ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Each year Belmont College President Dr. Paul Gasparro nominates exceptional students to the All-Ohio Academic Team; this year Belmont College students Greg Longwell and Savana Sims were chosen for this prestigious honor.

Longwell, from Clarington, Ohio, is a Belmont College Spring 2016 graduate having dual majored in Networking and Cyber Security. He maintains a 3.77 GPA and is currently taking classes in order to transfer to Franklin University to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems. Longwell was named to the All-Ohio Academic Third Team.

Additionally, Sims from Bellaire, Ohio, is an Associate Degree Nursing major and she maintains a 3.70 GPA. After graduation from Belmont, she plans to transfer to the University of Cincinnati and earn a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Her goal is to become a Nurse Anesthetist. Sims was named All-Ohio Academic Second Team.

Both students are members of the Belmont College PTK National Honor Society.

A luncheon was held at the State Capitol Building on Thursday, April 20th to honor All-Ohio Academic Team members. Each year during Community College Month, members of the All-Ohio Academic Team are honored at a ceremony in Columbus.

According to the All-Ohio Academic Team website, the program provides statewide recognition and cash scholarships to outstanding students at Ohio's 23 community colleges. Since the program began in 1997, more than $200,000 in scholarships has been awarded to hundreds of outstanding two-year college students. The All-Ohio Academic Team program is co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges.

To be eligible for the All-Ohio Academic Team, students must be nominated by their college president. Nominees must be eligible to graduate during the current academic year and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25. The rankings for the All-Ohio Academic Team are determined by the scores nominees receive in the All-USA Academic Team Judging. Winners are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstration of leadership, and community service involvement.