Two from CLC earn All-State Academic honor
Two students at Central Lakes College have been named to the All-State Community College Academic Team for 2012.
Julie Jo Larson of Brainerd and Jonathan Hammer of Baxter received recognition at a recent ceremony in Eagan co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community colleges.
Larson and Hammer are among 40 students from 25 colleges presented with medallions and certificates for outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. Award winners are also recognized for their intention to continue toward degrees in higher education.
As a consequence of the All-Minnesota honor, both were nominated to the All-USA Academic Team.
Larson is president of the Upsilon Omega chapter of PTK at Central Lakes College, where she will next month receive an honors associate in art’s degree, one of the first CLC students to acquire the degree.
She has served on Gov. Mark Dayton’s 12-person Economic Forum panel, been a tutor, study group leader, autistic student mentor, and Center for Lifelong Learning volunteer.
Larson plans to major in social work through an accelerated, 18-month social work degree program offered through classes on the Brainerd campus by the College of St. Scholastica. Her ambition is to serve as an adviser in student support services such as the TRiO program at CLC, where she would help college students navigate their academic paths.
She has been awarded eight major scholarships, including recognition as a Silver Scholar prize winner named to the Coca Cola Community College Academic Team.
Hammer is a dedicated student and community member. He has been involved with PTK, Science Club, Civil Air Patrol, and Interact Club. He was a participant on the High Altitude Balloon and Mobile Robot projects.
He is an AP Scholar and received the President’s Award for Education Excellence. Next month he will receive an associate in science engineering degree from CLC.
Hammer intends to continue his education at the University of Minnesota toward an aerospace engineering bachelor’s degree and hopes to complete several internships before earning a master’s degree. He would like to work for a company such as Lockheed Martin or Boeing.