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MARCH 24, 2014

Three Rivers students named to All-Missouri Academic Team

Three Rivers students Dustin Chaney and Megan Cook have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Missouri Academic Team, an honor bestowed on the state's top community college students.

Members of the All-Missouri Academic team are selected from nominations submitted by each of the state's community colleges. Each college is allowed two nominees from among its eligible Phi Theta Kappa members, chosen for their outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. All Academic Team members receive a scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa, made possible by a donation from MOHELA, the state's not-for-profit secondary market lender and servicer in the student loan industry.

"I'm so honored to be chosen for the Academic Team," said Chaney. "Being in Phi Theta Kappa means a lot to me, and for the chapter and the college president to think I deserved the college's nomination is amazing."

Chaney is pursuing an associate of arts degree in elementary education. He plans to complete a bachelor's degree through Hannibal‐LaGrange University and return to his hometown of Sikeston to start a career as a teacher. Chaney is a peer mentor and tutor in Three Riverʹs ACHIEVE Program, student ambassador, and student senator. He was a SkillsUSA national finalist and was elected homecoming king by his peers in 2013.

Cook is studying to become an occupational therapy assistant. She's always known that she wanted to have a career in healthcare and was thrilled to discover that she could get the degree she wanted at Three Rivers without leaving home. During her time at Three Rivers, Cook has been able to shadow a practicing OTA, and she also volunteers with a health educator through the Scott County Health Department.

"We're very proud of our All-Missouri Academic Team students, and they deserve every bit of this award," said Dr. Mairead Ryan-Anderson, Instructor of Chemistry at Three Rivers and one of the faculty advisors for the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter. "They, along with the rest of our Phi Theta Kappa members, represent the best and brightest that Three Rivers has to offer."

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society dedicated to recognizing and encouraging academic excellence among students of two-year higher educational institutions. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is through invitation only, and members must have at least 12 credit hours of completed coursework with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Members have access to scholarship and academic advancement opportunities, as well as special recognition at graduation.
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