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CCCCD Students Named To All-Texas Academic Team



CCCCD Students Named To All-Texas Academic Team

May 28, 2004 - Three students from Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) were named to the 2003-2004 All-Texas Academic Team of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for college students. Rankings on All-State Teams are determined by a national competition. Members may receive medallions, certificates or scholarships.

Sydney Portilla-Diggs (pictured right), a 43-year-old returning student majoring in English and Spanish, was named to the first team. Portilla-Diggs participated in the second annual CCCCD Student Leadership Academy, the only such academy at a Texas community college; she served as an officer in Alpha Mu Tau, CCCCD's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa; and in 2003 she was a recipient of the Senator Florence Shapiro Scholarship for Leadership. She has volunteered with America Reads, the Collin County Council on Family Violence, the DFW Center for Autism, Hope for Kids, the International Church of Christ, Mentor Express and the Plano Independent School District. Her goals are to become an English professor, complete her books of poetry, and to become a lecturer on race, diversity and inclusion.

Stacy Arias (pictured left) and Sandra Wilson were both nominated to the second team. Arias served as vice-president of Alpha Mu Tau. She also sits on the board of directors and serves as guardian ad litem for the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County. Wilson will graduate from the e-business media program with a major in website design and development. She worked with college administrators to gain server space for hosting student organization websites and developed policies and procedures for their construction.