MCLEAN, Va., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY named 20 students to its 21st annual All-USA Community College Academic Team, honoring them for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership. The students will receive a $2,500 cash award.
The All-USA Community College Academic Team presented by USA TODAY, the American Association of Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group honors outstanding two-year college students. In addition to their sponsorship of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, Follett will present $15,000 in textbook scholarships to the colleges of the student winners. Phi Theta Kappa will award additional scholarships through the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program and the New Century Scholars Program, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation. These include scholarships of nearly $300,000 to 200 other outstanding community college students.
The All-USA Community College Academic Team presented by USA TODAY, the American Association of Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group honors outstanding two-year college students.
Following are the 20 First Team members:
- Cassandra Beverly
Merritt College, Oakland, Calif.
- Rachel Champoux
Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, Maine
- Diane Dense
York County Community College, Wells, Maine
- Geoffrey Dittberner
Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, Minn.
- Natalie Chris Garland
Somerset Community College, Somerset, Ky.
- Kellee Green
Long Beach City College, Long Beach, Calif.
- Michael Harris
Deep Springs College, Dyer, Nev.
- Trevor Johnson
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gautier, Miss.
- Vernon Lee Kinabrew
Pearl River Community College, Hattiesburg, Miss.
- Laura Loret de Mola
Miami Dade College, Miami, Fla.
- Tyler Olsen
Phoenix College, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Caitlyn Prichard
Chipola College, Marianna, Fla.
- Spenser Reed
St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Fla.
- Caitlin Rinker
Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, Ill.
- Batool Saad
Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Mich.
- Jared Schiff
Green River Community College, Auburn, Wash.
- David Seale
County College of Morris, Randolph, N.J.
- Stacey Slintak
Rock Valley College, Rockford, Ill.
- Carolyn Spencer
Monroe Community College, Rochester, N.Y.
- Alina Turpin
Cerritos Community College, Norwalk, Calif.
The team of 20 was selected by a panel of judges from more than 1,600 students nominated by 800 community colleges. Judges considered grades, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
For more information on these winners, see the Monday, April 11, editions of USA TODAY or log on to highered.usatoday.com.
The 2011 All-USA Community College Academic Team final judges were:
- Emily Brown, Marymount University
- Deanna D'Errico, American Association of Community Colleges
- Carolyn Dietel, Mount Holyoke College
- Bob Dubill, Retired Executive Editor of USA TODAY
- Douglas Foard, Retired, Phi Beta Kappa
- Cassius Johnson, Jobs for the Future
- Nancy Sanchez-Warren, Kaplan Educational Foundation
- Linda Sanders-Hawkins, Howard University
- Sharon Shoham, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
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