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Two students from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) are nominees for 2015 All-USA Community College Academic Team. Cheryl Fox and Jennifer Wood were recently nominated in recognition of their scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments.

As nominees for the All-USA Community College Academic Team, the students were recognized as members of the All-Oklahoma Community College Academic Team at a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol in March. The Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges sponsors the All-Oklahoma Academic Team. The students qualify for scholarships designated for All-Oklahoma Academic Team members at public universities in Oklahoma.

“Only two NEO students are nominated for the All-USA Academic Team each year,” said Dr. Bethene Fahnestock, vice president for academic affairs. “Jennifer Woods and Cheryl Fox earned this distinction through their outstanding academic achievements, leadership and services to the college and the community.  It has been a privilege to work with Jennifer and Cheryl while they were students at NEO College.”

Fox resides in Miami, Oklahoma and graduated last week with a degree in early childhood education. Wood is from Miami and also just graduated with a degree in speech and theatre.

The All-USA Community College Academic Team program annually recognizes 20 outstanding two-year college students. These 20 team members of the All-USA Community College Academic Team program receive scholarships of $2,500 each, and their colleges receive extensive national recognition through coverage in USA TODAY.

“Both of those ladies are exemplary examples of what a nontraditional student can be. Jennifer was vice president of Phi Theta Kappa this past year and is going to remain president of PTK next year. Cheryl was a regional vice president of PTK this past year as well. Both of these ladies juggled work, college and kids to get their degrees,” said Rob Rea co-sponsor of PTK Honor Society.

More than 1,700 students from 1,000 community, technical and junior colleges competed for the 2015 All-USA Community College Academic Team. Selection is based on nominations submitted by community college presidents or CEOs, who receive nomination materials in the fall. The program is presented by USA TODAY, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group.

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