Three students from Baltimore City Community College’s Class of 2010 were recently awarded and recognized for their achievements, further embarking them on the road to success at four-year colleges and universities.

Kemardo Henry was selected as a 2010 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholar. Henry plans to pursue pre-medical studies this fall in biochemistry at Syracuse University. The prestigious scholarship pays up to $30,000 per year for tuition, living expenses, books and fees for the final two to three years of a baccalaureate degree.

In 2008, Henry discovered he had a rare form of blood cancer. This discovery further stimulated his interest to pursue a medical career. “I’ve long wanted to become a doctor,” Henry said in a press release. “I realized my interests became so much more specific after battling cancer. I grew fascinated with the biological determinants of disease–not only as they relate to practicing medicine, but research and teaching.”

BCCC graduate Christopher Pelfrey was named a 2010 Coca-Cola National Finalist, based on scores he earned in the ALL-USA Academic Team Competition. Pelfrey plans to attend University of Maryland Baltimore County where he will pursue a degree in social work. Ultimately, he would like to achieve a doctoral degree in psychology. “My experience in the classroom has given me the tools and education necessary to impact vulnerable people in our community,” Pelfrey said in a press release. “If we look around us, there are no perfect people. We must come as we are. That’s what attracted me to this field.”

Lystra Kiser recently rose to the All-USA Academic team. During her time at BCCC, she served as a naturalist at Gunpowder Falls State Park in Kingsville, Md., where she conducted history and environmental education programs including outdoor recreation activities for the public. She will major in environmental studies this fall at Goucher College.

Kiser credited BCCC for helping her prepare for the next step. “I wouldn’t have discovered myself if it weren’t for BCCC,” Kieser said in a press release. “Community colleges put you ahead of your four-year peers. At BCCC, I found solidarity in a small setting. This fully prepares you to step out of the high school realm into adulthood.”

Baltimore City Community College’s 61st Commencement was held on May 29 at the Mariner Arena.