More than 100 Students Recognized for Academic Achievement at Honors Convocation

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.—One hundred thirty-two students, representing four academic divisions, will be recognized by Prince George’s Community College for achieving high academic excellence at the 2013 Student Honors Convocation, April 24 in Hallam Theatre. Participants are being inducted into the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and saluted for transfer scholarships, Citation in Honors, or departmental awards.  

“The students being commended at this year's Honors Convocation have worked very hard to achieve their individual academic goals,” said Melinda J. Frederick, coordinator, Honors Program.  “As a group they also reflect the dedication of so many faculty and staff at the college whose mission it is to transform the lives of students,” she added.  

Seventy-five students representing majors ranging from criminal justice to engineering and business to education are being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Requirements for induction into the college’s chapter include a 3.5 grade point average or higher and a minimum of 15 credit hours.  

Members of the Honors Academy and Class of 2013 have applied and been accepted for admission to the following schools—University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland, College Park, American University, Towson University, and University of Maryland, at Baltimore. 

Thirteen Honors Program students will receive Citation in Honors for completing a minimum of 15 credits in Honors courses and earning an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.25. Roy Anderson, Jr., Bowie, Md.; Abeeb Ayodeji, Greenbelt, Md.;  Alan Bangura, Riverdale, Md.;  Phillicia Carey, Greenbelt, Md.;  Carla Clemente, Lanham, Md.;  Dawn Evans, New Carrollton, Md.;  Carolina Marlette, Upper Marlboro, Md.;  Cherray Mathis, Bowie, Md.;  Elvina Newton Tryer, Greenbelt, Md.;  Denya Resumadero, Fort Washington, Md.;  Kris Samiley, Fort Washington, Md.;  Monica Samson, Mitchellville, Md.;  Abiy Tsige Habtemariam, Hyattsville, Md. 

More than 35 students will be recognized by departments including Mathematics; Physical Sciences and Engineering; Biological Sciences; Nursing; English; Art; Teacher Education; Communication and Theatre; History, Political Science, Geography, and Anthropology; Psychological and Sociological Sciences; Public Safety and Law; Health, Nutrition, and Physical Education; and Business Studies.  

In addition to departmental recognition, six students will be inducted into Psi Beta Honor Society (National Honor Society in Psychology for Community and Junior Colleges)—Mercades Boyd, Oxon Hill, Md.;  Krystle Ellis, Hyattsville, Md.; Luis Franco Velasquez, Hyattsville, Md.;  Claudia Ortega, Bowie, Md.;  O’Neil Singleton, Camp Springs, Md.;  Keyry Valladarez, Hyattsville, Md.  

Honor students are recognized annually during the month of April at an Honors Convocation ceremony attended by faculty, administration, students and their families. The event leads up to the culmination of the academic year at Prince George’s Community College’s 54th Commencement Exercises, May 23, 7 p.m., at The Showplace Arena and Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro, and John Eager Howard Community Center. For more information, visit the college website at, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.   

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