(May 13, 2010) - Two Hagerstown Community College students were recently recognized as part of USA TODAY’s All-USA Community College Academic Team, a program which annually recognizes exceptional students at the nation’s community colleges. This year’s HCC nominees were Amanda England and Beate Powell, both of Hagerstown.
The All-USA Academic Team program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Each year, faculty and staff are allowed to nominate two students from each community college for the All-USA Academic Team. Students must meet a variety of criteria, including having a GPA of 3.5 or above and taking an active part in community service work through their school.
England, an Arts and Sciences major at HCC, was chosen as a member of the All-USA/All-State Academic First Team and was selected as the 2010 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar based her All-USA Academic Team scores. Her selection as a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar awarded her a $1,250 stipend. After graduating in May 2010, England plans to transfer to a four-year college to obtain her bachelor’s degree in English education. She plans to teach English as a Second Language and later obtain her doctorate in educational psychology.
Fellow All-USA Academic Team nominee Powell was chosen as a member of the All-USA/All-State Academic Second Team. Powell, a business administration major at HCC, will graduate in May 2011. After graduation, she plans to transfer to a four-year college and obtain her bachelor’s degree in accounting.
England and Powell’s achievements were recognized at a special ceremony on May 5. Each student received a certificate of recognition and a commemorative medallion.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the All-USA Community College Academic Team. Since the program began, nearly 1,000 students have been recognized and honored as outstanding representatives of community colleges.