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Calhoun’s Top Ten Students among those to be honored during College’s 50th Annual Honors Day this Week

April 24, 2019

Calhoun Community College will recognize and honor its top students for the 2018-19 academic year during the college’s 50th Annual Honors Day program, this Friday, April 26th, 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 the presentation of the 2019 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar award to Chloe McAlpin, who was recognized earlier this month at PTK’s annual convention in Orlando, FL. Selection as a Coca-Cola Scholar is based on scores students earn in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which close to 2,000 applications were received this year. The program is sponsored annually 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 Ten Most Outstanding Students”. These students and short bios are listed as follows:

Mary valynn BodartMARY VALYNN BODART – is an Elementary Education major from Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. She is an active member of the Student Government Association, serving as the Secretary and Vice President at the Huntsville campus, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies. Mary is active in her community through her volunteer work at her church’s annual Thanksgiving dinner and confirmation retreat for 8th graders. Her goal is to have no child say “I can’t” in a classroom. She plans to accomplish this by becoming an elementary teacher and providing a safe space for children to work through their academic struggles in order to gain confidence to say “I can do anything!” Her GPA is 4.0.


Jonathan ColemanJONATHAN COLEMAN – is a Mechanical Engineering major from Killen, Alabama. Jonathan is a member of our Calhoun Warhawks baseball team and also serves as a STAR Institute Tutor for math and physics. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was named National Junior College Athletic All-Academic First Team member this past year. Jonathan is active in his community through his service as a group devotional leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a volunteer for events at his local church and local industry. Jonathan’s goal is to obtain his degree and eventually work for the Department of Defense and make groundbreaking finds in technology that will better equip and defend our U.S. troops. His GPA is 4.0.


Samantha HornbuckleSAMANTHA HORNBUCKLE – is a General Studies major from Grant, Alabama. She is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and she was invited to become an International Scholar Laureate Program member. Samantha is active in her community through volunteering at Manna House and as a volunteer volleyball coach and reading buddy at a local elementary school. She would like to find an internship in her field, and her ultimate goal is to obtain a digital marketing degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and pursue a career in her field in the Huntsville area. Her GPA is 4.0.


Greg LuceroGREG LUCERO – is a General Studies/Music Education major from Huntsville, Alabama. He currently serves as Vice President of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa, is a member of Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Society and the Spectrum Club, and is an editor for the Warhawk Weekly student newspaper. Greg serves his community as a volunteer for the Broadway Theatre League, Fantasy Playhouse, and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra at the VBC in Huntsville. His goal is to obtain his music education degree and ultimately obtain a master’s degree, and become a flute professor at a university and obtain a position in an orchestra. His GPA is 3.9.


Chloe McAlpinCHLOE MCALPIN – is a General Studies/Business major from Huntsville, Alabama. She is one of our Presidential Honors Program students this year and was recently recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar. She currently serves as the Vice President of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, Deputy Editor in Chief/Co-founder of the Warhawk Weekly student newspaper, and she is a member of Students for Life and the Book Club. Chloe founded a not-for-profit organization called the Simple Joy of Giving that sells T-shirts worldwide and 100% of proceeds go to local charities. She also volunteers at her church and in the community. Her goal is to eventually obtain a master’s degree in business with a concentration in international marketing and to eventually own her own business. Her GPA is 3.8.


Miles McGlameryMILES MCGLAMERY – is a General Studies major from Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. He is one of our Presidential Honors Program students this year, and he is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Miles is active in his church, where he leads a small group for high school boys. He has volunteered in his community by picking up trash and cleaning the grounds and building of Huntsville High School. His goal is to transfer to Athens State University and obtain his degree in education. Miles would like to be a high school teacher and coach and maybe one day obtain his master’s degree and become a high school principal. His GPA is 4.0.


Emma ThompsonEMMA THOMPSON – is a Film/Media Production major from Trinity, Alabama. She currently serves as President for the Calhoun Warhawk Student Ambassador program, she is also one of our Presidential Honors Program students, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She has also acted in several plays produced by the Calhoun Theatre Department. Emma is active in her community as a volunteer at Manna House and as a media/podcast technician at her church. Her goal is to obtain her degree in Film/Media Production and work as a videographer. She would like to eventually obtain a master’s degree and own her own film studio and produce movies. Her GPA is 3.87.


Lance VoorheesLANCE VOORHEES – is a General Studies/Physical Therapy Assistant major from Decatur, Alabama. He is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Lance served as a student guest speaker at Calhoun’s Veterans Day program last year by providing a personal testimony from a Veteran. He is active in his community through his service as a Marine Reserve and also through volunteering on the music team and student ministry at First Bible Church. Lance’s goal is to graduate from Calhoun’s Physical Therapy Assistant program in order to help people heal and overcome physical adversity. His GPA is 4.0.


Rebekah WoodREBEKAH WOOD – is a Biotechnology major from Athens, Alabama. She currently serves as President of the Students for Life Club, and she is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She received the Calhoun’s Most Outstanding Student award for Economics and Biology last year. Rebekah serves her community as a student leader at her church for the middle school girls’ group. Her goal is to attend the University of Alabama in Birmingham and eventually become a certified Genetic Counselor in order to help people with genetic-related diseases and develop alternative treatments. Her GPA is 4.0.


Austin Mathew WoodardAUSTIN MATTHEW WOODARD – is a Nursing major from Rogersville, Alabama. He is currently an active member of the Spectrum Club and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Austin is active in his community in that his family keeps a large garden and throughout the year he takes produce to the Food Bank of North Alabama. His goal is to graduate from Calhoun Community College and then transfer to the University of Alabama in Huntsville to complete their nursing program and to eventually obtain a master’s degree in nursing. His GPA is 4.0.


In addition to the college’s “Top Ten”, 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. Academic awards will be given to those students receiving Calhoun scholarships, and scholarships from four-year colleges and universities will be awarded by representatives from those institutions.

A picnic for students and their families will be held immediately following the program.