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'16-17 PCC Ambassadors Meet for First Time

A new group of PCC Student Ambassadors met at the Hilton Greenville June 9 to introduce themselves and prepare for the year ahead. From left to right, they are: Blake Simpkins, Allison Lennon, Hannah Moore, Hannah Cooke, Jenna Nichols, Bryce Fleming, Savanah Perrini, Cameron Peaden, Kristen Woolard, Sommer Heyward and Dylan Justice. Not pictured is Semenya Jordan.

GREENVILLE—A new group of Pitt Community College Student Ambassadors met for the first time this month to begin preparations for their responsibilities during the 2016-17 academic year.

Selected during the spring semester, the students 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 must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in order to continue receiving full-time scholarships from the PCC Foundation.

Ashley Smith, PCC Alumni and Development Services director, is an ambassadors advisor and says the program has been a tremendous success since getting its start in 1992.

“For 24 years, PCC Student Ambassadors have served as representatives of the president and PCC Foundation,” Smith said. “It’s an important role filled by students who have demonstrated leadership ability, performed well academically and are involved in their communities. We’ve had the best of the best serving as the face of Pitt Community College.”

PCC’s newest ambassadors group is comprised of four returnees—Hannah Cooke, Bryce Fleming, Allison Lennon and Hannah Moore—and eight newcomers—Sommer Heyward, Semenya Jordan, Dylan Justice, Jenna Nichols, Cameron Peaden, Savanah Perrini, Blake Simpkins and Kristen Woolard.

Cooke, a North Pitt High School graduate, is a university transfer student working toward an Associate in Science Degree. An active 4-H participant, she says she enjoys “anything to do with animals” and plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

Fleming, a Greenville resident, is a business major. The Farmville Central graduate plans to start his own business someday and says the Student Ambassador program will continue to help him develop effective communication skills.

A California native, Lennon graduated from J.H. Rose. She is interested in an emergency medicine career and recently completed her general education coursework for the nursing curriculum with a 4.0 GPA. As a participant in the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) program, Lennon will move on to East Carolina University for a bachelor’s degree, once she has completed an associate degree at Pitt.

A Dean’s List student, Moore was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Wilson Beddingfield in 2015. In addition to starting her second year of university transfer classes this fall, the Elm City resident will return for her sophomore season as a defensive specialist on the PCC intercollegiate volleyball team.

Heyward, a South Central High School graduate, recently completed her first year at PCC and is part of the college’s Visions Career Development and Scholarship Program. Her goal, she said, is to complete an associate degree in nursing at Pitt before moving on to pursue a four-year degree in the field and eventually assist with the delivery of babies.

Nichols is also pursuing a nursing career. Like Lennon, the D.H. Conley graduate is a RIBN participant and will move on to ECU upon completion of her studies at PCC.

Justice, Perrini and Simpkins are also D.H. Conley graduates but have very different future employment plans. While Justice will take welding as part of his plan to own his own welding business someday, Perrini and Simpkins will enroll in university transfer courses. Perrini says she plans to become an occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics, and Simpkins will seek a career in law, be it in law enforcement or as an attorney.

A Trinity Christian graduate from Grifton, Woolard is also pursuing an occupational therapy career. She says she wants to work in Vidant Medical Center’s James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital.

Peaden, a Greenville Christian Academy graduate from Fountain, will enroll in university transfer courses this fall. His goal, he said, is to work for “a major media corporation, producing feature films on the big screen.”

Rounding out the ambassadors group is Jordan. A graduate of Edenton’s John A. Holmes High School, he will begin his second year in PCC’s entrepreneurship degree program this fall, having recently returned from a study abroad experience in Ireland.

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