April 7, 2009WVU Parkersburg student selected as Bronze Scholar in All-USA Academic Team for Community Colleges competition.
CONTACT: John Gorrell, director of the Jackson County Center, 304-372-6992.
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A Kenna resident is being recognized as a bronze scholar winner in the national All-USA Academic Team competition.
Ashli Carte, an elementary education major at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, is one of 50 bronze scholar winners in the national competition that recognizes outstanding community college students who are dedicated to academics and their communities. She was listed as a scholar winner this week (April 6) in USA TODAY.
The annual program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. The selection process is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges. As a bronze scholar recipient, Ms. Carte will receive a certificate, bronze medallion and $1,000.
A native of Jackson County, Ms. Carte is the daughter of Angela and Roger Carte. She is the president of the Campus Activities Board at WVU Parkersburg's Jackson County Center in Ripley. She also founded JCC's popular International Film Festival event. In 2008, she was one of the founding members of the Black Hare Renaissance Faire, held in Jackson County. She works with the campus Reading Association and recently helped facilitate a student meet and greet with illustrator Christopher Canyon. She volunteers at local libraries, and will be helping to start a puppet theater this summer.
She expects to graduate in the Spring of 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in Elementary Education with middle school specializations in English and Social Studies.
Nearly 1,450 students from 800 community colleges in 49 states and Guam were nominated for USA Today's 2009 All-USA Community College Academic Team.
Twenty students were selected to the national team, each receiving a $2,500 stipend, obelisk, and medallion. The top scoring student from each of the fifty states was named a New Century Scholar and received a $2,000 stipend. Fifty students were named Gold Scholars, receiving $1,500; 50 students were named Silver Scholars, receiving $1,250, and 50 students were named Bronze Scholars, receiving $1,000. An additional 150 national finalists were selected from multiple states, each receiving a $1,000 stipend.