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Montgomery native named to USA Today's 2002 all-academic team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Birmingham-Southern College student Marta McLellan of Montgomery has been selected to the All-USA College Academic Third Team in USA Today's student recognition program.

The 13th annual academic teams were announced in the Wednesday, Feb. 27, edition of the national daily newspaper. In all, 60 students from across the nation were named to the first, second, or third teams in the annual judging. Nearly 600 college students nationwide were nominated by their schools.

Students were selected based on academics, leadership, activities, and applying their talents beyond the classroom, according to USA Today.
McLellan, a senior political science/Asian studies major who maintains a 3.8 grade-point average, was selected last year as a 2001 Harry S. Truman Scholar. She was one of only 70 students from 51 U.S. colleges and universities, and the only student representing Alabama, to receive the $30,000 award which recognizes college students who plan to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or other public service.

A St. James High School graduate, McLellan plans to pursue a public service career in international diplomatic relations after completing graduate study in foreign policy. Last summer, she spent two months in East Timor preparing for and observing elections. She also has participated in a foreign student exchange program with Japan's Kansai Gaidai University and worked in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., and in the Democracy Program at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

At Birmingham-Southern, she is active in the International Student Association, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Gospel Choir, Honors Program, and Distinction in Leadership Studies program.

She is the daughter of Allen and Faye McLellan of Montgomery.


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