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SGA Students Bring Home 'Spirit Stick'

PCC Student Government Association officers display the 'Spirit Stick' award they earned at a statewide conference. From left to right, they are: Jennifer Barr (Parliamentarian), J'Quetta Gradney (Treasurer), John Tate (Public Information Officer), Briana Edwards (Secretary), Jason Donica (President) and Kyle Murphy (Vice President).

WINTERVILLLE—After an eight-year drought, Pitt Community College’s Student Government Association has once again brought home the coveted ‘Spirit Stick’ from the annual N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA) Spring Conference, which took place March 30-April 1 in Durham.

Jason Donica, a university transfer student who is concluding his second term as Pitt’s SGA president, said the ‘Spirit Stick’ is the top award presented at the N4CSGA Conference. It is given to the college whose SGA members display the most enthusiasm, charisma and integrity during the conference.

The actual ‘Sprit Stick’ is a large, wooden pole that features banners from each of the community colleges that have previously won the award, Donica said, adding that PCC last won it in 2004, after taking it home in 1997 and 2000 as well.

“I’m honored and proud of all the hard work that went into earning the privilege to carry the pole back to PCC,” Donica said. “We worked hard to bring it back to campus. It is the most sought-after award of the conference and there is always a fierce competition for it.”

Donica said the award was the culmination of the many activities PCC’s SGA participants have organized on campus throughout the year, as well as their efforts at the N4CSGA’s fall and spring conferences.

To earn the ‘Spirit Stick,’ PCC SGA officers had to incorporate the N4CSGA Spring Conference theme (“Put on Your Leadership Shoes and Walk It Out”) into a T-shirt design. They also had to work it into their spirit competition performance at the conference.

In addition to winning the top award, PCC’s SGA members placed second in the conference’s scrapbook competition and third in the T-Shirt design contest. The students also participated in several meetings during the event to discuss issues affecting their community college peers statewide.

Donica said the ‘Spirit Stick’ would be on display in PCC’s Craig F. Goess Student Center near the SGA Office (room 123).

Also during the conference, Donica received the Daryl Mitchell Award while Jennifer Barr, who is PCC’s SGA Parliamentarian and the N4CSGA’s Eastern Division representative, received the Bryan Pugh Award.

Named for a former N4CSGA president, the Mitchell Award was presented to Donica for demonstrating six pillars of character outlined by the organization: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship

The Pugh Award, which is named for N4CSGA’s first president, was given to Barr for demonstrating the commitment necessary to serve others effectively by working diligently and exceeding the expectations required of her SGA position.