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White House names two SC State students 2014 HBCU All-Stars

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Harold Rickenbacker and Jasmine Harris represent SC State as 2014 HBCU All-Star students at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). (Source: SC State) Harold Rickenbacker and Jasmine Harris represent SC State as 2014 HBCU All-Star students at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). (Source: SC State)
ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) -

Two SC State University students were named 2014 HBCU All-Stars, the university announced.

Harold Rickenbacker and Jasmine Harris were selected as part of a White House initiative for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to recognize student leaders for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and community involvement.

As 2014 HBCU All-Star students, Harris and Rickenbacker will have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors of the White House initiative using their social media presence and relationships with community-based organizations to promote the value of education to their fellow students.

Also, the 2014 All-Stars will join quarterly web chats with Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House initiative on HBCUs, and other professionals. They will also network with other scholars to showcase their talent across the HBCU community.

Harris, a native of Miami, Fla. and accounting major, is a member of the SC State University Honors College as well as an athlete on the women's softball team.

Harris is currently planning an on-campus event for local elementary school children as well as Orangeburg residents to promote awareness on softball, the SC State softball team and the importance of physical fitness.

"I am an energetic and enthusiastic student-athlete who is ready to make a positive impact at my HBCU just one step at a time," Harris said.

Rickenbacker, a senior civil engineering technology major and an Orangeburg native, is well known on the SC State campus for serving as 2013-2014 Mr. Garnet and Blue.

Rickenbacker is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is also actively involved on campus as a Student Orientation Leader and has served as an ambassador for environmental sustainability.

He said he looks forward to being able to network with other scholars who are taking part in the White House Initiative.

"Your network is your next worth," he said.

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