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College Honors 50 of Its Best and Brightest


2011 Academic Excellence Award Recipients

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College paid tribute to a select group of students Friday with the annual Academic Excellence Awards program.

Held in the Craig F. Goess Student Center, the ceremony honored 50 of the college’s top students for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. Each student participating in the event was nominated by a PCC instructor and/or staff member.

In addition to an awards presentation, the program featured remarks from Matthew Broadwell, a second-year criminal justice student from Knightdale with a 4.0 grade point average (gpa).

"I am truly honored to be speaking today about what Pitt Community College and its staff has done for me,” Broadwell said. “… When I graduate next year, I can honestly say that I don’t know exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life or career, but I can say that being here has given me the tools to succeed and the feeling that I can do anything I want to do if I set my mind to it.”

While each honoree received a medallion crafted by PCC Machining Technology students, several special awards were also presented during the ceremony.

The President’s Scholarship for outstanding academics, leadership, volunteerism and service to the college went to Broadwell. A 4-H volunteer and youth leader at Shotwell Baptist Church, he will receive $1,000 for tuition and fees through his award.

Jason Donica, a university transfer student with a 3.93 gpa, and Morgan Kern, a medical sonography student with a 4.0 gpa, received President’s Awards worth $500 each.

Donica, president of PCC’s Student Government Association, will represent the college during the N.C. Community College System’s “The Great Within the 58” awards program in Raleigh April 14.

Kern has been a PCC Student Ambassador in each of her three years at the college, including one year as the group’s president. She is a Gold Scholar on Coca-Cola’s 2011 Community College Academic Team and was the college’s Robert W. Scott Leadership Award nominee this year.

Division Awards were also presented during the ceremony. Each of the following students will receive $250 as a result of their selection for the honor:  Taylor Kern (Arts and Sciences), Ayesha Atkinson (Business), Kassie Bryan (Construction and Industrial Technology), Jerry G. Bibbs Jr. (Health Sciences) and Adam Wainwright (Legal Science/Public Services).

Special awards were also given to students for excellence in Development Studies courses. This year’s award recipients were Velma Bennett, Linda Garner and Jay Coleman, a university transfer student who also received an Academic Excellence Award. Bennett and Garner will each receive $125 as part of their award while Coleman will receive $250.

For the first time during the Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony, PCC student-athletes were recognized for their classroom efforts. Volleyball player and university transfer student Natalie Salter received the 2011 Female Student-Athlete Award while Griffin Jones, a baseball player and associate in science student, received the 2011 Male Student-Athlete Award. Salter and Jones will each receive $250 as part of their awards.