Four MSJC students named 2023 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Competition award winners

Jessica Hulett, an accounting student at Mt. San Jacinto College, earns top honors in the 2023 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Competition and receives Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar award. Valley News/Courtesy photo

SAN JACINTO – Four Mt. San Jacinto College students were named 2023 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Competition award recipients. MSJC was one of only a few colleges in the state with four or more winners.

Kyra Brantley-Hughes, Jessica Hulett, Drashuna Pilcher and Crystal Uribe are among the list of 112 California community college students selected for All-American First, Second and Third Teams.

PTK provides funds for national scholarship programs including the All-USA Academic Team Scholarship, the New Century Pathway Scholarship and the Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholarship. One nomination from each college is submitted for the All-USA Academic Team, which qualifies the student for national competition for the three national awards.

Jessica Hulett, member of the 2023 PTK All-California team, was selected as a 2023 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar among more than 2,400 applicants.

“Words can’t describe how honored I feel earning this scholarship,” Hulett said. “I never thought I’d be selected and recognized for my achievements in college and contributions to the community.”

Measures for the All-California teams and scholar awards are based on the student’s grades, leadership and community service.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars awarding nearly $200,000 in scholarships each year. Hulett earned a $1,250 scholarship.

A mother of five, resident of Hemet and second-year student in business administration, Hulett re-enrolled at MSJC in 2019 after a 20-year gap. During her time at MSJC, she served as finance officer with Phi Theta Kappa, a mentor for the Honors Enrichment program, and a peer tutor. She will graduate in May and transfer to Purdue University in the fall. Her career goal is to create a nonprofit company offering certified public accounting services to not-for-profit organizations.

Hulett was encouraged by her mentor and communications professor, Jennifer Baney, to apply for the scholarship. Baney said Hulett was commendable of the award based on her superior academics and contributions to the Honors Program, MSJC students and the community. Hulett volunteers her time to the community of Idyllwild.

This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Scholars will be recognized at a statewide ceremony and internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, April 20-22.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world. Supporting more than 1,400 exceptional college students each year, it awards $3.55 million in scholarships annually through three nationally recognized programs. For more information, visit http://coca-colascholarsfoundation.org.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at http://ptk.org.

Submitted by Mt. San Jacinto College.

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