Congratulations to Michael Smith and Charity Gibson. They represented Clover Park Technical College at the All-Washington Academic Team ceremony in Olympia last month.
President John Walstrum, Vice President Lori Banaszak and Human Services instructor and Phi Theta Kappa leader Kathy Hathaway joined Smith and Gibson at the ceremony in show of support for their academic and community-related achievements.
Smith and Gibson were honored for their accomplishments and presented with a special medallion award by Dr. Walstrum. The lunchtime event honored 54 students from 31 community and technical colleges in the state.
‚ÄúI’m a first-generation college student in my family,‚Äù Smith said. ‚ÄúIt’s important to me to provide a good role model for my children and show them the importance of continued education and the benefits it can provide.‚Äù
The All-Washington Academic Team ceremony has become the showcase for Washington’s community and technical colleges because it honors academic high achievers, men and women who demonstrate a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities in which they live.
Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to recognize and honor two-year college students for their scholastic achievement and community and college service.
In 1994, state-level academic teams were introduced as a way to provide scholarships and scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges. Students nominated to the All-USA Academic Team are automatically named to their state team.
To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa at Clover Park Technical College, please contact Kathy Hathaway at (253) 589-5610.