The Commerce Journal

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May 27, 2014

Three CHS students headed to Honor’s College at Texas A&M-C

COMMERCE — It’s spring again in Commerce and spring is a time of change. For three Commerce High School seniors, that change is coming in the form of a full scholarship to Texas A&M University Commerce. Ahnaliese Bell, Shelby Patterson and Logan Talley are set to begin their first semester at A&M-Commerce as members of the Honors College, a highly selective group with a rigorous application process and high academic expectations for its members.

Honors College Students are expected to have a minimum ACT score or 27 or SAT of 1200, graduating in the top ten percent of their high school class. Additionally, the program looks for students who exemplify the spirit of leadership and community consciousness, as well as refined talent and an eye for time management.  They pick only the cream of the crop for the 200-strong band of hardworking and high-achieving students.

All three young ladies are looking forward to the challenges ahead, already the kind of individuals whose actions have surpassed the average. Logan Talley says that “the Honor’s Program was a perfect fit for me, as I wanted to stay close to home and push myself academically.”

The Honors College provides a focus on readying students for more than just good grades, with an emphasis on “students to think critically and creatively.  In addition to the core courses, students attend a series of colloquia and complete a thesis project (typically) in their major area.” Students tour museums, art galleries, and participate in Honors classes exclusive to the program. Students are encouraged to think of their career plans from day one to build the relationships and skill sets necessary to excel in their future fields.

Senior Shelby Patterson recalled her interview experience. “One thing that really stood out to me was how much interest Dr. (Ray) Green and Dr. (Eric) Gruver showed when they asked about my career plans,” she said.

Shelby also looks forward to seeing familiar faces, both her sister (CHS class of 2011) and the new family she’ll become a part of in the next four years. “I wasn’t just another number in the crowd. They were planning on investing in me. That in itself meant the world to me; I can honestly say I’m excited to be a part of that family next fall.”

Logan sees a great four years ahead as well. “I have always had the Honor’s college in the back of my mind, and I am so happy to finally say that I will be a part of this great community.”

She has her eye the field of human performance where Shelby plans on a career in equine science and Ahnaliese is looking at a future in freelance illustration.

Like most things in life, hard work is rewarded with more hard work. Luckily for Honors College students, that hard work comes with a meal plan, book stipend, and “sweet, new digs.” “Looking forward to the free tuition,” Ahnaliese was excited to find out that “the housing is awesome!” Her path to the Honor’s College began just after she joined Upward Bound, a program that helps many young high school students to develop interests and skills related to higher education.

“I had just been going to class – I had no idea that I could even find out what my class rank was! I was shocked to find out that I was 15th. Since then, I studied hard and set goals.  My hard work has definitely paid off!“

As these young ladies set off, we wish them all the best and a bright start to an even brighter future.

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