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Eight STLCC Students Named to All-Missouri Academic Teams

April 09, 2015

All-Missouri Academic Team Members  
STLCC students chosen to the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa All-Missouri Academic Teams are, from left, Salmedina Alic, Sherell Adams, Gabrielle Reed and Brionna Nixon, Honey Di Dela Pena, Sara Ogent, Jade Maragliano and Kerstyn Larash.

A home-schooled student who was forced to end her education at the age of 12 to care for her ill mother and two siblings and a student who thrives in leadership roles on campus headline a list of eight St. Louis Community College students who were named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Missouri Academic Teams.

Sherell Adams and Jade Maragliano were named to the All-Missouri First Team and also were recipients of Silver Scholar Awards from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. They were honored by the foundation for being among the highest-scoring All-USA Team members around the country. Recipients earn gold, silver or bronze medallions and a stipend.

Adams and Maragliano were joined on the All-Missouri teams by Kerstyn Larash, Brionna Nixon, Gabrielle Reed, Salmedina Alic, Sara Ogent and Honey Di Dela Pena.

The All-Missouri Academic teams are sponsored by the Missouri Community College Association and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year institutions. The All-Missouri Academic Team recognizes the state’s top community college students for outstanding performance in the classroom and service to their colleges and communities.

Adams attends STLCC-Forest Park. She and her siblings were able to resume their education through an adult literacy program at their local library, and completed their GEDs together in six months. Adams will be graduating this spring with a degree in general transfer studies, and will transfer to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to study accounting and chemistry.

Maragliano, who attends STLCC-Wildwood, is studying nursing. She is president of Volunteers of Wildwood, vice president of fellowship for the campus PTK chapter, treasurer of the student government association, a student ambassador and member of the Science Club. She is on the Dean’s List, and is the recipient of the Leadership Award and the Board of Trustees Honors Scholarship.

Larash also attends STLCC-Wildwood and was named to the All-Missouri first team. She is a clinical psychology major who wants to help people heal and grow through psychotherapy. She is the president of the PTK campus chapter, and also volunteers for the homeless and composes music. Larash is on the Dean’s List, and has received the Academic Excellence Award and Academic Excellence in Psychology Award.

Nixon, who attends STLCC-Florissant Valley, was named to the All-Missouri third team. Nixon enjoys the diversity of the campus and thinks it will better prepare her to become a successful business owner in a globalized world. She plans to complete a degree in business administration at a four-year institution. Nixon has served as the PTK campus chapter president.

Reed also attends STLCC-Florissant Valley and was named to the All-Missouri third team. Reed played volleyball and traveled to Italy with the Global Classroom Club, credits the Florissant Valley community with turning her life around. She described her experiences as boundless and self-fulfilling. Reed will attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Alic, a native of Bosnia, is a supplemental instruction leader and tutor for mathematics and science at Forest Park’s Student Success Center. She was named to the All-Missouri third team.  Alic said her experiences at STLCC helped her gain the courage to succeed and use her knowledge to transform the lives of many other students.

Ogent, a student at Meramec, was named to the All-Missouri second team. She is a member of the campus Socratic Society and Model United Nations, and also tutors. She plans to attend law school and hopes to become an international lawyer and fight for human rights on a global scale.

Dela Pena, who also attends Meramec, was named to the All-Missouri third team. A native of Mandaue City, Philippines, Dela Pena hopes to become a certified public accountant. She is studying business administration, and plans to transfer to the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dela Pena, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, is a Board of Trustees Honors Program Scholar and is on the Dean’s List.