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News Service

December 20, 2007

Suzanne Higgins 623.845.3808
Patricia Vogel 623.845.3014

GCC Names Two Students to the All-Arizona Academic Team

Glendale Community College has named students Bethany Blankenship and Caleb Taylor to the All-Arizona Two-Year College Academic Team. Along with winners from the other Maricopa Community Colleges, they will be honored at a luncheon at Mesa Community College on Thurs., Feb. 21. The competition, based largely on academic performance and volunteerism, is sponsored by USA Today Newspapers. Winners from each of the 50 states will find out in February if they made one of three national All-USA Academic Teams. Those who do will win stipends of $2,500 each.

Bethany Blankenship is active as a GCC Honors ambassador and retreat facilitator. She also works on campus in the athletic training room. Her community volunteer work includes coaching soccer for the Westview High School girl's varsity soccer team, working as a member of the Make a Difference Foundation, and working as a photographer for Invisible Children. She will graduate in May and transfer to Arizona State University in Tempe as a Secondary Education major in English with a minor in Classical Studies.

Caleb Taylor is majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biophysics at GCC. He will complete his Bachelors at UA or ASU. Caleb believes that his major will give him a strong research-based degree that will allow him to conduct medical research at the post-graduate level after he graduates from medical school. He enjoys attending GCC because of the location, the smaller class size and the personal attention the professors give him. He volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and currently assists the Peoria High School boys' basketball booster club. He also participates in an internationally award-winning forensics team at GCC.

GCC Forensics Team Wins Big in California

The internationally renowned Glendale Community College Forensics team is already winning big in the competitions of the 2007-2008 academic year. Recently, at California State University at Los Angeles, the team brought home 13 major awards, including first, third and fourth places in Duo Performance; second place in Communication Analysis; third and fourth places in After Dinner Speaking; second and fourth places in Prose Performance; second, third and sixth places in Poetry; second in Program Oral Interpretation; and second in Individual Events Sweepstakes. In another recent competition in San Diego, the GCC team came in second in overall points for the competition, beating ASU and other university teams. Winning is nothing new for the renowned GCC team, coached by Kirt Shineman. Competing internationally each year against teams from around the world, they won first place for community colleges three of the last four years—in Buenos Aires in 2007, Prague in 2006, and Madrid in 2004.

Three GCC Photography Professors to Exhibit Work, Jan. 4, 5 and 18

Glendale Community College photography instructors Dean Terasaki, Brendan Regan and Kermit Lee, will have their photos exhibited on three dates in January 2008, at Gallery 8, located at 316 W. McDowell Rd., Suite101, inside the Garfield Galleria. Parking is available in the rear of the Galleria. On Jan. 4, the hours for viewing are 6:00-11:00 p.m.; on Jan. 5., 1:00-5:00 p.m.; and on Jan. 18, 6:00-10:00 p.m. Call 623.930.1254 to arrange a showing by appointment. A wide variety of photos and images will be included, illustrating the different styles and interests of the three artists. There is no charge for admission to the exhibit.

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