The Press Newspaper
Several Owens Community College students have been honored for their excellence in higher education, earning membership into the Alpha Omega Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 by the presidents of eight Missouri junior colleges for women. In 1924, the international organization was extended to include all two-year colleges. To date, more than one million individuals have been inducted into the international honor society.
Selection criterion for students receiving the honor is based upon enrollment in a two-year college, completing a minimum number of course hours set forth by the individual chapter, achieving a 3.5 grade point average and exemplifying academic excellence, as determined by faculty.
Inductees included Mohamad Abyad, Jamie Reardon, of Oregon; Maite Barrios, Shavon Bills, Holly Blachowski, Hollie Cable, Angela Campos, Barbara Chopp, Sara Palmer, Anita Richardson, Jordyn Rife, Neal Schaefer, Mary Schira, Caroline Sigley, Jennings Smith, Crystal Strumsky, Megan Stuck, Rashonda Tuggle, Nancy VanSickle, Bryan Williams, Urmi Yagnik, of Toledo;
Sally Collins, of Curtice; Anna Buchan, Tracy Schertz, Michelle Triggs, of Northwood.
Richard Rasmussen, of Genoa; Alisa Acors, of Millbury; Penny Patterson, of Pemberville;
James, the former Staci Lynn Jeffers, of Martin, graduated from Genoa High School in 1994 and from Bowling Green State University in 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
She is currently pursuing her master of science degree in nursing with a focus on family nurse practitioner at Ball State University. She also works at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the cardiac intensive care unit.
James, who has a congenital heart disease, has survived two open heart surgeries and two heart procedures in the last six years. She currently has two porcine (pig) cadaver valves and a pacemaker.
In addition to raising a 4-year-old daughter, she is active in her community as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life and Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Organization.
For more information on adult congenital heart disease, visit www.achaheart.org.
Schwaben Verein Scholarships were awarded to Patrick Lawrence, Eric Lohmann and Kristen Scott, of Toledo; Chris Pfouts of Curtice; and Shane Pfouts, of Walbridge.
The Adolph Mueller Scholarships were awarded to Melissa Pfeifer, of Toledo and Breann Pfouts, of Walbridge.
The Chris Ziegler Scholarship was awarded to Bryan Pfouts, of Walbridge.
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