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Mendocino College students receive statewide academic awards

Ukiah, CA – Two Mendocino College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members were named to the All-California Community College Academic Team on March 27 at the Sacramento Convention Center.
    Brant Stokes was named All-California Academic 1st Team, while Susana Ramirez was named All-California Academic 3rd team. They received their awards from the State Chancellor of Community Colleges Diane Woodruff.
    Stokes, who carries a 3.93 grade point average, decided to become a nurse to help others in times of hardship. Stokes also helps classmates with their studies by offering tutoring services.
    “For myself, I have always been driven to help others, which is why I'm going into nursing. When I started school again, I found myself excelling in my classes. Since I like to help others, I started tutoring the struggling students on my own to help them out. The college found out and offered to pay me as a tutor. I have since started working in the Lab portion of Anatomy as a teacher’s assistant in addition to tutoring many of the biology students,” Stokes said.
    Ramirez will be graduating in May with an Associate of Science degree in mathematics and holds a 3.8 grade point average. She will be transferring to the University of California-Santa Barbara to pursue a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. Ramirez’s ultimate goal is to obtain a master’s degree in mathematics and eventually become a college math teacher.
    “This award will give me motivation to keep pursuing my dreams and prove to myself that I can do it,” Ramirez said.
The purpose of the All-California Community College Academic Team Program is to provide recognition at the state level for these top community college students.
    Grades, leadership and community service determine selection to the All-California first, second and third teams. The selection for the All-California teams was determined by the scores nominees received from PTK judges at the national level selecting winners for the national academic teams.
    The 77 students named to the three academic teams represent some of the best of the 2.6 million students enrolled in California’s 109 community colleges.
    The Community College League of California was the sponsor of this award ceremony at which all team members received medallions of honor and a certificate recognizing their accomplishments.
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