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Teresa McCartyTeresa McCarty named to All-State team

Rogue Community College student Teresa McCarty has been named to the 2012 Oregon All-State Academic team.

She is one of two honor students selected by President Peter Angstadt to represent RCC based on outstanding academic performance and service activities. The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA), in partnership with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society, sponsors the award.

Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to an Oregon public university and attend a reception in Salem this spring with their counterparts from the state’s other 16 community colleges and with Gov. John Kitzhaber. The winners also are eligible to compete on the national level for All American Academic Team scholarships.

The $1,000 scholarship will definitely come in handy, McCarty said, as she pursues her lifelong dream of teaching history.

“I feel like all my teachers here at RCC really care,” McCarty said. “They listen to what you need and are willing to work with you. I love being around these instructors.”

A 2009 graduate of Illinois Valley High School, McCarty has earned a 3.7 GPA at Rogue. She’s served as director of Health, Wellness, and Diversity for student government at Redwood Campus (RWC), Grants Pass.

“Student government is really rewarding,” McCarty said. “We work hard but we also have fun.” She also serves as secretary/treasurer of the college's PTK chapter at RWC and is involved with many other activities.

“I selected RCC because everyone I talked with said RCC is fantastic and has great teachers,” said McCarty, adding she’s found that to be true.

McCarty earned numerous Early College Credits while in high school, giving her a head start on her community college classes. She also knew that community college students do better when transferring to universities than students who start their post-secondary educations at a four-year school.

McCarty plans to study history at Southern Oregon University and earn a master’s degree in education before becoming a history teacher.

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