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Ingram And Lacy Earn All-State Awards


(Birmingham, Alabama) - There were college scouts, adoring fans, parents beaming with pride and life changing long term implications. All-State honors were to be announced. However, it wasn’t your usual sports play-off scenario. The scene was the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) All Alabama Academic Awards in Birmingham on Thursday evening. Ms. Whitney Ingram and Ms. Sophia Lacy 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. Unlike All-State honors in sports, these two are guaranteed future scholarship opportunities.

The awards celebration honors 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 3.25, 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 are an opportunity for Drake State to celebrate the achievements of some of our brightest stars and future community leaders,” says Dr. Helen McAlpine, President of Drake State Technical College. “It is a privilege for us to join these students and their families in celebration of their academic achievements.”

Ingram is an Office Systems Technology student with a 4.0 GPA, working as a Cooperative Education Student (Co-op) at Army Garrison on Redstone Arsenal. She plans to attend Athens State University and major in Contract Management upon completion of her Associate Degree. Her professional goal is to become a contract manager at Redstone Arsenal.

During her time at Drake State, Ingram has been a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity. She has assisted with new student orientation, several public relations projects and collected food at a campus wide food drive. She was selected by the college’s staff to participate in the Student Leadership Institute Award of Excellence sponsored by the Alabama Community College System.

Off-campus, Ingram has volunteered her time for the Alabama Search and Rescue Dog TrainingProgram where she had the unique experience of playing a cadaver for the dogs to “rescue”. She has also volunteered as a fencing coach for a kid’s summer camp and worked extensively with the Huntsville Historical Society doing research and writing articles about Historical Sites in Huntsville.

Drake State is also honored to be represented by Sophia Lacy. Lacy will be graduating in May with an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology. Her 3.7 GPA, attention to detail and professionalism earned her a Co-op position at PEO Missile and Space Agency at Redstone Arsenal. Lacy has proven herself to be a leader both on campus and in the community. As a member of the Student Government Association, she organized the college’s annual Spring Fling Event. Additionally, Lacy has served as an officer in the International Association of Administrative Professionals and attended various workshops and conferences associated with the organization. In March of 2009, Lacy was crowned Ms. Drake State and has represented the college at numerous community and industry activities.

As a civic volunteer, Lacy has been active in her church’s recreation ministry assisting with activities such as the youth basketball league, the 76th Anniversary Celebration and voter registration drives. Additional community involvement includes working as a volunteer at the NASA Moonbuggy Races and participating in fund raisers for the American Red Cross.

“We are so proud of the educational accomplishments and the leadership contributions made by both Ms. Ingram and Ms. Lacy. We are excited to see what success their future brings them, but their wonderful attitudes and leadership will be greatly missed on our campus,” adds McAlpine.

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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