Awards

2012 Academic Excellence Award

Darren Lipman, Guilford Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I was never a leader. Working with others was never a strength of mine. Even starting a conversation was difficult. This all changed when I became a student at Guilford Tech.

Jerie Anne Schwehm, Montgomery Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My maxim is “knowledge is power.” I believe all experiences throughout life provide knowledge that will be empowering for future events. Always strive to seek out new knowledge, gain new insights, and explore new opportunities.

Jennifer Lippel, Mitchell Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Earning a college degree has always been a goal I hoped to achieve and with help from the excellent faculty and staff at Mitchell Community College I am about to see that goal realized. Not only have I gained intellectual growth while studying here, I’ve also grown as a person.

Marc Cook, McDowell Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

After two semesters at a four-year institution, Marc realized that the college he chose was not a good match for him and went home to work in the family business while attending community college with the intention of going back to a four-year school.

Austin Elkins, Mayland Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My success cannot be accredited to me only, first and foremost I must thank God Almighty for allowing me the great privilege to achieve the grades and accomplishments that He has so blessed me with.  If it had not been for the loving support of my family, church, and the learning atmosphere of th

Ivan Norman, Martin Community College, Excellence Award 2012

After graduating from Creswell High School in 1977, I continued my education at Martin Community College (MCC) where I received a diploma in Carpentry. I did well in my program, and the staff and faculty at MCC helped me locate a job at Robersonville Products Company.

Angela Patton, Lenoir Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Since I was twelve-years-old, I have wanted to work in the field of law. Although I have changed my mind a few times, I have more or less stayed with my goal.

Nathaniel Jones, Johnston Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I chose to go to JCC right after high school not because it was my only option but because it just made practical sense.

Ashley Rabon, James Sprunt Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Fresh out of high school, I became a wife and a mother or two. My husband started his own business a year after we were married and I became a stay-at-home mom. After being home for four years, I wanted to do something to help support my family.

Nate DeGrandpre, Isothermal Community College, Excellence Award 2012

In looking back on the last two years at Isothermal Community College I am simply amazed. I am not only amazed at what I have accomplished, but I am also amazed at the tremendous support that has brought me to this point.

Kristen Mashburn, Haywood Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I started my journey at Haywood Community College when I was a sophomore at Tuscola High School.

Casey Baird, Halifax Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My name is Casey and I am honored to represent Halifax Community College. Because I was raised to be a humble and simple person something of this degree is quite extravagant.

Alex Barnhill, Nash Community College, Excellence Award 2012

After twenty years in the workforce, a downturn in the economy led to my being laid off. I decided to turn a negative into a positive and go back to school. I chose Nash Community College because of the variety of programs available.

Amaris Kirby, Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Piedmont Community College. Those three words have meant so much to me these past two years.

Tiffany Wright, Pitt Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My encounters on the road to Pitt Community College have been a major factor in my success today.  After receiving a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University in 2008, I lived in Beirut, Lebanon, for a year and traveled in the Middle East and Europe.  Upon returning home, I spent a year-and

Ellyn Gallagher, Stanly Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Throughout my childhood I suffered from school-related anxiety.  As I got older it became worse, until the point that I had to be home-schooled in high school.  During my home-schooling I had one goal, just to finish.  I did the bare minimum I could to get my high school diploma; I had no intenti

Darrin Bark, Southwestern Community College, Excellence Award 2012

As a student here at Southwestern Community College, I have been liberated from my inadequacies. My instruction here has given me the necessary skills and self-assurance to continue in discovering my strengths.

Tyler Drew, Southeastern Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Tyler Drew was initially drawn to Southeastern Community College by the opportunity to play on the College’s intercollegiate baseball team, but he had misconceptions about the academic rigor of community-college classes.

Leyna Crane, South Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I had never really considered a community college before. I’ve always been interested in the big well-known schools, such as Chapel Hill and NC State.

Charles Oliver, Sandhills Community College, Excellence Award 2010

I came to Sandhills Community College in 2010 when I entered the polysomnography program.  Due to the downturn in the economy, I was a displaced worker.  SCC provided me with a fresh start and a new beginning.  As I began taking courses, I became aware of a passion that I did not know I had.  I r

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