Each year all two-year colleges are asked to nominate two students that exhibit talent and ability in the areas of academics, leadership, and community service to compete 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. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education whose mission it is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for these students to grow as scholars and leaders.
The Northeast Alabama Community College selection committee which is composed of one faculty member from each technical and academic division nominated Kelsey Draper and Zachary Beason as the two individuals who would represent the College. Kelsey lives in Pisgah, Alabama and plans to attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville and earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. Her goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant specializing in oncology. Zachary lives in Section, Alabama and plans to attend the University of Alabama in Birmingham. His goal is to join the UAB dental program and become a family practitioner.
These two nominees were honored recently at a special award luncheon at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill. Each of the College winners received a $1,000 scholarship to attend any four-year college in Alabama. In addition, Zachary was a Bronze Medal recipient and will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship, and Kelsey was a Gold Medal recipient and will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.
Dean Sherie Grace commented, “We would like to congratulate Kelsey and Zachary for this outstanding accomplishment. The application process is rigorous and these young people are very deserving of this award. It is a great honor to be selected as the Northeast All-USA/All Alabama Academic Team winners. I would like to congratulate both 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 these students for the representation they have provided for Northeast. I extend my congratulations to these individuals for being such diligent scholars and effective leaders. I would also like to congratulate the families of these individuals.”
For more information about All USA/All Alabama at NACC, contact Dean Grace at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2325, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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