CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Two Prairie State College students recently were honored at the 14th annual Phi Theta Kappa banquet on April 18 in Springfield, Ill.
Carlo Pierandozzi and Erin Witt were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement, campus leadership, and responsible community involvement. They were selected by committee from a group of PSC student applicants. As part of the honor, Pierandozzi and Witt are named to the 2012 Illinois All-Academic Team, which includes 81 students representing 42 community colleges in Illinois.
"The Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team is one way we can honor the outstanding academic achievements made by our community college students, and recognize the positive contributions community colleges and their students make to our Illinois communities," said Illinois Community College Board President and CEO Geoff Obrzut.
Pierandozzi has served as a scholarship committee member for Phi Theta Kappa at PSC, and was chairman of Commit to Complete Signing Day. He also served as a Phi Theta Kappa public relations committee member and fundraising committee member. In addition to his Phi Theta Kappa activities, Pierandozzi has been involved in the PSC Sustainability Program, and worked as a volunteer tutor and computer lab facilitator. In his community of Chicago Heights, he has volunteered with the Adult Literacy Program.
Pierandozzi has been named to the dean's list every semester since spring 2010. He is graduating with an associate degree from PSC this month and plans to pursue a degree in actuarial science. He already has been accepted to several area universities.
Witt has served as treasurer of Phi Theta Kappa at PSC, as well as a public relations committee member, scholarship committee member, and fundraising committee member. In addition to her Phi Theta Kappa activities, Witt also has been an artist and writer for the Student Review newspaper at PSC. In her community of Sauk Village, she assists with the Cub Scouts by conducting meetings, preparing newsletters, planning outings, and at Cub Scout Day Camp.
Witt recently was named a recipient of the Governors State University Honors Scholarship. She is graduating with an associate degree from PSC this month and plans to attend GSU in the fall, majoring in elementary education.