New Haven graduate Samantha Panhorst named to All-Missouri Academic Team at East Central College

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From left are Cookie Hays, Kevin Dixon, Jean McCann, Dr. Jennifer Judd, Samantha Panhorst, Katrina Dearing, Dr. Elizabeth Winters-Rozema, and Dr. Ed Jackson, college president.

Union, Mo - East Central College administrators and faculty members were on hand recently when Dr. Jennifer Judd, associate professor of music and students Katrina Dearing and Samantha Panhorst were honored by the Missouri Community College Association.

Dr. Jennifer Judd, associate professor of music at ECC, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.    The award is given to the top community college teachers in the state each year.  Judd also received a proclamation from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.  Judd has taught at the college since 2002.

Students Katrina Dearing and Samantha Panhorst were named to the All-Missouri Academic Team, an honor bestowed on the state’s top community college students.  Dearing is from Vienna and is studying education.  Panhorst is from New Haven and is majoring in secondary education-mathematics.

Senator David Pearce greeted the students and congratulated them on their achievements, and each student received a scholarship made possible by a donation from MOHELA, the state’s not-for-profit secondary market lender and servicer in the student loan industry.  ECC president Dr. Ed Jackson accompanied the students.

The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas.  MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.