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Students Enjoy Record-Breaking Success

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011

Hocking College student Shawn Yates was named nationally as the 2011 Ohio New Century Scholar.  A total of six Hocking students were named to the All-Ohio Community College Academic Team, with three winning nationally.  In the history of the competition, Hocking College has only had five students place nationally, including those recognized this year.

Yates, a second year Energy Institute student, will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Five other Hocking College students were recognized for their academic achievements and named to the All-Ohio Community College Academic Team. First Team members Chad Dillon, Andrew Leiterman and Yates will receive a $1,000 stipend.  Third Team members Timothy Davis, Troy Pingle and Kendra Wilson will receive a $250 certificate.

Additionally, at the national level, Yates was selected earlier this month as the recipient of the Guistwhite Scholarship, where he was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies.  Yates won every scholarship possible in this competition, including being the top scoring All-USA candidate in Ohio, earning him the designation of New Century Scholar.  

Dillon was also selected nationally as a 2011 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar, winning $1,500.  Leiterman earned the national designation of 2011 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar, winning $1,000.

The selected students attended a luncheon in their honor April 28 at the Statehouse Atrium.  In his acceptance speech, Yates mentioned his appreciation for his Hocking College education. “ The Hocking College Energy Institute has brightened my future, broadened my horizon, opened doors, and positioned my family for future success,” Yates said.

The All-Ohio Academic Team program provides statewide recognition and cash scholarships to outstanding two-year college students.  Winners are selected based on academic performance, demonstration of leadership and community service involvement.  The national Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team and the New Century Scholars Program are sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa and American Association of Community Colleges.