ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS HONORED IN JEFFERSON CITY

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St. Louis community COLLEGe STUDENTS HONORED IN JEFFERSON CITY

Jefferson City, Missouri – April 8, 2015.  Seven St. Louis Community College students were honored by the Missouri Community College Association today in Jefferson City.  The students were named to the All-Missouri Academic Team, an honor bestowed on the state’s top community college students.  The students honored include:

Sherell Adams.  Ms. Adams is currently studying business and accounting, with plans to become an accountant. She serves as the executive vice president of Phi Theta Kappa – Xi Epsilon, and is a member of the chemistry club, the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and the International Club.  She earned leadership awards from the chemistry club and AAWCC, and was a business club student spotlight.

Ms. Adams is also a Silver Scholar Award recipient from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.  Each year the foundation honors the 150 highest-scoring All-USA Team members from around the country by presenting them with gold, silver, or bronze medallions and a stipend.

Salmedina Alic. Ms. Alic, a general transfer studies student, plans to become an optometrist. She is a member of the Chemistry Club and has served as the vice president of finance for Phi Theta Kappa – Xi Epsilon.  She has earned the outstanding mathematics award and has been on the Dean’s List.

Brionna Nixon.  Ms. Nixon is majoring in business administration, with plans to become the chief executive officer of a major company.   She is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, the mathematics club, student appellate committee, global classroom club, performing arts club, and First Baptist Missionary Church youth ministry.  Ms. Nixon has also served as Phi Theta Kappa chapter president.

Gabrielle Reed.  Ms. Reed is a criminal justice major with plans transfer to University of Missouri-St. Louis and become a criminal attorney. She has received many honors including student government departmental award for criminal justice, STLCC athletic scholarship, Sapare Aude scholarship, Board of Trustees Continuing Education award and Dean’s List. Ms. Reed is involved in PTK’s officer team, Global Classroom, the Criminal Justice Club, and Friends of Wesley Bell Campaign for City Council.

Sarah Ogent.  Ms. Ogent is currently studying philosophy with plans to attend law school and become an international lawyer, fighting for human rights. She is a St. Louis Community College Emerging Scholar, a member of the PTK Honor Society, and the Dean’s List.  Ms. Ogent is involved in the Socratic Society, Model United Nations, and serves as a peer tutor.

Kerstyn Larash.  Ms. Larash is a clinical psychology major who wants to help people heal and grow through psychotherapy.  She is the president of Beta Rho Epsilon – PTK. She also volunteers for the homeless and composes music.  Ms. Larash earned a place on the Dean’s List, and has received the Academic Excellence Award and Academic Excellence in Psychology Award.

Jade Maragliano.  Ms. Maragliano is a nursing student who wants to become a registered nurse.  She is the president of Volunteers of Wildwood, Vice President of Fellowship for PTK, treasurer of the student government association, a student ambassador, and a member of the science club.  Ms. Maragliano earned a place on the Dean’s List, and has received the Leadership Award and the Board of Trustees Honors Scholarship.

Ms. Maragliano is also a Silver Scholar Award recipient from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.  Each year the foundation honors the 150 highest-scoring All-USA Team members from around the country by presenting them with gold, silver, or bronze medallions and a stipend.

Honey Di Dela Pena. Ms. Dela Pena’s hometown is Mandaue City, Phillipines. Her career goal is to become a CPA. She is currently studying business administration with plans to transfer to the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Honors Ms. Dela Pena has received include the Board of Trustees Honors Program Scholar and the Dean’s List. She currently holds a 4.00 GPA.

Each student received a scholarship made possible by a donation from MOHELA, the state’s not-for-profit secondary market lender and servicer in the student loan industry.

Photos of the honorees receiving their awards will be posted on the Missouri Community College Association’s Facebook page.

The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas.  MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.

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