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Three OTC students receive statewide recognition

Lake Ozark, Missouri – The Missouri Community College Association recognized three Ozarks Technical Community College students at its 51st annual convention this week.

Those recognized were chosen from thousands of peers across the state for their outstanding leadership, innovation and support of their community college campuses.

The students are:

  • Scott Murphy: In addition to maintaining a 3.87 GPA, Scott, of Marionville, serves as a campus ambassador, volunteer tutor and assists with a number of campus events and activities. When he is not in class at the Table Rock Campus, he helps coach the Hollister High School marching band percussion section, works full-time in the community’s hospitality industry and cares for his 2-year-old daughter.
  • William Brazeal: William, of Independence, has served as a chapter officer of Phi Theta Kappa as well as the Regional President of the Missouri Region of Phi Theta Kappa. He is currently serving his second year as a regional officer and recently ran a campaign for international office. William is a chapter mentor, works with the veteran’s organization on campus, and volunteers in the community. During the last semester, he was integral to the Phi Theta Kappa chapter as they placed eighth internationally out of nearly 1300 chapters.
  • Katie Blackburn: Katie, of Ozark Missouri, is a veteran of the U.S. Army who is now studying to be a nurse. When Katie first began with OTC, she wasn’t convinced she was college material, but according to mathematics instructor Trish White, “Katie is learning that past failures do not limit future successes.” Katie has received an OTC Foundation scholarship, and is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa.

The Missouri Community College Association’s annual convention is the largest professional development opportunity in Missouri solely focused on community colleges. Its four award banquets, nearly 50 breakout sessions and countless opportunities for peer to peer networking attract more than 500 attendees from across the state.

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