2016 Trinidad State News

Trinidad high school student gets college award

Trinidad Campus / March 16, 2016 / Written by Greg Boyce


The 18th Annual All-Colorado Academic Team Induction Ceremony and Awards Luncheon that honors the top high-performing community service oriented students from 14 Colorado community colleges was held March 9 at the Denver Athletic Club’s Grand Ballroom. The honorees each represented their college’s chapters of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society and had been selected as being the “best of the best” from their respective institutions. Recognizing the academic achievement of two-year college students, PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education. Trinidad State chose to honor Dusty Meyers.

Though still in high school, Meyers is in her third year of concurrent classes at Trinidad State Junior College. She’s a junior at Rocky Mountain Digital Academy and also plays in the band at Trinidad High School. She enjoys most kinds of music, but classical is her favorite. Someday she wants to be a composer. She plays the piano, trumpet and several percussion instruments. She’s on track to receive three associate’s degrees in May, but won’t graduate from high school until 2017. She joined PTK because she thought it would be a great opportunity, especially for someone of her young age. She was accompanied by Trinidad State Biology Instructor Cliff Wiening.

Thirty-two outstanding community college students from across the state were inducted into the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team. The event was emceed by Colorado Community College System President Nancy J. McCallin, Ph.D. and honorees were inducted into the team by State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Chair Richard E. Martinez, Jr. An inspirational keynote address filled with wisdom about realizing one’s potential in the face of humble beginnings was given by the President of Comcast Corporation’s $14 billion-a-year-revenue-generating West Division.

As the highest rated of those gathered, Cecilia Lee of Arapahoe Community College received the Colorado “New Century Scholar Award” and will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Coca-Cola Foundation. Lee will be honored in again in April at the annual American Association of Community Colleges national convention.

Additionally, all 32 students received scholarships from Johnson & Wales University and Regis University.

The event was made possible by the Credit Union of Colorado with support from the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges and the Colorado Community College System. Motorola provided commemorative gifts for the honorees. Attendees included nearly three dozen members of the Colorado General Assembly, the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, the Foundation for Community Colleges board, senior staff of the Colorado Community College System, community college presidents, community college PTK advisors and student guests.

To be eligible to belong to the PTK honor society, students must complete at least 12 hours of associate degree coursework and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Colorado’s first PTK chapter was chartered in 1932 and today there are nearly two dozen active chapters in the state. More than 60,000 Colorado Community College students have been inducted over the last 98 years.

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