By Kendall Harris
Staff Writer

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society awarded three LBCC students with the All-California Academic Team award.
The award ceremony was in Sacramento, with representatives from all community colleges in California. The award was given to students who attend a community college who exceed in academic performance and service to the college.
Christopher Soriano, Peter Kenji Lopez and Kristen Payne were honored with the academic awards, placing them at the top of 76 students in the California Community College system, which oversees over two million students.
On the LBCC website, Soriano said, “It was inspirational to see the diversity of students from different backgrounds being recognized for their achievements. I was proud to be a representative of LBCC at this event and hope to inspire other students to strive for their dreams.”
The All-California teams were selected by the nominee scores that were given to national level Phi Theta Kappa judges. The students also had to have high grades, leadership within the school and community service.
Soriano, 20, a biological science major, was one of 26 students in attendance that day to be named All-California Academic second team.
Lopez, 19, a business administrator major and Payne, 37, a communications & accounting major, were named All-California Academic third team.