Luncheon Honors Community College 2018 All-Michigan Academic Team

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EAST LANSING – Two Bay College students have been recognized as part of the 2018 Community College All-Michigan Academic Team.

According to a press release from Bay College, the annual Phi Theta Kappa Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, March 14 at the Kellogg Center, honoring the 2018 All-Michigan Academic Team. Students were selected based on academic achievement, community service involvement, and leadership accomplishment. The State Academic Teams are a division of the Academic All-American Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students, an international program sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Congratulations to Samantha Grau and Kailee Kovach; they are Bay College’s representatives on the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Michigan Academic Team. They were recognized at the luncheon and will also be recognized at the Bay College Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 17 and at Commencement on Saturday, May 12. 

Samantha Grau is a returning Bay College student. She is currently finishing up an associate degree in computer programming & user support. In the fall she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in mobile & web application development. If it wasn’t for the encouragement from her advisor, Joyce King, and programming instructor, Cheryl Miller, she never would have discovered her passion for programming. Programming has become an important creative outlet for Sam and as an avid learner, a degree in technology ensures that she will never have to stop learning. Sam balances a full-time job with her course-work and has maintained a 4.0 GPA every semester since her return to Bay College. Sam finds ways to support the college that has done so much for her through supporting her peers in the classroom and attending college events. When not working or studying, she is spending time with her constant sidekick, Tyson, a senior beagle who she fostered then adopted from the Delta Animal Shelter. Sam also enjoys running in local races that benefit organizations throughout the community.

Kailee Kovach is a pre-molecular biotechnology major at Bay College with a 3.6 GPA. She will receive her associate degree in science this spring and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering at Michigan Technological University in the fall, with a major in biomedical engineering and a minor in mathematics. She then plans to pursue her medical degree. Kailee has been a tutor, physics teaching assistant, STEM club secretary, supplemental instruction leader, peer mentor and ambassador during her time at Bay College, enabling her to help first-generation students like herself. Last summer she also began working at Bay College’s IT help-desk to broaden her skill-set and strengthen her problem solving skills. When she isn’t studying or working part-time jobs, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

The Michigan luncheon is held every year in conjunction with the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). Besides the All-Michigan Academic Team members, luncheon attendees included community college presidents, administrators and trustees, state legislators, and Phi Theta Kappa advisors.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, MS, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and throughout the world. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually.

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