University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
May 20, 2008
Contact: Stephanie A. Hudson, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA Student Earns National Recognition for Appointment to
USA Today’s All-USA Academic Team


University of South Alabama social work student Sharon Beech has earned national recognition for her appointment to USA Today’s All USA Academic Team. Beech, a junior at USA, won a place in the nationally recognized group as part of the All-USA Third Team.

Beech’s appointment to the team was based on factors such as her campus involvement, volunteerism, grade point average, honors and awards, recommendation letters and an essay. Beech’s academic accomplishments are made more extraordinary by the challenges she faces as a hearing impaired adult and a single mother of three children.

“The nomination process for the All-Alabama Team and All-USA Academic team is very involved,” said Beech. “Aside from the overall review process, I was required to write an essay. In that essay I focused on one message: If you teach one, you teach many. I can take the lessons I have learned in life and share them with others. In other words, my lessons, the lessons of one person, can be given to many other people.”

Before attending USA, Beech graduated summa cum laude from Alabama Southern Community College with an associate’s degree in science. She currently lives in Chatom, Ala., with her children Olivia, 14, Coleman, 16, and Cody, 19.

“When I began attending USA, I was so impressed with how much the faculty were willing to work with me,” Beech said. “They have been so wonderful. They really care about whether the students are well-prepared and successful.”

The All-USA Academic Team program annually recognizes 60 outstanding students. First, Second and Third Teams, each consisting of 20 members, are selected. All 60 members of the All-USA Academic Team and their colleges receive extensive national recognition through coverage in USA Today.

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