All-USA Academic Team Competition
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
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
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
information contact Dean Tonie Niblett at 638-4418 or
228-6001, ext. 325. For additional college information,
go to www.nacc.edu.
NACC's nominees for the All-USA Academic Team are Jordan
Henricks and Natalie Pope.