Two students named to All-Minnesota Academic Team

Teresa Vinje and Andrew Wieland, both students at Anoka Technical College, have been named to the All-Minnesota Academic Team.

Vinje and Wieland were among the state’s 43 nominees for the All-USA Academic Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students, a program sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Vinje, who lives with her husband in Ramsey, is pursuing an associate in applied science degree in Information Technology Management. Elected chapter president of Phi Theta Kapp and director of internal affairs for the Student Senate, Vinje has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and been on the President’s List for three semesters. For more than 15 years, she volunteered with the Anoka County 4-H Program. Also, she serves on the Board of Directors for Twin Cities Poodle Club and has been recognized by the American Kennel Club as Breeder of Merit. She plans to graduate in fall 2014. “The knowledge I have gained will help me to start a successful web design business,” she said.

Wieland graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1989, where he excelled in music and was a state gymnastics champion. He is married and has three children. After 20 years as a construction worker, he enrolled in Anoka Technical College, where he is currently pursuing his associate in applied science degree in Welding. His goal is to join the Pipefitters Union and become an apprentice. Active in the Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa, he enjoys working with his chapter to further its goals.

Nominees were selected based on biographical information, letters of recommendation, academic performance, demonstration of leadership, and campus and community service. Applicants also wrote an essay describing a specific educational experience while attending a two-year college that has transformed the student’s thinking about learning or the future.

More than 200 people including students, college faculty and staff from higher education institutions from around the state and higher education dignitaries attended a recent recognition event for the All-Minnesota Academic Team.

Sponsored by the Minn-Wi-Kota Region of Phi Theta Kappa, participating colleges and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the All-Minnesota Academic Team was introduced nearly 20 years ago to honor two-year college students for their leadership, academic achievement, and community and college service.

All Academic Team 2014

Andrew Wieland (left) and Teresa Vinje, both students at Anoka Technical College, were recently named to the All-Minnesota Academic Team.