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STLCC Students Named to Missouri Academic Teams

Thursday, May 26, 2022


All-Missouri Academic Team members

Six students represented St. Louis Community College on the 2022 All-Missouri Academic Teams, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Missouri Community College Association. 

The All-Missouri teams recognize high-achieving students who demonstrate academic excellence, intellectual rigor, leadership, and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.

Jaylana Ahmetspahic of Wildwood was named to the All-Missouri Academic First Team. Second Team selections were Amelia Khan of Meramec and Adelaide Robinson-Nunnelly of Forest Park. Third Team members were Kiana Clark of Florissant Valley, Tasha Ritter of Meramec and Suzanne Roussin of Forest Park.  (Ahmetspahic, Nunnelly, Clark, Ritter and Roussin are pictured in the photo above, left to right.)

Jaylana Ahmetspahic has proved she has what it takes to excel in college and beyond. She started her college career in high school, participating in STLCC’s Early College Partnership program. In addition to serving as vice president of scholarship for Wildwood’s Beta Rho Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, she’s an Honor’s Program student who earned her associate degree in general transfer studies last week. Ahmetspahic plans to leverage the credits she earned at STLCC toward a bachelor’s degree at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy. Her ultimate career goal is to work in medicine either as an OB/GYN doctor or an emergency medicine pharmacist. Outside of school, Ahmetspahic serves as the outreach coordinator for Muslim Youth of St. Louis.

Amelia Khan graduated cum laude with an associate in arts degree from STLCC. She plans to transfer to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to major in psychology. Khan hopes to become a child therapist to work with children, giving them better access to mental health care. 

Adelaide Robinson-Nunnelly attended STLCC through the Early College Partnership program. She received her associate degree in general transfer studies from STLCC on May 21, and the next day received her diploma from Metro Academic and Classical High School. At Forest Park, Nunnelly and served as the vice president of scholarship and service for Forest Park’s Xi Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. At Metro high school, she was a member of the Women’s Association and National Honor Society. She’s an intern with Planned Parenthood, where she participates in Teen Advocates for Sexual Health and Peer Education. In her “free” time, Nunnelly works at the Ted Drewes Gift Shop. She plans to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City and major in sociology.

Kiana Clark graduated last week with an associate degree in nursing. Clark hopes to apply her health care knowledge and patient care values in a community in need, like the one she grew up in, so she can give back. After gaining more experience, she plans to educate future nursing students to ensure they have the knowledge and skills needed to thrive as they care for people. In her free time, Clark volunteers for church activities, hosts peer study groups and provides respite care for fostering youth. 

Tasha Ritter returned to school after 14 years as a dental assistant to earn a spot on the Meramec Dean’s List as a nursing student. After becoming an RN, she hopes to work in a MedSpa to learn how to perfect the art and broaden her knowledge of aesthetic nursing. Ritter one day would like to open her own practice. She loves nature, hiking, biking and watching her son play hockey. 

Suzanne Roussin is pursuing a degree in biotechnology with the goal of becoming a research scientist. She is a recipient of STLCC’s Board of Trustees scholarship. Outside of STLCC, she is the content creator for “Suzanne’s Tutoring” on YouTube. It is a channel devoted to tutorial videos for math, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, etc.

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