Submitted Photo | Daniel Truitt was named a New Century Scholar and was named to the All-Ohio First Academic Team.

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Two Lorain County Community College students were recently named among the top community college students in the country. Daniel Truitt and Brandon Holcomb were honored in the All-USA Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team competition. They will each receive a scholarship and will attend separate national conferences.

Daniel Truitt, of Vermillion, received the highest score of all community college students in Ohio and was named a 2017 New Century Scholar, one of only 50 students in the country to win the award.

Truitt, who was also named to the All-Ohio First Academic Team, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bowling Green State University in Dec., 2016 through the University Partnership (UP). Currently, Truitt plans on attending medical school in the fall and has a 4.0 grade point average in all of his coursework.

“When I found out that I could continue with LCCC and earn a bachelor’s degree in biology through LCCC’s Partnership, it was like all the pieces came together,” Truitt said.

Truitt earned 17 college credits while in high school through the College Credit Plus program at Firelands High School. It was this experience during high school that led him to select LCCC and the UP for his undergraduate degrees.

“All of this has been possible because I chose LCCC,” Truitt said.

Truitt will be recognized as a New Century Scholar at the American Association of Community Colleges national conference in New Orleans and at the Phi Theta Kappa community college honor society conference in Nashville, both held in April.

Submitted Photo | Brandon Holcomb was named a Coca-Cola Scholar and was named to the All-Ohio First Academic Team.

Brandon Holcomb, of Lorain, was named a 2017 Coca-Cola Academic Silver Team Scholar and was also named to the All-Ohio First Academic Team

Holcomb is a senior in Lorain County Early College High School (ECHS), where he combines his love of music with his interest in scientific research. In May, he will graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from LCCC and in June, he’ll receive his high school diploma.

Holcomb conducts genetic research as part of the LCCC Early Scientist HIV Research group with professor Dr. Harry Kestler.

“I joined the Early Scientists in the summer of my freshman year and discovered my passion for microbiology, particularly regarding the studies of virology, immunology and genetics,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb shares his love of music with his fellow students through Rock Lab, an after-school music program where he is an assistant instructor.

Holcomb plans to continue his education to eventually earn a Ph.D. in microbiology and aspires to have a career in clinical research.  

Holcomb will be recognized as a national Silver Scholar at the Phi Theta Kappa community college honor society conference in Nashville in April.