Two high-achieving students are Alamance Community College’s nominees for state awards sponsored by the North Carolina Community College System.
2021 Academic Excellence Award Nominee
Anna Peterson, 44, of Mebane is a self-employed photographer who plans to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education this spring. As a non-traditional student, Anna enrolled at ACC to pursue this new career because of a disability she and her son share — dyslexia. Anna wants to make a difference for children with needs as a teacher assistant or preschool teacher. During her time at ACC, Anna says she has learned how to better a child’s learning through positive and imaginative hands-on learning. “Seeing how the children in ACC’s childcare center respond to how I talked, interacted, and played with them has been rewarding,” she says. She hopes to impact the children she teaches in a positive and creative way that motivates them to do their best. But Anna’s photography skills are still useful in her new endeavor, as evidenced by her volunteering to document the Early Childhood Education department during an all-day ACC Open House College to Career Festival last year.
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.
2021 Dallas Herring Achievement Award & Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award
Kimera Naidoo, 21, of Gibsonville is the College’s nominee for both the Dallas Herring Achievement Award and the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award this year. She is studying toward an Associate in Arts degree with a secondary major in an Associate in Fine Arts – Visual Arts. Looking toward her expected graduation in 2022, Kimera hopes to transfer to Appalachian State University to study communication sciences and disorders. A native of South Africa, Kimera moved with her family to North Carolina in 2018 and immersed herself in education to study speech language pathology. Her appointment as an ACC student ambassador allowed Kimera to hear of the daily struggles faced by fellow students, and represent the college as a speaker. She credits her ACC experience and the leadership roles she has been provided, especially during this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with gaining self-confidence and understanding for others. Kimera solidified her leadership skills as SGA president by facilitating presentations, attending Zoom meetings, and helping plan and implement virtual and drive-through events for ACC students. Kimera also is the student representative to the ACC Board of Trustees.
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.
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 that will help them become leaders in their communities.
ACC student runners-up for the Academic Excellence Award were: Melissa Dover, enrolled in Associate Degree in Nursing; Ashley Herbin, enrolled in Nurse Aide; Rose Xaio, enrolled in Associate in Science; Alannah Smith, enrolled in Associate in Applied Science IT Mobile Systems and the IT Systems Security (also runner-up for the Dallas Herring Award).