JACKSON – Eleven Hinds Community College students were named to the 2016 All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team, tops among the state’s 15 two-year colleges.
Honored among 15 students statewide named Academic First Team at a ceremony March 22 at the Jackson Convention Complex was Julia McKinney, of Brandon, a student at the Rankin Campus. She is a nursing major and a member of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
Ten students named to the Academic Second Team were:
- Terrece Dotson, of Carthage, a student at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Academic Second Team, general studies/pre-law track major
- Breanna Gillard, of Falkner, a student at the Utica Campus, Academic Second Team, English literature/linguistics major
- Mary-Saphrona Grey, of Yazoo City, a student at the Raymond Campus, Academic Second Team, fine arts major
- Kayla Powell, of Vicksburg, a student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Academic Second Team, pre-med track major
- Jennifer Renaldo, of Brandon, a student at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Academic Second Team, respiratory care technology major
- Caitlyn Richmond, of Clinton, a student at the Utica Campus, Academic Second Team, biology major
- Summer Rodrigue, of Lindenhurst, Ill., a student at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Academic Second Team, nursing major
- Brittany Vargas, of Pearl, a student at the Rankin Campus, Academic Second Team, pre-med major
- Jabari Williams, of Jackson, a student at the Raymond Campus, Academic Second Team, biology major
- Shelby Wilson, of Vicksburg, a student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Academic Second Team, elementary education major
The All-Mississippi Academic Team, begun in 1994 as the first state-level academic recognition program for community and junior college students, recognizes the scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in community and junior colleges across the state. This year’s 63 team members were selected following several rounds of judging from education officials, business leaders from across the United States and a distinguished panel of representatives from federal agencies and national education associations based in Washington D.C.
Students named to the First Team received $1,000 scholarships. First and Second Team members receive special medallions, certificates and printed resolutions from each chamber of the Mississippi Legislature. They are also eligible for scholarships at many four-year universities designed exclusively for All-Mississippi Academic Team members.
The All-State team is coordinated by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College, the Mississippi Community College Board and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Gary Spears, president of Northwest Mississippi Community College, is the program chair.
The All-State Academic Team recognition program is an outgrowth of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, administered by Phi Theta Kappa. Twenty students named to the team will receive $100,000 in scholarships.
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