Two CCA students named to Phi Theta Kappa academic team

Two student leaders at the Community College of Aurora have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team and will be honored at a March 10 luncheon in Denver.
Hanh Hoang and Galina Shamis will join 27 of their peers from community colleges around the state for the event at the Grand Hyatt Denver. According to Phi Theta Kappa, ranking on the All-State teams generally is determined by the student's score in the national competition for the All-USA Community College Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States and around the world.
Hoang last year was named a Phi Theta Kappa Leader of Promise, one of only 30 students in the entire organization to be selected for the honor. President of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Hoang will graduate this summer with an associate of science degree. She volunteers for the CCA Student Food Bank, the High Line Canal Cleanup, and the 9Health Fair. She works full time and maintains a near-perfect 3.98 GPA, making the President’s List for fall 2009.
A native of Latvia, Shamis’ young life changed as the country moved toward independence from the Soviet Union. Her family moved to Israel, where Galina finished high school, served in the Israeli Army, met her future husband, and started college. She had two daughters and came three classes shy of finishing a degree. The political atmosphere led her family to move to America, where Galina studied English as a second language at CCA and now is pursuing an associate degree in accounting. At CCA, Galina is president of the International Student Association and treasurer of Phi Theta Kappa.  
All-State Team members will receive special recognition at the upcoming ceremony, including medallions and certificates, and honorees may receive stipends and scholarships.2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the All-USA Community College Academic Team.


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