Northeast State Community College is proud to recognize Monica Tucker as the Outstanding Student of the Year award winner for the 2018-19 academic year.
Tucker won the respect of her peers and faculty at Northeast State with her dedication as a student and leader on campus. Tucker was chosen from five finalists selected from 15 student semi-finalists nominated for the award.
“I am just beyond grateful to be recognized as the outstanding student of the year,” said Tucker. “Honestly, I believe all the students at Northeast State are outstanding considering they are working towards their goals and sharpening their skills to be successful in their chosen profession.”
Tucker will graduate in December earning two associate of science degrees in Social Work and Sociology. She received the Social Work department’s award as the program’s top student for the 2017-18 academic year. She was also named to the President’s List for the Spring 2018 semester by earning a perfect 4.0-grade point average for the term.
Tucker received the Adult Learner of the Year award for 2017-18. This award recognizes an exemplary adult student who has overcome major obstacles in the pursuit of his or her academic and career goals. Tucker was awarded the Armen Mustaklem Combs Memorial Annual Scholarship and the Sarah Linda Leonard Annual Scholarship. Both scholarships are awarded to adult students achieving academic and leadership standards.
Upon graduation, Tucker will receive an Honors Program Diploma for completing more than 18 hours of honors-level courses at Northeast State. She has been inducted into the College’s chapters of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and Alpha Sigma Lambda honor societies for community college students.
Tucker was one of three Northeast State students named to the All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team for 2018. Nominees are selected from candidates who make significant service contributions to the College or community.
The award announcement marks a change in the student award process. Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, the Outstanding Student Award will be part of the Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition Awards (SOAR) sponsored by the Tennessee Board of Regents. SOAR offers opportunities for students, faculty, and staff through competitive award programs that select state-wide outstanding recipients in each category for both community colleges and colleges of applied technology. Tucker advances to regional competition in February.
Tucker said her time at Northeast State had helped her flourish as a student and in her professional career. She is one of only 11 Recovery Navigators statewide working with Frontier Health to help individuals overcome addictions. This program was developed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse under Gov. Bill Haslam’s TN Together initiative.
“The faculty and staff here at Northeast State have exceeded their goal of preparing me to prosper in my future,” said Tucker. “My journey at Northeast State has been such a rewarding experience and I will be forever grateful for their guidance.”