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PCC's Arnold Named Coca-Cola Gold Scholar

Lindsay ArnoldWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College student Lindsay Arnold has been named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.

A Greenville resident, Arnold will graduate this year with a degree from PCC’s Associate in Science (Pre-Engineering) program. She is planning to pursue an engineering career and is considering transferring to either East Carolina University or N.C. State University to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Arnold is now the second PCC student to earn Gold Scholar honors from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in a two-year span, joining 2011 recipient and medical sonography graduate Morgan Kern. PCC graduate Adam Till was also honored by Coca-Cola as a national finalist in 2010.

“Lindsay's award speaks not only to her academic excellence and service,” said PCC President G. Dennis Massey. “Pitt has many high-achieving students, especially in the college's honor societies—Phi Theta Kappa and Gamma Beta Phi.

“I am not surprised at all that a PCC scholar has been recognized for this prestigious award the past three years running,” he continued, adding, “PCC is indeed on a roll.”

Arnold, a 2011 graduate of D.H. Conley High School, is currently serving as president of the PCC Student Government Association. She has been a Student Ambassador throughout her enrollment at the college, including one year as secretary, and has helped raise more than $4,400 for local charitable organizations as part of the group.

The 20-year-old Arnold is also a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, Gamma Beta Phi Society, and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Earlier this month, she completed the 2012-13 N.C. Community Colleges Leadership Institute.

Having recorded a 3.75 grade point average at Pitt, Arnold was one of 50 students the college honored last week during its annual Academic Excellence Awards reception.

Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze scholars and providing nearly $200,000 in stipends annually.

Arnold, the daughter of Greenville’s Leslie Arnold and John Arnold Jr. of Wichita Falls, Texas, will receive a $1,500-stipend and a special medallion as a Gold Scholar.

Arnold’s most recent honor comes as part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s 23-year sponsorship of the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team. The program is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for two-year colleges.