Three Spoon River College students have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team as a result of their nomination to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They are Emma Gilliland (transfer student) and Henry Mordiva (career and technical student) on the Macomb Campus, and Allison Mortland (transfer student) on the Canton Campus. Nominees are chosen on the basis of academic achievement, volunteer work, campus activities, honors, and awards.
Emma Gilliland of Mt. Sterling plans to transfer to Western Illinois University to major in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing and a minor in Business Management. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and TRIO, and works as a TRIO Peer Tutor and as the manager and barista at The Study in Macomb. Gilliland serves as a worship volunteer for The Crossing in Macomb and is a volunteer at FNC Academy in Uganda. While at Spoon River College, Gilliland has consistently been on President’s and Dean’s lists, and was the recipient of a TRIO scholarship and the MidAmerica National Bank Fellheimer Scholarship.
Henry Mordiva of Rushville is pursuing an Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Systems for a career in the field of Information Technology. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, he has been on the President’s List the past two years and was the recipient of a Spoon River College scholarship. Mordiva is currently employed as a Clinic French Interpreter and Medical Records Scanner at the Cass County Health Department. He is a strong supporter and volunteer for local food distributions and of the local arts.
Allison Mortland of Canton is in the Agriculture program, and intends to pursue a degree in veterinary science. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Spoon River College softball team. She serves as a foster parent through the Humane Society of Fulton County and has been a volunteer at the Happy Hounds Adoption event, SRC Athletic Princess Party events, and as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Mortland holds an Illinois State FFA Degree in Poultry Production, was the recipient of the Cody Krulac Scholarship, and was named to the NJCAA All-Academic First Team.
The students will be honored at the Annual Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois awards banquet on April 28 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield.
Spoon River College faculty Shelli Stuart (Macomb) and Rebecca Werland (Canton) are the advisors for the Nu Delta Chapters of Phi Theta Kappa at Spoon River College.
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.