Five Kirkwood Students Chosen for All-Iowa Academic Team

Five students from Kirkwood Community College were recently named to the All-Iowa Academic Team. They are among Iowa’s top community college students who were honored at a ceremony in Des Moines on March 5. The students honored for exceptional scholarship are as follows:

  • Emile Anderson is studying pre-pharmacy and earned Dean’s List honors in her two years at Kirkwood. She is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges. Anderson plans to transfer to a four-year institution and major in pharmacy.
  • Ellen Mays is a liberal arts student at Kirkwood’s Iowa City campus. Born in Ha Noi, Vietnam, she has earned Dean’s List honors and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She plans to transfer to the University of Iowa to study elementary education.
  • Lindy Sherman studies chemistry and has earned Dean’s List honors and numerous scholarships in her two years at Kirkwood. She is a member of the Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and serves as chapter secretary. Sherman plans to transfer to Iowa State University to continue studies in chemistry, sociology and Spanish.
  • Stacy Sturdevant is a student at Kirkwood’s Washington County Center. Sturdevant is a non-traditional student returning to Kirkwood to study liberal arts. She is the recipient of the Washington County Center Kirkwood Foundation Scholarship and the Terry Moran Endowed Scholarship. Sturdevant plans to transfer to a four-year institution and major in history.
  • Ayeshani Arachchige Weerakkody, a liberal arts student from Sri Lanka, is studying at Kirkwood’s Iowa City campus. Weerakkody has earned Dean’s List honors and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She plans to transfer to a four-year school and major in computer science and pre-med.

In addition to their All-Iowa Academic Team recognition, the Kirkwood Foundation and college trustees recognized all five Kirkwood students at their March 13 meeting.

The All-USA Community College Academic Team selection process is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges. Membership in the society, which encourages academic excellence and promotes community service, is not a requirement for eligibility, but most awardees are members. Many hold leadership positions in their campus chapters.

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