Kelsey Willson Kelsey Cook
Kansas will salute the top community college scholars for their academic accomplishments in an award ceremony Thursday, Feb. 16 in Topeka, including two from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas.
Representing SCCC/ATS are Kelsey Willson of Ripley, Okla., and Kelsey Cook of Ulysses.
Representing the 19 Kansas Community Colleges, these scholars have been named to the 2012 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.


Each is also a nominee for the 2012 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Willson is a member of the Deanís Honor Roll with a 3.8, is a member of the Womenís Basketball Team and assists with peer tutoring.
She has taught a Sunday School class for First Southern Baptist Youth Group in Liberal, provide child care with SCCC/ATS Women's Basketball for parent/teacher meetings, kept books for LHS volleyball, attend the Duck Race Festival and participated in Play-A-Saint with many small children.
She also attended Special Olympics with the purpose of encouraging and getting to know the participants.
Cook is in the Nursing program at SCCC/TS and holds a 3.58 GPA. She has been secretary and president of Phi Theta Kappa, vie president of Student Government, projects chair of Student Nurses Association, a presidential scholar, Frank Newman Civic Fellow and student-of-the-year nominee.
As part of Phi Theta Kappa she has played bingo at a local nursing home, assisted with the Southwest Miracles auction, participated n Spring Fiesta, helped organize a Thanksgiving basket scavenger hunt, planned a Bi Brothers/Big Sisters Christmas Party, organized a book drive for children and created hygiene kits or the homeless.
She helped spread awareness of alcohol abuse and breast cancer and participated in local Red Cross blood drives.
Cook is a residential assistant in the dorms at SCCC/ATS.
Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for students attending community and two-year colleges. Membership is based on high grade point averages and other criteria, with members focusing on scholastic achievement and service to community and campus.
Since 1991, Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges have sponsored the national All-USA Academic Team program. The Kansas program is an affiliate, and the Kansas students are all nominees for the national honor.
Each student will receive a proclamation issued by the governor of Kansas, an educational stipend, and an academic medallion.
About 500 U.S. community college students will compete for places on the first, second and third national teams. First team members each receive $2,500 stipends, and will be featured in USA Today along with second and third team members. Team members are also presented with medallions
Among Kansans selected for national honors since the annual recognition program began are Donna Shank, SCCC/ATS first team, 1995 and Brandon Sutton, SCCC/ATS second team, 1996.