2015-04-03 / Community

SMCC students named to state academic team

Two Southern Maine Community College students have been named to the All-Maine Academic Team for twoyear colleges.

Benjamin Bussiere of Hollis and Saman Baghestani of South Portland were among 14 community college students in Maine who were honored at a ceremony on Tuesday in Augusta. The award includes a $500 scholarship.

Baghestani was also named as the Maine New Century Scholar for achieving the highest All-USA Academic Team application score in the state. He will represent Maine at the American Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention in April, when he will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Bussiere is majoring in business administration and will graduate in May. Baghestani graduated from SMCC last fall and currently attends Northeastern University.

The All-Maine Academic Team is a program of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for twoyear colleges. Students are nominated and selected for the team by their college based on outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and service.

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