Wienhorst, Ivy Tech Community College, Warsaw Campus

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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