March 17, 2009


All-USA Academic Team Competition Winners Announced

Each year the faculty members at all two-year colleges are asked to nominate two students who exhibit talent and ability in the areas of academics, leadership, and community service. This year 5 students who had the required 3.5 GPA were nominated, with four of them 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 and USA Today Newspaper. The 5 students who were nominated from Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) were: Brandi Griggs, Jordan Hendricks, Natalie Pope, Rachel Spurgin, and Lee Williams. All of these students will be honored at Awards Day on April 27, 2009 and in the Backroads yearbook.

The extensive application process includes an essay and several letters from recommenders 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, 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 will be honored at a banquet at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham on April 23. At the banquet, Chancellor Bradley Byrne of the Alabama Community College System, members of the Alabama State Board of Education, and several legislators will be on hand to honor these school winners. In addition, each of the winners will receive a $1000 scholarship and other valuable gifts. For 2009, Northeast’s two winners of the All-USA Academic Team are Jordan Hendricks and Natalie Pope.

Natalie Pope lives in Mentone, Alabama, and is a religion and philosophy major who plans to transfer to Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. She wants to continue her education and obtain a Master’s Degree in theology in order to pursue a career in teaching religion and philosophy in the community college system.

Jordan Hendricks is from Dutton, Alabama, and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama. His goal is to go into educational administration. The school winners compete with other two year students for various prizes and scholarships. As a result of his scores earned for All-USA Academic Team competition, Jordan was selected as the 2009 Coca-Cola National Finalist. For this honor, Hendricks will receive a $1,000 check that will be presented to him in August. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by the National Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Dean Tonie Niblett coordinates this program at Northeast and she commented, “We would like to congratulate Natalie and Jordan for this outstanding accomplishment. Being selected as the Northeast All-USA Academic Team winners is a most prestigious award. Northeast has never had a Coca-Cola National Finalist so Jordan’s selection for this award has been quite a boost for our program. Since I know the rigors of the application process, I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to both of these award winning students. I know that they will make a fine showing for us in Birmingham.”

NACC College President, Dr. David Campbell added, “Programs like the All-USA Academic Team are so valuable for their recognition to our excellent two-year college students. Of course, we are so proud of Natalie Pope and Jordan Hendricks for the representation they have provided for Northeast and are looking forward to seeing them showcased at the banquet in Birmingham on April 23. Having Jordan Hendricks selected as a Coca-Cola National Finalist is just a wonderful added bonus for Northeast.”

For more information contact Dean Tonie Niblett at 638-4418 or 228-6001, ext. 325. For additional college information, go to

NACC's nominees for the All-USA Academic Team are Jordan Henricks and Natalie Pope.