Student named Silver Scholar

Posted on: April 04, 2013

College of the Mainland student Kayla McDonald has been selected as a silver scholar on Coca-Cola’s 2013 Community College Academic Team, one among only 50 students given the honor nationwide.

 McDonald will receive a $1,250 scholarship and recognition at the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in San Jose, California. She was selected based on her score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
 
“To place as a silver scholar is a huge accomplishment because she competed against 1,800 applicants,” said Chris Allen, COM professor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor.
 
The award is not the first of McDonald’s accomplishments. A student in COM’s Collegiate High School, McDonald has earned a 3.712 GPA and will graduate in May with an associate degree from COM and a high school diploma from Santa Fe High School in June. An officer and active member of Phi Theta Kappa, McDonald likes helping coordinate chapter events.
 
“I’ve learned a lot (about) leadership,” the 18-year-old said.
 
Recently she and other chapter officers helped coordinate the group’s annual College Project. College administrators suggested they focus on teacher appreciation, and the group planned a series of events, including card-making and delivering lunches to faculty. Besides winning the regional College Project Award of Distinction, the project helped officers forge relationships with each other.
 
“I’ve become close to all of them. We all work together,” she said.
 
Besides staying busy with college classes, conferences and other projects, she has worked as a developmental math tutor at COM, a job she said “keeps my brain fresh.”
 
She enjoys taking college classes in Collegiate High School and the program’s atmosphere.
 
“I’ve liked being around people who are more goal-oriented,” she said.
 
Planning to transfer to Texas State University and major in business and fashion design, McDonald eventually wants to manage resorts. She feels that being a student in Collegiate High School and member of Phi Theta Kappa has helped her prepare for the next step in her education.
 
“[In Phi Theta Kappa] you’re up in front of people all the time. It’s helped me learn how to talk to people and professors,” she said.


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