METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS HONORED IN JEFFERSON CITY

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METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS HONORED IN JEFFERSON CITY

Jefferson City, Missouri – April 8, 2015.  Five Metropolitan Community College students were honored by the Missouri Community College Association today in Jefferson City.  The students were named to the All-Missouri Academic Team, an honor bestowed on the state’s top community college students.  The students honored include:

Jakob Ganschow.  Mr. Ganschow is currently majoring in sociology and philosophy with plans to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale. He is the recipient of many honors including the Dean’s Honor List, Student Excellence in the Social Sciences Award, and served as Phi Theta Kappa chapter president.

Gage Borgfield. Mr. Borgfield, a political science major, plans to become an attorney specializing in criminal law. He has been involved in many college activities including Phi Theta Kappa, the Honors Program, and Kappa Tau and has been on the Dean’s honor roll.

Mr. Borgfield is also a Gold Scholar Award recipient from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.  Each year the foundation honors the 150 highest-scoring All-USA Team members from around the country by presenting them with gold, silver, or bronze medallions and a stipend.

Jacqueline Vernon. Ms. Vernon, a business major, plans to work in finance for a public school district. She sits on the leadership team for Phi Theta Kappa – Kappa Tau, and she volunteers at Wayside Waifs and with Relay for Life in Lee’s Summit.

Ms. Vernon is also a Bronze Scholar Award recipient from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.  Each year the foundation honors the 150 highest-scoring All-USA Team members from around the country by presenting them with gold, silver, or bronze medallions and a stipend.

Julie Hamilton. Ms. Hamilton is working toward her nursing degree from MCC, and will transfer to the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she will pursue a career as an RN. She has been involved in many college activities including Phi Theta Kappa. Honors she has received include honor roll, dean’s honor roll, the Fran and Wally Good Reentry Scholarship, the President’s Scholarship for Returning Students, and the Penn Valley Memorial Fund Scholarship.

Lina Khalaf. Ms. Khalaf is currently pursuing an associate of arts degree and plans to transfer to UMKC with a career goal of becoming a surgeon. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Bloch Scholarship, and the TRIO Program.

Each student received a scholarship made possible by a donation from MOHELA, the state’s not-for-profit secondary market lender and servicer in the student loan industry.

Photos of the honorees receiving their awards will be posted on the Missouri Community College Association’s Facebook page.

The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas.  MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.

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