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Herring Earns Academic Excellence Award

Student Ambassador a Success in the Classroom and on the Baseball Diamond

Blake Herring

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College has selected Blake Herring, a member of the college’s student ambassador program and intercollegiate baseball team, as its recipient of the N.C. Community College System Academic Excellence Award.

Herring, a second-year university transfer student from Kinston, will receive his award when PCC recognizes 50 of its best and brightest students on March 22 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.

Along with staff from the college’s Institutional Advancement Division, instructor Jeff Ramey nominated Herring for the award, which is presented annually to a top student from each of the state’s 58 community colleges in recognition of outstanding achievement in the classroom and volunteerism.

“Blake is a wonderful person and student,” Ramey said. “He is a shining example of the best of the PCC student body. He is so well-rounded in how he spends his time and life. He invests in others as a servant and maintains a very high level of academic excellence in all of his pursuits.”

The son of Kinston’s James and Deborah Herring, Blake has posted a 3.7 grade point average while effectively managing his responsibilities as a student-athlete and at a number of college functions throughout the academic year as an ambassador. He has been a Dean’s List student each semester he has attended PCC.

“I knew coming into college that it was going to be a challenge for me to balance my time between being a student, a student ambassador and member of the PCC Bulldogs intercollegiate baseball team,” Herring said. “The wonderful faculty and staff at Pitt helped me make a successful transition into higher education and have also helped me mature personally in many ways.”

A 2011 graduate of Kinston High School, Herring is on track to receive his associate degree from PCC this spring. He plans to transfer to N.C. State University this fall and ultimately pursue a business career.

“I know that when I receive my associate degree in May 2013 and move on to a four-year university to continue my education, I will be more-than-prepared for that next step as a result of my time spent here at PCC,” Herring said.

As a freshman on the PCC baseball team in 2012, Herring allowed eight hits in 11 innings pitched, going 1-1 overall with a 0.82 earned run average. He picked up where he left off last season on Tuesday by coming out of the bullpen to close out Pitt’s season-opening victory over College of the Albemarle.

Away from the baseball diamond, Herring’s voluntary service to the community includes two years as a junior volunteer at Lenoir Memorial Hospital and a summer as a mentor for mentally-disabled individuals at Camp Trinity in Salter Path. He earned Eagle Scout honors in 2009.