Four MCC students earn statewide honor

Four MCC students were honored by the Missouri Community College Association yesterday in Jefferson City when they were named to the All-Missouri Academic Team.

The honor, which recognizes the state’s top community college students, was bestowed on the following students:

Heather Jochens (MCC‐Longview). Ms. Jochens is pursuing a degree in psychology. In addition to her membership in Phi Theta Kappa, Ms. Jochens is the president of Longviewʹs Gay‐Straight Alliance and has been an altar server and cantor at her church.

Travis Leader (MCC‐Longview). Mr. Leader says that he was a thoroughly average student in high school, and he initially approached college with that mindset. But then, during his first year at Longview, his English instructor told him that he was a good writer. The next semester, another teacher told him the same thing. He received positive feedback and encouragement from other teachers, and before long his view of himself and his potential had shifted. Today, Mr. Leader is a writing center tutor who helps other students every day and he writes for the campus paper. He’s a participant in Imagination Longview, which helps members of the campus community understand connections between different disciplines. He plans to transfer to the University of Central Missouri after graduating.

Crystal Nevins (MCC‐Blue River). Ms. Nevins is a campus leader who hopes to become a social worker. She works in the campus life and leadership office and spends a significant amount of time on Phi Theta Kappa activities. She has been on the dean’s honor roll and received the Missouri Phi Theta Kappa alumni scholarship based on her promise as a leader. Ms. Nevins is also the mother of two children and the president of her neighborhood association.

Tiffani Ohmer (MCC‐Blue River). Ms. Ohmer is a highly engaged campus leader who is dedicated to many different organizations both on and off campus. She is a student ambassador, public relations chair of her campus PTK chapter, and president of the student activities council. She also volunteers at an area hospital and a summer camp program. Ms. Ohmer works off campus as a nanny and has received MCCAʹs Student Leadership Award and MCCʹs Presidential Service Award. Ms. Ohmer plans to transfer to the University of Missouri after graduating from MCC and will enter the diagnostic medical ultrasound program.

Each student received a scholarship made possible by a donation from MOHELA, the state’s not-for-profit secondary market lender and servicer in the student loan industry.

Five MCC instructors were also honored at the ceremony.

Photos from the event are available on the Missouri Community College Association’s Facebook page.