Calhoun's Top Eleven Students Among those to be Honored during College's 47th Annual Honors Day this Week
April 28, 2016
Calhoun Community College will recognize and honor its top students for the 2015-16 academic year during the college's 47th Annual Honors Day program, this Friday, April 29, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Kelley Gymnasium on the Decatur campus. Students will be presented with local, state and national honors and scholarships during Friday’s program.
Among the honors to be awarded will be presentation of the Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholarship to Kaeshier J. Fernandez. Fernandez is one of only 15 recipients nationwide and the only student from Alabama to be awarded the scholarship this year. Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishments and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs and were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,800 applicants.
Additionally, Fernandez and Calhoun student Maegan Edwards will be recognized as PTK Coca-Cola Gold Scholars, and Marnie Tabor will be honored as a PTK Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar. Selection as a Coca-Cola Scholar is based on scores students earn in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,900 applications were received this year. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Among other students to be honored by Calhoun on Friday are the college's "Top Eleven Most Outstanding Students”. These students and short bios are listed as follows:
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Franco Camarillo is a General Studies major from Huntsville, Alabama. He currently serves as the Vice President of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, and is a member of the IT Club, LGBTQ Coalition, and Baptist Campus Ministries. Franco is active in his community through participation in his church choir, helping with the youth group, and volunteering to make science kits for elementary school children. His GPA is 3.7.
Sara Coble is a General Studies major from Lacey’s Spring, Alabama. She is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, as well as the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. She was selected as Most Outstanding Student for Speech in 2015 and has had several entries published in Calhoun’s Muse literary publication. Sara is active in her community through her involvement in her church. Her goal is to complete her education at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and become an accountant in the medical field. Her GPA is 4.0.
Brooklyn Mae Dodds is a Nursing/General Education major from Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. She serves as a Calhoun Warhawk student ambassador and as President of the Student Government Association at the Huntsville campus. Brook serves her community through volunteering as a cheer coach for Upward Sports. Her goal is to complete the nursing program at Calhoun and eventually her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She would like to utilize her nursing skills traveling the world as a Missionary Nurse and eventually become a Nurse Practitioner. Her GPA is 4.0.
Sarah Beth Everett is a General Studies major from Grant, Alabama. She is one of four students from Calhoun nominated to the All USA Academic Team this year. She serves as Vice President of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa and is a member of Sigma Kappa Delta. Sarah Beth serves her community through volunteering with the Red Cross and the Alabama Spay/Neuter Action Clinic. Her GPA is 4.0.
Kaeshier J. Fernandez is a Psychology major from Madison, Alabama. He is one of four students nominated to the All USA Academic Team this year, serves as Vice President of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa Honor, and is a member of the LGBTQ Coalition. Kaeshier serves his community through volunteering as a youth coach for soccer and baseball. His GPA is 3.9.
Marissa Alana Lucento is a Chemistry major from Madison, Alabama. She served as a Calhoun Warhawk student ambassador and is a member of both the Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Societies. She is also a Senator for Calhoun’s Student Government Association. Her goal is to obtain her degree in chemistry and do research in the field. She would ultimately like to help others by becoming a Pharmacist. Her GPA is 3.8.
Shelby Miller is a Nursing/General Studies major from New Market, Alabama. She is a member of Calhoun’s Lady Warhawks Softball Team, as well as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Shelby also serves as a representative for the Student Government Association and serves her community through volunteering with summer daycare and tutoring students at her local high school in the subject of science. Her goal is to eventually complete her nursing degree form UA Huntsville and eventually become a Nurse Practitioner. Her GPA is 4.0.
Veronica Moss is a Business Administration major from Toney, Alabama. She serves as an officer of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and has served as a tutor for Calhoun’s Fast Track Tutoring Mentor program. Veronica serves her community through volunteering with the Huntsville Police Department at local events such as “Police National Night Out.” Her goal is to continue her education at Athens State University, eventually obtain her master’s degree, and someday manage a Costa Rican restaurant. Her GPA is 3.6.
Raveen Patterson is a General Studies/Business major from Huntsville, Alabama. She is a member of the Black Student Alliance, as well as both the Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Societies. Raveen’s goal is to continue her education at UA Huntsville. Her desire is to obtain her master’s degree in business, with a focus on human resources, and work for a large corporation one day. Her GPA is 3.9.
Anna-Margaret Sparks is a General Studies/Nursing major from Decatur, Alabama. She currently serves as the Communications Officer for the Calhoun Warhawks. She is a member of both the Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Societies. Anna-Margaret serves her community through volunteering with local scholarship programs and reading to first graders at the local elementary school. Her goal is to complete her nursing degree from UA Huntsville and work in the field of orthopedic surgery, labor and delivery, or oncology. Her GPA is 3.8.
Marnie Tabor is a Biology major from Decatur, Alabama. She serves as the Vice President of Leadership for the Phi Theta Kappa and as Chapter President of the Sigma Kappa Delta. She is also one of four students from Calhoun nominated to the All USA Academic Team this year. Marnie’s goal is to obtain her bachelor’s degree in biology from Athens State University and one day move to Dauphin Island and work in the field of marine science. Her GPA is 4.0.
In addition to the college’s “Top Eleven”, the most outstanding student from each of Calhoun's divisions and departments and students named to Who's Who among Students in American Junior Colleges will be recognized. Other awards to be presented during the ceremony include the Athlete of the Year and recognition of Mr. and Miss Calhoun for 2016.
Academic awards will be given to those students receiving Calhoun scholarships, and scholarships from four-year colleges and universities also will be awarded by representatives from those institutions.
A picnic for students and their families will be held immediately following the program.