Two John Wood Community College students, Meredith Brinkman and Bradley Craigmyle, were among a select group of 81 Illinois community college student leaders named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team and nominated for the prestigious All-USA Academic Team.  Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society for two-year colleges.  The All-USA Academic Team program recognizes academic achievement and service to both college and community and is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa international Honor Society, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Brinkman resides in Fowler and is a graduate of Liberty High School.  During high school, she served as section XI President for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and attained her American FFA Degree.  While at JWCC she served as Student Trustee, Phi Theta Kappa Chapter secretary and was a members of Ag Club and the PAS (Postsecondary Agriculture Student) Organization.  Brinkman will graduate in May with an Associate Degree in agriculture business and accounting and will transfer to the University of Illinois to continue her studies.

Craigmyle resides in Quincy and graduated from North Shelby High School.  He is a member of JWCC’s Student Government Association, the Trail Blazer baseball team and will transfer to Truman State University and major in English with a minor in business administration. After Truman State, he plans to attend law school.

Brinkman and Craigmyle were recognized at the 14th annual Phi Theta Kappa Banquet honoring all the All-Illinois Academic Team at the president Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield in April.