Two GRCC Students Make All-State Academic Team Awards given at annual Phi Theta Kappa Awards Luncheon

Grand Rapids Community College students Deburah Cobbs and Julia Messenger were recognized for their academic achievement and community involvement at the All-State Academic Team Luncheon in Lansing. The statewide awards ceremony is held every year and is sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA).

Both Cobbs and Messenger had above 3.8 GPAs and were nominated by GRCC professors who recognized the students' outstanding performances and caliber.

Cobbs, who chose to focus on Business Administration, has been involved in the TriO Program, has worked as an accounting tutor on campus and has served as a part of the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP). She was nominated by her professor, Brent Spitler, who said "Deburah was able to balance detailed data analysis with general theoretical understanding. Her performance clearly demonstrated her intellect and personal dedication."

Messenger, who turned her focus to Biology with a pre-veterinary emphasis, was Biodiversity Club Co-President and has organized and participated in community service projects with the West Michigan Land Conservancy, Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve, Black Oak Savannah Restoration, and Turtle Habitat Restoration. In nominating Messenger, Professor Matt Douglas said, "Julia is an outstanding student and research assistant. In my estimation, there are precious few students of her caliber. She seeks out every opportunity to explore and engage her life with experiences that widen her intellectual horizon."

MCCA President Mike Hansen said at the event, "Today was all about recognizing student excellence and achievement in community colleges. It was very inspiring to hear about the individual stories of perseverance, resilience and not giving up on your dreams."

The All-Michigan Academic Team members were accompanied at the luncheon by community college presidents, administrators and trustees, state legislators, and Phi Theta Kappa advisors.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.