Virginia is one of 38 states participating in the All-State Academic Teams program introduced in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members while promoting excellence at two-year colleges. Students nominated to the National All-USA Academic Team are automatically named to the All-State Academic Teams. Four students from Southside Virginia Community College were selected to the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team. The students are Thomas Crews, Alivia Dunn, Christopher Hayes and Cassandra Long.
Special guest speaker, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of PTK, reminded those in attendance that “This honor is about much more than academic success,” she said. “These students are not here today because of what they know, or who they know, but how others know them… These students are not just the ones taking copious notes – sitting in the front of the classroom. They are working to make a difference outside of the classroom as well. They are tutors for other students, building food pantries, serving in leadership roles in their PTK chapters, organizing blood drives, doing undergraduate research and projects that improve both their colleges and communities. They are the very best each college has to offer in scholarship, leadership and service.
The students were recognized in Richmond, Virginia at a luncheon attended by Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn DuBois, college presidents and others.
This year’s team from SVCC includes:
- THOMAS CREWS is a General Studies major with a 4.0 GPA. Following graduation, he will be transferring to UVA to the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Thomas is one of the hardest working students at Southside. One semester, his classmates joked they would make bracelets reading "WWTD" or "What Would Thomas Do?"
- ALIVIA DUNN is General Studies Arts and Science major with specialization in Administration of Justice and a 3.9 GPA. After graduation, she plans to attend Radford University to major in Criminal Justice with a goal of pursuing a career in law enforcement. Alivia was able to complete her studies at Southside in one calendar year.
- CHRISTOPHER HAYES is an Information Systems Technology major with a 3.75 GPA. After graduation, he plans to transfer to a four-year school to pursue an IT degree. Chris is able to find the humor in any situation and keeps the Honors students positive under stress!
- CASSANDRA LONG is a General Studies with specialization in Agribusiness major and 4.0 GPA. After graduating from Southside, she plans to transfer to Virginia Tech with the goal of becoming an Agriculture Educator. Cassie has been showing livestock since she was four years old.