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Five Students Nominated for All-Virginia Academic Team


Samantha Cousin     Jennifer Cole          Setifah Jordan              Tremaine Thompson        Kimberly Cave


Celebrating academic excellence and community involvement, TCC recognizes five students nominated to the All-Virginia Academic team: Samantha Cousin, Kimberly Cave, Jennifer Cole, Setifah Jordan and Tremaine Thompson.

Placing in the top 10 for all community colleges in Virginia, Samantha Cousin graduates with a 4.0 grade point average and an associate degree in science. She plans to transfer to Idaho State University for baccalaureate study in zoology. While at TCC, Cousin served as senator for the Student Government Association and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. She is the recipient of the Judy Witt Leadership Scholarship, which qualified her to be a part of the inaugural class of the Virginia Legacy Scholars program. Cousin also shares her time as an educator for the Virginia Zoo. She is active with her church, planning activities for young, single adults. Her long-term goal is to host her own educational television series providing insight into the diverse wildlife on planet earth.

Kimberly Cave began her post-secondary education while serving as a mess specialist in the U.S. Navy. When she and her family relocated to Hampton Roads, she enrolled at TCC and rounded out her academic career. While at the college, Cave served as vice president of service for Phi Theta Kappa at the Chesapeake Campus. In this role she was named Distinguished Chapter Officer, second in the Virginia Region for 2006.  She later became chapter president. Cave is also part of the Family Readiness Group for the USS Cole and leads an after-school enrichment class at Woodstock Elementary School. Married to Navy Senior Chief Eric Cave, she and her husband have seven children.

Cave graduates with a 3.5 grade point average and an associate degree in information technology securities. She plans to select a university for further studies, when her husband gets orders for the next duty station.

Jennifer Cole plans to teach science to young learners. Well on her way toward reaching this goal, she graduates with an associate degree in science with plans to continue at ODU for baccalaureate study. While at TCC, Cole served as parliamentarian for the Student Government Association, president of the Young at Heart-Early Childhood Education and Development Club and as a Student Ambassador. Community-minded, Cole volunteers with STOP and Head Start, and as a leader in the Job’s Daughters organization.

An apprentice at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Setifah Jordan enrolled at TCC to continue her education. She soon changed career paths, leaving her full-time job with the shipyard, to study science. With future plans to work as a Pharmacist, Jordan maintains a 3.9 grade point average and plans to transfer to Hampton University for further studies. While at TCC, Jordan became a member of Phi Theta Kappa, served as parliamentarian of the Student Government Association and the Rotaract Club, and as a Student Ambassador. She also shares her time with Cooper Elementary School.

Soon to be the first in her family to graduate with a college degree, Tremaine Thompson hopes to work as a licensed professional counselor. In this capacity Thompson plans to serve children and adults, as well as work within the legal system to counsel inmates. She graduates with a 3.5 grade point average and an associate of science degree with an emphasis in social sciences. She plans to continue her education at the College of William and Mary. While at TCC Thompson served as vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA). She also volunteers her time with SGA to serve food for the homeless during the holidays and throughout the year.