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TCC STUDENT CHOSEN FOR ALL-USA ACADEMIC THIRD TEAM
3 TCC students make All-Virginia Academic Team
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (April 23, 2007) – Recognized for academic excellence and community involvement, Tidewater Community College student Marcella M. Slusher has won a place on the All-USA Academic Third Team, as noted in USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-04-15-second-third-team_N.htm).
Slusher is one of six Virginia community college students named to the national Academic Teams sponsored by USA Today, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa - the national honor society for community college students. The six students are also among 10 honored as Virginia’s “First Team” (the top students on the All-Virginia Team) representing the best and the brightest of community college students in the state. They each receive a $500 scholarship from their college foundation.
A military spouse and mother of four, Slusher began her higher-education journey in 2001, enrolling alongside her eldest child at TCC’s Chesapeake Campus to pursue an associate degree in business administration - which she will receive at TCC’s May 11 commencement. While attending TCC, Slusher was employed full-time for the Fleet and Family Support Program on a Navy-wide initiative to improve customer focus. She also serves as president of PTK’s Zeta Lambda chapter and, over the last year alone, has contributed more than 300 hours of volunteer service. Slusher graduates with a 3.95 GPA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s in management, as well as master’s of business administration at Old Dominion University. She hopes to become a contract specialist within government service.
Two other TCC students made the All-Virginia Team. Charles Carrington has attended more than 18 schools, moving throughout the nation with his family. He came to TCC’s Chesapeake Campus to pursue a double major - an associate in applied science for automotive technology and an associate in business administration. He’ll complete both programs by the end of summer 2007. He maintains a 3.3 GPA, while working full time as an automotive technician and volunteering with youth at his church, Bethel Baptist, and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. A Phi Theta Kappa member, Carrington was the recipient of two scholarships at TCC - the Hampton Roads Dealer Association and the Mary Ferrell Flickinger college-wide scholarship. Carrington plans to earn a master’s in business administration from ODU, while wrestling and playing other sports. Ultimately, he hopes to operate multiple automotive businesses.
A native of Portsmouth, Christopher W.D. Williams rounds out TCC’s All-Virginia Team members. A former coastguardsman, Williams went on to enroll in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice program, while pursuing an associate degree in engineering at TCC. A peer tutor at the Portsmouth Campus, Williams also participates in church and campus charity drives and coaches Little League baseball. He holds a 3.7 GPA, is a PTK member and plans to pursue a bachelor’s in civil engineering at ODU, with the goal of working in government service. Williams works full time and balances his schooling with family responsibilities; he is married with two children. He’s also an active member of his church, New Mt. Joy Family Worship Center.
Each member of the All-Virginia Academic Team will receive PTK medallions and certificates. PTK also provides information on the students to four-year colleges and universities for potential scholarship opportunities.
MEDIA NOTE: To interview any of the students, contact Laurie White at 757-822-1085 or LWhite@tcc.edu.
Tidewater Community College
is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th
largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC
ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded
in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the
college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake,
Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne
and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district
in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth
and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four
percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university
in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information,