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WKCTC Students To Receive Honors on May 9 Includes All-USA Academic Team Members

Michelle JacksonChelsea Rollins

Chelsea Rollins and Michelle Jackson will be among ninety-seven students to be recognized at West Kentucky Community and Technical College honors ceremony on Friday, May 9 at 6 p.m. in the Clemens Fine Arts Center on the WKCTC campus.


Rollins of McCracken County and Jackson of Marshall County were selected for the 2014 All-USA Community College Academic Team, each receiving a scholarship and medallion. They were two of only twenty students in the nation to be chosen for the award, which is presented each year by USA TODAY and administered by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

The award is presented to exceptional students at the nations community colleges with consideration of grades, academic rigor, growth and how well the students use their education to benefit their schools and communities.

Both Rollins and Jackson said its a privilege to be chosen for the All-USA Academic Team and proud of their accomplishments at WKCTC and excited about their educational futures.

I never thought that my participation in community and campus events would lead to such a prestigious recognition; I just wanted to serve others, said Jackson. Rollins agreed whole-heartedly. Winning this award has been such a honor in my academic endeavors. I am truly grateful for the opportunities this award has provided me and the promising future it has influenced in my life both professionally and personally.
2011 brought many changes for Jackson. Her husband graduated from WKCTC and was hired at a local hospital and she was laid off from yet another office job. I realized quickly that continuing my education was not only an important example for my three children, but it would also allow me to be more competitive in the workforce, although entering college at the age of 35 was more than intimidating.

Jackson didnt think she would do well in school, but in her first semester she earned a 4.0 GPA. Then I knew I could do it; and its been my goal every semester. Now just two years later, Jackson is graduating in May with an Associate in Applied Science degree in office system technology with plans to continue her education in business administration.
Rollins initial thoughts of college were pessimistic with ideas riddled with doubt and hesitancy. WKCTC made me fall in love with the idea of education, self-improvement, and furthering my education in order to achieve my life goals, Rollins said. As clich as it might sound, WKCTC is what restored hope in myself and my goals and that through hard work and support those goals and dreams are attainable.
Rollins, who has also been named a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar, plans to transfer Murray State University to pursue a bachelors degree in international affairs and possibly join the Peace Corps before continuing her education in the future.

Rollins and Jackson will receive the All-USA Community College Academic Team award at the honors ceremony on May 9.

These students have earned the following honors. They are listed by county residence.

Ballard County
Reid Foster Excellence in Engineering Technology
Jennifer McManus - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior College
Todd Riley - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Pamela Russell - Medical Information Technology Academic Excellence - Medical Administrative
Rhonda Turner - Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant - Clinical Achievement Award

Caldwell County
Rebecca Burdon - Academic Excellence in Dental Assisting
Stefanie Hicks - Medical Information Technology Academic Excellence - Medical Coding
Kristen Patterson - Culinary Arts Outstanding Student
Whitney Ray - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Nathan Wurts - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges

Calloway County
Christy Carraway - Outstanding Surgical Technology Clinical Achievement Award
Whitni Cobb - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Markie McClure - Outstanding Radiography Student Award

Carlisle County
Michael Copeland - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Jeremy Gipson - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges

Graves County
Kelsey Bennett - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Corey Blake - Mathematics Honors Award
Heather Brown - R.N. Nightingale Award; Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Tony Ellegood - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Megan Gore - Excellence in Clinical Laboratory Technology
William Holshouser - Computer Information Technology Outstanding Student Award
Ashley Keen - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
James Lawerence - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Kelly Lunsford - Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology- Certificate of Excellence
Megan O'Neill - Outstanding Phlebotomy Student Award
Janna Tyler - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Sean Vaughn - Excellence in Marine Technology
Corey Whitenton - Mathematics Honors Award
Angela Whitis - Academic Excellence in Dental Hygiene; Dental Hygiene Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award

Henderson County
April Brown - Academic Excellence in Dental Assisting

Hickman County
Lisa Pyle - Outstanding Surgical Technology Academic Achievement Award

Livingston County
Kristen Lindsey Paducah School of Art amp; Design Excellence in Visual Arts

Lyon County
Brandi Story - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges

Marshall County
Michelle Jackson - All-USA Academic Team; Office Systems Technology Academic Excellence; Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Carolyn Lamm - Chemistry Achievement Award
Emily Langhi - LPN Nightingale Award
Courtney Little - Outstanding Clinical Achievement in Pharmacy Technology
Natalie Lyles - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Rachel Mahoney A Certificate for Excellence in Theatre Arts Performance
Sarah Martin - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Maribel Phelps - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Seth Trammell A Certificate for Excellence in Physics
Brandon Turner - Outstanding Overall Cosmetology Student
Svitlana Vityukova - Advanced Nursing Assistant Honor Award

McCracken County
Whitney Aspery - KCTCS All-Academic Team; A Certificate for Excellence in Communications; Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Joshua Ayers - Mathematics Honors Award
Trinia Bailey - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Catherine Blair - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Samantha Brazzell - A Certificate of Excellence in Foreign Language: Spanish
Jackie Brown, Jr. - Excellence in Clinical Laboratory Technology
Tanika Brown - Outstanding Phlebotomy Student Award
Samantha Byerly - LPN Nursing Academic Achievement
Michael Carpenter - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Brandi Cash - Outstanding Clinical Cosmetology Student
Katharine Coale - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Eritrea Cooper - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Manuel Deng - Outstanding Academic Achievement in Pharmacy Technology
Melissa Fierro - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Zachary Everhart - A Certificate for Excellence in Biology
Aaron Garrett - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Arjana Gjergji - Outstanding Achievement in: Business Administration Accounting
Britany Goff - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
William Graves - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Dorina Hale - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Carol Hoffmann - KCTCS All-Academic Team; Computer Information Technology Outstanding Student Award; Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Justin Jackson - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Lisa Murphy-Jones - Culinary Arts Outstanding Student; Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Lilly Kaler - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Nicole Lazarevic - RN Nursing Academic Achievement; Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Genna Melone - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Robert McNail - A Certificate for Excellence in Student Support Services; Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Michael Powell, Jr. - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Ronald Remien - Construction Technology Outstanding Student
Chelsea Rollins - All-USA Academic Team; A Certificate of Excellence in Social Science
Joanna Rowland - Outstanding Achievement in: Business Administration Management
Shanden Simmons Paducah School of Art amp; Design Excellence in Visual Arts
Tiffany Smith - Medical Information Technology Academic Excellence - Medical Administrative
Zachariah Strahan - Outstanding Achievement in Business Transfer; Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Anna Word - A Certificate of Excellence in Education: Elementary
Jared Yetter - A Certificate for Excellence in Theatre Arts - Technical

Trigg County
Hunter Allen - Excellence in Electrical Technology

GEORGIA
Hall County

Timothy Ader - Excellence in Marine Technology

ILLINOIS
Massac County

Casey Harris - Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
Addam Holder - A Certificate for Excellence in Criminal Justice

TENNESSEE
Obion County

Jamie White - Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Academic Achievement Award