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For Immediate Release (00-15)
Date: April 20, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (Pager #301-930-3880)

Montgomery College Alumna Magda Kuchudakis Named to
All-USA Academic Third Team for Community and Junior Colleges
Germantown Resident One of Only Three Maryland Students Honored

Germantown, Maryland--Montgomery College Alumna Magda Kuchudakis was recently named, from more than 1,400 nominees across the nation, to the prestigious All-USA Academic Third Team for Community and Junior Colleges. The program, sponsored by USA Today, recognizes outstanding two-year college students. Sixty students were named to the three teams; Kuchudakis is one of only three students in Maryland to receive the honor.

The 29-year-old Germantown resident was an honors student at the College’s Germantown campus, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Kuchudakis is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for community college students, and also received the J.H. Van Gorden Scholarship for academic achievement.

She served as a Smithsonian Intern through the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute—an honor reserved exclusively for the College’s most outstanding students. Kuchudakis is currently a history major at the University of Maryland, College Park, and ultimately hopes to teach at an institution of higher education—quite possibly at a community college.

“It’s exciting to have been chosen from 1,400 students. This just proves the academic strength of Montgomery College,” said Kuchudakis. She credits several of her Montgomery College professors—in particular, Dr. Lucy Laufe, Dr. Kurt Borkman, and Dr. Thomas Walker—for her academic success. “I don’t think I would have been selected if it weren’t for them.”

“The teachers at Montgomery College love to teach. They dedicate so much time and effort to their students. This award is a culmination of their collective efforts,” she said.
Dr. Borkman, associate professor of history and political science, praised her as “One of the most gifted and memorable students I’ve taught during my 11-year career. Magda is simply of one those students whose very presence in the classroom makes me perform to the best of my own potential."

As a result of her nomination for the All-USA Third Team, Kuchudakis has been named to the All-Maryland Community College Academic First Team, where she will be honored at an awards banquet held at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel on May 2.

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