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SIX TCC STUDENTS SELECTED FOR ALL-VIRGINIA ACADEMIC TEAM TOP 10
One recipient also a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (April 25, 2013) — Six Tidewater Community College students have been recognized for two prestigious awards: All-Virginia Academic Team Top Ten and a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar – one of 50 winners in the nation.

Hannah Berk received double honors as the Gold Scholar and a member of the All-Virginia Academic team. Sheila Palmer, Ashley Berkman, Shay Fizer, Michael August and Novella Harrison are TCC’s other All-Virginia Academic Team winners.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing up to $237,500 in scholarships annually. Gold Scholars receive a $1,500 scholarship, a medallion and recognition in “USA Today.”

Students recognized on the All-Virginia Academic Team have to be nominated and meet certain criteria, including a grade-point average of at least 3.5 and outstanding achievements both in and outside of the classroom.

Norfolk’s Berk will graduate in May with a 3.9 GPA and an associate of liberal arts with plans to transfer to a four-year university this fall to study international relations and comparative literature. A recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Berk is recording secretary for the Norfolk Campus’ Phi Theta Kappa chapter, a literary advocate for the Reading Enriches All Children program and tutors at ForKids.


Coca-Cola Gold Scholar
Hannah Berk

“My experiences in community college have shown me that education is empowerment,” Berk said. “A love for learning is a spark that must be shared.”  


Shay Fizer

Berkman, also of Norfolk, will graduate with a 3.7 GPA and an associate of applied science (graphic design). She plans to transfer to a four-year university and ultimately work toward her master’s in media and design.

Chesapeake’s Palmer will graduate with a 3.7 GPA and an associate of science with plans to transfer to the College of William and Mary to study pre-med.

Portsmouth’s Fizer will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and an associate of liberal arts with plans to attend Old Dominion University and major in veterinary medicine.

Virginia Beach’s August will graduate with a 4.0 GPA with plans to transfer to William and Mary or Virginia Commonwealth University to study philosophy and elementary education. Harrison, also of Virginia Beach, will graduate with a 3.8 GPA and an associate of science (paralegal studies). Ultimately, she would like to attend law school.




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