Calhoun Students Honored as Members of 2012 All-Alabama Academic Team


Calhoun students Tina Cooley and LaJoy Johns were among the 50 two-year college students from the state honored last Thursday evening in Montgomery by The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) as members of the 2012 All-Alabama Academic team.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” said ACCS Interim Chancellor Susan Price, quoting Nelson Mandela, as she praised the students for their accomplishments.  Representing 25 of Alabama’s community and technical colleges, the students were honored for their exceptional academic achievement, distinguished leadership, and community service before an audience of more than 350 that included their parents and families; college presidents, deans and faculty from throughout the ACCS; and other guests.

“You are receiving this award tonight not only because you kept a stellar grade point average, but also because you exhibit many other qualities of scholarship,” added Price. “You have shown that you have the intellectual curiosity to pursue academic, professional, and cultural enrichment outside the traditional classroom.”                    

All-Alabama Academic Team students are nominated by their respective colleges. Students selected must possess a minimum GPA of 3.25, be involved in campus activities and have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at the institution. All have plans to further their education.

“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of Tina and LaJoy,” remarked Calhoun President Marilyn Beck.  “Not only are they among the state of Alabama’s top two-year college students, but both have recently been recognized among the nation’s top two-year college students as Coca-Cola Scholars,” Beck added.

The Alabama Community College System’s All-Alabama Academic Team Recognition Program was established in 1995 as an enhancement to the All-USA National Academic Team Recognition Program, sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the American Association of Community Colleges, and USA Today. Since the beginning of the All-USA Academic Team recognition, Calhoun has an unprecedented seven students honored nationally


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