Students Recognized for Academic Achievement at Honors Convocation

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.— One hundred fifty-six students, representing four academic divisions, have been recognized by Prince George’s Community College for achieving high academic excellence. Students have been inducted into the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and saluted for transfer scholarships, Citation in Honors, or departmental awards.
“Many of these students work full-time jobs, have families to support, are career changers and serve as heads of households, yet they excel in spite of the odds,” said Melinda J. Frederick, coordinator, Honors Program. “Our students are shining examples of the college’s core values of excellence, success, diversity, respect, professionalism and lifelong learning.”

Fifty-eight students representing majors ranging from criminal justice to engineering and business to education have been 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 2012 will transfer to four-year colleges and universities on full and partial scholarships. The following students will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Towson University and American University.

Carlos Biaou, College Park, Md.; Allison Fluharty, Brandywine, Md.; Stephen Fortune, Mitchellville, Md.; Kara Hogue, Bowie, Md.; Tia Holmes, Fort Washington, Md.; Valerie McKeithan, Upper Marlboro, Md.; Ligaya Narbay, Oxon Hill, Md.; Satcha Robinson, Cheverly, Md.; Robert Stewart, Beltsville, Md.; Noor Tagouri, Bowie, Md.; Kristen Urtola , Fort Washington, Md.; Jeremy Way, Largo, Md.; Jacqueline Whipple, Camp Springs, Md.

Honors Program students received Citation in Honors for completing a minimum of 15 credits in Honors courses and earning an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.25.

Vernie Angco, Upper Marlboro, Md.; Carlos Biaou; Amber Ferguson, Greenbelt, Md.; Allison Fluharty; Stephen Fortune; Charlis Foster, Temple Hills, Md.; Kara Hogue; Tia Holmes; Ifeoma Ibe, Bladensburg, Md.; Kia Matthews, Upper Marlboro, Md.; Valerie McKeithan; Anna Mezo, Greenbelt, Md.; Ligaya Narbay; Satcha Robinson; Rabiah Samiullah, Springdale, Md.; Amanpreet Singh, Riverdale, Md.; Robert Stewart; Noor Tagouri; Walter Tates, III, Temple Hills, Md.; Kristen Urtola , Fort Washington, Md.; Jeremy Way; Jacqueline Whipple

More than 35 students have been recognized by departments including Mathematics; Physical Sciences and Engineering; Biological Sciences; Information and Engineering Technology; Nursing; English; Art, Music and Philosophy; 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, students have been inducted into Psi Beta Honor Society (National Honor Society in Psychology for Community and Junior Colleges) and Mu Alpha Theta (National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society)

Roy Anderson, Jr., Bowie, Md. (Mu Alpha Theta); Cheng Hsieh, Clinton, Md. (Mu Alpha Theta); Elizabeth Lilly, Greenbelt, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society); Kingsley Madikaegbu, Hyattsville, Md. (Mu Alpha Theta); Cherray Mathis, Bowie, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society); Antuan Morton, Fort Washington, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society); Lateefat Odebiyi, Mitchellville, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society); Eric Onekon, Hyattsville, Md. (Mu Alpha Theta); Kathy Parker, Oxon Hill, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society); Maya Pollock, Bowie, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society); Nicole Quinn, Fort Washington, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society); Satcha Robinson (Mu Alpha Theta); Chandra Smith, Bowie, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society); Sierra Taylor, Washington, DC (Psi Beta Honor Society); Willard Trice, II, Lanham, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society); Zachary Tucker, Oxon Hill, Md. (Psi Beta Honor Society)

Honor students are recognized annually during the month of April at an Honors Convocation ceremony held in Hallam Theatre attended by faculty, administration, students and their families. The event leads up to the culmination of the academic year with commencement. Prince George’s Community College’s 53rd Commencement Exercises will be held Thursday, May 24, 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, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at  


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