Wor-Wic’s Honors Students Bring Home the Gold at MCHC 2010
April 30, 2010

On March 5 and 6, eleven students and three faculty from Wor-Wic's Honors Program participated in the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference at Montgomery College, Germantown campus. Highlights of the conference included 24 individual and panel presentations as well as 10 poster presentations, all showcasing the work of honors program students from two-year and four-year Maryland colleges. Beth Shafer presented an analysis of the musical score in the documentary film, "Paper Clips" while Nicole Beta's presentation explored the lesser known factors of adolescent body dissatisfaction. A team of four students, Brittany Hoffman, Nicole Bata, Amy Mitschke, and Samantha Smith, debated the issue of obese passengers on airlines. Two poster presentations represented class research projects, "Socratic Questioning" by Hunter Wellington, Nyles Davis, and Jack Trader and "Children's Response to Plato's Dialogue" by Shaina Boyd, Alek Katrysh, and Diana Schultz. Honors faculty who attended the conference included Dr. Elinor Cubbage, Dr. Allison Bartlett, and Dr. Walter Yurek.

Nicole Bata, our nominee for the Portz Award, Outstanding Honors Student from a Two-Year College in Maryland, captured first place honors, a $500 award, based on her grade point average; initiative and leadership in the honors program, the institution, and community; and academic excellence as illustrated in her project done for honors credit. Her project was an analysis of Sonya Sotomayor's speech as her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee during her bid to be appointed the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and the third ever female to receive this honor. Nicole has volunteered on the Advisory Committee to Parkside High School's Career and Technology Education (CTE) Program since 2006, serves as a judge for the annual SkillsUSA local competition, has given presentations at Salisbury University to Wicomico County high school freshmen about her life as a drafter/designer during Career Day seminars sponsored by the Salisbury Young Professionals, volunteers annually for the Riverwalk Cleanup sponsored by the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, and is currently serving as Vice President of Service for Alpha Nu Omicron, Wor-Wic's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. A general studies major with a 3.7 GPA, Nicole will graduate in May 2010 with the Honors Program designation and plans to major in Audio Media Production at Salisbury University. She is currently training to be a volunteer announcer for the local public radio station and dreams of producing for National Public Radio. Nicole is Wor-Wic's eighth first-place winner of the Portz Award since 1998.

Please join me in congratulating this group of honors students. Their numerous achievements and dedication to academic excellence serve to present Wor-Wic Community College and its Honors Program as a leader in the state of Maryland.