David Jeffrey Jr. and Shelly Salminen, two students at Anoka Technical College, were acknowledged for being named to the 2012 All-Minnesota State Academic Team March 31. The recognition earned the honorees a medallion and a scholarship.
“I have had the honor of working with both David and Shelly on a variety of college projects,” said Jessica Stumpf, interim college president at Anoka Technical College. “They are both natural leaders who have the knowledge and the ability to accomplish great things and deserve a place on the academic team.”
A native of the Anoka community, Jeffrey lives by the philosophy that you will miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. Besides being dedicated to his studies in information technology management, he is active as the president of Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the college student senate and as a student mentor/tutor. His 3.85 grade-point average earned him a spot on the spring 2011 dean’s list and on the fall 2011 president’s honor roll. After graduation, Jeffrey plans to apply his IT skills and leadership experience in a career as a network analyst.
“Juggling a part-time job, being a father, a full-time student, a husband and being active in student life at Anoka Tech hasn’t always been easy,” Jeffrey said.
“Being named to the All-Minnesota State Academic Team is an honor that makes the extra work and long hours, worth it.”
Salminen is as active in her Blaine community as she is at the technical college. She volunteers at the community food shelf and she is the student senate public affairs coordinator and vice president of Phi Theta Kappa at Anoka Tech. She admitted being nominated for the ALL-USA Academic Team Scholarship was one of her greatest college achievements.
Salminen earned a spot on the Anoka Technical College president’s honor roll twice during her two-year college career and on the faculty honor roll once. After completing her information technology management degree, she wants to develop websites and work as an information system analyst for an organization where she will continue learning.
When asked to say a few words about Salminen, an instructor at Anoka Tech said she is an outstanding student who has proven her desire to excel within the IT industry.
To be nominated to the All-Minnesota Academic Team, a student must be enrolled at a Minnesota two-year college, have completed at least 12 semester credits and have a grade-point average of at least 3.5. Nominees were selected based on biographical information, letters of recommendation, academic performance, demonstration of leadership and campus and community service involvement.
As a member of the All-Minnesota State Academic Team, Jeffrey automatically becomes the state’s nominees for the All-USA Academic Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students. The program is sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.