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Five SCC students honored

SCC's PTK honorees, front row, from left: Destiny Worthey, Megan Beaner and Shayla Wissler. Back row, from left: Monte Rice, SCC President Dr. Paul Illich and Andrew Henrichs.

Five students from Southeast Community College were among 25 honored Tuesday as members of the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa All-Nebraska Academic Team.

The event took place at The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln.

SCC students honored each received $1,000 scholarships from PTK, the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs.

Shayla Wissler, a Pawnee City native, also was named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar and received an additional scholarship in the amount of $1,250.

The four other SCC students honored are Megan Beaner from Lincoln, Destiny Worthey from Humboldt, Andrew Henrichs from Odell, and Monte Rice from York.

Gov. Pete Ricketts spoke to the All-Nebraska Academic Team and handed out their medals and certificates. He told them to always remember their roots.

"I want you to know that I want you back here in Nebraska," Ricketts said. "Bright, young folks like you will help us grow this state."

Wissler was the featured speaker for SCC. She graduated in December and is pursuing a nursing career. She was inspired to go into the health field when her father was sick.

"He told me I would be one of the best nurses someday, and SCC was the perfect place for me to start my career," Wissler said. "SCC was my home, creating friendships to last a lifetime."

She is taking pre-health classes at SCC and will transfer to University of Nebraska at Kearney to continue her education.

Beaner is in the Radiologic Technology program and will transfer to the University of Nebraska Medical Center to obtain a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy.

Henrichs is in the Building Construction Technology program with a certificate in Business Administration. He plans to start his own construction business.

Rice is in the Architectural-Engineering Technology program who plans to transfer to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Worthey is in the Academic Transfer program and also plays on the softball team. She will transfer to Peru State College to pursue an education degree.

In order to qualify for the scholarships, students must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average and be a member of PTK. Two-hundred scholarships are given out each year from the honor society.

PTK's purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students and provide growth and development through leadership and service.

Ryan Purdy, president of Mid-Plains Community College and emcee of the event, congratulated the students for their accomplishments.

"Community colleges really shape Nebraska," he said.


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