April 7, 2011


All-USA Academic Team Competition Winners Announced

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.