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Collin Student Makes National Headlines with Scholarly Honor


April 11, 2005– A Collin County Community College District (Collin) student has been honored with a prestigious national distinction. Adele Bailey has been named to the All-USA Academic Team by the international honorary society Phi Theta Kappa along with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and USA Today. She received this honor during an April 11 ceremony in Boston at the AACC National Convention.

Bailey was one of 20 students nationally to be selected to the highest level of this academic competition, the first team, which recognizes scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in community colleges. She was also the only honoree asked to offer remarks during the announcement ceremony.

"I am deeply humbled by this award,” said Bailey. “It is a wonderful honor and I am very thankful.”

Sam Roach, chair of Collin’s Board of Trustees, said Bailey’s achievement is one of the highest academic honors a student can obtain. “We applaud Adele for being one of the best students in the United States. It is a fantastic accomplishment, and Adele is a fine example of the outstanding students at the college.”

Students are nominated by college presidents who are asked to consider outstanding grade point averages, participation in honors programs, awards and recognition for academic achievement and service to the college and community. Bailey is the third All-American selected from Collin in the last five years, which is a very unique achievement.

According to officials at AACC more than 1,600 nominations were received. Students who win the top honor receive a $2,500 scholarship, a medallion and obelisk trophy. Additionally, Phi Theta Kappa scholarships from various universities are available to these award winners.

According to college President Cary A. Israel, “Adele has a perfect 4.0 average with 58 college credits and serves as the regional vice president of Phi Theta Kappa. She worked very hard for this award, and she is destined to achieve great things in her lifetime.”

He continued, “Her accomplishment is also a tribute to Steve and Libby Maus who endowed a scholarship that has paid her tuition. Without this scholarship, she would not be in college today.”

Steve Maus said he believes higher education is an essential part of success in today’s competitive job market. “It is very inspiring to see promising students like Adele carve out their own success through higher education. My wife, Libby, and I are profoundly proud of Adele and highly appreciative of Collin County Community College for its role, offering opportunity and encouragement to students in pursuit of higher education.”

Bailey also was named a Guistwhite Scholar of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is one of only 20 students to be honored out of about 700 applicants. Guistwhite Scholars are awarded $5,000 scholarships.

Bailey said, “I would like to thank the trustees and administration, together with President Cary Israel. I would also like to thank the Collin faculty who have tirelessly and endlessly labored to invest in my success and every member of the staff who make this institution such an outstanding place to grow and develop. I would love to name each one of you individually. My sincere hope is that my fellow Phi Theta Kappans and every student are inspired by this award and will soar to success. The recognition of this award is a testimony to the accomplishments of the outstanding students in our chapter and Collin County Community College District as a whole.”

“To be selected from among 1,600 nominees for the All-USA First Team is perhaps one of the highest national honors accorded a student attending a community college,” Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Rod Risley said. “This recognition affirms not only outstanding academic achievement, but also leadership accomplishment through civic engagement. As a recipient of Phi Theta Kappa's most prestigious scholarship, the Guistwhite Scholarship, Ms. Bailey takes her place as a leader among leaders in the world largest honor society serving two-year colleges. Ms. Bailey earned these recognitions through perseverance and determination while overcoming substantial obstacles in her life’s journey.”

Bailey will graduate in May 2005 with an Associate of Arts degree. She has a 4.0 grade point average and plans to transfer to a university to study mathematics and studio art. She wants to earn her master’s degree and become a college professor.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.