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Queen Anne’s County Student Receives Dual Enrollment Award

Chesapeake College honors Kimberly Collier

Monday, June 11, 2012


Kimberly Collier (center) receives the Chesapeake College Outstanding Dual Enrollment Student Award from President Barbara Viniar and Dean for Recruitment Kathy Petrichenko. 

WYE MILLS – Queen Anne’s County High School graduate Kimberly Collier of Centreville was named Chesapeake College’s Outstanding Dual Enrollment Student for 2012.

Collier, who graduated this spring from high school, was recently recognized by Chesapeake’s Board of Trustees for winning the college’s Outstanding Dual Enrollment Student Award.

The Outstanding Dual Enrollment Student Award requirements include a high school counselor recommendation, a minimum GPA of 3.5, a minimum of three semesters of coursework and notable extracurricular activities.

When she enrolled at Chesapeake, Collier said she was looking for a challenge.

"I felt like I was ready for college coursework, but I wasn’t sure what to expect," said Collier. "Everyone was friendly and helpful at Chesapeake, which was a great way to begin my college experience. I learned, though, that everyone’s warnings about college work being difficult were true."

Collier said she adjusted her schedule to work in more study time for her college classes.

In the Spring 2012 semester at Chesapeake, Collier took 20 credit hours and earned a 4.0 GPA. In addition, Collier maintained a high school GPA of 3.9.

The aspiring teacher is active at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Chester teaching both Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. During her high school years, Collier participated in the high school’s theatre productions, dance and choir.

Collier, the daughter of Lisa and Marty Collier, will return to Chesapeake in the fall as an education major. Once she completes her program requirements at Chesapeake, she plans to enroll in the Salisbury University education baccalaureate program offered at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center. Collier said she hopes to teach second grade and earn a master’s degree in the future.

Dean for Recruitment Kathy Petrichenko said she sees a bright future ahead for Collier.

"Kimberly has been an extraordinary student in our Dual Enrollment program," Petrichenko said. "We are so happy that she will be coming back to Chesapeake in the fall. I have no doubt that her academic excellence will continue in the future."

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