UA Sets Record with 10 Students Named to USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team
June 9, 2010 -
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A record 10 University of Alabama students have been named to USA Today’s 2010 All-USA College Academic Team. Once again, UA led the nation with the most students on the team, and set a record for the most students any university has ever placed on the team in a single year.
UA students Alan Blinder, a journalism and political science major from Norcross, Ga.; Connor Johnson, a biology major from Cullman; Kendra Key, a political science major from Tuscaloosa, and Dana Lewis, a public relations and political science major from Huntsville, were named to the Second Team.
Joy Driver Aldridge, a chemical and biological engineering major from Clanton; Richard Cockrum, a biochemistry major from Northport; Susan DeLeon, a biology major from San Antonio, Texas, and Amy Frees, a chemical engineering major from Huntsville, were named to the Third Team.
Kalen Berry, a biology major from Hartselle, and Rebecca Long, a chemistry major from Vestavia Hills, were named Honorable Mentions.
Seven of the students – Key, Lewis, Aldridge, DeLeon, Frees, Berry and Long – graduated from UA in May. Blinder, Johnson and Cockrum expect to graduate in May 2011.
According to USA Today, judges selecting team members considered grades, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
Following UA in total numbers were Johns Hopkins University and Washington University in St. Louis with five team members each and the University of North Carolina and the U.S. Naval Academy with four.
UA has had great success placing students on the national team that honors the “best of the best” undergraduate academic all-stars from across the nation, having placed 46 students on the team since 2003.
In addition to this year, UA also had the most students on the list in 2009 with five, in 2008 with seven, in 2006 with six and in 2005 and 2003, both with five, and tied with Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 with four. University of Alabama News UA Sets Record with 10 Students Named to USA Today?s All-USA College Academic Team