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PCC Honors Outstanding Students during Academic Excellence Awards Program

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College paid tribute to a select group of students last month, during the annual Academic Excellence Awards program.

Held in the Craig F. Goess Student Center March 23, the ceremony honored 50 of the college’s top students for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.

“Every year, I’m blown away by the quality of our students and the strength of their commitment to education,” said Dr. Donald Spell, PCC Vice President of Student Development Services, in welcoming students and their guests to the program.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey agreed and said this year’s honorees were “an inspiration and example to students, faculty and staff.”

Massey noted that Pitt administrators have placed emphasis on program completion by students and said this year’s award winners are “completing programs with style and quality.”

Each student that participated in the awards program had been nominated by a PCC instructor and/or staff member. The honorees received special medallions crafted by PCC Machining Technology students to commemorate the achievement.

In addition to the presentation of medallions, the program featured remarks from Tiffany Wright, a second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student from Laurinburg with a 3.88 grade point average (GPA).

Wright, who will represent PCC later this month at the N.C. Community Colleges’ academic excellence program in Raleigh, thanked her OTA instructors for pushing her to be her best. She said that while she and her fellow academic excellence award winners had impacted PCC, what they had learned during their time at the college would likely impact them “more than they know.”

Several special awards were presented at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The President’s Scholarship for outstanding academics, leadership, volunteerism and service to the college went to Tamsey Evans, who has a 3.91 GPA. Evans, a student ambassador and president of the PCC Paralegal Association, will receive $1,000 through her award to help pay for tuition and fees as she pursues completion of both the Associate in Arts and Paralegal Technology programs.

Wright and Corey Staton, a Business Administration Marketing and Retailing student with a 3.5 GPA, received President’s Awards worth $500 each.

Division Awards were also presented during the program. Kenneth Chilcoat (Arts and Sciences), Stephanie Evans (Business), Scott Vandenbussche (Construction and Industrial Technology), Raye Johnson (Health Sciences) and Elizabeth Cox (Legal Science/Public Services) will each receive $250 through the award.

Special awards were also given to students for excellence in Development Studies courses. This year’s award recipients were Heseitha Hillmeddo, Olivia Steward and Azareel Young. Steward, a nursing student with a 3.8 GPA, was also an Academic Excellence Award recipient.

A pair of PCC student-athletes was also recognized for classroom achievement.

Softball player and university transfer student Amanda Daw received the 2012 Female Student-Athlete Award while Brad Hunter, a baseball player and associate in science student, received the Male Student-Athlete Award. Daw and Hunter each received $250 through the award.