Bermont Receives Portz Award
August 11, 2003

Kimberlee Bermont of Princess Anne, a general studies student at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, was recently selected as the winner of the 2003 Dr. John and Edith Portz award as the outstanding honors student at a two-year college in Maryland.

This award, as well as a four-year college award, was 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’ 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.

“Kimberlee Bermont surpasses all expectations, even for an honors student, in every aspect of her academic, professional and personal life,” said Dr. Elinor Phillips Cubbage, professor of English at the college.

A full-time student who will graduate in August, Bermont will be this year’s student speaker. A member of the honors program at Wor-Wic, Bermont was a contributor to the honors program newsletter. She is also a member of the Alpha Nu Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the college honor society.

Bermont represented Wor-Wic’s PTK chapter at the regional convention, and chaired the organization’s faculty appreciation lunch committee.

“Kimberlee’s academic record is impeccable,” Cubbage said. “I have been honored to teach her.”

“She challenges me to help her learn,” added Dr. Walter J. Yurek, professor of mathematics. “She is a model student who is always willing to help, and constantly asks questions that require anyone who is earnest to look deeper into how statistics works.”

“Attending Wor-Wic broadened my range of knowledge and experience,” said Bermont. “I was surrounded by an atmosphere of warmth and excellence provided by the faculty.”

Bermont’s plans for the future are to transfer to a four-year college or university to continue her education in nursing and psychology.

She also does volunteer work in the community, providing property maintenance and transportation to medical facilities and shopping destinations for elderly and ill neighbors. Professionally, Bermont provides education and training to small businesses.

Two former Wor-Wic graduates also received this award -- Robin Finley in 1998 and Mary Chalanick in 2000.