Honors Academy Student Tia Holmes Selected to All-USA National Team

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Tia Holmes, Honors Academy student at Prince George’s Community College, has been selected to the 2012 All-USA Community College Academic Team, an elite group of 20 students nationwide. USA TODAY’s All-USA Community College Academic Team recognizes exceptional students at the country’s community colleges. Judges consider grades, academic rigor, growth and how well the students use their education to benefit their schools and communities.

Holmes was chosen for her scholarship, leadership and service to the college and Prince George’s County. More than 1,700 students representing 800 community colleges were nominated for the award. Each scholar receives a $2,500 award, medallion and has been featured in USA TODAY newspaper. Organizers of the All-USA Award Program also named Holmes a New Century Scholar as the top community college student in Maryland.

“Chosen via an application process that included students from community colleges nationwide, Tia Holmes’ academic record, commitment to service and unwavering support of her community led to their selection,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “She is an exemplar and deserving of this prestigious honor,” she added.

A 4.0 grade point average student, Holmes has completed 11 honors courses. She is a member of the Prince George’s Community College Board of Trustees and the college’s Publications Advisory Board. Previously, she was The Owl student newspaper interim editor-in-chief, associate editor and lead graphic designer. During summer 2011, Holmes was a legislative intern in the office of Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) where she responded to constituent concerns.

As the New Century Scholar, Holmes will be the keynote speaker at the All-Maryland Academic Team banquet in Ellicott City, Md. on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. The All-USA Community College Academic Team is presented by USA TODAY, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education (CAE2Y) designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the years 2010 to 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 www.pgcc.edu.  

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