Wor-Wic Students Named to All-Maryland Academic Team
April 23, 2007

Wor-Wic Community College students Michael Rippetoe of Stockton and Erin Twilley of Salisbury were recently named to the first All-Maryland Academic Team.

Thirty-one students from 15 Maryland community colleges were named to the All-Maryland Academic Team that recognizes academic excellence and community service of two-year college students. Twilley and Rippetoe were two of the eight students who made the first team. Selection is based on college transcripts, letters of recommendation, a biographical questionnaire and an essay.

The All-Maryland Academic Team is sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK), the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and the Maryland Council of Community College Chief Executive Officers.

Rippetoe, an honors student with a 4.00 grade point average (GPA), is expected to graduate in 2009 with an associate degree in business management and a certificate in architectural computer-aided drafting. He plans to transfer to Salisbury University (SU) to major in business management. His goal is to earn a doctorate in business management and open his own consulting firm. He is a member of Wor-Wic’s Alpha Nu Omicron chapter of PTK and is a past state president of PTK’s Middle States region. Rippetoe is enrolled in the honors program and has acted in and directed several plays at Wor-Wic.

Twilley, also an honors student with a 4.00 GPA, is expected to graduate this May with an associate degree in general studies. Twilley plans to transfer to SU to major in chemistry. Her goal is to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine and open her own practice or participate in counter-bioterrorism research. She is a member of PTK, the arts club and “The Wor-Wic Wave” student newspaper. A member of the Beth Israel Synagogue in Salisbury, Twilley is the head of the Mitzvah Corp., and assists with leading services entirely in Hebrew. She has volunteered with the Healing Hands Animal Hospital in Salisbury and the histology laboratory at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center.