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STLCC Students Earn Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Honors

Kyle Luzynski

Three students from St. Louis Community College have been named to the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team.

The students are Kyle Luzynski, Jennifer Meszaros and Jamie Sims.

This scholarship program recognizes high achieving two-year 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 program is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

Luzynski received the highest score of all the applications submitted by Phi Theta Kappa students in the State of Missouri. As a result, he has been named a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar.

Luzynski will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, he has been invited to represent the state at the annual Presidents Breakfast at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention in April.

Jennifer Meszaros

Meszaros and Sims have been named Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholars. They will each receive $1,000 scholarships to further their education.

“We are excited to celebrate the success of our students,” said Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor. “Kyle, Jennifer and Jamie are exemplary students with bright futures. They truly represent what STLCC can do for every student we serve.”

Luzynski is pursuing a degree in philosophy at Meramec, with hopes of transferring to Washington University to explore the hidden psychology behind why we eat certain animals and not others. He credits STLCC for helping him overcome his social anxiety and honing his leadership skills.

Jamie Sims

Meszaros completed her associate degree at STLCC-Wildwood in 2016. She then transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to earn her bachelor’s degree in English. An avid writer, Meszaros hopes that through her work she can challenge readers to think outside the box.

Sims is currently pursuing an associate of arts degree. She plans to graduate in May 2017 and transfer to a four-year institution to earn degrees in psychology and business administration. Her long-term goal is to obtain a doctorate in industrial psychology.

Luzynski, Meszaros and Sims were joined by five other STLCC students on the All-Missouri Academic Teams by the Missouri Community College Association.

Forest Park’s Martin Cheng joins Luzynski, Meszaros and Sims on the Gold Medal First Team. Each students receives a $500 scholarship.

Wildwood student Isabelle Scheibe was named to the Silver Medal Second Team, and will receive a $350 scholarship.

Selected to the Bronze Medal Third Team were Kalien Boykin and Marva Colvin of Florissant Valley, and Guadalupe Gaona of Forest Park. They each will receive $250 scholarships.

Missouri was the first state in the nation to honor outstanding Phi Theta Kappa scholar-leaders with a state academic team program. The tradition began in 1994, and today 36 other states have adopted the idea and made it their own. Students are selected to be on the All-Missouri Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa.

Members of the All-Missouri Academic Teams will be honored at a special luncheon April 12 in Columbia, Mo.