PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to
announce that CCAC Dual Enrollment student Teresa (Tess) Strub has
been awarded a four-year tuition scholarship to Malone University,
a Christian liberal arts college in Canton, Ohio. Strub won the
scholarship based on a speech competition in which she placed first
among 60 participants.
Strub, a home-schooled student residing in Cornell School
District, has been taking college-level classes at CCAC's West
Hills Center during her senior year of high school. As an incoming
freshman to Malone in the fall, she was required to give a speech
about her vision for her future at Malone and beyond. Her speech
looked good on paper, but she needed help with her presentation, so
she reached out to Judy Berasi, her Oral Communication instructor
last semester. The two met a couple of days before she was to give
the speech, with Berasi driving to Strub's home since the college
was closed due to inclement weather.
As they practiced for hours, Berasi critiqued the speech and
gave her student suggestions on how to improve her tone,
inflection, pace, body language and appearance in front of the
judges. According to Berasi, "Tess made great progress and came
through 100 percent." Strub had her speech completely
memorized and timed perfectly to a PowerPoint displaying in the
background. Two days later, she aced the competition, making a big
difference for her future and her family.
"Receiving this scholarship has taken a huge burden off of
me and my parents," said Strub, who plans to major in Zoo
& Wildlife Biology and hopes to open a rescue zoo someday.
"I do not think I could have won this scholarship without Ms.
Berasi's help. She gave me the motivation to perfect my speech, and
she helped me for hours as I practiced, giving me pointers on how
to do better."
To learn more about CCAC's Dual Enrollent program, visit ccac.edu/dual-concurrent-enrollment.