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Student Ambassadors Meet at Hilton to Begin Preparations for 2017-18 Academic Year

PCC's 2017-18 Student Ambassadors met for the first time June 16 to begin preparations for the upcoming academic year. From left to right, they are: Titus Williams, Anna Craft, Bryce Fleming, Alexandra Woolard, Cameron Peaden, Mary-Jean Weathers, Laszlo Upchurch, Blake Simpkins and Tucker Fry. Not pictured is Dylan Justice.

GREENVILLE—The newest group of Pitt Community College Student Ambassadors met for the first time this month to begin preparations for their responsibilities during the 2017-18 academic year.

The students, who were selected for the ambassador program during the spring semester, will spend the year ahead leading campus tours and assisting with recruiting and college-related events and activities. They will also perform weekly service hours and have at least a 3.2 grade point average to continue receiving full-time scholarships from the PCC Foundation.

PCC Alumni and Development Services Director Ashley Smith is an ambassadors advisor and says students in the program have been outstanding representatives of the president and PCC Foundation since 1992.

“We’ve had the best of the best serving as the face of Pitt Community College for the past 25 years,” she said. “These students have demonstrated leadership, performed well academically, and contributed positively to their communities.”

The newest ambassadors group is comprised of four returnees—Bryce Fleming, Dylan Justice, Cameron Peaden and Blake Simpkins—and six newcomers—Anna Craft, Tucker Fry, Laszlo Upchurch, Mary-Jean Weathers, Titus Williams and Alexandra Woolard.

Fleming is a University Transfer major from Greenville. The Farmville Central High School graduate is working to become a certified public accountant and says being a student ambassador has given him a chance to meet important leaders at the college while serving his community and school.

A D.H. Conley graduate, Justice is a Welding Technology student with plans to open a welding business someday. He says he has enjoyed the leadership training he’s received as an ambassador and the professional relationships he’s developed through the program.

Also a D.H. Conley grad, Simpkins is pursuing a career with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. A University Transfer student, the Greenville native says he also has political aspirations.

Peaden, a Greenville Christian Academy graduate from Fountain, is set to begin his second year of University Transfer classes. He says his career goal is to work for “a major media corporation, producing feature films on the big screen.”

Craft, who is from Maple Hill, and Upchurch, a Kenly resident, have participated in intercollegiate sports at Pitt. Craft was part of the Bulldogs softball team that reached the 2017 NJCAA Division II National Championship, while Upchurch appeared in 22 games as a freshman small forward on the men’s basketball team.

An East Duplin graduate, Craft is taking University Transfer courses with plans to become a lawyer. She wants to develop leadership and communication skills as an ambassador.

Upchurch, who graduated from North Johnston, is seeking a degree in physical therapy but ultimately hopes to become a physician’s assistant.

Originally from Manchester, England, Fry graduated from Connecticut’s Forman School. He lives in Greenville now and plans to complete PCC’s University Transfer program before furthering his art and music education at a four-year institution.

"I applied for the (student ambassador) scholarship, because I saw an opportunity to give back and help others,” he said.

Weathers plans to complete Pitt’s nursing curriculum through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) program. As a RIBN participant, the South Central graduate will transfer to East Carolina University for a bachelor’s degree, once she has earned an associate degree from PCC. She ultimately wants to help deliver babies as a midwife.

A D.H. Conley graduate, Williams is part of PCC’s VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program, which provides mentoring and a host of academic support measures to its college participants. He will take University Transfer courses in order to pursue a career as a high school social studies teacher and football coach in eastern North Carolina.

Rounding out the ambassadors group is Woolard. Originally from Wilmington, she will take Medical Sonography courses, though her long-term plan is to become an obstetrician. She says she looks forward to developing academically and personally as an ambassador.

"I have always enjoyed being a part of a team,” Woolard said. “The Student Ambassador Program will help me to become an all-around better student and part of the community."

Later this summer, student ambassadors will take part in three days of leadership training that includes communication and public speaking tips, guidelines for campus tours and registration day assistance, and meetings with PCC administrators.