Spoon River College Students Named to All-Illinois Academic Team

Four Spoon River College students were honored for being named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team as a result of their nomination to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

Scott Anderson and Katelyn Riehl (Canton Campus) and Arlen Kuzekov and Amanda Wrenn (Macomb Campus) were recognized for their academic achievements at the 16th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Banquet on April 1, 2014, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. 

Scott Anderson, Cuba, will graduate with an Associate of Arts and Science degree, and plans to transfer to a four-year university to major in international business. Anderson is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa and has been active in the Student Government Association. He has served as the student trustee on the SRC Board of Trustees this past academic year.

Arlen Kuzekov, originally from Kazakhstan and currently living in Macomb, will graduate with an Associate of Arts and Science degree from Spoon River College. Kuzekov is also attending Western Illinois University, and will continue his studies at WIU in supply chain management. Kuzekov is a part-time tutor in the SRC Academic Success Center and a classroom volunteer/tutor for students in the ESL (English as a Second Language) classes held at the College. He also presents information about Kazakhstan to 7th and 8th grade Macomb students during “International Days” as part of his involvement with Phi Beta Delta at WIU.

Katelyn Riehl, who lives in Fairview, will graduate with an Associate of Arts and Science degree. She plans to transfer to the University of Illinois and major in electrical engineering. While at Spoon River College, Riehl has been active in the Student Government Association, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and has served as a SRC Student Ambassador.

Amanda Wrenn is from Good Hope, and she will also graduate with an Associate of Art and Science degree. She will be transferring to Western Illinois University to major in accounting, and is considering specializing in either financial or managerial accounting.  Wrenn is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and of the TRIO program. She does volunteer tutoring for children ages 5-16, and is on an Emergency Volunteer Team.

Spoon River College instructors Kay Norton and Rebecca Werland are the advisors for the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and they attended the banquet with the students. Also attending from Spoon River College were President Curtis Oldfield, Missy Wilkinson, dean of student services, Dave Maguire, board trustee, and Sally Shields, public information coordinator.

All members of the All-Illinois Academic Team were featured in the USA Today.

Nominees are chosen based on the basis of academic achievement, volunteer work, campus activities, honors and awards.  They must also submit a short essay explaining why they chose to start their higher education at a community college and to describe their most significant academic endeavors thus far in their college lives.

The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, and the American Association of Community Colleges.   The All-State Academic Team is a division of the Academic All-USA Team for Community, Technical and Junior Colleges.  It  seeks to honor outstanding community college students who show intellectual rigor in their course of study, demonstrate academic, leadership, and civic growth and who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their communities.

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Scott Anderson, Katelyn Riehl, Arlen Kuzekov, and Amanda Wrenn