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Apr 20
Four MPCC students named to PTK All-Nebraska Academic Team

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Pictured left right are: Andrew Long, MPCC vice president of student affairs; MPCC President Ryan Purdy; Elayna Muller; Amanda Osler; Dr. Glynn Wolar, Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor and MaKenna Ketter. Muller, Osler and Ketter, all members of PTK, were named to the 2017 PTK All-Nebraska Academic Team on Tuesday in Lincoln. A fourth student, Kyle-Christian "KC" Siwa, also represents MPCC on the team, but was unable to attend the conference and is not pictured. 

Four Mid-Plains Community College students have been named to the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa All-Nebraska Academic Team. They are MaKenna Ketter, of Imperial, Amanda Osler, of Elsie, Elayna Muller, of Fleming, Colo., and Kyle-Christian "KC" Siwa, of Omaha. 

The students were honored during an awards ceremony April 18 in Lincoln. They received medallions and certificates for their efforts. 

"We're very proud of them," said Dr. Glynn Wolar, faculty advisor for the PTK chapter at North Platte Community College. "They are great representatives of our student body." 

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PTK introduced state academic teams in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to members, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges. The excellence aspect includes academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service among other criteria.

Faculty advisors were allowed to nominate two PTK members per campus. Ketter and Osler represent NPCC, while Muller and Siwa represent McCook Community College. 

"Being a part of the All-Nebraska Academic Team is something to be proud of," said Shannon Vrbas, PTK faculty advisor at MCC. "For KC and Elayna, being able to add such an honor to their résumés will show future employers that they are students who demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and service that extended their education beyond the classroom." 

She said both Siwa and Muller helped with campus blood drives, concessions and several service projects in addition to representing MCC as student athletes. Siwa is a baseball player for the MCC Indians, and Muller was a volleyball player who graduated in December. 

Muller currently attends Summit Christian College, in Gering. While at MCC, she was a newspaper intern, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, treasurer of the college's PTK chapter and was on the President's List. Her future plans include transferring to the University of Nebraska at Kearney to obtain a bachelor's degree in English or English Writing. 

Osler is a Fine Arts major at NPCC. After graduation, she will take a year off to decide whether she would rather pursue Art Education or Agriculture. In her spare time, Osler visits the local animal shelter and provides support with presentations at her church. 

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Ketter

Ketter is majoring in Elementary Education at NPCC. In addition to being a member of PTK, she is also on the volleyball team, has been on both the Dean's and President's Lists and is active in her local Catholic church. After graduation, she will transfer to Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. to complete a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. 

Ketter was one of the speakers at the recognition ceremony in Lincoln. She spoke about the circumstances that led her to that point and some of her greatest influences. 

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​