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TRiO Recognizes Students' Achievements

PCC staff members (standing, left to right) Nicholas Vick, Kim Waters and LaTonya Nixon pose for a group photo with recipients of this year's TRIO special awards. From left to right, they are Cortney Baker, Jerrell Fullerton, Jessica Whitfield and Antoine Fordham.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College TRiO: Student Support Services program honored student participants on April 26 with an awards ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.

The event celebrated the success of 13 soon-to-be graduates and 41 students from the program who have demonstrated academic excellence by posting cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.

LaTonya Nixon, director of PCC TRiO: Student Support Services, said this is the eighth year her program has recognized students with an awards ceremony, adding that she considers it an honor to host the banquet each spring.

“It gives the TRiO staff and the PCC college community an opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of our students,” Nixon said. “Typically, these students have had to overcome barriers to achievement in order to reach their goals. So, when they are able to graduate and/or achieve academic excellence, it is a delightful experience, and it gives us a chance to show them how truly proud we are to be a part of their success."

In addition to testimonials by four TRIO students, this year’s banquet also featured several special award presentations, including one for perseverance that was given to student Tonya Reid, who has overcome numerous personal obstacles in order to pursue her educational goals.

Special awards were also presented to TRiO work-study students, tutors and volunteers. Cortney Bennett received “Tutor of the Year” honors, while Antoine Fordham was recognized with a “Student Tutor Award.” Jurrell Fullerton earned a Service Award from the program, and Jessica Whitfield received this year’s “Director’s Award.”

PCC’s Student Support Services program is a federally-funded TRiO program that aims to help students improve their academic performance, stay in college, graduate and/or transfer from PCC to a four-year college or university.