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Two students nominated for All-USA team

Amanda Ray and Samantha Baldwin

Two Hagerstown Community College students were recently nominated as part of USA TODAY’s All-USA Community College Academic Team, a program that annually recognizes exceptional students at the nation’s community colleges. This year’s HCC nominees were Samantha Baldwin, of Boonsboro, and Amanda Ray, of Sharpsburg.

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.

Baldwin, 20, is a double major in English and secondary English education and will graduate in fall 2014. After graduating, she plans to transfer to Hood College to get a
bachelor’s degree in English and a teaching certificate so that she can teach high school English. She ultimately wants to obtain her master’s degree and teach college-level English.

Ray, 20, is a biology major and will graduate in spring 2014. Ray plans to pursue medical school with the ultimate goal of becoming an ophthalmologist.

This year marks the twenty-third 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.