Two San Diego Mesa College students are among this year’s Community College League of California All-California Academic Team. Members of the team are to be recognized in Sacramento on Thursday, April 3.
Sarah Farmer, of Poway, made First Team All-California, while William Keck, of University Heights, was named Second Team All-California.
Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year community colleges, the competition recognizes community college students who maintain a 3.5 out of 4.0 grade point average and are on track to receive an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Farmer, despite her petite stature, is a big woman on the college’s Kearny Mesa campus. With a 4.0 grade point average, the psychology major’s academic success is matched by her involvement in campus affairs, and community service.
This year she is Vice President of the Associated Student Government, President of the Honors Club, and Vice President of Fellowship in the college’s PTK chapter. She’s also a member of the Psi Beta Honor Society.
It wasn’t always so, says Farmer, who dealt with depression, a debilitating medical condition, and her dad’s cancer during high school.
“From the day I set foot at Mesa, the college experience – and especially the people, programs, and wealth of ways for students to get involved – helped me to turn by life around,” explains Farmer, who was encouraged to become involved in student government when she stopped by an information booth during her first week on campus.
William Keck, of University Heights, is also was a national finalist in the 2014 Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team program. The 42-year old student grew up in Santee, attended Grossmont College, received a BA in English from UC Berkeley, and then moved to New York City for 11 years before returning to San Diego to study interior design.
Keck was delighted to find an interior design program that was both affordable and comprehensive at Mesa College.
“It rivaled the other, out-of-reach programs, and I immediately felt right at home,” he said. “There are people of all ages and experience that have chosen to further their education at Mesa College. The low-cost of attending Mesa allowed me to embark on this new career, but the value in the education I am receiving is undeniably priceless.”
Beyond maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, Keck became president of the Interior Design Club. He initiated a textbook lending program, and created fundraisers supporting the Eddie Conlon Youth Fund and the San Diego LGBT Youth Center.
Dr. Leticia Lopez, honors coordinator for Mesa College and the San Diego Community College District, will accompany Farmer and Keck to the awards ceremony. Both students are expected to receive monetary stipends with their awards.
“This PTK awards ceremony recognizes some of the best of the 2.4 million students enrolled in California’s 112 community colleges,” said Professor Lopez. “We are delighted that Mesa college students are among the 80 student honorees.”