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Marks Receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Cynthia MarksWINTERVILLE—Cynthia Marks, a part-time instructor with the Pitt Community College Business Division, was awarded the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine on March 31.

Marks, a Washington resident who began teaching keyboarding classes at PCC this semester, received her award in Hatteras, during a ceremony officiated by retired Dare County Sheriff Bert Austin.

An educator for more than 31 years, Marks recently retired from Cape Hatteras Secondary School, where she spent 26 years teaching marketing classes. She was also an advisor to the school’s DECA Club, which consistently earned state and national awards under her guidance.

Marks, who spent five years as a business instructor at Chowan College early in her career, also helps develop marketing and business curricula as a consultant with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine that Marks received last month is one of the highest honors North Carolina’s governor can bestow upon a North Carolina citizen. Created in 1965, the award is given to residents in recognition of a proven record of extraordinary service to the state, including contributions to their communities, extra effort in their careers and many years of service to their organizations. The honor is most often presented when a person retires.

State employees can receive the award if they have contributed more than 30 years of dedicated and enthusiastic service to the State of North Carolina.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized for my accomplishments,” Marks said. “The N.C. Order of the Long Leaf Pine has many notable recipients, and I am proud to be one of them.”

Past recipients of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine include such famous Tar Heels as Maya Angelou, Billy Graham, Michael Jordan, Bob Timberlake and Rick Hendrick, along with longtime state employees, prominent business executives and noted politicians, athletes, musicians, actors and advocates.