Wor-Wic Honors Program Students Win Portz Awards for 2004 and 2005
November 15, 2005

Jordan Nichols and Joy Andrews-Hooker, both Honors Program students with 4.0 GPAs at Wor-Wic Community College, have been selected as first-place winners in Maryland Collegiate Honors Council’s John and Edythe Portz Award competition for the Outstanding Maryland Honors Student in the Two-Year College for 2004 and 2005. Both students received a $500 check for their achievements at the MCHC’s annual conference on March 4, 2005 at the University of Baltimore. Three students from Wor-Wic’s Honors Program have previously won this annual award: Robin Finley, Mary Chalanick, and Kimberly Bermont.

Jordan Nichols, the winner for 2004, completed all seven honors’ courses at Wor-Wic before graduating in May of 2004 and then transferring to Salisbury University as a biology major in Fall 2004. He will earn his B.S. degree in 2006 and then plans to attend veterinary school. Jordan has a passion for music and theatre and performed in Wor-Wic’s Variety Show, Dessert Theatre, and was a member of Wor-Wic’s Chorus. He currently performs in various groups, including the Salisbury University Chorale, his church choir, and a male a cappella quartet called Vocal Delirium. He is a founding member of JaMin’ Productions, a local three-person theatre performing group. Currently Jordan is serving as Minister to Youth at Immanuel Baptist Church in Salisbury.

The 2005 Portz Award winner is Joy Andrews-Hooker, a current Honors Program student, single mother, and general studies major, who will graduate from Wor-Wic in 2005. She has been accepted at Temple University and plans to pursue a degree in surgical medicine. Joy is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and serves as Vice President of Leadership of Alpha Nu Omicron, Wor-Wic’s chapter. She has taken leadership responsibility in the Fall Frenzy, chaired “Warm Wishes for Joseph House” (a PTK charity drive for the homeless in our community), volunteered for the Blood Drive for Blood Bank of Delmarva, and participated in the February 2005 induction ceremony for new PTK members. Joy also enjoys writing and has had her work published in Echoes and Visions, 2004, the college’s creative arts journal. She walked in Relay for Life 2004, representing Wor-Wic in this American Cancer Society fundraiser.