MINNEAPOLIS - In an annual competition, USA Today picks 20 of the top community college scholars in the nation for recognition in the newspaper and $2,500 cash from Coca-Cola.
This year, Tatjana Taubert, a second-year Clatsop Community College student, was selected for the All-USA Community and Junior College Academic First Team at the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention in Minneapolis.
Taubert was an exchange student from Germany, who graduated from Naselle High School in 2002. While in Naselle, she stayed in the home of Don and Amy Revis.
She competed against 1,528 candidates nominated by their schools. In February, Taubert was selected as a New Century Scholar based on her outstanding scores in the All-USA Academic Team competition, including academic achievement and service to the college and the community.
At the ceremony, she was able to shake President Bush's hand and get his autograph.
Taubert is on the Dean's List at CCC with a 4.0 GPA and will complete an associates degree this year. She plans to continue on to law school, and presently works at a local law firm as a file clerk.
A Russian-born student from Germany who is fluent in Russian, German and English, Taubert tutors Russian students from the Tongue Point Job Corps Center through the CCC Volunteer Literacy Program. She is an Associated Student Body government officer, and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.