Gower, Parsons Named to All-WV Academic Team

by Debi Swick-Cruse

Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) is proud to announce that Amber Gower and Shayna Parsons were named to the 2011 All-West Virginia Academic Team in recognition of their scholarly achievements. This award is presented through the Community College System of West Virginia, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  

Gower is a pre-pharmacy major and graduate of Hampshire High School. She is a member of the Catamounts Against Cancer Club, the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society and serves as treasurer of the Life Science Club. Gower also enjoys volunteering at the Hampshire Center Nursing Home in Romney, W.Va.

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Potomac State College of West Virginia
University Student Amber Gower is shown
receiving the 2011 All-West Virginia
Academic Team Award in recognition of her
scholarly achievements.  Campus Provost
Kerry Odell presented the award.

 

Gower has been named to the Dean’s and Provost’s Lists for all semesters while a student at Potomac State. She is a Promise Scholar and the recipient of the Achievement Scholarship. After graduating from the College in May, Gower will be heading to Morgantown where she has already been accepted into the School of Pharmacy at WVU.  

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Potomac State. It’s been beneficial being able to work with my instructors one-on-one and I’ve learned so much,” said Gower. She is the daughter of Tom and Tina Gower of Augusta, W.Va.  

In addition to being named to the All-West Virginia Academic Team, Parsons, who is majoring in nursing, has also been named as a 2011 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar and was presented with a $2,000 scholarship and plaque from the Coca-Cola Foundation/ Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Her name was listed in the April 11th issue of USA Today, which featured all of the New Century Scholars.  

Parsons attended Potomac State on a volleyball scholarship serving as the team’s captain. In addition to receiving all-conference and all-area recognition, Parsons was also named to the six-member PCAA All-Conference Team.  

She has worked with Energy Express, served as an assistant coach of the Eastern Star girls basketball team and helped coordinate the ‘Dig Pink Volleyball Team’ at Potomac State in order to raise breast cancer awareness.  

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Potomac State College of West Virginia University
Student Shayna Parsons, center, is shown receiving
the 2011 All-West Virginia Academic Team Award in
recognition of her scholarly achievements.  Governor
Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger
Tomblin presented the award.

Parsons currently works approximately 20 hours per week at Moran Manor Nursing Home. She enjoys working with the elderly and finds it to be quite rewarding. “I’m extremely excited about making a difference in the lives of residents once I earn my nursing degree,” said Parsons.  

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was established in 1918 and encourages students at two-year colleges to aspire to higher academic standards by rewarding their success with special recognition.