May 19, 2015

Thirty-two of Kentucky's top college students were honored as members of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's 2015 All-Academic Team during the 14th annual KCTCS Student Academic Achievement luncheon held Tuesday, May 19, 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 as KCTCS graduates to continue their education from 29 Kentucky public and private universities.  

The 2015 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 Coca-Cola Foundation. Berniece Combs from Somerset Community College (SCC) was named the New Century Scholar for Kentucky. Combs resides in London, Kentucky and will graduate with her associate in arts and associate in science degrees this month. She will finish the nursing program at SCC in the fall of 2016.

In addition, Combs 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. 

The list of the All-Academic Scholars include: 

Ashland Community and Technical College: John C. Chapman and James B. Hall
Big Sandy Community and Technical College: Hayley E. Slone and Pamela McLaughlin
Bluegrass Community and Technical College: Ralene K. Kratzer and Ndeye Thiaw
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College: Joseph Taylor Wimsett and Amanda Devon Coffman
Gateway Community and Technical College: Danitra R. Brown and Paulette L. Bunch
Hazard Community and Technical College: Craig T. Combs and Kendra L. Quillen
Henderson Community and Technical College: April L. Brown and Raquel Resendiz
Hopkinsville Community College: Stannard Nathan Phelps and Brittany Robison
Jefferson Community and Technical College: Karen S. Magee and Richard A. Myers
Madisonville Community College: Ashlee C. Elder and Cierra D. Gonzalez
Maysville Community and Technical College: David W. Hatton and Ashley N. Wentworth
Owensboro Community and Technical College: Candace R. Kelley and Cassandra K. Bell
Somerset Community College: Berniece A. Combs and Joshua L. Hayes
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College: Jennifer A. Jackson and 
Rachel L. Test
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College: David M. Hoskins and Jacob Carroll
West Kentucky Community and Technical College: Clarissa D. Pease and Tara O. Isbell