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KC’s Hoecherl is Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Kishwaukee College student Carly Hoecherl, Sycamore, has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar. As a Bronze Scholar, Hoecherl will receive a special medallion and a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation. 

Each community college in Illinois nominates two Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members to the All-Illinois Academic Team. From those students, an All-USA Academic Team is selected. The Coca-Cola Foundation selects its academic teams – Gold, Silver and Bronze – from among the states’ Academic Teams. The Coca-Cola Foundation scholarships are administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Hoecherl was one of the two Phi Theta Kappa members (the other is Clayton Peterson) from Kishwaukee College named to the All-Illinois Academic Team. There were 1,800 applications from across the United States and the Coca-Cola Foundation chose only 150 students total – 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze – for recognition as the most promising scholars in the country.

After graduation from Kishwaukee College in May, Hoecherl plans to transfer to Eastern Illinois University to study elementary education. She works as a teacher’s aid in the Early Childhood Center on the Kishwaukee College campus.

As part of the application process for All-Illinois, Hoecherl submitted an “Endeavor Essay” in which she related how her academic coursework at Kishwaukee College affected her life outside the classroom in a meaningful way. 

Hoecherl has a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Kishwaukee College in Spring 2012. Her mom, Laurie Hoecherl, is a member of the mathematics faculty at the college and a co-adviser of the chapter. Hoecherl had been to conventions and service projects with Alpha Rho Eta nearly her entire life, accompanying her mom.

“When I first came to Kishwaukee as a student, people always said, ‘Oh, you’re Laurie’s daughter!’ and I realized that I had to make name for myself,” Carly said in a news release. “I had to let people get to know me and I had to become my own student.”

Joining Phi Theta Kappa has been a great experience for her.

“Being in Phi Theta Kappa has allowed me to gain leadership qualities. I have ideas and opinions, and my voice is heard,” she said in the release.

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