TNCC Students Among Virginias Top 10 Community College Students

Published: April 22, 2011

Two Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students were named among the top 10 community college students in Virginia as ranked by USA Today, The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Triszha Espina, the top-ranked student in Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS), and Niambi Glover-Redd were honored among their peers from throughout the VCCS on April 20 as members of the First Virginia Team. Another TNCC student, Lisa Taylor, was selected for the Second Virginia Team.

As part of First Virginia Team recognition, Espina and Glover-Redd join 44 other top-ranked VCCS students to become the All-Virginia Community College Academic Team, receiving PTK medallions and $500 scholarships each from TNCC. The two Newport News residents also merited special recognition courtesy of the Coca-Cola Foundation. Espina received $2,000 as Virginia’s New Century Scholar while Glover-Redd was named a Silver Scholar and awarded $1,250.

A Social Science major and native of Cebu, Philippines, Espina plans to transfer to Christopher Newport University. She is president of TNCC’s Student Government Association, a student ambassador, member of the Relay for Life team and the College’s International Club. She is also vice president of the PTK chapter at TNCC.

Glover-Redd, 32, majors in Liberal Arts and is co-enrolled at William and Mary, where she plans to transfer. The aspiring author and mother of four is a lead mentor with the TRiO program, an honor student and member of PTK.

A resident of Williamsburg, Taylor is scheduled to graduate in May with an Associate of Science degree in Science. She is a PTK member, mother of two and serves with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Hampton Roads and volunteers at the James City County Elementary School.

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