Posted April 5, 2019
Lorain County Community College student Eleana Cintron is one of the top community college students in the country, and one of the top 10 community college students in Ohio. The Lorain woman has been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar – making her one of the top 150 students in the nation to win the award. She has also been named to the All-Ohio Academic First Team.
Cintron, 18, is a senior in Lorain County Early College High School, a four-year high school housed on the campus of LCCC. Cintron, from Lorain, is a first-generation college student and carries a 4.0 grade point average.
“Eleana is a top student here at LCCC and I am thrilled to see her receive the recognition she has earned on the national and state levels,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. “She is a remarkable woman and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in the future.”
Cintron will graduate in May with an associate of arts degree and an associate of science degree from LCCC, as well as a high school diploma. She is active on campus as a group leader for a student research group studying the effects of toxic algae blooms in the Sandusky Bay. She co-founded the student club Coalition for Christian Outreach and also is a member of the LCCC chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. For the past year, she has interned at NASA Glenn Research Center, one of the few high school students accepted to the program. Cintron plans to continue her education at Case Western Reserve University to study biochemistry or material science.
The Coca-Cola Academic Team recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Eleana will receive the award and a $1,000 scholarship at the Phi Theta Kappa international conference, PTK Catalyst, in Orlando, Florida, in April.
Cintron will receive the All-Ohio Academic First Team award at a luncheon in at the Ohio Statehouse on April 26, where she will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship. The All-Ohio event is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.
Joining Cintron at the All-Ohio luncheon will be LCCC students Cheryl Cannon and Amanda Rourke, who each placed on the All-Ohio Academic Second team. They will each receive a $500 scholarship at the luncheon.
Cannon, of Avon Lake, will earn an associate degree in business administration in May and plans to continue her education through LCCC’s University Partnership to earn a bachelor’s degree in business through Kent State University. Cannon, 47, is employed by Energizer in Westlake, where she is active in volunteer programs in the Cleveland area. She is especially active in volunteer work at Laura’s Home, a women’s shelter in Cleveland.
Rourke, of Elyria, is working toward a degree in phlebotomy. She balances full-time work at a local gas station with her education and caring for her young daughter. Rourke, 24, said she aspires to a career of helping others so that she can set a positive example for her family. She is active in the PTA at her daughter’s school.
Rankings for the Coca-Cola Academic Teams and the All-Ohio Academic Teams are selected based on students’ scores in the All-USA Academic Team competition, which is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and administered by Phi Theta Kappa. Each community college in Ohio may nominate two students to complete the application process.