Two RSC students were awarded memberships to the All-State Academic Team by the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges. A ceremony was held at the Oklahoma State Capitol on March 7, 2016.
Cody Graham and Payton Bailey were recognized by OACC and RSC’s President Dr. Jeanie Webb. The OACC is active in supporting higher education. Composed of 14 institutions in 32 locations in Oklahoma, they help to provide access to affordable education after high school. Oklahoma is one of 38 states that participate in the State Academic Team Program by means of Phi Theta Kappa International, a two-year college honor society.
Eligibility for the program requires students to be nominated by their college president and to have a minimum 3.5 grade point average.
“Considering my background and how introverted I used to be, receiving the nomination changed my life entirely,” said Graham, who is currently attending the University of Central Oklahoma. “I just have developed a true belief that I was born to be a leader, not for me, but for others. To inspire others to do the impossible. I know that I have been given many opportunities in life. The All-State award was like the cherry on top. It was another humbling reminder of what I am truly here to do.”
The program appeals to different types of students. Graham spoke about his amazement when being noticed by Webb. He was not working toward a membership in the All-State Academic Team. Once he was awarded, his whole perspective changed.
Bailey’s determination to pursue higher education helped her gain her position on the All-State Academic Team. In contrast to Graham, she intended on working toward the title. The program helped both students pursue their dreams, whether expected or not.
“Pursuing higher education has been my goal ever since I was little. Starting at RSC has been the best decision because I have had the opportunity to make connections that I would not have had the opportunity to make otherwise,” Bailey said.
Bailey also plans to attend UCO like Graham.
“RSC has also provided me with the confidence to move on to the UCO feeling prepared and confident about the transition,” she said.
“Being recognized as a 2016 All-Oklahoma Academic Team member has already opened many doors for me, and I am very grateful for the opportunities that it has provided and will provide throughout the rest of my college career.”
If you are a student preparing for college, the OACC is organized to help potential college attendees plan their future. Community colleges offer an intimate experience for students, making the transition to a university easier. The ease in transition stems from the program’s ability to prepare its members for specific job training and application.
Visit www.okcommunitycolleges.com for more information.