April 16, 2016
Two students from the Hamilton Campus of Bevill State Community College were recently selected to the 2016 All-Alabama Academic Team and recognized at a special luncheon Apr. 15 in Montgomery.
Ryan Knight and Ashley Watson, both from Hamilton, were honored at the All-Alabama Academic Team Recognition Luncheon along with other representatives selected from institutions within the Alabama Community College System.
As a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar, Knight will receive a $1,500 scholarship to transfer to The University of Alabama where he plans to pursue a degree in special education. Watson, a Silver Scholar, will receive a $1,250 scholarship in her quest for a business finance degree. Both students will also receive $1,000 each as members of the All-Alabama Academic Team.
Students are nominated from each campus of Bevill State by faculty and staff members. The criteria for voting for a student is to choose students who “excel academically; demonstrate intellectual rigor in their course of study; show academic growth and potential; and use their two-year college education to better themselves, their schools and their communities.”
The selection process then involves applications being reviewed by national judges, demonstration of a community service task, and a written essay. All nominees are presented to the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for final selection. Each community college in Alabama has two All-Alabama Team representatives.
“The Hamilton Campus is very honored to have our two All-Alabama Academic team members recognized as a Gold and a Silver Scholar,” said Dr. Russell Howton, interim Associate Dean of the Hamilton Campus. “Considering only 50 winners are named nationwide in each category of Gold, Silver, and Bronze, it is a tribute to the quality of students we have at Bevill State.”
Bevill State President Dr. Larry Ferguson added,” This is a great honor for Ryan and Ashley and I am proud of what they have achieved. Our faculty and staff should also celebrate because I know what a fantastic job they have done to prepare both of these outstanding students for this accomplishment.”