Two Skyline College Phi Theta Kappa members on the All-California Academic Team

At the luncheon, from left, Wafa Zeidan, Dr. Stanback Stroud, and Emily Colby

At the luncheon, from left, Wafa Zeidan, Dr. Stanback Stroud, and Emily Colby

Two Skyline College students were honored at a Community College League luncheon in Sacramento. President Stanback Stroud attended the luncheon, which honored the All-California Academic Team. Skyline College students Wafa Zeidan and Emily Colby ranked among the top 60 California community college students to earn this honor. There are 20 students on each of three teams.

First team member Wafa Zeidan is studying Biology with the desire to continue on with her education and earn a Medical Degree, while continuing to do research throughout her career. She plans to transfer to a four-year university in Fall 2015 to complete her undergraduate studies. During her time at Skyline College, she conducted independent research along with her mentor, Dr. Christine Case to test the effects of a plant extract on various microorganism, thus proving that the extract is effective in killing and inhibiting various bacteria. She went on to present her research at the annual SACNAS conference in October 2014 and still plans to continue and further the scope of her research. In addition to doing research, she is also an active volunteer in her community, both volunteering with children at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and also volunteering with her Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s Computer Literacy and Internet Competency for Seniors program.

Second-team member Emily Colby lives in Millbrae with her parents and her dog and cat. She hopes to transfer to a four-year university to study International Relations. At school she stays involved through participation in the Honors Club and Skyline College Model United Nations. She also works at her school’s Student Life and Leadership office. Emily is proud to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa and an honor student. Someday Emily plans to pursue international diplomacy and or law. She is passionate about travel, art, culture and learning. She is thankful to her family and friends who encourage her to try her best while taking care of herself.

Article by Dr. Christine Case