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Highland Students Join Kansas All-Academic Teampublished February 16, 2015
Highland Students Join All-Kansas Academic Team
Two Highland Community College students joined over 50 of their peers as members of the All-Kansas Academic Team during in Topeka during the Nineteenth Annual Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon. Thaina Dos Santos Jensen (Topeka) and Krista Wilgers (Palmer) joined other Kansas community college students representing the state's 19 community colleges and a private two-year college for the ceremony. The 2014-15 All-Kansas Academic Team is sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents.
During the luncheon, those in attendance heard from Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, who shared with them to internalize the special recognition they were receiving and to use that recognition as the base to follow opportunities and achieve their goals.
Dos Santos Jensen and Wilgers were selected by the faculty at the College to represent Highland as members of the All-Kansas Academic Team. Jensen, a psychology major from Topeka, holds a grade point average of 3.6 and plans to transfer to Washburn University when she graduates from Highland in the spring. She is Highland’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter president, a member of the Student Engagement team, and a Resident Assistant in Highland’s campus housing. She competes on the Scottie women’s track and field team and has been recognized as an NJCAA Academic All-American. In addition, Jensen serves as an academic tutor and volunteers as a Student Ambassador, for the local food pantry, local nursing home, and the Doniphan County Council on Aging.
Wilgers is majoring in English and is currently carrying a 3.9 grade point average. A sophomore from Palmer, she has been a Foundation Scholar at Highland and plans to transfer to Kansas State University next year. Wilgers is a member of Highland’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, plays saxophone in the Scottie Pep Band, was seen in the College theatre productions the last two years, and volunteers at the local nursing home