Two Lorain County Community College students have been named to the All-Ohio Academic Team. Amanda Worcester, of Elyria, was named to the All-Ohio Academic Team First Team and Dylan Cook, of Lorain, was named to the All-Ohio Academic Team Third Team.
The All-Ohio award recognizes community college students for academic achievement, as well as leadership and community service.
“Amanda and Dylan are two students making a big difference on campus and in the community,” LCCC President Roy A. Church said.
Worcester and Cook are both students in Lorain County Early College High School. Early College High School is a unique program that allows select students to earn a high school diploma and associate degree simultatneously – all on the LCCC campus.
In May, Worcester will earn an Associate of Arts degree with a 3.8 grade point average. At the same time, she will graduate high school. Worcester is active in the LCCC Early Scientist team, which is researching a cure for HIV/AIDS. She has been to two national microbiology conferences and is currently planning a regional microbiology conference that will take place at LCCC later this year.
On campus, Worcester is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and a member of the LCCC Microbiology Club. Amanda is highly involved with the Elyria High School Drama Club and is also on the Performing Arts Center Team for Elyria High, regularly volunteering to run lights and backstage equipment for rental productions.
Worcester is an STNA and works a nursing home part time. She plans to attend Hiram College on her way to becoming a cardiologist.
In May, Cook he will earn an Associate of Arts degree with a 3.9 grade point average. At the same time, he will graduate high school. Cook is one of four high school students currently completing Leadership Lorain County. His small group project highlighted education in Lorain County.
Cook is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, Early College Link Crew and does peer tutoring.
Cook is dedicated to a future as an educator. He is involved in various middle school outreach projects and assist with audio/visual projects for younger students. He works part-time at his family’s pizza business. He is also highly involved in the Lorain West Kingdom Hall and hosts weekly Bible study groups.
Cook plans to attend Baldwin Wallace College to study high school English education.
Created in 1997, the All-Ohio Academic Team provides recognition to outstanding students in Ohio’s 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 have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Winners are selected based on leadership qualities, community service and academic performance.