HCC students nominated to All-USA academic team

January 17, 2011
  • Hagerstown Community College nominees Tessa Walls, left, and Keri-Jon Faulkner.
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Two Hagerstown Community College students were recently nominated 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 Keri-Jon Faulkner of Hagerstown and Tessa Walls of Hancock.

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 grade-point average of 3.5 or above and taking an active part in community service work through their school.

Faulkner, 24, is an English major at HCC and will graduate in May. After graduating, she plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in College Park to pursue bachelor’s degrees in English and American studies. Faulkner also will pursue a master’s degree in English, with the goal of teaching literature and creative writing at the college level.

Walls, 19, is a double major in biology and biotechnology at HCC. She will graduate in May and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in College Park to pursue her bachelor’s degree in physiology and neurobiology.

After graduation, she plans to go to  medical school to become a physician. Walls plans to specialize in neurosurgery or psychiatry with the intention of pursuing research in this area and eventually having her own practice.

This year marks the 21st 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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