Students Named to PTK All-State Academic Team

Garrett College has released the names of two students named to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society All-Maryland Community College Academic Team. Karissa Anne Brenneman and Mallary Virginia Mae Granger, both residents of Grantsville, earned this honor as nominees to the national All-USA Community College Academic Team/Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team.

Brenneman, who is majoring in General Studies, is a Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Omicron Phi Chapter Member. She has achieved Dean’s List standing and is in the Honors Program. In the community she serves as Vacation Bible School secretary at her church where she is a member of the Youth Group Committee.

Looking to the future, Brenneman said she is interested in attending Rosedale Bible College, Irwin, Ohio, and pursuing a degree in music therapy at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

Reflecting on her studies at Garrett College Brenneman said: “I think the most important thing I have learned at college is how to work with others, be understanding of their ideas and traditions, and stick to a job,” she said.          

Granger, who is enrolled in the Science/Math degree program at GC, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Omicron Phi Chapter and is currently serving as Co-President of the club.

Following graduation from GC, Granger plans to transfer to West Virginia University. She has selected a future major in Pre-Med noting her long-term career goal is to be a physician in general practice. “I ultimately want to influence our government to join my fight against drunk drivers and texting while driving,” she said.

The All-USA Community College Academic Team is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group. Twenty students will be selected to the national team, each receiving a $2,500 scholarship and medallion.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. In addition, The Coca-Cola Foundation, along with The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation recognizes the New Century Scholars. Fifty students will be named Gold Scholars, each receiving a $1,500 scholarship, fifty students will be named Silver Scholars, each receiving a $1,250 scholarship, and fifty students will be named Bronze Scholars, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship.

For more information on Phi Theta Kappa at Garrett College one may contact club advisor Krista McKenzie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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