At a special ceremony in Nashville Feb. 11, two of Jackson State Community Colleges students were honored for academic excellence. Aaliyah Yisrael and Joshua Roberson were honored along with other students from Tennessees 13 community colleges. In all, there were 26 outstanding students that were named to the 2014 All-Tennessee Academic Team at a special luncheon in the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel.
Aaliyah Yisrael states that she has always loved school. Throughout her education, she has won a number of awards in writing, art and science. Before moving to Jackson, she was accepted into the Wyman Teen Leadership Program in St. Louis, Mo. This is a seven-year program that fosters leadership skills and better prepares students for college. Aaliyah still maintains an active role in this program.
Aaliyah also has a love for community service. She regularly volunteers with the Salvation Army and works in her church. After receiving her associates in business administration at JSCC, she plans to pursue a four-year degree in Finance at MTSU. A big fan of Dave Ramsey, she hopes to be a financial adviser after graduation from college.
Joshua Roberson has been challenged with a number of unusual family struggles over the past few years, but he has persevered. Josh states that he has a strong will and desire to learn new and exciting things and this has been a driving force for him. Being from Parsons, Josh has maintained an active presence on both the Lexington and Jackson campuses of JSCC. He has been a student worker on campus and has been very active in the Lexington Area Student Service Organization (LASSO).
Josh has excelled as a business student at JSCC and plans to pursue a career in HR management. Upon graduation from JSCC, he plans to enter the HR business management degree program offered by Trevecca University on the JSCC campus
The All-Tennessee Academic Team is comprised of students nominated by their colleges to be considered for the All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Each of the states 13 community colleges selects two outstanding students to recognize for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters in the U.S. and beyond. Students must have a 3.5 grade-point average to qualify for membership.