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Graduate Receives President's Award

Release Date: 5/3/2007


CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Community Relations Coordinator/Web Editor

Class of 2007 Graduate Receives President's Award for Academic Excellence

One student from the Carroll Community College graduating class has been selected to receive a special award from the college-the President's Award for Academic Excellence. That student is Mary Jo Piarote.

Commencement will be held on May 23, 2007 at 3 p.m. at McDaniel College. Dr. Pappalardo will present the award to Piarote at Commencement. Piarote will also deliver the student response, a speech given by a student for the graduates.

The amount of the award, provided by Dr. Faye Pappalardo, is $500 and is intended as a scholarship for further study after graduating from Carroll.

The student who is selected shows outstanding academic performance in the classroom and has completed at least 45 credits at Carroll. The chosen student has a 4.0 grade point average (G.P.A.).

Piarote is an education major and a career changer who left a job in private industry to pursue her first love of teaching by studying education at the college. She plans to transfer to Villa Julie College to obtain her bachelor's degree.

"Carroll afforded me the opportunity to make connections with other students because of its close-knit community. I especially enjoyed the classroom observations of real working teachers at schools in the community, which prepared me for my future career as a teacher," said Piarote.

College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo said, "I am pleased to recognize a student as accomplished as Mary Jo. "I am delighted that she has received the President's Award for Academic Excellence."

Piarote also received The Maryland All-State Academic Team award. This award recognizes the scholastic achievement and student leadership among the students in Maryland's community colleges.






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