May 24, 2013 - | 03:23 PM -

Thirty-two of Kentucky's top college students were honored as members of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's 2013 All-Academic Team during the 12th annual KCTCS Student Academic Achievement luncheon held Tuesday, May 21, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.   

Students from each of the 16 KCTCS colleges were chosen for the All-Academic Team based on a rigorous selection process that focuses on academic performance and campus involvement. Each member of the All-Academic Team received a $500 gift from their college, as well as scholarship opportunities to continue their education from 29 Kentucky public and private universities. Together, the scholarships are valued at more than $500,000.

The 2013 New Century Scholar was also named at the luncheon. It is part of a national program sponsored by the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges. Ebony Nava was named the New Century Scholar for Kentucky.

In addition, Nava was the recipient of the KCTCS Martha C. Johnson Scholarship for $2,500. Martha Johnson is a native of Ashland and a graduate of Ashland Community and Technical College. She is retired from Ashland, Inc. and is the founding chair of the KCTCS Board of Regents.

“Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has given me a way out of demanding and low paying jobs, opened my eyes to possibility, and made me aware of an array of available career options,” said Nava. “The opportunity to attend a community college has truly been my stepping stone into a world of higher learning.”

Nava will graduate from BCTC in spring 2014 with an associate of science degree.

The list of the All-Academic Scholars include:

Ashland Community and Technical College: Michelle Gollihue and Gregory McFarlin
Big Sandy Community and Technical College: Avram McCarty and Jennifer Miles
Bluegrass Community and Technical College: Christopher Cool and Elizabeth Mirsky
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College: Wayne Mason and Samuel Pierce
Gateway Community and Technical College: Dale Kidwell and Ashley Marthaler
Hazard Community and Technical College: Theresa Combs and Daniel Cornett
Henderson Community and Technical College: Ashleigh Bibbler and Lisa Miller
Hopkinsville Community College: Elen Hernandez and Malcolm Holland
Jefferson Community and Technical College: Don Poe, II and Joseph Tucker
Madisonville Community College: Linda Robertson and Christian Sharp
Maysville Community and Technical College: George Shoemaker and Steven Warren
Owensboro Community and Technical College: Michael Church and Brandon Lee
Somerset Community College: Courtney Clontz and Debora Lasure
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College: Sarah Petranek and David Theis
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College: Dakota Calton and Zachary Howard
West Kentucky Community and Technical College: Roy Henley and Kevin Quinn

EDITOR’S NOTE: Group and individual photos of the honorees are available.  Please contact Heather Baber (heather.baber@kctcs.edu) or a member of the public relations team at any of the KCTCS colleges to request copies.