Three high-achieving students are Alamance Community College’s nominees for separate state awards sponsored by the NC Community College System.
Christina Causey of Burlington returned to college at age 34 after floundering at jobs with only a high school diploma to her name. After two successful years, she graduated in 2017 with an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration and an Accounting Certificate, both with honors. With a 3.67 grade point average this year, Christina is currently taking additional classes at ACC to transfer into The Bryan School of Business at UNC Greensboro this summer. Christina has received high assessments from her business instructors at ACC. As ACC accounting instructor Jeannette Blackburn commented, “Chris is one of the best students I have taught in my 23 years.”
The Academic Excellence Award is sponsored by the NC Community College System (NCCCS). One student is selected from each community college by faculty nomination and must complete an application process that includes obtaining references and writing a personal statement. The student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at ACC, and must demonstrate exceptional academic performance.
Academic Excellence Award runners-up at ACC are Benjamin Burgess, Computer-Aided Mechanical Drafting Technology; Juan Rodriguez-Ornelas, Nursing; Edith Smith, University Transfer; and Victoria Wisnewski, University Transfer.
Edith Smith of Mebane is a native of Mexico who returned to school to complete her education in order to pursue a more successful life. A wife and mother who works full-time and attends classes, Edith is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree this spring. She plans to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill to study to become a paralegal. Edith attributes her success with hard work, the dedication of her instructors, and the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities on campus. While at ACC, she was elected president of the Spanish Club, vice-president of Sigma Psi (the psychology/sociology club), was named a student ambassador, elected vice-president of the Spanish Honors Society, served as SGA secretary, and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
The Dallas Herring Achievement Award was established by the North Carolina Community College System and honors the late Dr. Dallas Herring, whose philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go” is the guiding principle of the community college system.
Mikayla Moore of Mebane is enrolled in ACC’s first-ever Honors program where she has helped facilitate activities and stepped forward to provide classroom leadership. An active member of the campus History Club, she helped coordinate and design displays. Mikayla is dedicated to her cultural heritage and volunteers within her Native American community as a member of the Occaneechi Tribe of the Saponi Nation. In that capacity, she has presented to schools, libraries and in the community about her culture. After completion of her Associate in Science degree, Mikayla plans to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill to pursue a degree in pre-med/biology.
The Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award was established by the North Carolina Community College System and honors a student active in campus activities and who possesses traits which will help them become leaders in their communities.