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York Technical College's Cameron Shook Named New Century Scholar

March 22, 2010

COLUMBIAYork Technical College student Cameron Shook of Rock Hill has been selected as the New Century Scholar from the state of South Carolina by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) for his exceptional achievements in academics, leadership, and service. 

The recognition was announced at a ceremony earlier this week at the State House, hosted by the S.C. Technical College System to honor all of the members of the state’s Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Team, of which Shook is the college’s representative.

The students named to the South Carolina All-State Academic Team were selected by the Technical College presidents on the basis of academic performance, leadership accomplishments, and service to their colleges and to their local communities.

In addition to being an outstanding student in York Tech's Computer Engineering Technologies program and demonstrating strong leadership qualities on campus, Shook also created and organized a highly-successful Catawba River Sweep project last September. Thanks to Shook’s efforts to bring together a number of concerned groups, approximately 3,000 pounds of trash was pulled from a 7-mile stretch of the river from York County to Landsford Canal in Chester County, and Landsford Canal State Park was cleaned up.

New Century Scholars are the highest-scoring students from each state in the All-USA Academic Team competition, a scholarship program hosted by Phi Theta Kappa and USA Today recognizing the scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in community, technical, and junior colleges. Each of the New Century Scholars will receive a $2,000 stipend from the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation and their colleges will receive special recognition at the AACC’s annual convention next month in Seattle.

Being named a New Century Scholar also puts Shook in direct competition for the All-USA Academic Team, which will be announced at the convention.

Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually.

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