LFCC Students Recognized for Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team

For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2011

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

Three Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) students – Rachel Fanta of Remington, VA, Karyn Pickett of Warrenton, VA, and Sarah Williams of Winchester, VA – were recognized for being named to the 2011 Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team at a luncheon held in Richmond on April 20, 2011.  Pickett was selected for the Top Ten, All-Virginia Academic Team.

The All-Virginia Academic Team is a subsidiary of the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group.  Students are nominated through an application process that includes statements of support from instructors and peers.  To be eligible, the student must have a cumulative college-level GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale and on be track to earn an associate degree.

Rachel Fanta is a student at the LFCC Fauquier campus and plans to become a teacher.  Her course of study is Education and she is graduating with a 3.54 GPA and Magna Cum Laude honors.  Ms. Fanta teaches riding and ground school lessons for Pony Club in addition to her college work and membership in Phi Theta Kappa.

Karyn Pickett is also a student at LFCC’s Fauquier campus.  She is enrolled in Arts and Sciences with a career goal of becoming a speech pathologist.  Ms. Pickett is graduating with a 3.863 GPA and Summa Cum Laude honors. She is the Vice President of Leadership for her Phi Theta Kappa chapter.   In addition to her college work, Ms. Pickett is the Vice President of Project Lead (an LFCC outreach organization), Secretary of LFCC Ambassadors, a volunteer for Special Olympics, and a volunteer for the Virginia Food Coalition. 

Sarah Williams is a student at LFCC’s Middletown Campus where she is enrolled in Education and Liberal Arts and will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and Summa Cum Laude honors.  Ms. Williams’ career goal is to obtain a Doctorate in Psychology and she serves as the Vice President of Communications for her Phi Theta Kappa chapter.  Additionally, she is Secretary/Treasurer of Rotaract Club and received the Distinguished Member Award from the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges.  It was founded in 1918 and officially recognized in 1929 by the American Association of Junior Colleges. 


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.