NC community college students honored for excellence in education

NC community college students honored for excellence in education

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 10:46am

RALEIGH – Students from North Carolina’s 58 community colleges are receiving awards for educational excellence this spring.

The recognitions coincide with North Carolina Community College Excellence in Education Month, as proclaimed by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Markus L. McCraney, a student at Pitt Community College, is the 2019 recipient of the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The award, sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents, was created in 2004 to recognize student leadership on a statewide level while also honoring Scott, one of the earliest supporters of the NC Community College System and its president from 1983 until 1994. Each award recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship from the NC Community Colleges Foundation.

Rebecca Rose Ceglia, a student at Nash Community College, is the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Dallas Herring Achievement Award. The award was established in 2010 by the NCACCP to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring, considered one of the founding fathers of community colleges in North Carolina.  The award is presented annually to a current or former student who best embodies Herring’s philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go.” Each recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship from the NC Community Colleges Foundation.

Community college students also were selected for Academic Excellence Awards. Selection requirements are consistent with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society criteria. Students must be currently enrolled, have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program, and have a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.25.

AEA winners receive a plaque and medallion in honor of their academic accomplishments.

See below for a list of winners.

  • Lazarus Limo, Alamance Community College
  • Melissa Wright, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Nicole Obando, Beaufort County Community College
  • Katie Pontak, Bladen Community College
  • Danielle Flewelling, Blue Ridge Community College
  • William Wallace, Brunswick Community College
  • Rachel Plott, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
  • Courtney Kirkham, Cape Fear Community College
  • Michael Wyatt Priest, Carteret Community College
  • Holly Cable, Catawba Valley Community College
  • Justin Pedley, Central Carolina Community College
  • Angeles Gomez, Central Piedmont Community College
  • Abigail Hamrick, Cleveland Community College
  • Bethany Turner, Coastal Carolina Community College
  • Elizabeth Anne Dupree, College of The Albemarle
  • Christina Fletcher, Craven Community College
  • Alisha Sechrest, Davidson County Community College
  • Joseph Warren Turner, Durham Technical Community College
  • Robert John Lachapelle IV, Edgecombe Community College
  • Yvonne Perkins, Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Danielle Rosson, Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Michael Allen Philbeck Jr., Gaston College
  • Darcy Maranda Kerns, Guilford Technical Community College
  • Autumn Britton, Halifax Community College
  • Wenchan Song Dickens, Halifax Community College
  • David Joseph Klein, Haywood Community College
  • Haley Laughter, Isothermal Community College
  • April Taylor, James Sprunt Community College
  • Jennylee Spottswood, Johnston Community College
  • Yan Zhang, Lenoir Community College
  • Jason Carl Phelps, Martin Community College
  • Jamie Jennings, Mayland Community College
  • Colby Smith, McDowell Technical Community College
  • Anna Grace Brooks, Mitchell Community College
  • Duane Richard Bevitt, Montgomery Community College
  • Jonathan David Overton, Nash Community College
  • Tyeshia Sheree Bryant, Pamlico Community College
  • Tiffani Bowman Woods, Piedmont Community College
  • Sindy Damari Martinez, Pitt Community College
  • Malinda Dianne Blackwell, Randolph Community College
  • Kristen Stuteville, Richmond Community College
  • Kalyssa Ortiz, Roanoke-Chowan Community College
  • Robert Villanueva, Robeson Community College
  • Gavin Taylor, Rockingham Community College
  • Jason Stover, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Lauren Strickland, Sampson Community College
  • Dana Diaz Cuellar, Sandhills Community College
  • Monica Laney, South Piedmont Community College
  • Victoria Powell, Southeastern Community College
  • Matthew Draughon, Southwestern Community College
  • Britney Pouch, Stanly Community College
  • Sarah Wagoner, Surry Community College
  • Krystal Baker, Tri-County Community College
  • Hope Crute, Vance-Granville Community College
  • Alexandre de Souza Carvalho Pennington, Wake Technical Community College
  • Estafani Cota, Wayne Community College
  • Isaiah Gordon, Western Piedmont Community College
  • Aaron Thomas Clark, Wilkes Community College
  • Madison Barkley, Wilson Community College

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Community College Excellence in Education Month Proclamation
Gov. Roy Cooper proclaimed April as NC Community College Excellence in Education Month.