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Galloway and Ali Honored at All Alabama Academic Awards


Each spring, college administrators and students from the two-year colleges across the state join in celebration of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) All Alabama Academic Awards.  This year’s event was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.  Ms. Desiree Galloway and Ms. Ja-Me-S Ali of Drake State Technical College were honored at the celebration.  The two students were selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement and leadership qualities.

The awards celebration honored students, representing 25 colleges in the Alabama Community College System (ACCS), for their scholastic achievement. Students submitted for consideration must possess a GPA of at least 3.5, demonstrate leadership on their campus and have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at the nominating college. The students must also indicate a desire to continue their education at a four year institution.

“The All Alabama Academic Awards is an opportunity for these outstanding students to be recognized for both their academic achievements and their contributions to the community,” says Dr. Helen McAlpine, President of Drake State Technical College. 

Galloway is an Office Systems Technology student with a 4.0 GPA, working as a Cooperative Education Student (Co-op) at AMCOM on Redstone Arsenal.  She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management upon completion of her Associate Degree in May 2011. 

Galloway currently serves as President of Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity and Vice-President of International Association of Administrative Professionals. She has assisted with several campus- wide events including the Holiday Food Drive. 

Drake State was also represented by Ja-Me-S Ali. Ali is an Engineering Graphics major who is active with many student organizations on campus.  She is the founding member of the Drake State Praise Dance Team and has provided leadership to other organizations on campus such as Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, Drake State Gospel Choir and the student government where she was recently elected to serve as Vice-President for the 2011-2012 Academic Year.  Ali was also selected by the college’s staff to participate in the Student Leadership Institute Award of Excellence sponsored by the Alabama Community College System.  She is currently employed as an engineering aid/clerk at the Army Garrison Command on Redstone Arsenal and has a desire to study mechanical or civil engineering upon completion of her associate degree.

The All-Alabama Academic Team Recognition Program was founded in 1995 to complement the All-USA National Academic Team Program sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the American Association of Community Colleges.  The festivities also provide students with the opportunity to meet with representatives of four year institutions and plan their future educational goals. 


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