awards luncheon last week to honor All-Michigan Academic Team honor students, Shelby Dury of Glen
Oaks Community College was front and center.
Dury, a Sturgis resident, was nominated to represent the Glen Oaks Community College Phi
Theta Kappa chapter by club sponsor and instructor of psychology Chad Worthington.
Speaking about the luncheon at Lansing’s Radisson Hotel, Dury said, “I met fellow students from
across the state and I really enjoyed hearing Mary Roszel, co-founder of highly-successful Biggby Coffee,
and her message about achieving your best.” Ms. Roszel is a Lansing Community College graduate. Luke
Davis, Chapter Relations Manager for Phi Theta Kappa headquarters in Jackson, MS, introduced Dury
and conferred the awards to all the All-Michigan Academic Team members. Team members have the
opportunity to be named to the All-USA Team, and may receive stipends from USA Today and Coca-
Over 400 students applied from 22 colleges for the All-Michigan Academic Team, but just 52
were selected for a spot on the state-wide roster. PTK All-State recognition programs are held in 32
states and students are selected based on academic achievement, community service involvement and
leadership accomplishment. “I was thrilled to be selected and participate in the March 24 honors
luncheon,” said Dury. The sophomore plans to pursue a computer science degree at either Oakland
University or Michigan Technological University.
Worthington said Dury came to mind immediately for the award, “She seemed to have everything
to meet the organization’s requirements. Shelby is an outstanding student and very involved in work and
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher
education with 1,250 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in 50 of the United States,
U.S. Territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab
Emirates and Palau. More than two million students have been inducted into the organization since its
founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted each year. The average new member is
age 29 with a 3.8 grade point average. Most popular majors for members are nursing, followed closely by
education and business.