INA - Rend Lake College students ReAnne Palmer and Jamie Bathon have been chosen as the Rho Xi Chapter's All-Illinois Academic Team of Phi Theta Kappa and nominated for the PTK All-USA Academic Team.
Phi Theta Kappa is the honors fraternity for two-year colleges across the country. Palmer, 19, of Mt. Vernon and Bathon, 28, of Pinckneyville will represent the Rho Xi Chapter, located at RLC, in the 2009 PTK All-USA Academic Team Banquet, April 22. At the banquet, nominees from around the state will take part in a ceremony to recognize Illinois nominees selected for the All-USA team. An Illinois nominee doesn't necessarily make it on the national team and a student from RLC has never been chosen for the All-USA team, according to Rho Xi representative Cheri Rushing.
Rushing works full-time as a financial aid advisor at RLC. She said students like Palmer and Bathon who have been selected are ambitious and excel academically - the best of the best in two-year college students across the state.
"It's rewarding," Palmer said of being nominated. "It's really an honorable position and I am glad to be someone representing the rest of our chapter."
"It's an honor to be selected out of all the people who have potential to be nominated," Bathon added.
Bathon holds a 3.88 Grade Point Average while working in the math lab at RLC and raising her 8-year-old son, Lucas. She is majoring in elementary education.
Palmer is the daughter of Reif and Stacey Palmer, and sister to Sara. She is majoring in education with a 3.70 GPA and plans to transfer to Northern Illinois University where she will focus on speech pathology.
Each nominee prepared an application with recommendations, essays and evidence of community involvement among other attributes. Their applications are being looked at by a national committee charged with selecting members of the PTK All-USA Academic Team.
"The winners will know prior to the banquet," Rushing said. "Basically, we just sit tight for now and hope to be contacted."