Wright to Represent PCC at NCCCS Awards
WINTERVILLE—When the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) holds its annual academic excellence awards program in Raleigh this spring, Tiffany Wright will be on hand to proudly represent Pitt Community College.
Wright, a second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student from Laurinburg, has recorded a 3.88 grade point average at PCC. In the fall, she received the Roselyn V. Armstrong Occupational Therapy Assistant Endowed Scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements.
“From the minute Tiffany began the OTA program, she has been a leader and mentor for many students in her class,” said Wendy Perrini, chair of PCC’s OTA Department. “She works hard to understand the information being taught and constantly helps others who are struggling in the class to achieve higher grades and understand the material.”
Wright, who has already earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Community Services from East Carolina University in 2008, also plays an active role on the PCC campus. She is president of the college’s Society of Occupational Therapy Association Club and is a member of the PCC Rotaract Club as well.
“Serving as president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association Club has given me an opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills,” Wright said. “And through my participation with the Rotaract Club, I have had the opportunity to serve the community and learn more about what it means to give back.”
Wright’s community service work is extensive and includes volunteering with the children’s ministry at her church, the Exceptional Children Baseball League, and the Salvation Army. She has also collected food for the local homeless shelter and raised money to purchase water filters for the people of Haiti after a massive earthquake devastated the island nation in 2010.
“Tiffany’s desire to help others and be a community servant is seen on a daily basis and is one of the reasons she is pursuing a career in occupational therapy,” Perrini said.
This year’s NCCCS academic excellence awards program, “The Great Within the 58,” is scheduled to take place April 19. A reception will take place at the Executive Mansion that morning followed by an awards luncheon at the Raleigh Convention Center at 12 p.m.
PCC will hold its own program to celebrate the achievements of 50 of its top students on March 23 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.