Student Named 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.—Prince George’s Community College student Elvina Newton Tryer (Greenbelt, Md.) has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar. Selected for academic and community service achievements, Tryer is one of 50 scholars acknowledged from more than 1,800 applicants nationwide. Honorees each receive a $1,500 scholarship and a gold medallion. 

An Honors Academy member, Tryer has completed six honors courses and has a 3.7 grade point average. She is a member of Tau Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Dean’s List, the All-Maryland Academic Team and an All-USA Academic Team nominee for PGCC. Tryer has served in leadership roles for campus organizations including secretary of the Kaleidoscope club, public relations officer for the PGCC chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, tutor for the Scholars in Residence program and mentor withthe African, Latin, Asian, Native American program (A.L.A.N.A.).   

She was a member of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Collegian Center, Chemistry Club and Women Inspiring and Supporting Excellence club (W.I.S.E). Tryer also volunteered for several organizations and events including PGCC Cares, Hats for Kids, Christmas-in-April, 2012 PGCC Voter Registration Drive, Walk for Autism, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and the PGCC Campus Clean-Up.   

Tryer will complete the requirements for the associate of science degree in pre-engineering and be recognized at the Prince George’s Community College 54th Commencement Exercises, May 23. She plans to attend University of Maryland, College Park in the fall and major in engineering.    

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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