Randolph named state’s New Century Scholar
by Special to the Eagle
Apr 16, 2011 | 1815 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Justin Randolph, a sophomore at Bevill State Community College in Fayette, was named Alabama’s New Century Scholar during the 2011 All-Alabama Academic Team Program held in Montgomery in late March.

Randolph was one of 49 All-Alabama students representing 25 of Alabama’s community and technical colleges honored for their exceptional academic achievement, distinguished leadership, and community service.

The New Century Scholar is chosen as the top student for their state based on his or her score for the national All-USA program. New Century Scholars represent their state this year at the opening session of the American Association of Community Colleges Convention in New Orleans, La. in April.

“I never dreamed in a million years I would be representing my community college, much less the whole state. It’s an honor to go to New Orleans and represent Alabama,” said Randolph. “I can’t wait for the next part of my life!”

Randolph, a native of Vernon, has a 4.0 GPA and is pursuing a Pre-Professional Associate Degree at Bevill State. Currently a volunteer at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa in the Neurology Department, Randolph’s plans for the future include a medical career in neurology.

In addition to his volunteer work, Randolph is a member of the Bevill State Scholar’s Bowl Team and has served as captain for the 09-10 and 10-11 seasons. He has been named to several all-tournament teams and received the Scholar’s Bowl service award in April, 2010.

“I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without the support of my college and the people that helped me get this far,” said Randolph. “I don’t feel like we get enough credit for being the products of the community college system. We can hang in there with the big boys.”

Also recognized during the evening was Bevill State’s second All-Alabama Academic team member Abby Barnett. Barnett, of Jasper, attends the Hamilton Campus and is a member of the cross-country and track team, the Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa.

She plans to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in exercise, health and nutrition.

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.

Most students in Alabama begin their college careers in a community college. Community colleges allow students to stay close to home, get a strong academic foundation in a student-focused environment with small classes and benefit from flexible class schedules, much lower tuition rates and an articulation agreement that guarantees their coursework will transfer to any public college or university within the state. Today, more than half of all freshmen and sophomores in Alabama are enrolled in one of the state’s public two-year colleges.

For more information about Bevill State Community College at its programs, visit www.bscc.edu or call 800-648-3271.