Two chosen for Paul D. Camp Academic Team

Published 8:28 pm Saturday, May 25, 2013

Celebrating the selection of two students to the 2013 All-Virginia Academic Team recently were, from left, PDCCC President Paul Conco, counselor Hyler Scott, selectee Ida Thompson, Dean of Student Services Trina Jones, and PTK co-advisors Troy Hand and Jillian Overby. Not pictured is selectee Ardell Adkins. (Submitted Photo)

Celebrating the selection of two students to the 2013 All-Virginia Academic Team recently were, from left, PDCCC President Paul Conco, counselor Hyler Scott, selectee Ida Thompson, Dean of Student Services Trina Jones, and PTK co-advisors Troy Hand and Jillian Overby. Not pictured is selectee Ardell Adkins. (Submitted Photo)

Two Paul D. Camp Community College students were selected to participate on the 2013 All-Virginia Academic Team, an honor based on scholastic achievements.

Ida Thompson and Ardell Adkins, both of Suffolk, were recognized during a luncheon held April 17 at the Omni Hotel in Richmond. Each student also received a certificate and a medal.

“I am so excited about what I have been able to accomplish in community college and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa,” said Thompson. She serves as vice president of leadership for the Omega Zeta Chapter of PTK at PDCCC and is a Presidential Student Ambassador. She is also the college’s first recipient of the Valley Proteins Fellowship.

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Thompson will attend Norfolk State University, majoring in political science this fall. After completing her degree there, she plans to apply to law school at the College of William & Mary.

She is interning with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office in Suffolk.

Adkins is a veteran, having served four years in the Army. He serves as president of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He was selected to represent PDCCC at the Virginia General Assembly in January.

He will also attend Norfolk State University in the fall to earn his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field. He plans to apply to law school at the College of William & Mary as well.

Adkins also plans to apply to become a Virginia state trooper or border patrol agent within the next year, working toward detective if a trooper or getting into the immigrations unit if in border patrol.

“I will strive for a Ph.D., to better understand my job and effectively perform my duties and help others as much as possible,” he said.

The honors are presented by Virginia’s Community and Technical Colleges, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

During the luncheon, Thompson was also recognized for being part of the Top 10 All-Virginia Academic Team. This honor is achieved by being a member of the All-Virginia Academic Team with the highest ratings in the international program. It is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.