5 April, 2018
Two members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Gadsden State Community College have earned accolades for outstanding academic achievement as well as college and community service. Rachel Houghton and Esther Adewuyi have been selected for the Phi Theta Kappa All-Alabama Academic Team. In addition, Houghton has been named a silver scholar on the Coca-Cola Academic Team.
All-Alabama Academic team members are nominated by the faculty and reviewed by a selection committee. To be eligible, students must have a 3.25 minimum GPA, complete at least 12 hours at the nominating college and be involved in campus activities. Each community college in Alabama nominates two students.
Students are nominated by college administrators for the Coca-Cola Academic Team. They must be members of Phi Theta Kappa and are selected based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service. For being one of 50 silver scholars, Houghton will receive a scholarship worth $1,250.
Houghton, 40, of Attalla is a sophomore at Gadsden State. She maintains a 4.0 and will receive her associate degree in general studies at Spring Commencement May 10, where she will be a keynote speaker. Prior to becoming a first-generation college student, she lived a life of service in places around the world, such as Mexico, Egypt, Europe and South America. For three years, she traveled the country feeding nomadic young people through the Jesus Kitchen, a non-profit organization focused on feeding the hungry and spreading the word of God.
Houghton remains active in volunteerism in the community and at the College. She and her husband are currently active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama, and they volunteer with Nomad’s Land, a nonprofit organization that offers a safe place for homeless young adults. At Gadsden State, Houghton tutors at the Cardinal Tutoring Center and through Student Support Services. She is also a member of Trio for Success and the Gadsden State Facility Planning and Evaluation Committee. She has been on the President’s List every semester, and she received the Excellence in Peer Tutoring Award during the 2017 Honors Day program.
After graduating from Gadsden State, she plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham to pursue a degree in secondary education with a concentration in English.
Adewuyi, 18, of Nigeria received her associate degree in general studies from Gadsden State in December, where she was the keynote speaker. She is now attending Georgia State University to pursue a degree in accounting. A daughter of missionaries, Adewuyi spends a lot of time volunteering for faith-based organizations. She helps with a Father’s Love, a food distribution charity at Church of the Highlands, and she volunteers at Open Hands of Etowah County, a ministry of MeadowBrook Baptist Church that provides food, personal supplies and clothing to those in need. In addition, she is the financial secretary for Hope for Us Charity, an organization that provides assistance and raises social awareness of third world countries in Africa.
At Gadsden State, Adewuyi earned the Creative Writing Award as well as a scholarship from the Gadsden State Alumni Association. She worked as a resident assistant at Fowler Hall on the Wallace Drive Campus, served as a tutor for Student Support Services and was a member of Students Without Borders. She served as secretary of the Honors in Action Program and was vice president of services for Phi Theta Kappa.
Houghton, Adewuyi and other All-Alabama Academic Team members will be recognized at a banquet April 23 in Prattville.
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievements of community college students. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members with nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.