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Date: October 28, 2002 (02-66)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
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Three Montgomery College Scholars Receive Mark Curtis Awards
Trio Honored for Humanities Achievements

          Three Montgomery College students—an award-winning speechmaker; a scholar who delved into the interrelationships between the humanities and medicine; and an award-winning poet—have received Mark Curtis Scholarship Awards for outstanding work in humanities courses.

           David King of Wheaton, Tacy Holliday of Germantown, and Frances Jordan of Takoma Park, each received a $1,000 cash scholarship.  The three picked up their awards, along with 112 MCPS juniors and seniors, during a recent ceremony at Wootton High School in Rockville.

King, who attends the MC-Rockville Campus, is a Montgomery Scholar, a Beacon Scholar (winner of a speech contest for community college students), a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honorary, and is on the Dean’s List.

Dr. Mary Furgol, director of the highly selective Montgomery Scholars program, said, “Every now and then I have had the privilege of encountering an exceptional student…. In the history component of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Core of the Montgomery Scholars Program, David stood out from the start as a student who embraces the scholarship and discipline of the humanities.”

Tacy Holliday, of the Germantown Campus, is a former pre-med student at Thomas More College in Kentucky, and was a Trustee Scholarship recipient there. Montgomery College Professor Tammy Stuart Peery cited Holliday as “…an outstanding student and a lucid, intelligent writer with a keen interest in the arts and human psychology…. her goal is to study the interrelationships between traditional humanities disciplines and medicine.”

Frances Jordan, a student at the Takoma Park Campus, is the 2001 and 2002 winner of the Ventura Valdez English Poetry Award and recipient of the 2002 Academic Achievement Award in English.  Professor Francine Jamin said, “It is no exaggeration to say that she is a passionate devotee of the humanities and that, almost uniquely among students I have encountered in several decades of teaching, she takes delight in the life of the mind. She reads voraciously and thoughtfully, discovering fruitful connections everywhere, and is a fastidious scholar.”

The Mark Curtis Awards, co-sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute of Montgomery College, was established to honor the memory of the distinguished historian and educator, Dr. Mark Hubert Curtis.  Curtis was president of the American Association of Colleges and University Presidents, president of California Claremont Colleges, and a renowned author.  From 1991 to the time of his death in 1994, he was chairperson of the Montgomery County Commission on the Humanities.

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