Dasher Receives Portz Award
May 08, 2009

Cassandra Dasher of Salisbury, a general studies student at Wor-Wic Community College, was recently selected as the 2009 winner of the Portz award for outstanding honors students at a two-year college in Maryland.

Dasher is vice president of scholarship for Wor-Wic’s Alpha Nu Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She expects to receive her associate degree in general studies this month. Dasher plans to transfer to a four-year university and major in English and Spanish so that she can become an interpreter for foreign mission work.

Two annual awards, one for a community college student and one for a four-year college student, were endowed by Dr. John Portz, former director of the honors program at the University of Maryland College Park, through the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council (MCHC). Dr. John and his wife, Edith, created the Portz award to honor the achievements of honors students in Maryland, their home state. Every higher education institution in the state that is an MCHC member can nominate one student as a candidate for the annual award.

A student from Wor-Wic has received the Portz award for seven of the past 12 years.

Valerie Edwards received the award in 2006, Joy Andrews-Hooker in 2005, Jordan Nichols in 2004 and Kimberlee Bermont in 2003. Other former Wor-Wic student recipients were Mary Chalanick in 2000 and Robin Finley in 1998.

“No other school has had as many Portz award recipients as Wor-Wic,” said Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic. “This speaks volumes for the quality of our honors program.”