Student Graduation Speaker Wins National Award
May 04, 2007

Erin Twilley of Salisbury, who was selected to be the student speaker at Wor-Wic Community College commencement exercises next week, recently learned that she was named to the All-USA Academic Team for Community Colleges.

Twilley, 18, is one of only two community college students in Maryland to receive this national recognition. The All-USA Academic Team annually recognizes 60 community college students, in first, second and third teams consisting of 20 members each. Named to the third team, Twilley was one of 60 community college students in the nation selected from more than 1,500 nominees. The team is sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK), USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Twilley is a Wor-Wic honors student with a 4.0 GPA. She will receive an associate degree in general studies at college graduation ceremonies on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. After graduation, Twilley plans to major in chemistry at Salisbury University. She also recently learned that she was awarded a PTK scholarship at SU as a result of her academic achievements and PTK membership. Her goal is to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine and open her own practice or participate in counter-bioterrorism research.

Twilley, who was home schooled, is involved in student life at Wor-Wic, as a member of the college's PTK chapter, the arts club and "The Wor-Wic Wave" student newspaper. She also serves as the Wor-Wic representative to the Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Council, which provides a forum for students to voice their concerns, perspectives and experiences of college life.

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 volunteers with the Healing Hands Animal Hospital in Salisbury and the histology laboratory at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She also assisted the National Association of Women Judges. She is a daughter of Kevin and Penny Twilley of Salisbury. Her mother, as well as her grandmother, Joyce Groton of Salisbury, both graduated from Wor-Wic¹s associate degree nursing program in the mid-1980s.