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OJC Press Release ID: 3037

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

OJC Students Named to PTK All-Colorado Academic Team


Two Otero Junior College students have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Colorado Academic Team. McKensie Avens and Mallory Morgan were nominated for this honor based on scholarship, leadership and community service.

The annual induction, presented by the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges typically takes place at a ceremony with all of the other awardees from around the state in conjunction with the Colorado Community College System. This year, the event was not held due to coronavirus precautions.

Avens is a student who greatly enjoys reading, helping others, and finding new hobbies. Academics are a huge part of her life, hence joining Phi Theta Kappa. She graduated with her Associate of Arts in May from Otero Junior College, and will go on to the University of Northern Colorado. There she plans to major in Human Services and minor in Asian Studies, and continue on to the University of Denver; ranked first in Colorado for MLS and is ALA accredited. This is where she plans to complete her Master of Library Information and Sciences, which is the main goal. Avens has always considered the library a second home, and wishes to promote that sentiment to future generations.

Morgan graduated Otero Junior College earlier this month and completed her Associate of Arts. She is a Phi Theta Kappa officer and also a member of the President’s Leadership Program. She enjoys running, reading, listening to music, video games, hiking, and volunteering her time within the community. When not at school she loves spending time at home with her family and their four animals. Her plan is to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to become an American Sign Language Interpreter.

All selections are based on nominations submitted by Phi Theta Kappa advisors. To be eligible, a student must post a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and be eligible to graduate with an associate degree.

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Otero Junior College’s PTK All-Colorado Academic Team member, McKensie Avens, La Junta.

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Mallory Morgan, Wiley, was named to the PTK All-Colorado Academic Team.