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STLCC–Florissant Valley celebrates Academic Excellence at Emerging Scholars Banquet

November 13, 2014

Marquis Crape, Shamika Black & Eric Johnson Sr.  
Left to right: Marquis Crape, Shamika Black and Eric Johnson Sr.

Thirteen students were honored at the 19th Annual Emerging Scholars Banquet at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. 

The Emerging Scholars for 2014 were Shamika Black, Brandon Bowers, Paula Burt, Erica Connoyer, Marquis Crape, Nimah Hamdan, Eric Johnson Sr., Faith Jordan, Susie McGuire, Stephanie Morgan, Mary Ngumo, Abby Schaefer and Thomas Walker II.

Black and Johnson were recognized as Emerging Scholar of the Year while Crape received the Merit Scholar Award.

Black is working to complete an associate degree in liberal arts and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is a member of the Garden Club and Phi Theta Kappa. She has  volunteered for several political campaigns and recently finalized a proposal for a community garden in her subdivision.

“It is a great honor to receive this award, and I want to reiterate how important education is,” Black said. “I could not have done this without my support system and I want to thank them.”

Johnson is one semester away from earning an associate degree in business management. He then plans to transfer to UMSL and pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a member of the Accounting Club and serves as director of public relations. Johnson is a pastor in the Pine Lawn area. He helps run a food pantry as well as a monthly food and clothing drive to help the community. 

“I feel honored, humbled, surprised and thankful. I would like to thank all my instructors, especially my wife,” he said. 


Crape is currently pursuing an associate degree in music. He hopes to transfer to Webster University and earn a bachelor’s degree in music. He is a member of the Chess Club and serves as vice president. He is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He serves as a volunteer for Salvation Army, Beyond Housing and the Annie Malone Children’s Home.

Emerging Scholars was established in 1996 as a way to recognize academic excellence, encourage students taking developmental courses, and challenge the long-held assumptions about the appropriateness of developmental courses at the college level.

Emerging Scholars are students who:

  • Complete coursework in two or more developmental areas: English, math, reading.
  • Successfully complete 24 or more credit hours in college-level coursework.
  • Achieve a 3.5 or better grade-point average.

“We have seen more than 98 percent of the Emerging Scholars graduate with an associate degree since the program was initiated 19 years ago, and more than 50 percent have gone on to pursue their bachelor’s degree,” said Ruby Curry, STLCC-Florissant Valley interim president.