All-USA Academic Team Competition
Each year Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and USA Today Newspaper
recognize two-year college students who exhibit talent and
ability in the areas of academics, leadership, and community
service. The All-USA Academic Team members include two students
from each two-year college considered outstanding by their
faculty. This year the Northeast faculty nominated 12 students
who had the required 3.5 GPA, with 9 of the nominees choosing to
continue the rigorous process of competing with other two-year
students across the nation. The 12 students nominated from
Northeast were Laura Spears, Jordan Dover, Marvin Standekar,
Olivia Dodd, Brittnay Griffin, Gwendolyn Wooten, Laura Kerby,
Teresa Collins, Caitlin Tanner, Rachel Monroe, Macy McFall, Lee
Ann Hanback. All of these students will be honored at Awards Day
on April 25, 2011 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 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. For
2011, Northeast’s two winners of the All-USA/All Alabama
Academic Team were Marvin Standekar and Gwendolyn Wooten.
These two nominees were honored at a banquet held at the
Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery on March 31. At the banquet,
Chancellor Frieda Hill 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 $1000.00
scholarship and other valuable gifts.
Gwendolyn Wooten lives in Bryant, Alabama, and is a nursing
major who plans to practice nursing while earning a master’s
degree. Her goal is to teach nursing at the college level.
Marvin Standekar is from Stuttgart, Germany and plans to
transfer to University of Alabama in Huntsville to ultimately
pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering. He plans to stay
in the United States and work as a civil engineer.
Dean Tonie Niblett coordinates this program at Northeast and she
commented, “We would like to congratulate Marvin and Gwen for
this outstanding accomplishment. Being selected as the Northeast
All-USA/All Alabama Academic Team winners is a most prestigious
award. Since I know the rigors of the application process, I
would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to both of
these award winning students.”
NACC College President, Dr. David Campbell added, “Programs like
the All-USA Academic Team are so valuable for their recognition
of our excellent two-year college students. Of course, we are so
proud of Gwendolyn Wooten and Marvin Standekar for the
representation they have provided for Northeast. I extend my
congratulations to both of them for being such diligent scholars
and effective campus leaders.”
For more information about the All-USA Academic Team, contact
Dean Niblett at college extension 325 or by email at
Dr. David Campbell, NACC President, and Dean
Tonie Niblett, of Student Services, congratulate NACC's All-USA
Academic Team members Gwen Wooten and Marvin Standekar.