PCC Honors 50 Top Students for Excellence
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College held its annual Academic Excellence Awards program last month to honor 50 top students for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.
The ceremony took place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center March 22 and featured PCC President G. Dennis Massey telling the student honorees that their talent and creativity would lead to a brighter future for “Pitt County, Eastern North Carolina and beyond.”
“What you see in these outstanding students is the power of excellence—not just upon their lives and those of their family and friends but as an inspiration and example to all of our students and employees,” Massey said. “Students, you have earned the respect of your teachers and supporters who nominated you over many other hard-working students for this honor.”
All of the students honored during the program were nominated by a PCC instructor and/or staff member. During the ceremony, they received special medallions crafted by the college’s Machining Technology students to commemorate their achievement.
In addition to the medallion presentations, the program featured a moving speech by Martin Maurer, a Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse student with a 3.6 grade point average (GPA). Maurer, who is originally from New York City, spoke of how he has rallied from a drug-induced asthma attack that nearly killed him in 2002 to become a successful college student and source of encouragement for drug addicts.
“… Without my wife and her family and PCC showing me a whole new way of life, I would probably be dead, dying or in jail,” Maurer said. “Instead, I am honored to be among these students, who are not only being recognized for all of their academic achievements but also for their work in the community and being not only great students and good people but striving to improve themselves and the community around them.”
A member of Sigma Alpha Pi Society for Leadership and Success, Maurer was presented with this year’s President’s Scholarship for outstanding academics, leadership, volunteerism and service to the college. He will receive $1,000 through the award to help pay for tuition and fees.
Several other special awards were also presented during the academic excellence program.
Kristen Jones, an Associate in Arts/Associate in General Education student, received the President’s Award worth $500. Jones has been a key member of the PCC volleyball team for the past two seasons and has been equally successful in the classroom, having posted a 4.0 GPA.
Division Awards were presented to students Lindsay Arnold (Arts and Sciences), Diane Young (Business), Cody Alexander (Construction and Industrial Technology), Kelly Jarman (Health Sciences) and Robert Sugg (Public Services and Fine Arts). Each student will receive $250 through the award.
Special awards were also given to students for excellence in Development Studies courses. This year’s award recipients were Teresa Moots, Rubi Rodriguez and Adriennie Hull.
Moots, a Human Services Technology student with a 3.8 GPA, was also an Academic Excellence Award recipient.
A pair of PCC student-athletes received recognition for outstanding classroom achievement. Volleyball player Megan Mansfield, a university transfer student, received the 2012 Female Student-Athlete Award while Blake Herring, a baseball player and university transfer student, received the Male Student-Athlete Award. Both athletes will receive $250 through the award.
A Kinston native, Herring also received an Academic Excellence Award from the college as well as the N.C. Community College System Academic Excellence Award, which is given annually to a student at each of the state’s 58 community colleges in recognition of outstanding achievement in the classroom and volunteerism.