A couple of local college students who’ve made a push to earn good grades, are being recognized. The Maine Community College System Board of trustees is holding a ceremony for these two students along with 12 others. Baha Eldin has the story.
A commitment to education is something these two students pride themselves on. And that has named them to the All-Maine Academic Team.
Heather Carnes, NMCC Student, “my goal is to be able to live happy and healthy and stress free and have a good job that I really enjoy.”
Myasia Williams, NMCC Student, “it’s important because if you don’t have an education you don’t have a foundation.”
Carnes and Williams were nominated by Northern Maine Community College for academic achievement, leadership and service. The All-Maine Academic Team is part of the national Phi Theta Kappa program, which is a national honor society for two year colleges.
Williams, “I noticed that I did a lot, and for someone else to noticed that I’ve pushed and persevered through everything that I’ve accomplished to get here, that means a lot.
Carnes, “I was so scared to come back to school, and I never thought I would do as well as I am doing and to be recognized for it is just awesome.”
Carnes is a nontraditional student who says it’s never too late to go back to school. She’s an accounting and business administration major with a 3.7 grade point average. Williams is 23 years old, A major in accounting with a 3.9 GPA. But they didn’t achieve, without challenge.
Carnes, “some of my challenges have been mostly just time challenges, I moved out here six years ago from Seattle to take care of my grandparents
Williams, “I’m from New York so being away from my family and when I needed someone to cry on I didn’t have anyone – that was the biggest challenge and the next was coming to school and failing. ”
14 students total are being named to the All-Maine Academic Team. They’ll be honored with an award of recognition, and a five hundred dollar scholarship at a ceremony in Hallowell on April 22.