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Collin College Outstanding Students from 2007-2008
Points of Cougar Pride 2007-2008
Collin College's students are exceptional, and this page is here to highlight the many accomplishments, awards and scholarships that they receive.

Outstanding Students

Lee Gaylord, art student, won the Da Vinci Paint Co. Award in the 44th annual Exhibition for Southwestern Watercolor Society.

Melissa Treadwell and Darlea Wilbeck, Collin College students, were chosen as Student Representatives to the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf/Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (TSID/RID) Region IV Conference in the summer 2008.

Gina Solis became Collin College’s first individual women’s National Champion and Division I First Team All-American. Mandy Bowling, Jacky Lahari and Cally Woerner were named Second Team All-American.

Kritanjali Dhungana, Hikma Jemal, Lida Vatanpour and Richard Wong, Collin College students, were accepted to participate in Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The REU program offers a 10-week research experience for undergraduates.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams won in the 2008 NJCAA Region V Tennis Tournament hosted at Collin College in April. Overall the men finished the season 20-3 and the women 15-3.

Christina Sharp and Lisa Marie LeGrand placed first and second, respectively, in the National Career Development Association (NCDA) state poetry competition. Sharp's poem was titled "You Choice, Your Voice" and LeGrand's was titled "Uneven Steps."

Menchu Dauz Tungala, former culinary arts student, won Best in Show in the Dallas Arboretum's Amazing Chocolate Tree Exhibit Chocolate Cake Contest. Also, she won Best in Show in the McKinney Festival of Lights Gingerbread House competition. Her entry was titled "A Gleaming Homey Holiday."

Chris Doumen, professor of biology, and CASMNS student Helen Zhu had their entry verified and their sequence of the red swamp crawfish genome was officially entered into the national gene bank Nov. 24.

Tracy Fanous, student and member of the Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, won the Outstanding Poster Award at the American Chemical Society’s Southwest Regional Conference in Lubbock in November.

Marcia Wharen, paralegal student, received a Dallas Area Paralegal Association scholarship in the amount of $500.

The Collin College Model United Nations won four awards at the American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago. The "Jordan" and "Saudi Arabia" delegations won Outstanding Delegation Position Paper awards; Andrew Parsell placed first in the General Assembly First Committee; and Kay Treacher and Candice Barnard placed first in the Economic and Social Council. About 140 universities and colleges and 1,400 students competed.

Micaela Johnson, a former Collin College student and current junior at the University of Nebraska, was named Miss Nebraska USA in October.

Don Davis, Collin College student, was awarded first place for his literature review of creativity and bi-polar disorder. at the Psychology Synergy Conference sponsored by Psi Beta National Honor Society at the college.

All 39 nursing students passed their NCLEX-RN on their first attempt giving Collin College a 100 percent pass rate. The current state average for associate degree in nursing programs is 81.88 percent and 85.56 percent for all programs.

The Collin College Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology for Community and Junior Colleges was awarded second place in the Outstanding Chapter category at the 2007 American Psychological Association national convention in San Francisco Aug. 18. The awards are given based on the chapter’s and advisor’s commitment to achieving the mission of Psi Beta -- professional development of psychology students at community colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.

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