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Langston gets state recognition at LBW

Honoraville’s Chloe Langston is one of two LBW Community College students who will soon receive prestigious recognition in Montgomery for exceptional academic achievement, distinguished leadership and community service.

Langston and Ty Hammett of Andalusia were named as 2015 All-Alabama Academic Team members with the Alabama Community College System.

“These students represent the highest achievers of our college,” said Dr. Herb Riedel, LBWCC president.

“We are extremely proud of what they have accomplished both in and out of the classroom and this is well-deserved recognition for them both.”

All-Alabama Academic Team students are nominated by their respective colleges and must possess a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25, be involved in campus activities, and have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at the institution.

Langston, daughter of Dawn and Kevin Hartsill of Thomasville and Mickey Langston of Greenville, will complete requirements for an Associate of Science degree in May. She plans to transfer to Auburn University in Montgomery to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

“My goal is to teach English and theater at a high school level,” she said. “I had a couple of high school teachers that really inspired me. My English teacher always came to class in different costumes according to the book we were reading.”

Theater was also important to her, and being involved in theater productions kept some at-risk students involved in school rather than dropping out, she said.

“I saw how theater changed lives, how it inspired people to stay in school and I want to be able to do that.”

Being named to the All-Alabama Academic Team is humbling, she said.

“I didn’t expect this and can’t wait to see what happens next. I am super excited.”

While attending LBWCC in Greenville, Langston served as an Ambassador and member of the Beta Pi Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

“I love LBW. I did better here than I would have at a four-year institution because of the smaller class sizes and teacher interaction.”

Working hard and keeping her grades up were important in achieving this honor, she said.

“I want to thank everybody at LBW for a great experience.”

Hammett, son of Mark Hammett and Traci Davenport, both of Andalusia, will complete an Associate of Science Degree before transferring to Troy University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

“I always like helping people and in nursing I will be able to do that,” he said. “I know it will be challenging, but also rewarding.”

Hammett’s ultimate goal is to become a traveling nurse.

“Traveling nursing is appealing because I would like to see other areas of this country, and possibly other countries.”

During his two years at LBW, he served as an Ambassador, was a member of the Student Government Association and participated in the Alpha Beta Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

“This recognition is really an honor. I didn’t expect it because I thought there would be other candidates more worthy. It makes me feel proud of what I’ve done at LBW. The courses I took at LBW prepared me to advance to the next level of my education goals.”

After graduation in May, Hammett hopes to spend part of his summer shadowing a relative who is a nurse practitioner, which will provide insight in the day-to-day activities of nursing, he said.

Students from the 25 colleges within the Alabama Community College System will be recognized in April at a luncheon in Montgomery.

The All-Alabama Academic Team recognition program was founded in 1995 to complement the All-USA National Academic Team Program sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the American Association of Community Colleges.