Two MSJC students Take Top Honors as Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars

April 9, 2014
Two Mt. San Jacinto College students received the Gold and Silver 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholar awards. 
 
Maureen Njuguna of San Jacinto was named a 2014 Gold Scholar and Wayne Bauwens of Menifee was selected as a 2014 Silver Scholar.
 
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. Gold Scholars receive a $1,500 scholarship and Silver Scholars receive a $1,250 scholarship. As Coca-Cola Scholars, Wayne and Maureen received a special medallion.
 
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Academic Team scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.
 
Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.
 
Maureen and Wayne are joined on the All-California Academic First Team by fellow MSJC student Kelly-Anne DeAngelis.  MSJC student Ivelisse Porroa-Garcia was named to the All-California Third Team. MSJC was one of only two community colleges with four students on the team. A total of 40 colleges and 76 students were ranked on the teams this year.
 
“Year after year, Mt. San Jacinto College students continue to rank on the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa All-California Team,” said Dr. Roger Schultz, MSJC Superintendent/President. “I am proud of these students for reaching such high academic standards. Achievements like these can only happen with dedicated administrators and faculty like Dr. Ketmani Kouanchao and Dr. Nick Reeves, whose efforts keep our Phi Theta Kappa chapter strong and focused on our students’ success.”
 
Last year, Shayla Esarey, Clarice Gerbl, Nik Warren and Sarah Stebbings made history when all four were selected for the First Team during the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Community College Academic Team awards.
 
In 2012, Amy Bartel was one of four MSJC students selected for the 2012 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Community College Academic Teams. Amy went on to receive the New Century Scholar award. Only one student in each state is selected for this prestigious award.
 
“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.”
 
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.
 
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From left to right are: MSJC instructor Nick Reeves, Kelly-Anne DeAngelis, Wayne Bauwens, Maureen Njuguna, and Ivelisse Porroa-Garcia