Lisa Richards was named as a member the All-Texas Academic Team for spring 2017, at the recommendation of LSC-O faculty members. Texas is one of 38 states that recognizes students with this honor.

The Texas All-State Academic Team is sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa International, a worldwide honor society. All-Texas Academic Team awards are presented annually to two-year college students nominated by their institutions to compete for one of 20 spots in the All-USA Community College Academic Team scholarship program. Each campus may nominate up to two students based on outstanding academic achievement, demonstrations of leadership, and community service. All qualifying students are eligible for nomination, regardless of Phi Theta Kappa membership.
Richards describes her nomination for the All-Texas Academic team as “deeply humbling.” Her appointment was based on her active membership role in Phi Theta Kappa and on the LSC-O Quiz Bowl team, as well as her diligent work with the local chapter of Out of the Darkness, a foundation for suicide prevention.

Richards says many professors played a key role in her success at LSC-O, including Mr. Dal Moreau and Mr. Eric Owens, whom she describes as “a key figure in [her] education.” She feels blessed and honored by her experience at LSC-O and hopes to use the knowledge and experience gained here to “make the community a little better.”

Since her fall 2016 graduation from LSC-O, Richards now attends Lamar University seeking a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology. She intends to complete her education with a master’s degree in psychology and serve the Golden Triangle community as a clinical therapist.
The following sites provide more information about the All-USA and All-State Academic Team programs:
http://www.ptk.org/Scholarships/BachelorsDegreeScholarships/All-USACommunityCollegeAcademicTeam.aspx
http://www.ptk.org/Default.aspx?TabID=3635