KOKOMO, Ind. – Four students from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region have been named to the All-Indiana Community College Academic Team and will be honored April 17 at a dinner in Indianapolis sponsored by the Ivy Tech Foundation.
The Kokomo Region students include Frost Clements of Kewanna, Rebecca McVay of Logansport, Amy Wilson of Peru and Tyler Yeakley of Galveston.
Students on the state team are nominees to the All-USA Community College Academic Team, which will be announced this month along with several scholarships. The academic competition, which scores students on academic honors, activities including leadership and work experience, and an essay, is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges; USA Today; and the American Association of Community Colleges.
“The four Ivy Tech Kokomo Region students named to the All-Indiana Community College Academic Team are outstanding scholars and active in College and community activities,” said Steve Daily, chancellor of the College’s Kokomo Region. “This is great recognition of their many contributions as students and community members.”
Frost Clements is working toward her Associate of Science in Nursing degree with the goal of becoming a registered nurse in a hospital setting. Honored with membership in Phi Theta Kappa, she has been recognized with several awards for her leadership in Ivy Tech’s Beta Gamma Zeta chapter. She has been involved in various campus activities, including serving as a leader of an elementary school science outreach program. She is a member of Vineyard Community Church in Logansport where she has volunteered in community service activities. She and her husband have a 4-year-old son.
Rebecca McVay will graduate in May with an Associate of Science in Professional Communications. She is an active member and public relations officer in Phi Theta Kappa’s Beta Gamma Zeta chapter on Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus. Active in many Ivy Tech activities, she joined other Ivy Tech students, faculty, and staff on a one-week service engagement in Kentucky during spring break, working on home repairs for families in need. She is a two-time recipient of the “For the Love of Education” scholarship at Ivy Tech Community College, among other scholarships and she won Ivy Tech’s second annual SUSO (Speak Up Speak Out) competition with a speech on the nonprofit group Operation Christmas Child. A frequent speaker on behalf of Ivy Tech, she introduced the ninth annual Doing the Dream speaker, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. Service outside Ivy Tech includes mentoring a local elementary student once a week for Big Brothers Big Sisters, teaching junior church and directing a weekly choir of men and women in her community.
Amy Wilson is working toward her associate degree inEducation and will be transferring to Ball State University to complete her bachelor’s degree. Her goal is to continue her education through a doctoral degree, teach high school English and eventually return to Ivy Tech as a professor. A “returning adult student” with two grown sons and daughters-in-law, she has been active in Phi Theta Kappa, served as a judge of the Pink Pancakepalooza fundraiser to support the fight against breast cancer and was author of a story published in Ivy Tech’s Etcetera magazine. She is active in volunteer work with disadvantaged youth and co-director of youth at Revolution Community Church in Logansport.
Tyler Yeakley is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and plans to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program when he graduates from Ivy Tech in December. A member of Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, he has served as public relations officer and president of the Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter and presented at state, regional and international Phi Theta Kappa conferences. He is a co-recipient of two international PTK awards – Community Service Award and Distinguished Chapter Award. He has been leader of an elementary school science outreach team and has been involved in numerous service and fund-raising activities for the Salvation Army, the United Way and his church, all while continuing his studies and working as a laboratory technician at Ivy Tech and as an optician at Walmart.
Phi Theta Kappa developed the All-Indiana Academic Team competition in 1994 as a component of the All-USA Team Competition.