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Calhoun's Top Ten Students Among Those to be Honored During College's 42nd Annual Honors Day on April 29

4/25/2011

Calhoun's Top Ten Students Among Those to be Honored During College's 42nd Annual Honors Day on April 29

Calhoun Community College will recognize and honor its top students during the college's 40th Annual Honors Day program, Friday, April 29, 2011, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Kelley Gymnasium on the Decatur campus.
Among the students to be honored are the college's "Top Ten Most Outstanding Students," the most outstanding student from each of Calhoun's divisions and departments, and students named to Who's Who among Students in American Junior Colleges. Other awards to be presented during the ceremony include the James B. Allen Award, given in honor of the late U.S. Senator James B. Allen of Alabama to the student who has demonstrated order through citizenship, scholarship and service.
Academic awards will be given to those students receiving Calhoun scholarships, and scholarships from four-year colleges and universities also will be awarded by representatives from those institutions.
A picnic for students and their families will be held immediately following the program.

Calhoun’s Top Ten Most Outstanding Students for 2011 are:

Geoffery Morgan Brown Geoffery Morgan Brown – is a Pre-Engineering/Math major from Madison, Alabama.  He is a member of both the Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Societies.  He also serves as a Tutor for the Emerging Scholars Program as well as the ROADS Program at Calhoun.  Geoffery is active in his community as a volunteer at the Downtown Rescue Mission, CASA, and the Madison Worship Center.  His goal is to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics at UAHuntsville and determine which area he is best suited through completing various internships.  His GPA is 3.9.
LaJoy Johns LaJoy Johns – is a General Education major from Huntsville, Alabama.  She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Black Student Alliance, and the Emerging Scholars Program.  She serves as this year’s President of BSA at the Huntsville campus.  LaJoy is active in her community through serving as a volunteer at her grandson’s after-school program, as well as helping with annual programs at eldercare facilities.  Her goal is to obtain her business degree from Oakwood University and work as an administrator with an organization whose mission is to “empower others for continuous growth in their lives.”  Her GPA is 4.0.
Ashley Lynn Kennedy Ashley Lynn Kennedy – is a Psychology major from Huntsville, AL.  She is Vice President of Fellowship for Phi Theta Kappa, Secretary of the Student Government Association, and a member of Sigma Kappa Delta and the Psychology Club at Calhoun.  Ashley is active in her community through her involvement in Red Cross disaster relief and assisting, as well as donating, at LifeSouth blood drives.  Her goal is to obtain her bachelor’s degree from Athens State University, continue her education in order to become a full-time Psychologist with her own practice, as well as continue to volunteer with Hospice.  Her GPA is 3.9.
Thomas Lawles Thomas Lawles – is a Business/Accounting/Pre Law major from Huntsville, Alabama.  He is a member of the Emerging Scholars Program and is very active through serving on several committees in Phi Theta Kappa.  Thomas is active in his community through his volunteer efforts in organizations such as the Salvation Army, Manna House, and others.  His goal is to pursue a master’s degree in Accounting and to become a CFO of one of the “Big Four” accounting firms in America.  He would also like to study law in the future in order to become a Constitutional Scholar.  Thomas is also one of only four nominees for this year’s All-USA Academic Team, and his GPA is 3.9.
Katie Lynne McGinnis Katie Lynne McGinnis – is a Child Development major from Decatur, Alabama.  She currently serves as a Calhoun Warhawk, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, and the Child Development Club.  Katie is active in her community through volunteer efforts at Julian Harris Elementary School, as well as the children’s ministry at her church.  Her goal is to obtain her bachelor’s degree from Athens State University and teach pre-K or kindergarten children.  Katie is also one of only four nominees for this year’s All-USA Academic Team, and her GPA is 3.9.
John Montero John Montero – is a Computer Science major from New Hope, Alabama.  He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.  He has received many awards and scholarships during his tenure at Calhoun.  John is active in his community through serving as a volunteer at the Huntsville Public Library during their transition of obituary files onto a computer database.  His goal is to complete his bachelor’s degree at Athens State University and eventually obtain a master’s degree.  He would then like to work in an internship or co-op program in order to transition into a career in the future.  His GPA is 3.9.
Kathleen Marie Padilla Kathleen Marie Padilla – is an English major from Athens, Alabama.  She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, and the Student Government Association.  She also serves as the Student Editor for Calhoun’s MUSE publication.   Kathleen is active in her community through volunteering at Athens High School as a Junior Achievement Facilitator, as well as her service (now retired) for 20 years in the United States Navy.  Her goal is to obtain her degree and teaching certificate from Athens State University and eventually work in the field of adult literacy or GED studies.  Her GPA is 4.0.
Daniela Saracutu Daniela Saracutu – is a Premedical Studies/Clinical Lab Technology major from Athens, Alabama.  She served as Treasurer of Calhoun’s Warhawks in 2010, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, and SkillsUSA.  She also serves as a mentor and math tutor for the Emerging Scholars Program and has participated in the Calhoun Guitar Ensemble over the past two years.  Daniela is active in her community through volunteering with Operation Christmas Child (specifically Samaritan’s Purse Ministry).  She does this to share her experience because she was a receiver of this mission as a child in Romania.  Daniela’s goal is to eventually become a doctor and serve the people in her community as well as other countries through medical mission trips.  Her GPA is 3.9.
Jerry Smith Jerry Smith – is a Pre-Engineering major from Falkville, Alabama.  He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.  Jerry is active in his community through volunteering with Relay for Life, the Salvation Army Tree, and serving as a peer tutor for local high school students.  His goal is to become an electrical engineer and then move into an engineering management position, from which he would be able to sponsor a scholarship for non-traditional students.  Jerry is also one of only four nominees for this year’s All-USA Academic Team, and his GPA is 3.8.
Obrenka Thompson Obrenka Thompson – is Chemistry major from Decatur, Alabama.  She currently serves as Vice President of the Calhoun Warhawks, Vice President of Service for Phi Theta Kappa, and Secretary of the Black Student Alliance.  Obrenka is active in her community through her service as a mentor and tutor for the AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) Program at Austin High School.  Her goal is to eventually become a doctor and open her own surgery center.  She would also like to start a scholarship foundation in honor of her grandmother.  Obrenka is also one of only four nominees for this year’s All-USA Academic Team, and her GPA is 3.7.

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