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OCC Students Named to PTK All-Illinois Academic Team

PTK All-Illinois Team PhotoTwo Olney Central College students have been named to the All-Illinois Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa, the international two-year college honor society.

Torri Frye, of Sumner, and Jaclyn Shan, of Olney, were selected from among community college students across the state on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and service work. Both students were recognized for their accomplishment, receiving a medallion and certificate at the annual Phi Theta Kappa Banquet on April 4 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield.

The All-Illinois Academic Team is sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges. It honors outstanding community college students who show intellectual rigor in their course of study, demonstrate academic, leadership and civic growth and extend their community college   education to better themselves, their schools and their communities.

To qualify, nominees must be PTK members, have a minimum 3.5 GPA, be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and actively engage in the school and community.

“I just want to thank my parents and my family, my teachers, and my entire OCC family; without them, I wouldn’t be the student or the person that I am today,” Frye said. “It’s an honor to represent my school and my family in this way. I am so blessed.”

After graduating in May, Frye will transfer to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn., to complete her bachelor’s degree. She plans to pursue a doctorate degree in English literature and eventually serve as an English professor.

In addition to her academic team selection, Frye has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar. She is the only student in Illinois to receive the $1,500 scholarship, which is administered by PTK.

Shan, who also will graduate in May, currently serves as presidents of both the PTK and Phi Beta Lambda chapters at OCC.

Shan will transfer to Eastern Illinois University to complete a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also plans to obtain a master’s of business administration degree, with an accountancy concentration and to pursue a career as a certified accountant.

“Opportunities like the PTK All-Illinois Academic Team have made me grateful that I chose to begin my educational career at Olney Central College,” Shan said. “It is an honor and a privilege to represent OCC at the state level.”

Frye and Shan were nominated for the All-Illinois Academic Team by Olney Central College PTK Alpha Theta Eta Advisors Laurel Cutright and Amie Mayhall. Both students completed a vigorous application process.

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