Awards

2014 Academic Excellence Award

Brianne Fawe, James Sprunt Community College, Excellence Award 2014

I am currently a student of Duplin Early College High School and will complete both my high school diploma and Associate in Arts degree in 4 years, graduating in May 2014.

Chad Pettit, Isothermal Community College, Excellence Award 2014

“It's not a job, it's an adventure.” That used to be the recruiting slogan for the Army. After ten years and multiple deployments, including two combat tours to Iraq, I can say it truly is an adventure. Unfortunately, that adventure left me ill-prepared for civilian life.

Nicholas Wilson, Haywood Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My success story begins with a year-long break from school, where I determined what I wanted to do with my life. During that break, I taught school children team-building skills as well as environmental education at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, North Carolina.

Georgiana Couden, Halifax Community College, Excellence Award 2014

As a mature student looking to re-tool and refresh, I enrolled in Halifax Community College with a plan. My plan was to take some classes and graduate. Sounds simple doesn't it?

Dustin Darnell, Guilford Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Before attending GTCC, I was a college dropout without a purpose in life. Stubborn and naïve, I believed that life consisted of what I saw on the Real World, which of course set me up for more failure. I used materialism, intimate relationships, and drugs to fill the void I felt within myself.

Marjorie Heidi, Gaston Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Being healthy and physically fit is essential to performing the duties of a firefighter safely and efficiently.

Samantha Sharp, Forsyth Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Attending Forsyth Technical Community College was a lifesaver. In 2008, I hit an eighteen wheeler head on with my motorcycle that left me in a very dark place for years. One day I saw an ad for Forsyth Tech online.

Natalie O'Mahoney, Fayettville Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014

In my youth, I attended college for a semester or two, but quit. I found myself in an abusive relationship, working in a series of unsatisfying and poorly paid jobs. Escaping that part of my life, my priorities changed when I became a military spouse.

Nina Sinclair, Edgecombe Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My experience as a student attending a NC Community College has been great. I am so grateful to have had such great teachers and students to be around while attending Edgecombe Community College.

Alexandra Cox, Durham Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014 recepient

When I transferred to Durham Tech from another university, I came with a low GPA and no plans to get involved around campus. I intended to keep my head down, do my work, and transfer to a four-year university as soon as I could.

Kristi Wallace, Davidson Community College, Excellence Award 2014

In high school, going to college never crossed my mind. I made bad grades, bad choices, and at the age of sixteen, I was pregnant. Though difficult, I managed to graduate with my class of 2001. After graduating, I got married and my husband and I continued our family.

Kayla Schliewe, Craven Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Deciding to come to Craven Community College has proved to be one of the best choices I could have made for myself and for my future. When I enrolled with Craven, my mother had just divorced my step-father, and my home life and finances were unstable.

Amanda Everett, College of the Albemarle, Excellence Award 2014

I began my COA career as a dual-enrolled high school student in Fall 2008. After graduation I came to COA full-time.

Alexandra Reinhold, Coastal Carolina Community College, Excellence Award 2014

In January of 2011, I attended a women's conference that was hosted by a local church in town. When the Guest Speaker described the different places she had traveled to, I was shown images of people who looked different than me.

Anna Marie Vagnozzi, Clevland Community College, Excellence Award 2014

As a homeschool student who graduated high school early, Anna Marie Vagnozzi says Cleveland Community College seemed like the best way to pursue her passion for learning.

Anza Abbas, Central Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Most students who have traveled thousands of miles for the sake of education come with a determined mindset of succeeding. I, belonging to this category, undoubtedly believe that getting exposed to a variety of academic fields is immensely important for such students.

Scott Butcher, Central Carolina Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Unfortunately, due to the economy I lost my job of 8 years and have been unemployed since 2012. This is when I started looking at returning to school not only for more job opportunities but as a life lesson for my children. I wanted to show my children how turn a negative into a positive.

Michael Wilkins, Catawba Valley Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Keeping my CVCC Success story under 200 words may be one of the most difficult challenges I have had to face since beginning my journey here.

Allison Gay, Carteret Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My daughter and I are originally from Beaufort County, but moved to Carteret County in 2011. I have always known that I wanted to work in the medical field, but I had to search to find my niche.

Tria Brown, Caper Fear Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My name is Tria Brown and I started my academic career at Cape Fear Community College in the spring of 2010; I am now a senior in the Surgical Technology program.

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