Oroville, CA--Two Butte College students, Sheila Burson and Leo Savage-Low, have earned a place on the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa All California Academic First Team and the All USA Academic Team, prestigious distinctions that honor their accomplishments.
“It is the commitment to scholarship as well as leadership and service of these students which enables them to excel. They are wonderful ambassadors for Butte College, and we congratulate them on their achievements,” said Jo Anna Birdsall, Butte College Director of Career and Employment Services and the college’s honor society adviser.
Burson, the 57-year-old mother of seven and foster mother of four, has been an active member of Butte’s Phi Theta Kappa for three years. She has served as chapter president as well the as the Nevada/California region president and is currently campaigning for an international officer position. Burson will be a triple major graduate this June earning her AA degrees in English, History and Classical Studies. She intends to continue her education at a four-institution and is currently considering Stanford University and Mills College, both of which have offered her scholarships.
Savage-Low, 19, a chemistry major, is an active member of the college’s honor society Phi Theta Kappa chapter currently serving as the chapter’s president as well as the vice president for the Nevada/California Region. Following his graduation from Butte College with an associate of sciences degree in chemistry, Savage-Low intends to transfer to Chico State to complete his prerequisite courses for the pharmacy program at UC San Francisco, where he hopes to earn his pharmaceutical doctorate degree.
The two Butte students were among just 22 community college students selected for the All California First Team, sponsored by the Community College League of California. Twenty-two students and 23 students were selected for the second and third teams, respectively. Students were nominated based on their grades, leadership and service and the winners were determined by the scores they received from Phi Theta Kappa judges at the national level.
Savage-Low and Burson were also two out of just 20 students selected for the national ALL USA Team, sponsored by USA TODAY. Each received a $2,500 stipend and a medallion.
The All California Academic Team recipients were honored at recent Sacramento luncheon by California State Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss.