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MCC Graduate Aubrey Kent Aubrey Kent, an alumna of MCC-Blue River, was named a 2016 New Century Scholar by earning the top Missouri score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. The honor came with a $2,000 scholarship, presented to Kent on April 2016 in Chicago at the American Association of Community Colleges convention. Kent, of Independence, majored in general studies earning a 4.0 GPA and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at William Jewell College in Liberty, wanting to work in genetic research. More than 1,900 students across the country were nominated for New Century Scholars honors. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and, most important, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. She was on track to graduate from high school in 2003, but she ended up putting her education on hold. She says setting an example for her two children ultimately pushed her to earn her high school diploma and go on to college. “Receiving this scholarship was an extreme honor, especially when there are so many amazing and talented students who applied,” Kent says. “Having been the only student in Missouri to have won is a feeling that is almost impossible to articulate.” Blue River, she adds, “has been more than a college to me — it is like a second home. The students, staff and faculty are all amazing people who I appreciate so very much.”


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