LCCC Students Named 2018-2019 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team Members

published Monday, March 11, 2019
Two Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) students, Mindy Berky of Topton, Pa., and Kira Williams of Jim Thorpe, Pa., have been named members of the 2018-2019 All- Pennsylvania Academic Team, which is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa (the international honor society for two-year colleges), the Coca Cola Corporation, the State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC). They will be recognized at the Annual PACC meeting on April 8 in Harrisburg.
Mindy Berky is an education major at LCCC. She will major in early childhood special education for her bachelor’s degree at Kutztown University, with plans of creating inclusive and sensitive school environments for children with traumatic pasts. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and volunteers with “The Kindness Exchange.” In addition, Berky and her husband are foster parents.
Kira Williams, a graduate of Lehighton Area High School, is an education major at LCCC. She will continue her studies at Kutztown University with plans of studying biology and sharing her love of science with children. At LCCC, Williams is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, serving as social media coordinator for the chapter in spring 2019. She has volunteered at the LCCC Foundation Clay Shoot and 5k Run/Walk & Zumba for Education and Hunger events, LCCC Veterans Club Military Bingo and for PTK’s fundraiser for the Lehigh County Humane Society. 
Selection is competitive and students must have completed at least 36 credits at a community college and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.
Each member of the All- Pennsylvania Academic Team receives a full two-year scholarship to any of the universities in the PASSHE system and competes at the national level for scholarships from the All-USA Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team.