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[APRIL 29, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Two Illinois community college students were named to USA Today's All-USA Community and Junior College Academic First Team. The students were among 20 selected from 1,528 associate's degree candidates nominated by their schools, and they each received trophies and $2,500 cash awards. The judging was administered by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, at an awards ceremony in Minneapolis during the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges.

The two Illinois students are David Grinsdale, 21, who attends Malcolm X College in Chicago, and Urouj Shah, 22, who attends Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.

According to USA Today, Grinsdale is a psychology major with a 4.0 grade-point average. He works on the school's newspaper and is involved in many volunteer activities as well as being president of his school's honor society.

Shah emigrated from Pakistan in 2000 with her parents. Carrying a 3.85 grade-point average, she is involved with many student activities at Oakton and plans to be a dentist.

"We are so proud that these two products of Illinois community colleges have been chosen for this incredible honor," said Guy Alongi, chair of the Illinois Community College Board.


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"The selection of these students speaks volumes for the quality of education one can expect from our community colleges," said Geoffrey Obrzut, president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Community College Board.

The board is the coordinating agency for the 48 Illinois community colleges. The state's community colleges serve a million Illinois residents a year in academic, occupational, work force development and personal growth programs, as well as those who receive training with various job skills enhancement courses through employee-employer training programs. The board also administers the Adult Education and Family Literacy programs in Illinois.

[Illinois Community College Board news release]

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