Two high-achieving students are Alamance Community College’s nominees for state awards sponsored by the NC Community College System.
Hannah Joy Doucet, 18, of Hurdle Mills, NC has a 3.9 grade point average and will earn an Associate in Science degree this May. She initially enrolled at ACC as a dual enrollment high school student, ultimately finding her passion for mathematics. Hannah found a home in the College’s Math Center, where she helps math, physics, and engineering classmates, as well as those taking lower-level math courses. Equally gratifying, she accepted an invitation to work as a support specialist with the College’s Disability Services to provide accommodations for students enrolled in math courses. Hannah currently serves as a scribe for a Pre-calculus Algebra student with vision disability. “Hannah masters the material in all of her courses,” said mathematics instructor Bob Davis. “She is an incredibly intelligent student who works hard to achieve her goals.”
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.
ACC student runners-up for the Academic Excellence Award were: Genevieve Reddick, Horticulture Technology; and Cassandra Sigmon, Associate in Arts.
Laura Lynn Miller, 48, of Elon is a non-traditional student who came to ACC to remake her life and absorb new knowledge and skills. Having earned a bachelor’s in chemistry 20 years earlier, the stay-at-home mom initially enrolled at ACC to take a couple of horticulture classes. Encouraged to pursue a Horticulture Technology associate degree Laura jumped in, joined the Flora Club, and embarked on school-sponsored trips to participate in national landscaping competitions. Hooked, she earned her degree in 2018 and immediately delved into a new program, Agriculture Biotechnology, which proved to be a perfect blend for Laura’s background in science and love of horticulture. A job in the lab at Carolina Biological followed, providing her with financial stability as she anticipates completion of her second ACC degree next year.
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.
ACC student runners-up for the Dallas Herring Award were: Melanie Dellinger, Career and College Promise high school student; and Robert Yost, Career College Automotive Assistant Pathway.