Honors & Awards
The Wallace Community College-Dothan (Ala.) Lady Govs have proven themselves to be winners on and off the field this year. The team proved their academic excellence by being named a 2015- 2016 NJCAA All-Academic Team, which requires a 3.0 GPA. The team had the highest GPA (3.49) among all Alabama Community College Conference softball teams. Among the 31 athletic teams within the conference earning NJCAA honors, the Lady Govs earned the third highest GPA. “This team was driven by playing hard and getting the most out of their education,” said Lady Govs Coach David Russo. “They committed to playing a demanding schedule with games, practices — and studying. They embraced the discipline demanded by this game and transferred it to their studies,” he said. While the team made each other accountable for attending classes, the coaching staff was accountable, too. There were many study sessions in the library that required attendance from players and coaches. “This is a tremendous achievement,” said Linda C. Young, WCCD president. “I am so proud of all who helped these students become winners — both on and off the field. I especially want to thank Coach David Russo and Coach Claire Goodson.” Caitlin Butler played first base for the Lady Govs. She said that the team culture focused on academics, then athletics. “I really focused on being a student first. We all knew that we needed to concentrate on better grades to excel in life after college.” Teammate Shannon Lord agreed. “Our coaches made sure that classes were top priority,” she remarked. And missing class was not an option. “You didn’t miss class unless you wanted to run triangles,” Lord said with a laugh.
Pensacola State College (Fla.) student Christopher Porquaido recently was presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. A U.S. Navy petty officer third class, Porquaido received the commendation for his service as a dental technician from April 2013 to April 2016 at the United States Naval Hospital (USNH) in Yokosuka, Japan. He enrolled in Pensacola State’s dental hygiene program in May. The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal is presented for meritorious service or achievement in combat or non-combat circumstances based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature. Capt. Glen C. Crawford, USNH’s former commanding officer, asked Pensacola State President Ed Meadows to present Porquaido the medal on his behalf. A Darien, Georgia, native, Porquaido, 25, is a 2008 high school graduate.
Atlanta was the site for more than 1,700 of American’s best and brightest college students to showcase their talents as future business leaders and vie for the opportunity to win over $272,000 in cash awards. Future Business Leaders of America — Phi Beta Lambda, the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Atlanta June 24-27. Participants from around the country were in attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competi- tive events. Rene Ford, a member of the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence. Ford competed in Personal Finance and brought home sixth place. This award is part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics. To qualify for the national competition, Ford first competed against students from across Arkansas at the Arkansas State Leadership Conference held in Little Rock in April. Ford placed first in Personal Finance and Organizational Behavior at the state competition qualifying her to move on the national competition in Atlanta. Ford graduated from ASUMH with an associate of science in business and is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in accounting through the ASU Jonesboro Degree Center located on the ASUMH campus.