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ICC's Altenreid, Atkas, Faller, Mabry named Students of the Month

ICC's Altenreid, Atkas, Faller, Mabry named Students of the Month

(left to right), Students of the Month, Corgan Faller, Katrina Altenreid, and Elif Sena Aktas, all Sophomores at Independence Community College. Not pictured, Bradon Mabry.

Independence, Kansas—March 8, 2018 – Independence Community College (ICC) Students Katrina Altenreid, Corgan Faller, Elif Sena Aktas, and Bradon Mabry have been chosen as Independence Community College’s Students of the Month for January and February.

Altenreid is a sophomore from Coffeyville, Kansas. She is pursuing a degree in History with plans to minor in Philosophy. She is a mother to five wonderful children and works in the college’s library. Altenreid is also an active member in her church.

Katie is an exceptional student for this reason: it is difficult to remember that she is a student.  Katie functions as an assistant instructor in the best sense of the term, said her Public Speaking and Philosophy teacher, Jared Wheeler. “She activates other students, advances the conversation and addresses the deepest questions within a lesson.” 

Faller, also a sophomore at ICC, is from Independence, Kansas. Faller is a proud member of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and AmeriCorps. As an Art major, Faller hopes to become a storyboard artist/illustrator. 

“Corgan is someone every teacher would enjoy having in class,” said his math instructor, Allen Shockley. “He is conscientious, punctual, and very hard-working and he always turns in high quality work.”

Aktas, another sophomore at ICC is from Mersin, Turkey. She is a member of the women’s basketball team and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Atkas works as a resident assistant and peer tutor for the college and serves on the college’s Student Government. Atkas is a computer science major who hopes to work with aid agencies across the globe when her basketball career is over.

Sena is an amazing student, exemplifying many of the qualities an instructor adores: she goes above and beyond on assignments; she is always willing to help others, and she has a great sense of humor,” said PTK sponsor, Brenda Sanchez.

Mabry is also a sophomore at ICC. Mabry is from Rogers, Arkansas and is a member of the ICC baseball team and the PTK Honor Society. He is a proud recipient of the Henry and Elsie Brost Scholarship through the ICC Foundation and is pursuing a degree in exercise science. Mabry hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon in the future.

The Student of the Month Award was established by ICC faculty to recognize full-time students currently enrolled at ICC who have exhibited qualities of excellence both in the classroom and in the community. 

The ICC Foundation honored each student with a $100 check for their accomplishments.