Two JWCC Students Nominated to All-USA/All-State Academic Team

Two John Wood Community College students, Taylor Huber of Quincy and Brent Mansfield of Whitehall, were among a select group of Illinois Community College student leaders named to the 2014 USA TODAY ALL-USA Community College Academic Team.  The All-USA/All-State Academic Team seeks to honor outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to hold up as representatives of all outstanding community college students.  The awards are based on students’ community college accomplishments.  Nominees may be pursuing an associate degree or intend to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree.

Huber is a 2012 graduate of Quincy Senior High School, Taylor Huberwhere she received recognition for performance on the Prairie State Achievement Exam with the Exceeds Standards in Science Award. She is involved in the JWCC Psychology Club and is the vice president of scholarship for the Alpha Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. While attending JWCC Huber has maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. and has worked with the Psychology Club to raise mental health awareness around JWCC’s campus. In 2013 she received one of three Walter Hansen/Quincy Noon Kiwanis Scholarships. That same year, an essay Huber wrote was chosen to represent JWCC in the Illinois Community College Trustee Association Paul Simon Student Essay Contest. Huber will graduate from JWCC in May with an associate in arts degree and plans to transfer to the University of Illinois at Springfield to pursue a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science.

Brent MansfieldMansfield is a 2012 graduate of Carrollton High School and will graduate in May from JWCC with an associate in science degree. He plans to continue his education at the University of Illinois to pursue a bachelor’s degree in crop science. Mansfield is an active member in the Student Government Association (SGA), Agriculture Club, and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at JWCC.  Currently he is president of the Alpha Tau Gamma Chapter of PTK as well as the Ag Club representative for the SGA.  He also is employed part-time by the John Wood physical plant, while enrolled in 18 credit hours.  Mansfield plans to pursue graduate school to study integrated pest management and continue his family's farming operation. He also is a member of the White Hall Lions Club.

Huber and Mansfield will attend the Phi Theta Kappa All Illinois Team banquet held on Tuesday, April 1, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.