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Two WNCC Students Recognized for Academic Achievements

April 28, 2017
Two Western Nebraska Community College students were named to the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Nebraska All-State Academic Team during a ceremony at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln on April 18.
Ms. Janie McAmis of Belle Fourche, South Dakota and Ms. Dani McKay of Dalton, Nebraska, both full-time students attending WNCC Scottsbluff Campus, were among the 25 outstanding Nebraska nominees. 

Phi Theta Kappa introduced State Academic Teams in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to members, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges. More than 1,800 of the country's finest community college students competed for recognition, spots on the national team, and cash stipends. This All-Nebraska Team is designed to provide the same kind of recognition to the state's two-year college scholars by saluting their academic achievement, leadership, and service. 

McAmis, who received an athletic scholarship to play soccer at WNCC, is on track to receive her Associate in Science (AS) degree in May. Although she hasn't made a final decision on which college she is attending this fall, McAmis plans to transfer to a four-year university and major in biology or pre-med/pre-physical therapy/pre-chiropractic care.

"I was raised to believe I can do anything I put my mind to; I'm determined to be as successful as possible within my education, future choices, and my career," said McAmis. "I chose to attend a community college right after high school because I wanted to ease into college. High enrollment numbers at some colleges can be overwhelming when trying to connect with professors, because you can be seen as just a number. Western Nebraska Community College provided me opportunities to connect personally with my professors."

McAmis enjoys volunteering and helping others in need. Her long-term goal for service is to volunteer her time by taking a mission trip to benefit the less fortunate. She is a historian on WNCC's Student Government, president of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, and a tutor for Human Anatomy and Physiology. Additionally, she has earned a spot on the Dean's List and President's List.

McKay, who attends WNCC on a full tuition scholarship, is graduating with an Associate of Arts in general studies in May and will continue her studies in elementary education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in speech pathology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she would like to work in a rural or suburban school setting, specifically with second graders. She plans to also pursue a master's degree to prepare to serve in administration. She enjoys community service projects at the school and looks forward to encouraging students to get involved and volunteer.

"One of the most rewarding experiences I have had at WNCC is as a resident assistant, because I was given the opportunity to bring people together, who are very different and help them learn and grow in their community college experience," said McKay. "I can say with confidence and gratitude, I have personally helped to make our community pleasurable, cohesive, and an environment in which education has been a positive growing experience!"

While at WNCC, McKay has been a vice president of Lambda Pi, a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, resident assistant, member of National Society of Leadership and Success, and a student coordinator for intramural activities on campus. She was the recipient of a United Airlines scholarship. Some of her volunteer work includes volunteering at the Humane Society and judging a speech competition. She has also been a teacher's aide and daycare assistant. During her high school career, McKay received a Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) Academic All-State Award. She was also named to the Minuteman Activities Conference (MAC) All-Conference/All Academic Honor Roll.