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Two MCC Students Earn All-Michigan Academic Honors

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Muskegon Community College students Eric Howard and Jonathan Mendicelli were named to the 2014 All-Michigan Academic Team and honored on Tuesday, March 25, at a reception sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) in Lansing.

Students were selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service involvement, and leadership accomplishment. The State Academic Teams are a division of the Academic All-American Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students, an international program sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges.

“This event is all about recognizing student excellence and achievement in community colleges,” said MCCA President Mike Hansen. “It was very inspiring to hear about the individual stories of perseverance, resilience and not giving up on your dreams.”

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. 

Eric Howard

A graduate of Mona Shores High School, Howard will earn his associate’s degree in nursing this May at MCC and become a Registered Nurse this summer. He plans to continue his education and work in intensive care while completing his bachelor’s degree in nursing at Grand Valley State University. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia at Michigan State University.

While at MCC, Howard has been on the President’s List several semesters for his 4.0 grade point average. He is the president of the MCC Student Government Association, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the MCC Sustainability Task Force.

As the Student Services Council representative, he coordinated the student efforts in the recent successful campaign to gain voter approval for funding expansions and renovations to science, health, and art facilities at MCC.

Howard volunteers as a mentor with Michigan State University’s 4-H STEM Program, where he works both one-on-one and with groups of middle school students. He is a swim coach for kids from 5-18 years of age and is a nanny for five different families.

Jonathan Mendicelli

An active member of Phi Theta Kappa and the leader of the Honors in Action project, Mendicelli has worked as an assistant to the athletic trainer.  

A military veteran, he has invigorated MCC’s Veteran’s Student Organization and served as a keynote speaker, sharing the platform with a WWII vet former prisoner of war, during the College’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony in November.

Mendicelli graduated from Cadillac (Mich.) High School in 2008 and began his studies at Central Michigan University. He left CMU in January 2009 to join the U.S. Marine Corps, where he developed leadership skills and self-discipline. In 2012, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for heroic combat actions while serving in Afghanistan. After serving four years in the Marine Corps, he was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in 2012 and began at MCC in January 2013. He has been on the President’s List or Dean’s List every semester for his excellent grades.

He plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a doctorate in physical therapy.