IVC News > April 19, 2019

Sarah Wang Named Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar

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IVC Student and Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar Sarah Wang

Sarah Wang was named a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service. This honor is only awarded to 50 students nationally, and is accompanied by a $1,500 scholarship, and a commemorative medallion. It is the first time since 2012 that an IVC student has received the honor.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team, which is administered by the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Students are nominated for this award by their faculty advisor and college administrators.

"Sarah is deserving of this award because she has used her academic experiences and skills to benefit her chapter, her college, and her larger communities,” said Kurt Meyer, co-advisor for Phi Theta Kappa. “While she has made many contributions in her various leadership positions, Sarah's most significant endeavor has been her research on antibiotic resistance and how patients, doctors, and health care policy makers can be part of the solution, and not the problem.”

Sarah was also honored with the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award at the 2019 International PTK Convention in Orlando, Florida in April.

Sarah is a public health major and this year served as the vice president of service for Phi Theta Kappa. She spent this academic year dedicated to public health research, exploring factors that led to overprescription and misuse of antibiotics, and examining how best to educate on nutrition to prevent antibiotic resistance. She was inspired to pursue this passion after discovering the impact of food for preventing antibiotic resistance in her beloved dog, who was helped by a raw food diet.

“It means a lot to receive this gold award because it is only awarded to the top 50 students from across the country,” said Sarah. “[Being a part of Phi Theta Kappa] is an amazing opportunity to grow as a scholar and a servant-leader. I am proud to receive this recognition and pursue my research in honor of my best friend, my dog, Penelope, who passed recently.”

Additionally, Sarah was named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic First Team. Her fellow IVC student and PTK member Carissa Nihart earned on a spot on the Academic Second Team. In March, Sarah and Carissa traveled with faculty advisor Kurt Meyer and President Glenn Roquemore to Sacramento where they were honored for these achievements at a Phi Theta Kappa luncheon.

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Phi Theta Kappa Faclty Advisor Kurt Meyer, Sarah Wang, Carissa Nihart and President Glenn Roquemore attended an awards luncheon in Sacramento in March

“I highly recommend Phi Theta Kappa,” said Sarah. “Through my involvement in Phi Theta Kappa, I learned to be more confident as a leader on campus. I have had unforgettable projects and conventions, met a few extraordinarily kind, intelligent, and ambitious people, and found faculty members who were invested in my personal growth.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.​

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