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Hartnell Student Wins 2009 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar Award

March 18th, 2009

Tonya Morgan, a Hartnell College student majoring in psychology, has been named a 2009 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar Award winner at the All-State Community College Academic Team Competition. Her accomplishment will be listed in a special section of USA TODAY on April 6.

Morgan’s selection as a Coca-Cola Scholar was based on her academic excellence and the intellectual rigor of her course of study, her leadership and service, and how her activities outside the classroom have benefited her community.

Thousands of community college students were nominated from among the 50 states. During the competition, 50 students were selected as the New Century Scholar, 50 students were selected as Gold Scholars, 50 as Silver Scholars, 50 as Bronze Scholars, and an additional 150 students were selected as national finalists.

Hartnell College was the only California community college to have a Silver Scholar Award-winner.

As a Silver Scholar, Morgan received a certificate, a silver medallion, and a $1,250 stipend. She is now in the running for the 20-person national team in the All-USA Community College Academic Team Program to be selected in April.

Morgan has a 4.0 GPA at Hartnell, where she is an active member of the Psychology Club, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) club, and Women in Science Exploration (WISE). She was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, participates in the Math, Engineering, Science Achievement program, and has volunteered for many charitable community organizations. Additionally, Morgan is the author of several books under the pseudonym Jaci Rae, was an award-winning country music singer; hosted her own radio talk show; and is running her own business

The Coca-Cola Scholar program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the honor society for community college students.

For more information about the award, please contact Dr. Greg Peterson at 831-755-6822 or refer to the Phi-Theta Kappa Honor Society website: http://www.ptk.org/schol/aaat/announce.htm