May 5, 2014


All-USA Academic Team Winners

Each year the faculty members at all two-year colleges are asked to nominate two students that exhibit talent and ability in the areas of academics, leadership, and community service. This year 13 students who had the required 3.5 GPA were nominated with eight of the nominees choosing to continue the rigorous process of competing with other two-year students across the nation. This competition is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, USA Today Newspaper, and the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation. The eight students who were nominated from Northeast Alabama Community College were Alicia Bearden, John Clements, Scott Ivey, Jacob Cleveland, Dallas Gilley, Joseph Harris, Daniel Richey, and Tomas Roberts. All of these students will be honored at Awards Day on April 28, 2014, and in the Backroads Yearbook.

The extensive application process includes an essay and several letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability, leadership ability, and an endeavor that illustrates a contribution of service to school or community. The selection committee which is composed of one faculty member from each technical and academic division then picks two of the nominees to serve as the representatives from Northeast.

These two nominees were honored at a luncheon held at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery on April 11. At the luncheon, Chancellor Mark Heinrich of the Alabama Community College System, members of the Alabama Board of Education and several legislators were on hand to honor these school winners. In addition, each of the winners will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship and other valuable gifts. For 2014, Northeast’s two winners of the All-USA/All Alabama Academic Team are Daniel Richey and Tomas Roberts.

Daniel Richey lives in Geraldine, Alabama and has received a scholarship to attend Auburn University to pursue a degree in engineering. His goal is to become a structural engineer and to open his own business. Each year the All USA/All Alabama Academic Team members compete nationally for additional scholarship money awarded by the Coca Cola Scholarship Foundation. Daniel was also awarded a $1,000 Bronze Scholarship from the Foundation.

Tomas Roberts lives in Pisgah, Alabama and has received a scholarship to attend the University of Alabama in Hunstville to pursue a degree in engineering. His goal is to work at Redstone Arsenal as a mechanical engineer and obtain a doctorate in physics.

The All-Alabama Academic Team Foundation also chose David Holder, a former Northeast Alabama Community College student, to represent the Alabama Community College System as an outstanding alumnus. He currently serves as the Plant Manager of Southern Operations for Sanoh America in Scottsboro and is responsible for four automotive manufacturing facilities that produce fuel and brake lines for Honda, Nissan and Toyota. The Foundation reviewed nominations from community colleges across the state and chose only a small number of alumni to recognize during the annual luncheon.

Student Services Dean Sherie Grace commented, “We would like to congratulate Daniel and Tomas for this outstanding accomplishment. It is a great honor to be selected as the Northeast All-USA/All Alabama Academic Team winners. The application process is rigorous and these young men are very deserving of this award. We are also very excited to have Mr. Holder honored at the annual luncheon. Mr. Holder was selected from among many other prestigious alumni across the state. I would like to congratulate all of these deserving individuals on these achievements.”

NACC College President, Dr. David Campbell added, “The All-USA Academic Team program is valuable for its recognition of our excellent two-year college students. We are very proud of Daniel Richey and Tomas Roberts for the representation they have provided for Northeast. I am especially pleased to have a Bronze Scholarship winner this year. The College is honored to have David Holder recognized as an outstanding alumnus for not only the College but also the State. I extend my congratulations to all of these individuals for being such diligent scholars and effective leaders. I would also like to congratulate the families of these individuals.”

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Attending the awards luncheon were (L-R) Sherie Grace, Dean of Student Services; Dr. Joe Burke, Vice President/Dean of Instruction; Tomas Roberts, Academic Team Member; Dr. David Campbell, NACC President; and Daniel Richey, Academic Team Member.