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Heartland students named to Illinois All-Academic Team

May 19, 2020

Three Heartland Community College Students have been named to the Illinois All-Academic team.

Heartland students Shelby Egan, Alexiramar (Alexi) Olvera, and Amanda Sims have been named to the All-Illinois Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa, the international two-year college honor society. Team members are chosen from among community college students across the state on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and service work.

Shelby Egan, from Le Roy, IL, earned HCC’s Nurse Assistant certificate in Spring of 2018. Egan plans to continue her studies in the medical field with HCC’s Radiology Work Ready Program, which she recently began after completing an Associate in Arts this past spring semester.

Alexi Olvera is a Fall 2019 HCC graduate who hails from Bloomington, IL. While attending Heartland, Olvera completed an EMT certificate and an Associate in Arts, having earned a spot on the Dean’s List three times. On track to complete a Nurse Assistant certificate this summer, Olvera will go on to study General Biology at Illinois State University, pursuing a career as a Physician’s Assistant in either pediatrics, orthopedics, or neurosurgery. 

Amanda Sims is a Spring 2020 graduate from Towanda, IL set to attend Illinois State University and study Secondary English Education. During her time at HCC, Sims served as Vice President of the Student Government Association and was a member of the College’s Honors Program as well as Phi Theta Kappa. Sims currently works at State Farm, also dedicating time to volunteer at the Food Bank and serve as an Execute Board Member at ISU’s A Just Brew: a coffeehouse that donates its profits to efforts in ending human trafficking.

These three students were recognized at the Heartland Board of Trustees Meeting held on May 19.

The All-Illinois Academic Team is sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, and the American Association of Community Colleges. It seeks to honor outstanding community college students who show intellectual rigor in their course of study, demonstrate academic, leadership, and civic growth and who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their communities.

Written by: Steve Fast