HCC students named to Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team


(Release: April 7, 2011) - Two Hagerstown Community College students were recently recognized as part of USA TODAY's All-USA Community College Academic Team, a program which annual 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.

Faulkner, 24, has been named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. Faulkner 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. As a Silver Scholar, Faulkner will receive a stipend and a special medallion.

Fellow All-USA Academic Team nominee Walls, 19, was chosen as a member of the All-USA/All-State Academic First Team. Walls, 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.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 37 states. Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze scholars, and providing nearly $187,500 in stipends. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars will be listed in the April 11 issue of the USA TODAY newspaper.   

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,270 chapters on college campuses across the United States and in various other countries around the world. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 students inducted annually.