LCC Honors Two PTK Students

March 11, 2020


Parsons, KS- Labette Community College has named Jenna Kendrick and Josie Smith to the All Kansas Academic Team for 2020. The two Tau Theta Members of Phi Theta Kappa will be honored during a luncheon in Topeka on Thursday, March 12. PTK is the national honor society of the two year college. 

Kansas is one of 39 states participating in the All-State Academic Team program. The State Academic Teams were introduced in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges. The State Academic Teams are a division of the All-USA Community College Academic Team.  The All-USA Academic Team recognizes high achieving college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. The All-USA Team program is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa. The Kansas All-State Academic Team is designed to provide the same kind of recognition to our state’s two-year college scholars by saluting their academic achievement, leadership, and service. This is the 25th year for the All Kansas Academic Team.

Jenna KendrickJenna Kendrick is a nursing major with a 3.9 grade point average. At Labette Community College, Kendrick is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Student Veteran Association, Biology Club, Homecoming candidate, and Catholic Youth Group. She is a PRC dance instructor and sales associate at Gia Rose Boutique and has worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant. She is an active member and volunteer for her church. Kendrick has been named to the Dean’s honor roll list and the Top 20 Under 40 in Parsons. She plans to transfer to Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. 

Josie SmithJosie Smith is an Accounting and Business Administration major with a 4.0 grade point average. While attending Labette Community College, Smith has been active as a Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President, a Phi Beta Lambda State Treasurer and Chapter President, Student Government Association Vice President, Homecoming candidate, and a Top 20 Cardinal Award recipient. She is an active member and volunteer for her church and local fire department, as well as the McCune Lions Club. Smith has been named to the Dean’s honor roll list. She plans to transfer to Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. 

Kendrick and Smith will be honored with a medal, certificate and a $300 stipend. Being named to the All-Kansas Academic Team guarantees them a minimum of a $1000 scholarship at one of the six Regents University, Washburn University, and several private colleges in Kansas. Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of the two-year college. Students must have at least a 3.5GPA or better to be accepted to the organization. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is the promotion of scholarship, the development of leadership and service, and the cultivation of fellowship among qualified students.

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