FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

Mt. SAC Students Named to State Academic Teams

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College students Brian Yu and Cynthia Robinson are two of the 76 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2014 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

Yu and Robinson, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, will receive medallions during the Community College League of California’s awards ceremony to be held on April 3 at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Selection for the academic teams is based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Yu, 19, is an English major and carries a 3.93 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic First Team, the highest honor. A Walnut resident, he has served as a mentor for the Honors Program on campus and is a co-founder of the campus transfer club STEP. He was also a member of college’s championship forensics team last year and won three medals at the state championship. Off campus, he has raised over $180,000 as a volunteer for cancer research as part of Walnut’s Relay for Life board. In 2012, he was honored as a “Voice of Democracy” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association. He plans to transfer to Stanford or UCLA as an English major and eventually become a screenwriter.

Robinson, a 30-year-old mother of two, is a horticulture major and carries a 3.76 GPA. She was selected for the All-California Academic Third Team. A Rancho Cucamonga resident, she served as vice president of scholarship for PTK on campus and also served on the college’s InterClub Council. Off campus, she volunteers as a horticulturalist for the University of California Cooperative Extension Program. She also works as a horticulturalist for the nonprofit Incredible Edibles Community Garden in Upland. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture at either Oregon State or U.C. Davis.

The 25 first-team, 25 second-team, and 26 third-team winners represent some of the best of the 2.8 million students enrolled in California’s community college system.

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