Nichols and Andrews-Hooker Receive Portz Awards
April 27, 2005

Jordan Nichols, a 2004 Wor-Wic Community College graduate, and Joy Andrews-Hooker, a general studies student at Wor-Wic, both of Salisbury, are the 2004 and 2005 winners of the Dr. John and Edith Portz award for outstanding honors students at a two-year college in Maryland.

Nichols, the 2004 award recipient, is the son of William and Teddy Bratten of Salisbury. He graduated from Wor-Wic with an associate degree in general studies in 2004.

While a student at Wor-Wic, he participated in the college’s honors program and chorus. Nichols was also a member of the arts club, where he performed in several of the college’s dessert theater and variety show productions. Other performances included playing trumpet and acting at Cotton Club Java, an annual Harlem renaissance coffeehouse held at the college.

Nichols has also performed with Community Players, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus and the Salisbury Community Band. He is a founding member of JaMiN productions, a local theater production company. Nichols is a part-time youth minister at Immanuel Baptist Church in Salisbury, where he also performs with the church choir and several instrumental ensembles. He is also a Chesapeake Chrysalis and Emmaus Community youth leader.

Nichols transferred to Salisbury University as a junior in the fall of 2004. He is majoring in biology and plans to graduate in May of 2006. Nichols is a member of SU’s Baptist Student Ministries and performs with the SU Chorale.

Andrews-Hooker, the 2005 award recipient, is a general studies student at Wor-Wic. She is enrolled in the honors program and is an active member of the student government association. Andrews-Hooker is also vice president of leadership for the the Alpha Nu Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). Through PTK, she participated in food and clothing drives, an annual blood drive and a St. Jude’s fundraiser.

Andrews-Hooker has also represented the Wor-Wic honors program at the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council, attended a student government training conference in Philadelphia, Penn., and volunteered at Wor-Wic’s Fall Frenzy and the American Cancer Society’s 2004 Relay for Life. Andrews-Hooker also had her poetry published in the college’s creative arts journal, “Echoes and Visions.”

After graduating from Wor-Wic in May, Andrews-Hooker plans to transfer to Temple University in Philadelphia, where she has been accepted into the pre-medicine program for the fall of 2005. She has a grown son and a grown daughter.

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 a MCHC member can nominate one student as a candidate for the annual award.

Three former Wor-Wic graduates also received this award -- Robin Finley in 1998, Mary Chalanick in 2000 and Kimberlee Bermont in 2003.