Lorain County Community College Students Named to 2008 All-Ohio Academic Team

Lorain County Community College students Josh Mole, of Grafton, and Madeline Dotson, of Elyria, earned All-Ohio Academic Team honors and were honored at an awards ceremony Wednesday, April 30 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.

{mosimage}Mole and Dotson were selected to the All-Ohio Academic Team Third Team.  They will receive a $100 cash scholarship and an All-Ohio medallion.

“Josh and Madeline are wonderful examples of the students at Lorain County Community College,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. “They have been able to achieve high standards as students while providing vital support to their families. They are using their LCCC experiences to transform their lives.”

One of the most active students at LCCC, Mole made his college experiences memorable. After graduating high school in 2003, he took a year off to decide if college was right for him, having not yet found his inspiration.  After returning to school he found his niche and inspiration with the Multicultural Club on campus. He made friends from around the world including China, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, Ghana, Nigeria, and Romania, whose stories fascinated him and helped give him a better perspective about his major, international business. He has been the president of Multicultural Club since 2006.

After finding out about all LCCC has to offer, Mole also ran and was elected as the Student Senate financial secretary. He also was inducted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society this year and is now the district representative of Northeast Ohio. Mole balances all this and still maintains at least a 3.3 grade point average or higher to be apart of the National Dean’s List. More incredibly he has done this while maintaining responsibility for his family’s entire 500-acre farm after his father tragically suffered a second stroke preventing him from ever again working the farm.  Mole is also active in the community as a 4H Volunteer Judge for Lorain and Huron counties’ 4H Agriculture competitions, as a member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, and the Black River Astronomical Society in Elyria.

He is currently working toward his associate’s degree in business at LCCC and was recently elected as vice president of Student Senate for the 2008-09 academic year. After graduation he plans on getting his master’s degree in international business from Rangsit University in Thailand.

“By balancing the responsibility of the farm and my education goals I have achieved stability,” Mole said. “My commitment to help my family and to the international students was intended to make a difference for them. In reality, the experience changed me.”

Dotson started attending LCCC at the age of 14 through the Early College High School (ECHS) program, which is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time.

She will be the first in her family to not just graduate high school, but to attend and graduate college. She will graduate this May. Because of this accomplishment and what she has overcome in her personal life she considers herself a bit of a pioneer.  Her mother suffers from a rare muscle disorder that made it necessary for Dotson to take on additional responsibilities like cleaning the house, cooking meals, grocery shopping and taking care of her 10-year old sister Beth.

With the atmosphere that her family struggles created, Dotson felt that she had no one to look up to and that she had no direction her in life. She realized that she did not want these struggles to define her entire life.  So she decided that education was the key to her success and she enrolled in the ECHS.

Dotson made the most of her time in the ECHS program.  She maintains a 3.56 grade point average, is one of the top 10 students in the ECHS, and has been recognized by the National Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean’s List. Dotson is also an ambassador for the ECHS program and has received the Student Ambassador award for her efforts and was honored by the League of Women Voters.

She mentors and tutors ECHS underclassman helping them with their own personal struggles. She volunteers at Crestwood Elementary School where she helps organize the Scholastic Book Fair and cooks meals for the children and for underprivileged individuals at the Lorain County Salvation Army. She also volunteered around the LCCC campus with the John Kerry campaign in 2004 and the Special Olympics since 2004.

Dotson plans to continue her education at Cleveland State University working towards her master’s degree in special education.

“In a strange way, our struggles have been a gift to me in my pursuit of education and without them I would not be the same person I am today,” Dotson said. “Frankly, I have surprised myself with my accomplishments. Doubt no longer dominates me. Fear is just a tool and if used correctly, can serve as a foundation for success.”

*****

Created in 1997, the All-Ohio Academic Team provides recognition to outstanding students in Ohio’s 23 public two-year colleges.  The program is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC); Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society; Honda of America Mfg., Inc.; KnowledgeWorks Foundation; and the Robert and Lynne Haehnlen Sprague Scholarship Fund in honor of Joshua Haehnlen Sprague and Sean Haehnlen Sprague.

To be eligible, students must be nominated by their college president to the All-USA Academic Team.  Nominees must be graduating during the 2006-2007 academic year, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.  Winners are selected based on leadership qualities, community service and academic performance.

Lorain County Community College Students Named to 2008 All-Ohio Academic Team

Lorain County Community College students Josh Mole, of Grafton, and Madeline Dotson, of Elyria, earned All-Ohio Academic Team honors and were honored at an awards ceremony Wednesday, April 30 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.

{mosimage}Mole and Dotson were selected to the All-Ohio Academic Team Third Team.  They will receive a $100 cash scholarship and an All-Ohio medallion.

“Josh and Madeline are wonderful examples of the students at Lorain County Community College,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. “They have been able to achieve high standards as students while providing vital support to their families. They are using their LCCC experiences to transform their lives.”

One of the most active students at LCCC, Mole made his college experiences memorable. After graduating high school in 2003, he took a year off to decide if college was right for him, having not yet found his inspiration.  After returning to school he found his niche and inspiration with the Multicultural Club on campus. He made friends from around the world including China, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, Ghana, Nigeria, and Romania, whose stories fascinated him and helped give him a better perspective about his major, international business. He has been the president of Multicultural Club since 2006.

After finding out about all LCCC has to offer, Mole also ran and was elected as the Student Senate financial secretary. He also was inducted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society this year and is now the district representative of Northeast Ohio. Mole balances all this and still maintains at least a 3.3 grade point average or higher to be apart of the National Dean’s List. More incredibly he has done this while maintaining responsibility for his family’s entire 500-acre farm after his father tragically suffered a second stroke preventing him from ever again working the farm.  Mole is also active in the community as a 4H Volunteer Judge for Lorain and Huron counties’ 4H Agriculture competitions, as a member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, and the Black River Astronomical Society in Elyria.

He is currently working toward his associate’s degree in business at LCCC and was recently elected as vice president of Student Senate for the 2008-09 academic year. After graduation he plans on getting his master’s degree in international business from Rangsit University in Thailand.

“By balancing the responsibility of the farm and my education goals I have achieved stability,” Mole said. “My commitment to help my family and to the international students was intended to make a difference for them. In reality, the experience changed me.”

Dotson started attending LCCC at the age of 14 through the Early College High School (ECHS) program, which is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time.

She will be the first in her family to not just graduate high school, but to attend and graduate college. She will graduate this May. Because of this accomplishment and what she has overcome in her personal life she considers herself a bit of a pioneer.  Her mother suffers from a rare muscle disorder that made it necessary for Dotson to take on additional responsibilities like cleaning the house, cooking meals, grocery shopping and taking care of her 10-year old sister Beth.

With the atmosphere that her family struggles created, Dotson felt that she had no one to look up to and that she had no direction her in life. She realized that she did not want these struggles to define her entire life.  So she decided that education was the key to her success and she enrolled in the ECHS.

Dotson made the most of her time in the ECHS program.  She maintains a 3.56 grade point average, is one of the top 10 students in the ECHS, and has been recognized by the National Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean’s List. Dotson is also an ambassador for the ECHS program and has received the Student Ambassador award for her efforts and was honored by the League of Women Voters.

She mentors and tutors ECHS underclassman helping them with their own personal struggles. She volunteers at Crestwood Elementary School where she helps organize the Scholastic Book Fair and cooks meals for the children and for underprivileged individuals at the Lorain County Salvation Army. She also volunteered around the LCCC campus with the John Kerry campaign in 2004 and the Special Olympics since 2004.

Dotson plans to continue her education at Cleveland State University working towards her master’s degree in special education.

“In a strange way, our struggles have been a gift to me in my pursuit of education and without them I would not be the same person I am today,” Dotson said. “Frankly, I have surprised myself with my accomplishments. Doubt no longer dominates me. Fear is just a tool and if used correctly, can serve as a foundation for success.”

*****

Created in 1997, the All-Ohio Academic Team provides recognition to outstanding students in Ohio’s 23 public two-year colleges.  The program is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC); Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society; Honda of America Mfg., Inc.; KnowledgeWorks Foundation; and the Robert and Lynne Haehnlen Sprague Scholarship Fund in honor of Joshua Haehnlen Sprague and Sean Haehnlen Sprague.

To be eligible, students must be nominated by their college president to the All-USA Academic Team.  Nominees must be graduating during the 2006-2007 academic year, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.  Winners are selected based on leadership qualities, community service and academic performance.

Lorain County Community College Students Named to 2008 All-Ohio Academic Team

Lorain County Community College students Josh Mole, of Grafton, and Madeline Dotson, of Elyria, earned All-Ohio Academic Team honors and were honored at an awards ceremony Wednesday, April 30 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.

{mosimage}Mole and Dotson were selected to the All-Ohio Academic Team Third Team.  They will receive a $100 cash scholarship and an All-Ohio medallion.

“Josh and Madeline are wonderful examples of the students at Lorain County Community College,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. “They have been able to achieve high standards as students while providing vital support to their families. They are using their LCCC experiences to transform their lives.”

One of the most active students at LCCC, Mole made his college experiences memorable. After graduating high school in 2003, he took a year off to decide if college was right for him, having not yet found his inspiration.  After returning to school he found his niche and inspiration with the Multicultural Club on campus. He made friends from around the world including China, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, Ghana, Nigeria, and Romania, whose stories fascinated him and helped give him a better perspective about his major, international business. He has been the president of Multicultural Club since 2006.

After finding out about all LCCC has to offer, Mole also ran and was elected as the Student Senate financial secretary. He also was inducted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society this year and is now the district representative of Northeast Ohio. Mole balances all this and still maintains at least a 3.3 grade point average or higher to be apart of the National Dean’s List. More incredibly he has done this while maintaining responsibility for his family’s entire 500-acre farm after his father tragically suffered a second stroke preventing him from ever again working the farm.  Mole is also active in the community as a 4H Volunteer Judge for Lorain and Huron counties’ 4H Agriculture competitions, as a member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, and the Black River Astronomical Society in Elyria.

He is currently working toward his associate’s degree in business at LCCC and was recently elected as vice president of Student Senate for the 2008-09 academic year. After graduation he plans on getting his master’s degree in international business from Rangsit University in Thailand.

“By balancing the responsibility of the farm and my education goals I have achieved stability,” Mole said. “My commitment to help my family and to the international students was intended to make a difference for them. In reality, the experience changed me.”

Dotson started attending LCCC at the age of 14 through the Early College High School (ECHS) program, which is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time.

She will be the first in her family to not just graduate high school, but to attend and graduate college. She will graduate this May. Because of this accomplishment and what she has overcome in her personal life she considers herself a bit of a pioneer.  Her mother suffers from a rare muscle disorder that made it necessary for Dotson to take on additional responsibilities like cleaning the house, cooking meals, grocery shopping and taking care of her 10-year old sister Beth.

With the atmosphere that her family struggles created, Dotson felt that she had no one to look up to and that she had no direction her in life. She realized that she did not want these struggles to define her entire life.  So she decided that education was the key to her success and she enrolled in the ECHS.

Dotson made the most of her time in the ECHS program.  She maintains a 3.56 grade point average, is one of the top 10 students in the ECHS, and has been recognized by the National Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean’s List. Dotson is also an ambassador for the ECHS program and has received the Student Ambassador award for her efforts and was honored by the League of Women Voters.

She mentors and tutors ECHS underclassman helping them with their own personal struggles. She volunteers at Crestwood Elementary School where she helps organize the Scholastic Book Fair and cooks meals for the children and for underprivileged individuals at the Lorain County Salvation Army. She also volunteered around the LCCC campus with the John Kerry campaign in 2004 and the Special Olympics since 2004.

Dotson plans to continue her education at Cleveland State University working towards her master’s degree in special education.

“In a strange way, our struggles have been a gift to me in my pursuit of education and without them I would not be the same person I am today,” Dotson said. “Frankly, I have surprised myself with my accomplishments. Doubt no longer dominates me. Fear is just a tool and if used correctly, can serve as a foundation for success.”

*****

Created in 1997, the All-Ohio Academic Team provides recognition to outstanding students in Ohio’s 23 public two-year colleges.  The program is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC); Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society; Honda of America Mfg., Inc.; KnowledgeWorks Foundation; and the Robert and Lynne Haehnlen Sprague Scholarship Fund in honor of Joshua Haehnlen Sprague and Sean Haehnlen Sprague.

To be eligible, students must be nominated by their college president to the All-USA Academic Team.  Nominees must be graduating during the 2006-2007 academic year, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.  Winners are selected based on leadership qualities, community service and academic performance.

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