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April 28, 2013

Branch addresses NC Honors students

Corsicana — The Navarro College Honors Program hosted its annual banquet recently with Dr. Matthew Branch as the guest speaker. Branch, a local Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist, spoke about his own college experiences and the need to persevere as a student.

The Honors Program, now in its sixth year at Navarro College, was initiated as a way of challenging the college’s top students. To qualify for the program, entering freshmen must have a 3.5 grade-point average, and current college students must have a 3.25 average. Honors courses are taught by select faculty at the college, and only honors students can sign up for these courses. Student completion of the honors courses reflect on their transcripts.

Honors students are required to complete 15 hours of community service each year they are in the program. Student service project have included working on the Habitat for Humanity houses, Christmas in Action, and the Navarro County Rotary Fishing Extravaganza for members of the Boys and Girls Club.

At the end of this academic year, the honors students will have given approximately 3,000 hours to local community service projects, which teach these top academic students the importance of giving back to their communities and helping those less fortunate than themselves.

Several international students have been accepted in the program, coming from a variety of countries, including Russia, The Gambia, Malaysia, China, and Mexico.

Honors Program Excellence Awards presented at the banquet included Jeff Goh of Malaysia, receiving the Community Service Excellence Award for having the most community service hours; Sergei Lawson of Corsicana received the Leadership Excellence Award for his leadership role in a wide variety of student organizations; and Jeff Goh and Jake McClure received the Academic Excellence Award for having perfect 4.0 grade-point averages at Navarro College.

Applications for the fall 2013 Honors Program are being accepted. Students interested in applying for the Honors Program should contact Carol Hanes, Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, at 903-875-7594.

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