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Lee Anna Elmore
League for Innovation in the Community College
1333 S. Spectrum Blvd., Suite 210
Chandler, AZ 85286
(480) 705-8200 x234


Exceptional Students Receive 2014 Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards

The League for Innovation in the Community College is pleased to announce the selection of the 2014 Terry O’Banion Student Technology Champions.

Megan Coram
Northeast State Community College
Blountville, TN

Raymond Himel
Louisiana Delta Community College
Monroe, LA
Nicole Johnson
Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, IL

After receiving an abundance of illustrious recommendation letters, the League Selection Committee chose three recipients—two Student Technology Champions and one Student Developer Champion. Each of these three outstanding students demonstrated a passion for technology, a commitment to their education and community, and financial need. All three recipients possess exceptional qualities and have remarkable life stories to tell, all of which sparked the interest of the selection committee.

The awards are given annually in honor of Terry O’Banion, Senior League Fellow and President Emeritus of the League.

Student Technology Champion: Megan Coram

Megan Coram is a full-time student at Northeast State Community College in the Computer and Information Sciences Department, concentrating in Networking Engineering Technology. She maintains a GPA of 3.67 while raising her four-year-old son, working part-time at a retail department store, and serving as a lab technician for NSCC’s Computer and Information Sciences Department. Daniel Lawson considered it a privilege to recommend Megan for the Student Technology Champion award. “Her enthusiasm for learning more about the computer field continues to grow day by day. She is the student every instructor longs for,” stated Lawson.

Student Technology Champion: Raymond Himel

Natalie Campbell unequivocally recommended Raymond Himel for this award “based on his outstanding academic performance, his determination to excel despite severe physical challenges, and his strong propensity for the information technology field.” Raymond is a nontraditional student at Louisiana Delta Community College whose career goal is to own a computer repair business, his second career after retiring from the automotive parts field. He is nearing completion of an Associate of Applied Science in Business and Technology. Raymond maintains a GPA of 3.75 in all computer coursework and shows himself to be a conscientious student by exceeding project requirements.

Student Developer Champion: Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson has earned 63 credit hours, maintains a 3.86 GPA, is on the Dean’s list, and is a member of Phi-Theta-Kappa at Moraine Valley Community College. This fall, she will receive her associate of applied sciences degree with a concentration in Software Development and certificates in C#, Java, and Associated Database Administration. Nicole is a caregiver for both of her parents, who are ill. Her brother, a Marine Corp veteran with sole custody of his son, depends on Nicole due to some impairment from wounds suffered in Afghanistan.
Nicole is described by her professors as “the full package—dynamite programmer and problem solver and a hard worker who takes nothing for granted” and “having a very good aptitude for solving complex problems” stated her instructor, Michelle August.