Silva named to All-Iowa Academic Team
by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 3/30/2022
Iowa Central Community College student Brayan Silva was one of four recently named as members of the 2022 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation All-Iowa Academic Team.
Silva, along with PTK classmates Jaedyn Condon, Adam Landolt and Kirstin Schaefer were recognized during a special banquet held in Des Moines. Iowa Central President Dr. Jesse Ulrich joined the group for the special night.
Condon, Landolt, Schaefer and Silva were recognized as being high achieving college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.
“It was a huge honor and I was extremely happy when I found out I had made the team because it was a very long process and I knew I was competing against the best students at Iowa Central, so I knew from the start that it wasn’t going to be easy to be one of the four students to make the team and represent Iowa Central,” Silva said. “To know that I was one of the 63 students in the whole state to make the team meant the world to me because I worked so hard for it.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students, and recognizes outstanding academic achievement, intellectual rigor, leadership and civic growth. The highest academic achievers from PTK in Iowa’s 15 community colleges receive recognition every year.
“I joined Phi Theta Kappa because I wanted to be more involved in leadership activities and because I knew they had a lot of opportunities for me,” Silva said. “I also knew they would help me succeed academically. One thing that really makes the group so special is knowing that I am surrounded by people who want to be successful and by people who care about their academics.
“Every single person in that group works hard in one way or another so it’s just inspiring to be around people with a good work ethic.”
To make the honor team, students must be a Phi Theta Kappa member with a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete an extended application process that included required essay questions, a letter of recommendation, an unofficial transcript and more.
“It was a very special moment to share with my classmates because I know they worked as hard as me or even harder to make the team,” Silva said. “We all did a lot of work to get there, so it was a special moment to know that our hard work paid off and we were able to celebrate together.”
A graduate of Postville High School, Silva plans to continue his education at a four-year university to complete his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice while also continuing in cross country and track and field.
I chose Iowa Central because both of my parents came here and absolutely loved the environment. I was able to be a part of so many programs at once which isn't offered at other colleges. I knew right away after visiting that it would be a great school where I could better myself as a student and as an athlete.