MAY 12, 2004

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Four Oklahoma students named to USA Today All-Academic Team

Four students from Oklahoma two-year colleges have been named to the 2004 USA Today

All-USA Academic Team for Two-Year Colleges--the first time in the 13-year history of the program that more than two Oklahoma students have been named to the team in the same year.

Amy Radford-Nelson, Redlands Community College, and Christopher Sullins, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, were named to the first team. Mary Kay Salchert, Tulsa Community College, and Kyle Rust, Eastern Oklahoma State College, were named to the second and third teams, respectively.

Radford-Nelson, featured in the April 26 USA Today front-page cover story which announced the team, and Sullins each received a $2,500 award. All four students received trophies or medallions commemorating their selection to the 60-member team.

Radford-Nelson and Salchert were the fourth students each from Redlands and TCC, respectively, named to the All-USA Team. Sullins was the third OSU-OKC student named to the team. No other Oklahoma two-year college has more than three team selections. Overall, 18 Oklahoma students have been selected to the team.

TCC and Redlands are two of only 47 technical or two-year colleges with four or more academic teams members overall. Miami-Dade Community College leads with 12 team members overall.

All-Academic Team members were selected by a panel of educators who considered academic performance and awards, leadership role at the student's college, community service, and a student essay describing the highlight of his/her two-year college experience.

The award is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges; Phi Theta Kappa, international honor society for two year colleges; and USA Today.

Contact: Demetrius Bereolos, 1-918-595-7884