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SCC students honored for academic achievements

(L-R) Liz Haase, Jesse Carias and Elizabeth Tomky stand with SCC President, Dr. Paul Illich

Three Southeast Community College students were among dozens who were honored for their academics, leadership and service Tuesday during a ceremony in downtown Lincoln.

The Phi Theta Kappa All-Nebraska Academic Team honors took place April 18 at Embassy Suites. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship.

SCC students Elizabeth Tomky of Lamar, Jesse Carias of Columbus and Elizabeth Haase of Milford received scholarships from PTK, the international honor society of two-year colleges. All six of Nebraska’s community colleges participate in PTK activities.

Tomky attended SCC’s Beatrice Campus as an Academic Transfer student and will pursue a degree in dental hygiene through the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

“Overall SCC is very important to me, because I made such good friends and had such great instructors,” she said. “Everyone was very supportive.”

Carias, also an Academic Transfer student at Beatrice, will start SCC’s Practical Nursing program and hopes to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“My future occupation is to be a traveling nurse or a nursing educator,” Carias said.

Haase, who attended SCC’s Milford Campus, studied Business Administration. She plans to move to Colorado after graduation and work in the restaurant industry.

“Anyone can obtain success if they try hard and believe in themselves,” she said.

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

Courtney Dentlinger, director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, was the featured speaker. Dentlinger encouraged students to stay in their home state, where jobs are plentiful.

“You are the future of Nebraska, you are going to take our state to the next level,” she said.

SCC President Dr. Paul Illich provided opening remarks and congratulated students for taking part in Phi Theta Kappa and participating in extracurricular activities during college.



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