EMCC Student "Tops"

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George Spinks only has around three weeks left in his career at East Mississippi Community College, but he won't be leaving without honors.

The second-year English major won a spot on the prestigious USA Today-Phi Theta Kappa All USA Academic First Team, an honor that only 20 students nationally receive each year.

"To be named as the best community college students in the state and one of the best in the nation is really one of the greatest honors I could receive," said Spinks.

Spinks was selected for the academic first team because of his outstanding work in the classroom and his extracurricular activities, including presiding over the student government association and the EMCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

With the award, Spinks also won a $2,000 scholarship from USA Today and a $2,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola to help him reach his goals of becoming a lawyer.

The sponsors of Phi Theta Kappa are proud to have one of its own nationally recognized as a top student.

Instructor Janet Briggs said it's an honor for her, too.

"This is what makes it all worthwhile," Briggs said.

This is not the first time an EMCC student has been awarded a spot on the All USA Academic Team. In the last three years, three students from the school have achieved a high honor like this. One was named a Guisewhite scholar.

EMCC president Dr. Tommy Davis said it's good for the school and for East Mississippi.

"I'm proud to see their emphasis on academic excellence is paying off," Davis said.