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May 1, 2012
The Herald-Star


Alesia Withers, a student at Eastern Gateway Community College, has been named a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 gold, 50 silver and 50 bronze scholars and providing nearly $187,500 in scholarships annually.

As Ohio's recipient of the Gold Scholar award, Withers will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion. She and all Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars were listed in an April 23 issue of the USA TODAY newspaper.

Withers, a Steubenville resident, graduates this month as a business management major, receiving an associate of applied business degree. Maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, she plans to transfer to Mountain State University and pursue a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators can submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

"We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures," said Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa. "Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees."

The foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges," said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals."

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions.

More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.

Anthony Macre

Local eighth-grade student Anthony Macre, son of Albert and Jennifer Macre, has received an "Outstanding Achievement" for his participation in the 2012 National Latin Exam.

He was one of only 36 students out of 149,000 who took this test to receive this level of achievement.

The National Latin Exam is offered under the joint sponsorship of' the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. More than 149,000 Latin students from all 50 states participated this year, as did students from 13 foreign countries, including Australia, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, China Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

Macre is a home schooled student taking high school level Latin through Mother of Divine Grace School in Ojai, CA.

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