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College Center Student Named to All-Nebraska Academic Team

April 25, 2016


SOUTH SIOUX CITY – Northeast Community College student Ada Buenrostro was recognized recently in Lincoln for being named to the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Nebraska Academic Team.


The all-state academic team is sponsored by PTK – an international honor society for two-year colleges – and the Nebraska Community College Association, to honor students for academic achievement, leadership and community service.


Governor Pete Ricketts told the honorees that they have received a great education from Nebraska’s community colleges and they should be proud of their accomplishment.


“Our community colleges do a wonderful job of adapting to the local environment and create education systems that are most responsive to residents in their areas. It is especially exciting to see this all come together during this ceremony and recognize our award winners.”


Ricketts congratulated the honorees and their families.


“While you students certainly went through all the coursework and studied a lot, you also had a lot of support from your parents, families and teachers. Please take a moment to thank them for all they have done to help you get to this point. This is a wonderful achievement. This is a fantastic recognition of the great academic work that you have achieved here. We are all very proud of the accomplishments you have made.”


Buenrostro is a business major at Northeast Community College in South Sioux City. She plans to further her opportunities through her current employer and eventually work for the city of Sioux City while still serving as a volunteer.


She is a volunteer at Sunnybrook Community Church and the Sioux City Gospel Mission as well as a participant in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. She is on the Dean’s list and President’s list.


Buenrostro said, “In order to succeed you must work hard for what you want. I tell my children that education is extremely important and I want to do the best that I can do to continue to be an honor student and graduate with honors.”


Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents, and community college state associations co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 32 states. All-State Team members receive special recognition including medallions, certificates, and oftentimes stipends and scholarships.


Each two-year college in Nebraska may nominate two students per campus to the All-USA Academic Team. Students from Nebraska nominated to the national team comprise the All-Nebraska Academic Team. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.

Northeast Phi Theta Kappa sponsors are Colleen Barnes, criminal justice/sociology instructor, Glen Lammers, wind energy instructor, Danny Whitlock, CAD/drafting instructor, Andrea Suhr, physical therapist assistant instructor, and Pam Miller, dean at Northeast Community College in South Sioux City.