March 25, 2010
Rebecca Johnson named a 2010 Coca-Cola National Finalist
Based on the scores she earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition,
Cowley College sophomore Rebecca Johnson was recently named a 2010
Coca-Cola National Finalist.
The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. As a national finalist, Johnson will be presented a check for $1,000.
By being named to the Kansas All-State Academic Team, Johnson was automatically nominated for the All-USA Academic Team. Johnson was selected for the All-USA Team after submitting essays along with letters of recommendation.
“I was surprised I was able to go so far, it shows my efforts are paying off,” Johnson said.
At Cowley’s Mulvane Campus, Johnson has shown great leadership while serving as executive vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa organization.
“She is not only an exemplary student and a driving force for our group, but Rebecca is very involved in her community as well,” Cowley College Mulvane PTK sponsor Nancy Ayers said. “I am sure this is what the committee saw as they read her application and the reason she has received this national recognition. Melinda Neal (Arkansas City PTK sponsor) and I are proud of all of our Phi Theta Kappa students, but it is especially exciting for us when one of them is recognized at this level among such stiff competition.”
Johnson, who also serves as a Daisy Scout Leader in her spare time, will graduate from Cowley in May. She plans to transfer to the University of Central Oklahoma.
Johnson has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in PTK and will continue being active in the organization as an alumnus of the school.
“Being in PTK has been wonderful,” Johnson said. “This last year was probably the best year of my life, being able to travel and meet new people.”