Students Named to State Academic Team

pictures of the two academic team winners
By Mike Taylor

March 26, 2018 - 03:06 PM

Mt. SAC students Edilberto “Iggy” Ylo and Amir Freeman are two of the 83 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2018 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

 Ylo and Freeman, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, will receive medallions during the Community College League of California’s awards ceremony to be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on Apr. 2. Selection for the academic teams is based on grades, leadership, and community service.

 Ylo, 20, is a nursing major and carries a 4.0 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic First Team. A Walnut resident, he is the president for the PTK chapter at Mt. SAC. He also works as a student assistant for the Honors Program. He has been nominated as one of Mt. SAC’s Students of Distinction this year. He hopes to transfer to Cal State L.A., go on to attend UCLA’s School of Medicine, and wants eventually to become a cardiologist.

Freeman, 19, is a political science major and carries a 3.94 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic Second Team. A Pomona resident, he has been involved in Mt. SAC’s student government as a student justice. He has also been a member of Mt. SAC’s forensics team and won medals at last year’s national speech championship. In addition, he volunteers for candidate Andy Thorburn’s run for the 39th congressional district. He hopes to transfer to Princeton and plans to become a lawyer.

There are 28 first-team, 28 second-team, and 29 third-team winners.

These students represent some of the best of the 2.1 million students enrolled in California’s community college system.