Coffeyville Community College sophomores Kenneth Dodson of Coffeyville and Brylee Brasher of Claremore, Oklahoma, have been selected to represent the college in the ALL-USA Community College Academic Team Competition. Criteria for selection includes academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.
Kansas is one of 38 states participating in the ALL-STATE Academic Team programs. The state Academic Teams were introduced in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges. The State Academic Teams are a division of the ALL-USA Community College Academic Team presented by USA TODAY , and sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, Follett higher Education Group, and Kansas Association of Community College Trustees.
As members of the ALL-KANSAS Academic Team, the CCC students will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, February 15, at the Ramada Inn in downtown Topeka. Each student on the ALL-KANSAS Team will receive a capitol tour, a certificate, stipend, and medallion. Nominees to the ALL-KANSAS may also be considered for the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, and New Century Scholars.
Kenneth serves the Eta Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa as president; he also serves as vice president of the southern district for the Kansas/Nebraska Region and has represented the region to the Iowa and Oklahoma/Arkansas Regions. Kenneth was selected as the chapter's Member of the Month. He is a presidential scholar and a member of the Honors Program. He represents the student body on the college's Strategic Planning Committee. He also is a member of the college choir, band, and theater programs. He was selected by an interview committee to serve as Redd T. Raven Homecoming Royalty. Kenneth has participated in service learning activities at CCC including the planting of flowers at the theater entrance. He has also worked in the international processing center of Operation Christmas Child in Denver. Kenneth will be introduced on the House Floor on Thursday, February 15, as part of the ALL-KANSAS events at the state capitol. Kenneth plans to transfer to Kansas State University where he will major in horticulture science.
Brylee is co-vice president of service for the Eta Gamma Chapter where she chaired the chapter's Project Graduaation, Operation Christmas Child, and Viva La Ville projects. Brylee has been of special help to Friends of the Mansion with several of their fundraising projects.
Brylee is quite active on campus serving as captain of the women's soccer team. She was recognized as the National Junior College Athletic Association's Goalie of the Week. She was selected to serve as Miss Redd T. Raven for the 2017 college homecoming. She was the Phi Theta Kappa Member of the Month and was honored as a Five Star Competitive Edge Member. She has provided leadership to International Society initiatives such as Five Star Chapter Plan and Reach Rewards. Brylee is a Presidential Scholar. She is majoring in chemical engineering; her transfer college is undecided at this time.