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TRIO Program Celebrates Student Success

Sixth Annual TRIO Awards Ceremony - April 29, 2011


WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College's TRIO: Student Support Services program honored its student participants April 29 with an awards ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.

The event celebrated the success of 21 soon-to-be graduates and 43 students from the program who achieved academic excellence by posting cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.

The banquet also featured several special award presentations, including one for perseverance that was given to TRIO student Celestine Best, who is scheduled to graduate May 13. According to TRIO Program Director LaTonya Evans, Best overcame many personal tragedies in order to complete her program of study at PCC.

Evans said TRIO student Mecca Waller was presented an award for outstanding leadership. Waller, a PCC Student Government Association officer, will also graduate next week.

Special awards were also presented to TRIO’s work-study and tutoring staffs and volunteers, Evans said. She added that Kim Waters, the TRIO program’s counselor assistant, was recognized for her consistent service and dedication to staff and students, as well her ability to be flexible and commit to several additional tasks as needed.

In addition to the presentation of awards, this year’s ceremony featured entertainment by Core of PCC’s gospel choir Elements of Praise and a mime performance by Marquita Weaver, a local Greenville performer and friend of the TRIO program.

Evans said TRIO staff members are very grateful to all of the faculty and staff who participated in Friday’s ceremony.

PCC’s Student Support Services program is a federally-funded TRIO program that aims to help students improve their academic performance, stay in college, graduate and/or transfer from PCC to a four-year college or university.