Phi Theta Kappa Academic Team Nominees Announced

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Miranda Yoli and Sean Cruz have been selected to represent SUNY Sullivan as nominees for the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Community College Academic Team.

The All-USA Community College Academic Team recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Twenty team members are named annually with each receiving a $5,000 scholarship, a total of $100,000 in scholarship awards. In addition to scholarships, team members are featured in the USA TODAY newspaper and presented at the annual President’s Breakfast held during the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention.

Phi Theta Kappa notifies students selected as team members in March each year.

The program is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Judging criteria include academic excellence and intellectual rigor; leadership and service; and how students have extended their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. It is a merit award based on what students have done while attending community college, rather than a need-based scholarship.


Sean Cruz

Sean Cruz

SUNY Sullivan student Sean Cruz is vice president of the college’s honors program and a cross country/track athlete. Sean hopes to transfer to Dominican College as a Social Sciences major, then matriculate to their Occupational Therapy program. Sean is motivated to help those in his community as an occupational therapist.

Miranda Yoli

Miranda Yoli

A Phi Theta Kappa member, Miranda is an avid volunteer for school and community events, and represented SUNY Sullivan in the Walk for Awareness and Abuse. With a major in education and a minor in psychology, Miranda hopes to impact lives of both children and adults as a history teacher.