The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges honored the 22nd Annual All-Pennsylvania (All-PA) Academic Team at an awards banquet held on Monday, April 4th, in Harrisburg. The awards recognize an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.
The 2016 All-PA Team consists of 45 outstanding community college scholars from across the Commonwealth. The All-PA Team is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honors society. Those honored from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College included Miriam Kaye Fink, Kylie Garrett, and Kate Goldian.
Miriam Kaye Fink, of Hollsopple, is attending Pennsylvania Highlands Community College to earn a degree in Business Management. Miriam is very active within Penn Highlands as a Student Trustee, Student Senate President, Treasurer/Historian for Phi Theta Kappa, and Networking Team Coordinator for the National Society of Leadership and Success. When Miriam isn’t participating at the College is she wearing many hats as a wife, mother, volunteer, and more. She participates as a College Choice Helper assisting parents and students research and organize their college choices; she is a genealogist helping families discover and research their ancestry; and she helps out at the Cambria County Humane Society. After graduating from Pennsylvania Highlands, Miriam plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she will look to earn a master’s degree and eventually hopes to work at a college or university.
Kylie Garrett, of Lilly, is a Pennsylvania Highlands’ Board Scholar pursing a degree in Business Administration. She is very active within Penn Highlands as a Phi Theta Kappa Officer and President of the Ebensburg Center Student Activities Club. As Club President, she has volunteered over 60 hours of service through being a College tour guide and representative during college fairs and high school visits. Kylie is also active in the community as she helps out with social media for the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority, and volunteers for various activities at her church, the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company, and at Penn State Health Fairs. After graduating from Pennsylvania Highlands, Kylie plans to attend Lock Haven University to earn her bachelor’s degree.
Kate Goldian, of Nanty Glo, is a Pennsylvania Highlands’ Board Scholar working her way to earning two degrees: Histotechnology and General Studies. She often volunteers at the College’s Ebensburg Center during open houses as she likes to encourage others to attend Penn Highlands and realize its benefits. Kate is very excited about starting her new life after college, where she plans to become a certified Histotechnologist. In addition to attending Penn Highlands, Kate also works as a grocery store cashier, pizza shop employee, and a babysitter. “I’m the first of my family to attend college and I’m extremely proud of it. I couldn’t be happier,” stated Ms. Goldian.