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Date: June 18, 2004 (04-59)

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Five Montgomery College Students Honored for Academic Excellence
Students Represent MC on 2004 All-Maryland Academic Team 

Five Montgomery College students were recently honored for their selection as members of the 2004 All-Maryland Academic Team, a recognition program sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society of two-year colleges; the American Association of Community Colleges; USA Today; local community college presidents and state associations.

Montgomery College student Marga Fripp of the Takoma Park Campus was named to the All-Maryland First Academic Team.  The following students were named to the All-Maryland Second Academic Team: Dede Adomayakpor and Yimo Wu from the Germantown Campus; Doretha DeStefano from the Rockville Campus; and Birane Mbaye from the Takoma Park Campus.  The students were chosen for their high grade point averages, participation in honors programs, and service to the college and the community. 

In addition to the All-Maryland Academic Team honor, Marga Fripp, a Silver Spring resident who attends Montgomery College-Takoma Park, was selected to the All-USA Academic Team as one of the top 60 scoring students in the nation, out of more than 1,500 nominations.  As a member of the All-USA Academic Team, Fripp was also named a 2004 New Century Scholar and received a $2,000 scholarship. 

Since her 2001 immigration from Romania, Fripp has been an active community volunteer.  She has worked as an Americorps volunteer and a counselor and advocate at the DC Rape Crisis Center.  For her Americorps work, she received the 2003 Governorís Service and Volunteer Award.  Two years ago, Fripp founded Empowered Women International, Inc., a non-profit based in Alexandria, Virginia, which helps women immigrants and refugees in the Washington metropolitan area achieve economic sufficiency and self-empowerment through the creative arts. 

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.