FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 20, 2007
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: Chris Snyder, Media Assistant
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File: PTK – All Academic
Mendocino College Students
selected to Academic Team
Ukiah, CA - Out of two Mendocino College student nominees for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-USA Academic Team, both have been chosen for the All-California Academic Team.
The PTK International Honor Society and USA Today sponsor the award.
Laura Bartlett (at left) from Redwood Valley and a 2004 Ukiah High School graduate was selected third team, while Stephen Frochen, also from Ukiah, was second team.
Bartlett and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Jason Edington, along with Mendocino College Dean of Student Services, Donald Moore, attended a rewards luncheon on March 29 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, CA.
The All-USA Academic Team is a prestigious award whereby 60 students from around the country are selected to one of three teams. Every community college across the United States may nominate two students.
In order to be nominated, a student must meet certain requirements such as units completed and a high GPA.
Extra-curricular and community activities are also considered.
Mendocino College instructor Jason Edington sent out the nominee criteria to every Mendocino College professor asking for their recommendations. As the advisor for Phi Theta Kappa at the college and as a former All-USA nominee and All-California team member, he is familiar with the process.
“The same names seemed to keep coming back to me from our professors and their recommendations. Laura and Stephen represent the best of Mendocino College students from GPA to community service,” Edington said.
Bartlett, an honors student with a 3.93 GPA, is currently majoring in Spanish and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Bartlett hopes to fulfill her desire of attending medical school.
As a full-time student, Bartlett is also involved with the women’s softball team and is a cast member in the musical Grease.
Bartlett’s extracurricular activities include annual trips to Mexico with her church to build homes, peer tutoring in biological sciences and Spanish and volunteering as a children’s club leader at her local church where she mentors children in K-2nd grade.
“This is an overwhelming amount of praise and I don’t think I deserve it. I am very honored to be nominated by my instructors,” Bartlett said.
Prior to attending Mendocino College, Frochen was in the Air Force. Frochen is currently majoring in Environmental Engineering at the University of Cal Poly – San Louis Obispo. Frochen has volunteered in the community, with churches and worked at Yokayo Elementary.
“Stephen is a very compassionate person and is always positive with people. He works hard to improve the world,” Edington said.
Created: April 23, 2007 @ 08:47 AM
Last Modified: April 23, 2007 @ 08:56 AM