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Concord Scholars Win National Competition

Concord Scholars Win National Competition

Athens, W.Va. - Students of the Concord College Alpha Chi Honor Society chapter have received first and second place awards at the Alpha Chi Honor Society National Convention, which was held March 13-15, 2003 in Washington, D.C.

Brandy Lee Bagar of Bluewell, W.Va., won the Alpha Chi Region 5 undergraduate scholarly presentation with her paper on William Blake, an 18th century British poet and philosopher. Bagar competed against over 20 other Alpha Chi students from colleges and universities in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. A cash award of $750 is provided to the winner of this undergraduate competition. A graduate of Bluefield High School, Bagar is majoring in English at Concord.

Angela Dawn Ramsey of Forest Hill, W.Va., won the Alpha Chi Region 5 First Runner Up graduate presentation with her paper on the accounting system of Wal-Mart. Ramsey was matched against college and university students from the five-state Alpha Chi region and will be the recipient of a $1000 graduate fellowship if the first place winner is unable to accept the award. A graduate of Summers County High School, Ramsey is a business and accounting major at Concord, has been accepted into law school and will commence her graduate education in the fall of 2003.

Five Concord students traveled to the convention in Washington. Of these, Jason Fraley of West Point, W.Va., also was a presenter in the Region 5 undergraduate competition. Brett Lilly, Oak Hill, W.Va., and Vikash Gupta, Calcutta, India, attended as delegates to the convention.

Concord College was granted a chapter of the Alpha Chi Honor Society in 1969, the second such chapter in the State of West Virginia. In the last three years, Concord has won either an undergraduate or a graduate award in annual Alpha Chi scholarly competitions. Last year, Sarah Bennett (Cool Ridge) and Ruschelle Smiroldo (Beaver) won two of the ten Alpha Chi graduate fellowships, which were awarded after a national competition.

Alpha Chi is a national, co-educational honor society with nearly 400 chapters on the campuses of American colleges and universities. The society was founded February 22, 1922.

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