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Points of Cougar Pride - Outstanding Students 2012-2013
Outstanding Students 2012-2013

Richard Alexander, of Plano, joined 40 community and junior college students from across the nation for three days at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., as part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) project. Alexander’s adventure at the space center included forming a team and establishing a fictional company interested in Mars exploration. The company was responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a line drawing of the rover and forming the company infrastructure including the budget, communications and presentations.

Collin College’s Mock Trail team members Michelle Davis and April Cheney won two major awards in a competition at the Middle Tennessee State University Mock Trail Tournament. Davis won Top Attorney with a perfect score of 20 points and Cheney tied for first place as Top Witness with 19 points. During the competition, Collin College competed against larger collegiate institutions such as the University of Tennessee, University of Georgia, University of Florida and Cornell University.

Three Collin College athletes have received Academic Student-Athlete Awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Alessandra Pickerill (womens tennis) was given the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Hondo Webb (men's basketball) and Jenny Cecotti (women's tennis) was given the Exemplary Academic Acheivement for maintaining a 3.6-3.79 grade point average. More than 1,680 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors. Nearly 60,000 student-athletes competed in the NJCAA for the 2011-12 academic year on more than 3,500 teams in 28 different sports.

Amy Glazier, Collin College student, was named to the National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program, an interactive online learning opportunity highlighted by a three-day experience at NASA. Selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering and computer science by interacting with engineers at different NASA centers. The project includes preliminary interactive web-based activities and an onsite experience during the fall or spring at NASA. Students from across the nation are chosen to participate through a competitive process. Selected students are U.S. citizens currently pursuing their initial undergraduate degree at a community college who have an interest and aptitude for mathematics, science, engineering or computer science.

The Collin College chapter of the Psi Beta National Honor Society inducted 19 new members at a ceremony recently. The new Psi Beta members are: Nadya Archbold, Christina Pyne, Barb Bowie, Neusha Rahmati, Courtland Carson, Jimena Reyes, Salma Chaudlwy, Susana Reyes, William Garrick, Nikhita Shiwach, Heather Griggs Yasmin Shiwach, Janel Hendrixson, Melanie Solomon, Gabriel Mc Dermott, Sam Srinivashn, Wendy McKim, Collette Villarreal and Vanessa Olivares.

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