SIC Students Named to IL All-Academic Team in Springfield

April 28, 2014

Southeastern Illinois College students Corrine McDaniel and Timothy Jeffries (both of Harrisburg) were chosen for the Phi Theta Kappa All-Academic Team in Illinois. 

The duo were recognized during a banquet in Springfield on April 1.  Deserving students chosen from Illinois community colleges were presented with a medal and certificate, in addition to a plaque for their school to display.

“Each community college in the state of Illinois is allowed to nominate up to two representatives to be a part of the All-Academic Team each year, and our outstanding nominees were terrific representatives for SIC,” said Kellye Whitler, Phi Theta Kappa sponsor at SIC.

To be chosen to receive this honor, the student must be a current members of Phi Theta Kappa and maintain a high grade-point average.  Qualified students are chosen by official Phi Theta Kappa board of administrators.

“To be one of the few chosen in the state of Illinois to represent not only SIC, but also our state is a great privilege and honor. I feel incredibly blessed to be receiving this award,” said McDaniel.

McDaniel is transferring to Murray State University in Murray, Ky., this fall to pursue a career as a speech and language pathologist.

Jeffries said, “Receiving this award was a reinforcement that hard work truly pays off.  This achievement will always be a source of motivation for me.  With that being said, I was extremely happy to share this privilege of representing my community.”

Jeffries plans to transfer to Saint Louis University this fall to pursue a career in dentistry.

Phi Theta Kappa was founded in 1918 and is the official community college honor society with more than 90 years of dedication to recognizing academic excellence.  It is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members and 1200 chapters in the U.S. and Europe.  Membership is based on superior academic achievement and is conferred only by invitation of the local chapter.  Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and rewards high-achieving students and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills.