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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2003

Contact: Hope Hall Davis


Chancellor Presents Students with LearningFirst Medallion Awards

Baltimore County, Md. – At The Community College of Baltimore County’s (CCBC) May 30 commencement ceremony, three deserving students will be presented with the Chancellor’s LearningFirst Medallion Awards in recognition of their academic excellence and their representation of the LearningFirst philosophy which includes engaging learners, embracing diversity, celebrating innovation and community. Award recipients include Jennifer Testerman from CCBC Catonsville, Kelly Eltringham from CCBC Dundalk and Tristan Tausendschoen from CCBC Essex.

Jennifer Testerman is a shining example of the reward that comes from persistence and hard work. Having experienced difficulty in math when she first enrolled at CCBC Catonsville, Testerman didn’t let that stop her. It actually made her more determined. She sought the help of tutors in the Project SPARK program, an academic support program designed to help eligible students achieve academic and personal success. While in Project SPARK, Testerman not only sought help for herself but also reached out to others providing encouragement. Her constant “can-do” attitude inspired others to succeed as well. Testerman readily made herself available to help fellow students. She spent countless hours helping students in the Career Center where she worked as a student aide, and in the Financial Aid Office where she was also a staff member. Even after graduation Testerman has committed to serve the CCBC community. She has already volunteered to return to campus after graduation to speak and hopefully inspire other Project SPARK students.

CCBC Dundalk graduate Kelly Eltringham demonstrates the power of “learning by doing” and “learning by serving others.” Eltringham served as Phi Theta Kappa president initiating a variety of fundraising, tutoring, and community service activities. Some of those community service activities included food drives for chemotherapy centers, a cancer awareness presentation at a local mall and holiday parties for the children of women working on their high school equivalency diplomas at the Waverly Center in Baltimore. Even with her busy schedule, she didn’t let her education take a back seat. She managed to be named on the Dean’s List every semester while home schooling her teenage son and caring for family members with physical and health difficulties. Eltringham leaves CCBC Dundalk with a 3.5 grade point average and an associate’s degree in Business Administration.

Tristan Tausendschoen has a selfless spirit that benefited many CCBC Essex students. He spent many hours helping students as a peer mentor and tutor while maintaining a 3.8 grade point average, participating in Phi Theta Kappa and serving as a member on the campus president’s Leadership Board. He never hesitated to go the extra mile if he knew that his efforts would help another student succeed. Tausendchoen’s selfless spirit extended beyond the CCBC Essex family and into his community. He served as a community recreation leader where he worked with children with special needs. He also assisted with coaching practices. Tausendschoen has the qualities of a true leader and has a promising future ahead of him. He intends to attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the fall.

CCBC is one of 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges noted nationally for its commitment to student learning. CCBC is a premier, learning-centered, single college, multi-campus institution consisting of three comprehensive campuses and five extension centers in metropolitan Baltimore County, Md. CCBC serves its diverse community as a center for lifelong learning to improve the quality of life in Baltimore County and the region.

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