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Students Rachael Mason & Tatiana Bradshaw Receive President 's Award

Release Date: 4/28/2010

Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Students Rachael Mason and Tatiana Bradshaw
Receive President's Academic Excellence Award

Westminster, Md., Carroll Community College (Carroll) President Dr. Faye Pappalardo has selected two 2010 graduates as the recipients of the President's Academic Excellence Award. Rachael Mason and Tatiana Bradshaw will each receive a $500.00 award from the college president on May 26 during Commencement ceremonies at McDaniel College.

"I am delighted that Rachael and Tatiana will both receive the President's Academic Excellence Award," said Dr. Pappalardo. "Both students are exemplary in their work at Carroll and I could not choose only one. Rachael and Tatiana are clearly deserving of this honor. I congratulate them for their hard work."

Students selected for the award have completed at least 45 Carroll credits, have a 4.0 average, and were recommended by the faculty to the president.

Mason, a wife and mother of daughters ages five and seven, is a nursing major. "I have really enjoyed the nursing program," said Mason. "It is very challenging." During her years at Carroll, Rachael also volunteered her time at the Therapeutic Riding Center. Faculty members enthusiastically recommended Mason to the President. Comments included "she is a role model for the rest of the class" and "she consistently presents a professional demeanor."

Bradshaw, a secondary education major, said she has enjoyed her years at Carroll immensely. While working three jobs, Bradshaw is also a Hill Scholar and participates in many extracurricular activities at Carroll. Faculty members gave her high marks for the President's consideration.  Comments included "Tatiana Bradshaw has worked hard to maintain a 4.0 G.P.A. whether she is performing on stage, in her college courses, or working in public school field placements."

"It is an honor to be recognized for my work at the college," said Mason.

"When I learned about the award, I felt surprised and speechless. I am grateful for my experience at Carroll," said Bradshaw.


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