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SPJC students get academic honors

Ruth Smith, an elementary education major at St. Petersburg Junior College (SPJC), has been named to the Academic All-American Second Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students. The competition was sponsored by USA Today, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community, technical and junior college students.

Presidents of two-year colleges are invited annually to nominate students for the Academic All-American Team, which includes 20 members in each of the three teams selected.

Winners are selected in a three-step judging process administered by Phi Theta Kappa.

"We are pleased to participate in this competition to select and to honor the academic all-stars," said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Rod A. Risley. "We believe that their superior achievements reflect the overall scholastic excellence of the two-year college system in America. Furthermore, their superlative records of community service are indicative of the spirit of volunteerism that is so evident on our two-year college campuses."

Randy Diamond Strat, a student in SPJC's physical therapist assisting program, was named one of four recipients of the 1991 Outstanding Student Award presented by the Florida Physical Therapy Association. He is the only Florida junior college student to receive the award this year.

Michelle Lorraine Keys, a senior at Florida A&M University, also was named a 1991 Outstanding Student by the Florida Physical Therapy Association. She won this award once before, while in SPJC's program in 1984. Since 1983, seven SPJC students have received the award.

The requirements for the award included proof of membership, active participation in campus physical therapy programs and in chapter activities, community involvement and contributions to publications. Each winner receives a certificate and free fall conference registration or an invitation to the 1992 Leadership Conference with a $50 expense reimbursement.