Students Selected for All-California Academic Team
Butte College students Ravi Shankar and Ashley Simpton were selected to the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team.
Shankar, a Jack Cooke Scholarship nominee, plans to transfer to U.C. Davis and major in chemistry. According to Phi Theta Kappa club advisor Brian Donnelly, Shankar has been published in at least one academic journal. Simpton was the valedictorian of her high school, serves as president of the Applied Science Club, and has volunteered at many local non-profits. She earned early acceptance into U.C. Berkeley where she plans to major in biochemistry.
Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor society for two-year colleges. This organization, along with community college presidents and community college state associations co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 32 states. All-State recognition programs are frequently held in the State Capitol with legislators, education leaders, and corporate leaders in attendance. Team members receive special recognition including medallions, certificates, and stipends or scholarships.
Each two-year college in California may nominate two students per campus to the All-USA Academic Team. Students from California nominated to the national team comprise the All-California Academic Team. Selection to the teams is based on academics, leadership, and community service. The 80 students selected for the teams represent some of the best of the 2.4 million students enrolled in California’s Community Colleges.