Two Terra State Community College students were among those recognized at the 2012 All-Ohio Academic Team Luncheon on April 26 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The annual event is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa and the All-Ohio Advisory Council. Sherry Peterson, of Port Clinton, was named to the first team while Michael D. Ontko, of Oak Harbor, was selected to the third team. Both received All-Ohio medallions, certificates and lapel pins. Peterson was awarded $1,000 and Ontko received $250.
“Receiving acknowledgement from the governor of Ohio, the OACC and Phi Theta Kappa at the State Senate epitomizes my value as a student and representative of Terra State and Phi Theta Kappa,” Peterson said.
“It was an amazing day spent with so many good people,” he said. “I was very happy to hear Governor Kasich speak.”
Peterson will graduate May 4 with an Associate of Applied Business in Office Administration/Executive. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in organizational management at Tiffin University beginning this fall. Eventually, she hopes to earn a master’s degree in developmental education, possibly at Bowling Green State University.
Ontko will also graduate Friday with an Associate of Applied Science in Social Work/Social Work Assistant. He plans to attend Spring Arbor University this fall and later work toward a master’s degree in social work at The Ohio State University. The U.S. Army veteran hopes to build a career working closely with armed forces veterans.
Both were honored to be nominated for the All-Ohio distinction.
“Learning that I would be acknowledged on the State Senate floor as one of the top 10 students in the State of Ohio was surreal,” Peterson said. “I never dreamed such an honor would become a part of my story.”
Ontko was humbled.
“I was very excited and overwhelmed to think that of all the students at Terra State, someone felt so highly of me to nominate me,” he said.
Peterson is the mother of Kasey and Jay Peterson.
Ontko and his wife, Traci, are the parents of James, Reid, William, Jessica, Rebecca and Cheyenne.
Honda of America Mfg., Inc. was the event sponsor.