Mt. Hood Community College students and Rho Theta officers Charity Williams and Barbra Archibeque were named to this year’s All-State Community College Academic Team for Oregon. Part of a national program organized in 38 participating states, the All-State
recognition celebrates the academic excellence, leadership, and service work of top students from two-year colleges.
The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, community college presidents, and community college state associations sponsor the All-State Community College Academic Team ceremonies. In late April, Williams, Archibeque and some 37 other All-Oregon recipients
from the state’s 17 community colleges were celebrated at an Oregon Community College Association-organized luncheon and awards ceremony held at the Salem Convention Center.
Archibeque serves as vice president of leadership for MHCC’s Rho Theta Honor Society. She will earn her associate degree in Pre-Medicine from the college this spring before transferring to the National University of Natural Medicine to complete a
degree in naturopathic medicine. A holistic health practitioner of 30 years, she plans to work as a naturopathic physician.
“Having children inspired me to learn more about natural medicine,” said Archibeque. “Each time they had an illness, I wanted to know why, and how could it be corrected in a way to enhance their health.”
Williams serves as president of Rho Theta and a student in MHCC’s Early Childhood Education program. Upon graduating this spring, she will transfer to Portland State University to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Child, Youth and Family Studies program
there. Williams plans to work in speech language pathology or early intervention with children with special needs.
“The work and goals I have put into my education thus far continues to lay a path before me with opportunities that are irreplaceable and will help define my future – not only as a student, but as an individual as well,” said Williams.