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Students Honored at All-Alabama Academic Team Luncheon

April 16, 2016

BSCC Students and All-Alabama Academic Team Members Ryan Knight and Ashley Watson along with President Dr. Larry Ferguson and Dean of Students Dr. Kim Ennis.

Two students from the Hamilton Campus of Bevill State Community College were recently selected to the 2016 All-Alabama Academic Team and recognized at a special luncheon Apr. 15 in Montgomery.

Ryan Knight and Ashley Watson, both from Hamilton, were honored at the All-Alabama Academic Team Recognition Luncheon along with other representatives selected from institutions within the Alabama Community College System.

As a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar, Knight will receive a $1,500 scholarship to transfer to The University of Alabama where he plans to pursue a degree in special education. Watson, a Silver Scholar, will receive a $1,250 scholarship in her quest for a business finance degree. Both students will also receive $1,000 each as members of the All-Alabama Academic Team.

Students are nominated from each campus of Bevill State by faculty and staff members. The criteria for voting for a student is to choose students who “excel academically; demonstrate intellectual rigor in their course of study; show academic growth and potential; and use their two-year college education to better themselves, their schools and their communities.”

The selection process then involves applications being reviewed by national judges, demonstration of a community service task, and a written essay. All nominees are presented to the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for final selection. Each community college in Alabama has two All-Alabama Team representatives.

“The Hamilton Campus is very honored to have our two All-Alabama Academic team members recognized as a Gold and a Silver Scholar,” said Dr. Russell Howton, interim Associate Dean of the Hamilton Campus. “Considering only 50 winners are named nationwide in each category of Gold, Silver, and Bronze, it is a tribute to the quality of students we have at Bevill State.”

Bevill State President Dr. Larry Ferguson added,” This is a great honor for Ryan and Ashley and I am proud of what they have achieved. Our faculty and staff should also celebrate because I know what a fantastic job they have done to prepare both of these outstanding students for this accomplishment.”