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HCC's England, Powell named to all-state academic team

May 17, 2010

Two Hagerstown Community College students were recently recognized as part of USA Today's All-USA Community College Academic Team, a program that annually recognizes exceptional students at the nation's community colleges.

This year's HCC nominees are Amanda England and Beate Powell, both of Hagerstown.

The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Each year, faculty and staff are allowed to nominate two students from each community college for the team. Students must meet a variety of criteria, including having a 3.5 or above grade-point average and taking an active part in community service work through their school.

England, an arts and sciences major at HCC, was chosen as a member of the All-USA/All-State Academic First Team and was selected as the 2010 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar based on her All-USA Academic Team scores. Her selection as a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar awarded her a $1,250 stipend. After graduating this month, England plans to transfer to a four-year college to obtain her bachelor's degree in English education. She plans to teach English as a Second Language and later obtain her doctorate in educational psychology.

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Fellow nominee Powell was chosen as a member of the All-USA/All-State Academic Second Team. Powell, a business administration major at HCC, will graduate in May 2011. After graduation, she plans to transfer to a four-year college and obtain her bachelor's degree in accounting.

England's and Powell's achievements were recognized at a ceremony on May 5.

Each student received a certificate of recognition and a commemorative medallion.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the All-USA Community College Academic Team. Since the program began, nearly 1,000 students have been recognized and honored as outstanding representatives of community colleges.

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