DMACC sends large contingent to PTK All-Iowa Academic Team

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Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society CEO and President Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, left. presents a certificate to DMACC Ankeny Campus student Suzy Fentress of Adel and formerly of Perry for being named a New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship recipient after achieving the highest All-USA Academic Team application score in Iowa. The $2,250 scholarship is open to students planning to transfer to a four-year college after graduation. Fentress is a liberal arts student, Ankeny Campus Student Activities Council President and a member of DMACC’s Honors program. Photo courtesy DMACC


DMACC students named to the All-Iowa Academic Team include, front row from left, Dani Kasner of Collins, Katherine Jarvis of Carroll, Emma Swanger of Sac City, Kendra Allen of Boone and Serenity Stier of Newton; second row from left, Courtney A. Martin of Ames, Emily Moe of Ames, Charity Dangelser of Newton and formerly of LaPorte City, Suzy Fentress of Adel and formerly of Perry, Rachel Bale of Hampton and Sally Schrunk of Ames; back row from left, DMACC President Rob Denson, Nathaniel Golus of Des Moines, Angel Nunez Torres of Osceola, Stephen Brooks of Boone, Jeffrey Howe of Des Moines and Sara Bergin of Ames. Amanda Atkinson of Norwalk and Fortino Lazaro of West Des Moines, not pictured, were also named to the All-Iowa Academic Team. Photo courtesy DMACC

Eighteen DMACC students were among the 77 Iowa Community College students statewide named to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society All-Iowa Academic Team.

Among the honorees was Suzy Fentress of Adel and formerly of Perry, who was named a New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship recipient after achieving the highest All-USA Academic Team application score in Iowa.

Fentress, a liberal arts student, Ankeny Campus Student Activities Council President and a member of DMACC’s Honors program, landed the $2,250 scholarship that is open to students planning to transfer to a four-year college after graduation.

All 77 scholars were recognized, in the days before groups larger than 10 were prohibited, in a special ceremony held at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines. The DMACC students named to the All-Iowa Academic Team included Fentress, Dani Kasner of Collins, Katherine Jarvis of Carroll, Emma Swanger of Sac City, Kendra Allen of Boone, Serenity Stier of Newton, Courtney A. Martin of Ames, Emily Moe of Ames, Charity Dangelser of Newton and formerly of LaPorte City, Rachel Bale of Hampton, Sally Schrunk of Ames, Nathaniel Golus of Des Moines, Angel Nunez Torres of Osceola, Stephen Brooks of Boone, Jeffrey Howe of Des Moines, Sara Bergin of Ames,  Amanda Atkinson of Norwalk and Fortino Lazaro of West Des Moines.

Several other DMACC students also received honors: Charity Dangelser and Angel Nunez Torres were named Coca Cola Gold medal winners and each will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Nathaniel Golus was named a Coca Cola Silver medal recipient and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. Golus was also named one of only 15 students nationwide to receive the Guistwhite Scholarship, named after PTK International Honorary Member Dr. Jack Guistwhite and his wife, Margaret. The Guistwhite Scholarship is worth $5,000.

Courtney A. Martin was named a Coca Cola Bronze medal winner and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Katherine Jarvis received a New Century Workforce Scholarship worth $1,250. This scholarship is open to students planning to enter the workforce after graduation.

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