Edwards Receives Portz award
May 05, 2006

Valerie Edwards of Delmar, Md., a business transfer student at Wor-Wic Community College, was recently selected as the 2006 winner of the Dr. John and Edith Portz award for outstanding honors students at a two-year college in Maryland.

Edwards is a member of the Alpha Nu Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Wor-Wic, for which she has served as secretary, as well as co-chaired the PTK blood drive, book sale and yard sale. She also performed in several one-act plays at the college’s 2006 Dessert Theater.

In 2005, Edwards attended the Shore Leadership Conference at Salisbury University (SU) with Wor-Wic’s student government association. She recently was one of three Maryland community college students selected by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges to represent Wor-Wic by speaking at their workshop for community college board of trustees in Annapolis.

Edwards serves on the board, manages concessions and co-chairs the fundraising committee for the Delmar Little League. She is an active member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Salisbury, through which she has enjoyed attending youth and leadership conferences. Edwards is a member of the parent teacher association at Delmar Elementary School and has volunteered at Prince Street Elementary School.

After graduation, Edwards plans to pursue a marketing degree at SU.

Edwards and her husband, Robert, a foreman at Parker Construction in Eden, have three children, Jenna, 16, Tyler, 14, and Matthew, 8.

Two annual awards, one for a community college student and one for a four-year college student, were endowed by Dr. Portz, former director of the honors program at the University of Maryland College Park, through the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council (MCHC). The purpose of the Portz awards is to honor the achievements of honors students in Maryland, Dr. Portz’s home state. Every higher education institution in the state that is an MCHC member can nominate one student as a candidate for the annual award.

This is the fourth consecutive year that a Wor-Wic student has received this award.

Joy Andrews-Hooker received the award in 2005, Jordan Nichols in 2004 and Kimberlee Bermont in 2003. Other former Wor-Wic student recipients were Mary Chalanick in 2000 and Robin Finley in 1998.

“No other school has had as many Portz award recipients as Wor-Wic,” said Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic. “This speaks volumes for the quality of our honors program.”