SAN MARCOS (March 27, 2014) – Two Palomar College students, Maylin Caldwell and Anh Tran have been selected for the Phi Theta Kappa All California Academic Team and will be honored by the Community College League of California (CCLC) on April 3 at an Awards Luncheon at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

According to the CCLC website, “The Phi Theta Kappa Awards Luncheon is an annual event sponsored by the Community College League of California to recognize outstanding scholars from California’s community colleges. Ranking on the All-State team is determined by the student’s score in the national competition.”

Caldwell and Tran are among 76 California nominees representing 40 colleges throughout the state that are receiving awards. President and CEO of the CCLC Scott Lay said, “These students are amazing and were a small subset of the 1,700 nominees from Phi Theta Kappa chapters across the country.”

Caldwell has served as vice president of Palomar’s Alpha Omega Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), which has three faculty advisors, Katy French, associate professor of library technology; Katie Townsend-Merino, associate professor of psychology; and Rachel Horn-Langford, sociology instructor.

French said of Caldwell, “Maylin possesses the energy, attitude and communication skills of a great leader…. she is devoted to improving herself and the lives of others.   As Vice President of Service, Maylin spearheaded and coordinated a fundraising campaign for local area foster youth.  Her excitement about the project was infectious and led many in our community to donate money, toys and books to local foster youth.  I witnessed her drive and persistence as she approached individuals to ask for their support and made her way around the campus collecting donations.”

Townsend-Merino said of Anh Tran, “I have rarely had a student work harder or excel more…. Heis not only a superior student, but his strong personal qualities recommend him as a scholarshipparticipant. Anh is a very mature, warm and caring young man. He acts as a leader without intellectualsnobbery, readily agrees to help other students (and is currently tutoring in our Gear Up program) andcares deeply about his contributions to the world.”

“This is a wonderful honor for these two students and for Palomar College. We are very proud,” said Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan.

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Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365,
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152,
Katy French, Library 760-744-1150, ext. 3640,