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Dees named Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar

Dees named Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar Pictured is Courtney Dees of Grenada, a sophomore on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, who has been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

Courtney Dees of Grenada, a sophomore on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, has been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

Selection as a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar was based on scores the student earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition, for which more than 2,000 applications were received this year. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

"The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges," said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals."

Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service.

The daughter of Stephanie and Sam Dees, she is a nursing major at Holmes who plans to transfer to Delta State University to pursue her BSN. At Holmes, Dees is president of the Alpha Mu Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and was named to the All-Mississippi Academic Team. In addition to Phi Theta Kappa, she is an Ambassador, secretary for the Student Government Association and active in Baptist Student Union, where she is on the Leadership Team.

Dees was also elected as Class Favorite both as a freshman and a sophomore. Outside of Holmes, she babysits and distributes newspapers for the Grenada School District. As an active member of Leflore Baptist Church, she loves participating in mission work/community service for Grenada, other areas of the country and in Guatemala.

Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies and will also be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa's annual convention, PTK Catalyst, April 4-6 in Orlando, Florida.

"Holmes is very proud of Courtney and her accomplishments over the past two years," said Phi Theta Kappa Adviser Cynthia Abel. "As PTK president, she has shown great leadership ability. Courtney has the passion, determination, and commitment to achieve her goals. Holmes is excited for her as she continues her academic journey at Delta State."

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at


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