Sophia Ford named August Rotary Student of the Month

Sophia Ford - August Rotary Student of the Month
Sophia Ford - August Rotary Student of the Month

Terra State Community College student Sophia Ford has been named the College’s Fremont Rotary Student of the Month for August.

Ford, from Petersburg, Michigan, graduated from Summerfield Jr./Sr. High School in 2020. At Summerfield, Ford was an honor roll student, graduating top 10 of her class and as a four-year scholarly athlete.

Now at Terra State, she is taking classes toward an Associate of Arts degree and is also a member of the Terra State Titans volleyball team.

Her time as a student and on the volleyball team has taught her much about teamwork, dedication, responsibility and drive.

“I have become more goal-oriented, mentally stronger, and have been able to support my teammates since I have been on the volleyball team at Terra State,” Ford said. “Terra State provides a tightknit community experience that I have really enjoyed. Living at the Landings with my teammates and being able to reach out to anyone on campus has always brought me a lot of comfort.”

Ford contributed to the ninth-place finish the Titans had last year at the NJCAA National Championships. The team received the sportsmanship award and Ford was also recognized as a 2021 OCCAC Academic All-Conference honoree.

Aside from volleyball, she is actively involved on campus with Phi Theta Kappa, a lifelong 4-H member and a member of the Crossroads Community Church.

Her nominator, head volleyball coach Stephanie Champine, credits Ford for being self-motivated and always prepared.

“Sophia is the type of student who does and says the right things when no one else is looking,” Champine said. “She is a huge contributor to the positive culture on the volleyball team by always bringing energy, being a great teammate and constantly giving her best. Being successful both on the court and in the classroom is very important to her and it’s shown daily through her work ethic and commitment to excellence.”

Although Ford hasn’t finalized her career path just yet, Terra State is helping to prepare her to move on to a four-year institution after graduation.

“I know I want to pursue a career that will provide me with opportunities to grow my interpersonal skills and opportunities to advance. It is important to me to choose a career that I am passionate about and that I enjoy,” Ford said.