Independence, Kansas – January 4, 2018—Two Independence Community College (ICC) students, Jackie Zimmerman and Sebastian Henderson, were recently nominated to the All-USA Community College Academic Team as outstanding members of the Beta Omega chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society for their leadership and commitment while attending ICC.
The All-USA Academic Team is a merit award based on a student’s accomplishments. It recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.
Zimmerman is a sophomore at ICC from Yates Center, KS. She currently serves as treasurer of the Student Chapter of National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA) and fundraising chairperson of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In addition to these duties, she also works as a chemistry work study student as well as Big Cheese Pizza in Independence. In addition to her recent nomination to the All-Kansas Academic team, her honors include being a multiple time honor-roll recipient and ICC Foundation’s Griffin family scholarship recipient. She plans to pursue a career as a park ranger or conservation officer.
Henderson, also a sophomore, came to ICC from Neosho, MO. He is a member of the Jazz Band and ICC’s speech and debate team. He also serves as president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and works as a peer tutor in ICC’s tutoring center. In addition to his recent nomination to the All-Kansas Academic team, his honors include being a multiple time honor-roll recipient and being awarded the ICC Foundation’s Geckeler scholarship. He plans to pursue a career in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related field.
ICC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisor, Brenda Sanchez, says that Zimmerman and Henderson are dedicated students.
“Not only do they put forth their best effort all the time, but they do so as leaders in the campus community,” said Sanchez. “In particular, their leadership within the Beta Omega chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has allowed the organization to grow in both quantity and quality over the last two years.”
Both honorees will have the opportunity to be recognized on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the 22nd annual All-Kansas Academic Team Phi Theta Kappa recognition ceremony and luncheon.
Nominees to the All‐USA Academic Team may also be considered for the Coca‐Cola Academic Team, New Century Pathway Scholarship programs, and All‐State Academic Teams where applicable.