HANCEVILLE, ALA. – Wallace State students John-Anthony Jimenez and Callie Allen were recognized recently at the All-Alabama Academic Team Scholars banquet held at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.
The All-Alabama Academic Team program started in 1995, honoring some of the most distinguished academic scholars and leaders within the Alabama Community College System (ACCS). The All-Alabama Academic Team Foundation conducts the annual banquet in association with the ACCS and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Jimenez, a sophomore, maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average at Wallace State as he approaches graduation next month. Jimenez, a Hanceville High grad, is majoring in computer science at Wallace State and plans to transfer to Troy University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science this fall. His career goals are to work in cybersecurity.
Jimenez, who moved to Hanceville from California while in high school, is currently president of Wallace State’s Student Government Association (SGA) and the Sigma Kappa Delta English honor society. He’s also vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, the college’s math honor society.
“I’m honored and proud to represent Wallace State as an All-Alabama Academic Scholar this year. It’s allowed me to meet a lot of students across the state,” said Jimenez, 24. “I’m very thankful I’ve had this amazing opportunity.”
Allen is a dual enrollment student at Wallace State, majoring in general studies. Allen currently holds a 3.7 GPA, and her career goal is to earn a doctorate in biology, specialize in genetics and serve as a research geneticist.
Through Wallace State’s dual enrollment program, Allen enrolled in the college at the age of 14. Now at 16, Allen is already a Wallace State sophomore and on her way to completing her associate’s degree by December.
Allen is vice president of Wallace State’s Sigma Kappa Delta English honor society, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa, a college ambassador through the Lion Leader program and on the Advisory Committee for the Cullman County Relay for Life/American Cancer Society group.
“It means a lot to represent my school as an All-Alabama Academic Team Scholar. So many more doors have been opened for me because of it,” Allen said.
Allen was also named one of only 50 Silver Scholars among qualified candidates across 38 states last month, standing out among more than thousands of applicants. As a Silver Scholar recipient, Allen receives a $1,250 for the fall semester and a special medallion from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
In addition to Jimenez and Allen, attending the banquet from Wallace State were Vice President Dr. Tomesa Smith; Jimmy Hodges, Dean of Applied Technologies; and LaDonna Allen, Alumni and Special Projects Coordinator.
Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich and respective college administrators presented medallions to each student.
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