PCC students honored at convocation


Students were recognized for their outstanding efforts made in the community and in the classroom at Piedmont Community College, during the college’s 2019 Honors Convocation ceremony held Tuesday, April 30 on the Person County Campus.

The awards were presented as follows:

Cheryl Daniel, Jessica Kradel and Diana McGinty received the Golden Laurel Award. This award is given to the graduating students in the Associate in Arts program with the highest grade point average.

Olaa Moazeb received the Clio Award. This honor is given to the student with the highest class average in History for the 2018-19 academic year.

Matthew Chaney was awarded the Erasmus Award, acknowledging his outstanding work in humanities class, and for exhibiting the essential spirit of the humanities: devotion to inquiry, wide-ranging curiosity and a generous commitment to discussion.

Jessica Kradel received the Excellence in English Award, which is given for demonstrating consistent excellence in English classes.

Brandon Scott earned the Art Achievement Award for the impact he made during art classes and to the art program in general, by helping others and volunteering his time and efforts.

Haley Parham received the Art Contribution Award, which is given to the student who has impacted art classes and the art program in general, by helping others and volunteering time and effort.

Jonathan Willis was given the Outstanding Orator Award, given to the student excelling within the subject of Public Speaking, as demonstrated by high marks received for all four speaking assessments, adaptability to each speaking occasion, improved vocal and physical delivery, and an understanding of the role of an audience within each speaking event.

Adeola Bello and Diana McGinty were awarded the Maslow Award, which is given to the students in a Social or Behavioral Science course who have demonstrated a personal quest for self-actualization by pursing his or her personal happiness and fulfillment.

Tracey Chambers, Olivia Kafer and Brianna Pulliam received the Excellence in Stem Award, given to students in the Associate in Science degree program with the highest grade point average.

Samuel Eason received the Stem Momentum Award. This award is given to a student in the Associate in Science degree program that demonstrates great effort and promise in the STEM field, and has also been recognized by his/her instructor for his/her hard work and diligence.

Bryce Gunter and Jazmin Ibarra were awarded the Outstanding Chemistry Award for earning an A in Chemistry 151 and holding a midterm grade of A in Chemistry 152.

Elijah Cooksey, Grayson Cothran, Ethan Jones, Delanie Phelps and Logan Martinez earned the Outstanding Biology Award for having an A in Bio 111 and a midterm grade of A in Bio 122.

Aliyah Ferrell earned the Biology Academic Achievement Award for earning an A in Bio 111, as well as BIO 112 at the midterm point, and exhibiting a true passion for biology along with an eagerness to learn.

Monica Day, Tracey Chambers and Grayson Cothran were awarded the Outstanding Mathematics Award. This award is given to students who earned an A in Math 171 and whose midterm grade in Math 172 is also an A.

Outstanding Graduate awards were given to:

Bret Barbee (Information Technology – Business Support); Arian Brown (Digital Effects and Animation Technology); Ashley Carver (Accounting); Zeandre Davis (Electrical Power Production Technology); Nicholas Dunkley (Business Administration); James Ferguson (Industrial Systems Technology); Lawrence Jackson (Gunsmithing); Kasi Jefferson (Cosmetology – Caswell County Campus); Randall Lanier (Film and Video Production Technology); Julie Lee (Associate Degree Nursing); Nathan Matherly (Criminal Justice); Justin McGilvray (Information Technology – Computer Programming); Susan Perry (Cosmetology – Person County Campus); John Shaw (Electrical Systems Technology); and Melinda Young (Medical Assisting).

Outstanding student awards were given to: Mindy Adams (Accounting); Maria Alcaraz (Early Childhood); James Barr (Gunsmithing); Sean-Clyde Bates (Mechatronics Engineering Technology); Everytte Bettis (Welding – Caswell County Campus); Lewellyn Bryan (Medical Office Administration); Eva Bucknell (Information Technology – Business Support and Information Technology – Web); Jalen Clayton (Human Services Technology); Courtney Conway (Cosmetology – Person County Campus); Aaron Floyd (Electrical Power Production Technology); Alicia Garvin (Associate Degree Nursing); Garrett Hill (Mechatronics Engineering Technology); Katherine Holmes (Film and Video Production Technology); Justin Howerton (Digital Effects and Animation Technology); Janet Martin (Business Administration); Matthew McCullock (Information Technology – Computer Programming); Martin Parker (Welding – Person County Campus); Jennifer Quintero (Cosmetology – Caswell County Campus); William Thomas (Industrial Systems Technology); and Elaine Tsoukaris (Criminal Justice).

The Pinnacle Award, given to the student who represents the positive attributes of responsible leadership in the Technical and Occupational Programs of study, was awarded to Garret Hill.

Lauryn Hatchett (Medical Assisting), Lora Funfstuck (Associate Degree in Nursing), and Michelle McKinnon (Associate Degree in Nursing) received the Commitment to Caring Award. These awards are given to students who demonstrate a commitment to caring in the clinical setting.

Katie Adams was honored with the Engaged Student Leader Award, for her demonstrated superior service to the campus and surrounding community, through service learning activities, internships, volunteering, and leadership positions.

Arian Brown (Digital Effects and Animation Technology) and Katherine Holmes (Film and Video Production Technology) received the Excellence in Artistic and Creative Expression Award, given to students who have developed their technical skills while placing emphasis on creative and artistic expression.

The following students were recognized as Career and College Promise Bright Stars: Katie Bowes (Person County Home School), Dylan Bowles (Person High School), Aliyah Ferrell (Bartlett-Yancey High School), Clint Hilbert, Jr. (Caswell County Home School), and Conner Perkins (Roxboro Community School). These students participated in the Career and College Promise Program and demonstrated the following character traits: care, respect, integrity, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, honesty, initiative and perseverance. They also demonstrated good leadership and teamwork.

Amanda Oakley was named Outstanding High School Equivalency Skills Graduate, while Erika Walker was awarded the Adult Basic Skills Student Award, acknowledging their demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and achievement.

The 2018-19 PCC Foundation Student Ambassadors were also recognized for their assistance during the academic year. Courtney Darr, Patricia Holmes, and Diana McGinty have committed a year to this honorary service role, serving in public relations support and assisting with college events and functions. Nominated by a faculty or staff member, these students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA. They each receive a $2,000 scholarship from the PCC Foundation.

Erika Walker was named the Piedmont Community College Trustees’ Scholarship recipient for 2019-20. She earned her high school equivalency diploma at the college and will enroll in curriculum classes this summer/fall. Her essay about continuing school earned her a $1,500 scholarship from the PCC Foundation.

Jahleen Thomas and Indiana Wiley were both awarded the Library Champion Award, which is given to a Caswell County and a Person County student who strive to exceed their potential by using the Learning Resources Center throughout their academic journey.

Tiffani Woods was honored with the Pacer Leadership Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and service to the college community.

Kent Cash earned the Men of Success Award, given to an active member of the club who has achieved academic excellence. The recipient is required to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Zac Dailey and Schana Winstead received the Student Support Services TRiO Achiever Award, which is given to first-generation college students who have not only been active participants in SSS-TRiO, but who also maintained a GPA of 2.5 or higher.


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