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Two HCC students nominated for All-USA Academic Team

Two Hagerstown Community College students were recently nominated 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 Keri-Jon Faulkner, of Hagerstown, and Tessa Walls, of Hancock.

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.

Faulkner, 24, is an English major at HCC and will graduate in May 2011. After graduating, she plans to transfer to the University of Maryland at College Park to pursue two bachelor’s degrees in English and American studies. Faulkner will also pursue a master’s degree in English, with the ultimate goal of teaching literature and creative writing at the college level.

Walls, 19, is a double major in biology and biotechnology at HCC. She will also graduate in May 2011 and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland at College Park to pursue her bachelor’s degree in physiology and neurobiology. Following this, she will pursue medical school to become a physician. Walls plans to specialize in either neurosurgery or psychiatry with the intention of pursuing research in this area and eventually having her own practice.

This year marks the twenty-first 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.