TBCC Students Honored for High Achievement by Governor Kate Brown

PTK All State 2018

Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC), and Phi Theta Kappa students Mikayla Ebel and Zachary Zwald recently received high achievement honors from Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA).

Ebel and Zwald were nominated by TBCC, and were selected by OCCA for the All-Oregon Community College Academic Team. The students each received $1,000 scholarships to a four-year university, along with an invitation to an exclusive luncheon with the Governor, which they attended on April 23. All-Oregon Community College Academic Team students submit an application through Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), receive a nomination from their college, and demonstrate academic excellence, quality stewardship of their campus, and a dedication to community service.

Ebel is currently completing her Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer and Associates of General Studies degrees at TBCC. She plans to transfer to Portland State University to study Communications. Ebel has worked as an editor for the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, and published her own wildlife guide for the Kilchis Point Reserve. This year, she was honored with being a speaker at the governor’s luncheon. As a Phi Theta Kappa member, Ebel is an Honor Roll recipient, received both the Mario and Alma Pastega Family Scholarship and the Mildred Davy Endowed Scholarship for 2016-2017, the Lyle Specht Memorial Kiwanis Club Scholarship in 2017-2018, and is a National Society for High School Scholars member.

Zwald is currently completing his Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer, Associates of Science, and Associates of General Studies degrees at TBCC. A graduate of Tillamook High School, Zwald is passionate about history, and is planning to transfer to Western Oregon University in the fall. He intends to major in Social Studies and obtain a certificate in secondary or post-secondary education, with which he plans on becoming a history teacher. Zwald is Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President, a TBCC Student Ambassador, is an Honor Roll recipient, and is received of the TBCC First Class Scholar Scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), is the International Honor Society for two-year college students, and recognizes academic achievement, the encouragement of student success through resources that emphasize college completion, and professional development and leadership skills. PTK students participate in a variety of community projects and events, and engage in student outreach with the intent on creating a strong learning environment for all TBCC students.

To learn more about how to join PTK, contact Sheryl Vanselow, at 503-842-8222 ext. 1220, or email sherylvanselow@tillamookbaycc.edu.