Spartanburg Community College (SCC) student, Randall Joshua Wheeler, of Chesnee, S.C., was one of 20 students from across S.C. recently recognized by the S.C. Technical College System at a State House ceremony honoring members of the South Carolina 2012 Phi Theta Kappa All-State Carolina Academic Team. Nominations to the team are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the College and community.
“Josh is an exceptional student who sets a great example for others through his academic achievements and community involvement,” said Henry Giles, SCC interim president. “We’re very proud of him. He’s an exemplary representative of SCC.”
Less than one percent of America's six million, two-year college students have distinguished themselves with this superior level of academic achievement and service. “It takes serious commitment and determination for students, like Josh, who have full-time jobs while completing their degrees, yet still make time to participate in student organizations, to maintain a high grade point average,” said Dr. Berta Hopkins, SCC science department chair. “The four hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa are scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship, and Josh certainly embodies these honorable traits.”
As the first person in his family to attend college, Wheeler has more than made the most of his two years at SCC. In 2011, he was elected vice president of SCC’s chartering Beta Sigma Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Wheeler was also elected president of Mu Alpha Theta, the national mathematics honor society, and is an active member in SCC’s Science Club, and Technology Club. Wheeler also recently participated in the Southeastern Model Arab League Conference at Converse College, where he represented the Special Summit of Arab Heads of State for the Country of Jordan as a member of SCC’s Model Arab League.
“SCC has provided me with the opportunity to succeed. The college is filled with teachers who genuinely care for their students. What I have learned at SCC, I will carry with me for a lifetime,” said Wheeler.
In addition to his extra-curricular activities, Wheeler is employed as a technical support analyst for the Adidas Group Distribution Center. He is also an active member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Cowpens and a private pilot with more than 50 hours of flight time.
When asked how he does it all, Wheeler explains, “I try to be the best I can be everyday. Life is too short, and I try not to take anything for granted.” He continues, ”Yes, I get tired, but there is no greater satisfaction than to be a part of something and to help somebody.”
Wheeler’s involvement with PTK awarded him a scholarship to Wofford College, where he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science, after graduating from SCC in May. He’s already made a head start on Wofford student life. “I attended all of the Wofford football games, even the away games,” said Wheeler. He even found a photo of himself on Wofford’s website cheering at an away game at the Citadel. Given Wheeler’s history, it most likely won’t be the only time he’ll be seen rooting for the college.