Awards

2015 Academic Excellence Award

Sadie Herndon, Wilson Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

My name is Sadie Herndon and I am currently completing my fifth semester at Wilson Community College.  I am enrolled in the Paralegal Technology Program.  I work full-time as a waitress, attend school full-time, and am a single mother of a six-year old child named Max.  I have maintained a 4.0 GP

Kayla Myers, Wilkes Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I am a dual-enrolled student who took on the challenge of earning a high school diploma and an Associate in Science degree though Wilkes Early College High School at Wilkes Community College. The strong educational environment and supportive staff gave me a pathway to graduate with good grades.

Coley Scott Cannon, Western Piedmont Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

The classes I have taken at WPCC have helped me gain responsibility as an individual.  I have become better at organizing my schedule, gained diligence by putting in as many hours of studying and working as needed to achieve academic success, and I am acquiring the knowledge needed to further my

Audi Torres, Wayne Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a nurse.  However, it took many years for me to finally work towards my dream.

Korey Marie Butler, Wake Technical Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I am a thirty-year-old, married, mother of two who is actively engaged within the community.

Thus, while researching options of where to attend college, I knew I needed a flexible and transitional environment. Therefore, attending Wake Technical Community College was my only option.

Geoffrey Arnott, Vance-Granville Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I was homeschooled for grades 1-12.  I was given an excellent education by my parents, but I had never attended a class with more than a few students.  I had no idea what to expect from college.

Rebecca Williamson, Tri-County Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Tri-County Community College has been a positive, life-changing experience, but the journey hasn’t been easy. Being an only child and homeschooled, I had never been in a public classroom until my first day at Tri-County.

Brad Easter, Surry Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Almost three years ago to the day, I was sitting in the same spot on the couch that I’m sitting in now typing this essay. It is only by reflecting back on that painful night three years ago that I’m able to put into words my “success story” involving my NC Community College experience.

Xee Cindy Xiong, Stanly Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

When I was in the eighth grade, I made the decision to apply to Stanly Early College High School.  Never before did I understand how big of a decision it was nor how greatly it would impact me down the road until now. 

Conner Wilson, Southwestern Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

When I started my college career I was excited for what my future as a student held. I was already working two part-time jobs and then I just added the task of going to school full-time. In the fall semester of my first year was when I decided to join the fire department.

Nico Reyes, Southeastern Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

A bag packed with books, pens and pencils ‐ an epitome of normalcy for an average college student.

Joshua Babb, Sandhills Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

In 2005, at the age of sixteen, I became husband and a father. To this day, these are still my two greatest accomplishments. With that being said, my early start on adulthood did not leave me much time to think about my education.

Joshua Bradley Mesimer, Sampson Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Sampson Community College has named Joshua Bradley Mesimer to receive the 2015 Academic Excellence Award.

Paula Alanis, South Piedmont Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

My name is Paula Alanis and although I was born in the USA I grew up in Mexico. I returned to the United States when I was 18 with my wonderful husband. We didn't know the culture or the language we decided to come here for better opportunities.

Amber Blackwelder, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I always wanted to do something with my life, but didn’t exactly make the best plan of action to make that possible. I am twenty-nine years old, I worked in collections a few years but for the most part, I’ve been in the restaurant industry all my life.

Michael Matthews, Rockingham Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

At first, I was drawn to Rockingham Community College to be a part of the baseball team, but I realized shortly after I started in the fall of 2013 that school was my priority.

Rachel Rena Maynor, Robeson Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Being born and raised in the state of Maryland for 12 years, moving to Lumberton, North Carolina was a difficult transition. I overcame my culture shock and learned to adapt to my new environment by keeping an open mind and building relationships with my new teachers and people in the community.

Kayla Wolverton, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I arrived at Roanoke-Chowan Community College in 2011 at the age of fourteen as a college student and a full-time high school student. I quickly discovered a few challenges; such as the class sizes were different and I had to interact with more adults than teenagers.

George Yandle, Richmond Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I am the type of person who is driven to succeed. Many people throughout my life told me I would never make it. In June 2011, I graduated from Richmond Senior High School with a GPA of 3.75.

Christi Miles, Richmond Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Growing up I struggled through school, so initially I decided against college. At first it was fine, but after this past recession I realized without furthering my education I would not be able to provide a decent living for my family.

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