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HCC students named to Illinois All-Academic Team

March 29, 2021

Two Heartland Community College Students have been added to the Illinois All-Academic team for community colleges. 

Heartland students James Murphy and Susanne Swope were named to the All-Illinois Academics by Phi Theta Kappa, the international two-year college honor society. Team members are chosen from among community college students across the state on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and service work.

James “Jimmy” Murphy is a current sophomore accounting major from Bloomington, Illinois. On top of his studies, Jimmy volunteers with Evans Jr. High School, where he spends time building take-home lunches. He also helped deliver food to families that attended Cedar Ridge during the holiday season. He plans to continue his accounting education at Illinois State University after graduating from Heartland this spring. 

Susanne “Susie” Swope also hails from Bloomington and graduated from Heartland in fall 2020 with an Associate of Arts – Concentration in Psychology. Susie was involved in campus through Heartland’s Game Club and plans to transfer to ISU, where she’ll pursue her Bachelor’s degree and continue studying Psychology.

The All-Illinois Academic Team is sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, and the American Association of Community Colleges. It seeks to honor outstanding community college students who show intellectual rigor in their course of study, demonstrate academic, leadership, and civic growth and who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their communities.

Written by: Steve Fast