College Presents Academic Excellence Awards to More Than 50 Top Students

Academic Excellence Awards group photo.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College held its annual Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony March 15 to honor more than 50 top students for classroom success and service to campus and the community.

The program featured the presentation of certificates and medallions to 49 Academic Excellence Award recipients, who were nominated by faculty and staff. Another three students earned recognition for developmental studies success, and a pair of student-athletes received accolades for their classroom and intercollegiate athletics accomplishments.

Office Administration student Alison Beaman, who is Pitt’s nominee for the N.C. Community College System’s (NCCCS) Dallas Herring Achievement Award, was the program’s featured speaker. Originally from Clayton, she is a PCC Student Ambassador with a 4.0 GPA. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship student club.

Currently in her second year, Beaman said she made a great decision in moving to the Winterville area from Raleigh to enroll at Pitt. She noted the college’s many student support services, including tutoring, accessibility services, and counseling, have been particularly helpful.

“A PCC education is an amazing academic value in the first place, but with so many supplemental programs and activities to help me make the most of my time in college, the PCC experience is worth far more than the degree I’m earning,” Beaman said.

As part of this month’s ceremony, PCC announced the recipients of several special awards.

Criminal Justice student Shadajiah Brown was selected as Pitt’s recipient of a State Academic Excellence Award from NCCCS. A Dean’s List student with a 3.87 GPA, she volunteers at her church, Aurora’s Hazel Guilford Memorial Library, and the Chocowinity Fire Department.

PCC Student Government Association President Jeremy Galang received the 2024 President’s Scholarship worth $1,000 from the PCC Foundation. An Associate in Arts student, Galang was born in the Philippines but grew up in Singapore, where he served in the country’s navy. He has a 4.0 GPA and wants to pursue an investment banking career.

In addition to the scholarship, Galang was named PCC’s nominee for the Gov. Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award, which was established by NCCCS to honor the former North Carolina governor and recognize student leadership on a statewide level. As SGA president, he participates in trustees meetings and is also a member of the college’s PTK chapter, Minority Male Success Initiative, Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, and Rotaract Club.

This year’s $500-President’s Award went to Morgan Harvey, a Pitt County Early College High School student who has recorded a 4.0 GPA in the college transfer courses she’s taken at PCC. Along with serving in student leadership positions, Harvey participates in a number of extracurricular activities, including the PCC Health Science Academy and Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Teen Leadership Institute.

Division Awards were presented to Associate in Science student Ailee Sickler (Arts and Sciences), Beaman (Business), Building Construction’s Dean Froelich (Construction and Industrial Technology), Respiratory Therapy’s Olivia Harter (Health Sciences) and Paralegal Technology’s Kathryn Crenshaw (Public Services and Fine Arts). Each student received $250 through the honor.

Awards were also given to students Manzan Kouao, Patricia Millender and Giada Pompili for excellence in Developmental Studies courses.

PCC baseball player Michael Gordon and softball’s Samantha Taylor received Student-Athlete Awards in recognition of academic achievement, good sportsmanship, and the positive impact they’ve had on their teams and community. Both student-athletes are Associate in Arts majors.