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RCC to celebrate academic standouts

Rogue Community College students Dava Nimmo and Natasha Robinson have been named to the Oregon Community College Association's 2020-2021 All-Oregon Academic Team. Each year, 45 community college students from around the state are recognized for their academic excellence, leadership and community service.

RCC will celebrate the achievements of these two academic standouts and other outstanding local scholars this week during an online Honors Night celebration set to debut at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The video, which will remain online and can be watched after Thursday's premiere, can be viewed at roguecc.edu/honors.

The video replaces the college's annual Honors Night awards ceremony, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. In the video, 18 students and two clubs are recognized for their exemplary contributions to RCC, both academically and personally, throughout the past year. Student body president Isabelle Pierre was selected by RCC President Cathy Kemper-Pelle to receive the President's Appreciation Award.

Traditionally, the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) hosts the All-Oregon Academic Team Luncheon in Salem each April to honor AOAT students with their families, and a special appearance by Gov. Kate Brown. However, due to COVID-19, the 2020 and 2021 luncheons were canceled. Instead, OCCA honors these students through a special recognition program on its website, www.occa17.com.

Each year, the OCCA Board selects four students to serve as speakers at the recognition luncheon. With the cancellation of the 2021 luncheon, these four students instead have created short videos to introduce themselves and their inspiring stories for OCCA’s website. This year’s featured student scholars include RCC's Nimmo and Robinson as well as Casey Dudek from Portland Community College and Nora Jackson from Lane Community College. 

Nimmo, 35, of Ashland, has a 3.97 GPA and is a member of the TRiO University Transfer program at RCC. She is pursuing an associate of general studies with a focus in pre-professional medicine and plans to transfer to Oregon Health & Science University to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Robinson, 41, of Grants Pass, maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the RCC Recovery Club. She is studying psychology and plans to transfer to Southern Oregon University to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Both Nimmo and Robinson are members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.