Muskegon Community College students Michaela Bosset and Van Vu were named to the 2017 All-Michigan Academic Team and honored on Wednesday, March 15, at a reception in Lansing sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) and Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.
Students were selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service involvement, and leadership accomplishment. The State Academic Teams are a division of the All-USA Community College Academic All-American Team sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges.
In addition to the student honorees, the luncheon attendees included community college presidents, administrators and trustees, state legislators, and Phi Theta Kappa advisors. Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and throughout the world.
Michaela Bosset balances her 30-hour-per-week job at an insurance company with attending Muskegon Community College full time.
As the PR/Historian officer in Phi Theta Kappa’s Beta Xi Xi chapter at Muskegon Community College, Michaela has made a significant contribution to community and campus outreach. She has worked with The Bay Window – the MCC student newspaper – on publicity for the honor society’s events, led her chapter’s collaboration with John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids for its Honors in Action research project, and represented MCC at regional conferences.
A Twin Lake, MI native and a Holton High School graduate, Micheala plans to major in mathematics at Grand Valley State University this fall.
Born in Vietnam, Van Vu was a volunteer assistant with the Hanoi Baseball Club. The coach’s wife, an American, offered Van the opportunity to come to the U.S. to attend high school. After graduating from Muskegon Catholic Central High School in 2015, Van began her college career at Muskegon Community College.
The vice president of Phi Theta Kappa’s Beta Xi Xi chapter’s Hallmarks program, Van has worked in the MCC’s Hendrik Meier Library. An active volunteer, she assisted the Hanoi Youth Baseball Club during the Colt World Series in 2015, served as an IRS tax volunteer, and has prepared lunches at the Kids’ Food Basket. She also helps a child with autism to read and play the piano. In addition to school, work, and volunteering, Van enjoys playing the guitar, singing, dancing and traveling with her family.
Van plans to transfer to Grand Valley State University or Michigan State University this fall to major in accounting and finance.