WCC student award virtual celebration

Cecil Jones Osborne
April 13, 2020
Financial News
April 13, 2020
WCC student award virtual celebration

 

 

 

Wilkesboro, N.C. – For the past 22 years, Wilkes Community College has hosted a student award ceremony in April. The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize and acknowledge WCC students and their many accomplishments. This year, the ceremony has been canceled due to coronavirus restrictions. With social distancing and stay at home orders in place, Sabrina Bowman, WCC student activities coordinator/admissions representative, came up with the idea to recognize the students through a virtual celebration.  Notifications and awards and have been mailed to the recipients. Awardees are encouraged to participate in the WCC Virtual Student Awards Virtual Celebration by posting a photo of themselves with their award and tag @wilkes_cc.

 

WCC is proud of the many accomplishments of its students and congratulates everyone listed below on their well-earned recognitions.

NCCCS Academic Excellence Award

 

The Academic Excellence Award honors a WCC student who has demonstrated academic excellence both in terms of earned Grade Point Average and as an active member of WCC’s college community. Each NC community college’s Academic Excellence Award recipient is submitted to the system office to be recognized as one of the NC Community Colleges’ “Great Within the 58.”

 

When she first began at Wilkes Community College, Ellie Swibold’s goal was to complete her high school equivalency. Ellie says during that time she “met some of the most influential people in [her] life and made leaps of progress.” In the fall of 2018, Ellie enrolled in Wilkes Community College curriculum courses, and she will graduate with her Associate in Science in May 2020. In addition to her impressive academic achievements, she became involved in activities on campus and informally began tutoring her peers. By her second year, she became a SAGE tutor and mentor. Ellie stated, “My peers used to terrify me; now they’re an irreplaceable part of my life. I would have never believed I’d have a 4.0 GPA.”  Ellie is dedicated, dependable and enthusiastic in anything she does. When instructors were asked about Ellie, they were quick to respond with comments like this one: “Ellie’s work is nothing short of perfection – always more than I was expecting and full of insight. Ellie is one of the most academically gifted students I have ever taught.” Ellie has a passion for working with animals, especially birds. She has been accepted at Lees McRae College in the fall. She hopes to go on to earn a master’s degree and eventually a doctorate in ornithology.

 

 

Dallas Herring Achievement Award

The Dallas Herring Achievement Award is established by the North Carolina Community College System to honor 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 system.  Each NC community college selects its own honoree, then submits that student as a nominee for the state award, which is given annually to a community college student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy.

 

Mary Hannewald began her life-changing journey with Wilkes Community College in 2017. Years of verbal and physical abuse left Mary with self-doubt and little self-worth. In 1996 she became a victim of a horrific violent crime. The emotional scars left Mary feeling unteachable and unloved. The physical scars resulted in partial hearing loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. In spring 2017, caring strangers encouraged Mary to visit WCC and enroll in classes. While insecure in her emotional, cognitive and physical abilities, Mary approached her first semester with both apprehension and excitement. As a 56-year-old student, Mary began her college journey in developmental courses. After three semesters, Mary decided to apply to the Radiography program and was accepted in 2019. She also became a member of the WCC Global Perspectives Scholars program and traveled to Panama to work alongside Doctors Without Borders. Mary will graduate with her Associate in Applied Science in Radiography, with Global Distinction Honors, in May.  When Mary was asked about her academic journey she tearfully said, “Wilkes Community College took a broken woman who thought she was nothing and made her something. The way I now carry myself, the way I interact with people–my education has allowed me to become an overcomer. I now feel that I am whole and that I belong.”

 

Bob Scott Leadership Award

The Bob Scott Leadership Award nominee should have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be active in campus activities, and possess traits that will help them be or become leaders in their communities. Each NC community college nominates a student for the state award. Six finalists (one from each trustee region) will be selected, then community college representatives, including presidents, will select the system’s award winner.

 

The Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award nominee for WCC is Keith Haynes. Keith is involved in many campus events and club activities on campus and is a leader in the community. As the President of the Auto Body Club and a representative to the Student Government Association (SGA) from 2018-2020, Keith has used his leadership to help other students succeed in the classroom, within the club, and in the community. He positively motivates his club members to participate in club events and student activities such as SkillsUSA, Fall Festival and Merlefest. He is a friendly face on campus who serves as a role model for fellow students and enjoys serving and helping others. In the community, Keith serves as a deacon in his church and has been a member of the Mulberry-Fairplains Fire-Rescue Department since 1987. Even though his college and community activities keep him busy, he loves spending time with his family as well

 

Site/Campus Awards

Each campus, center, and early college high school recognizes outstanding students at their sites, based on academic achievement, growth, service, and extra-curricular activities.

 

Alleghany Center

Jennifer L. McCallister – Alleghany Center Award

 

Ashe Campus

Kaylee M. Cambell – Ashe Campus Award

 

Wilkes Early College High School

Jayme Martin

 

PRESIDENT’S EXCELLENCE AWARDS

 

Barry Adams, Deep Gap

Candace L. Call, North Wilkesboro

Vanessa Chaquea, Wilkesboro

Andrea Coldiron, North Wilkesboro

Brian K. Foster, Hays

Sierra M. Hall, Hiddenite

Mary E. Hannewald, Lansing

Hailey M. Hogan, Hays

Eric K. Kohlmeier, Wilkesboro

Breanna N. Laws, North Wilkesboro

Jayme L. Martin, Purlear

Hailey B. Mastin, Jonesville

Jennifer L. McCallister, Sparta

Shabrina McPherson, Mocksville

Jordan R. Miller, Fleetwood

Macy T. Murphy, Moravian Falls

Makayla C. Norman, Millers Creek

Staley E. Parks, Wilkesboro

Rosalee J. Reavis, North Wilkesboro

Mary Jane B. Vawter, McGrady

Stephanie Walker, North Wilkesboro

Sarah L. Whittington, Millers Creek

 

WCC Academic Program Awards

 

One student from each program area is selected for an outstanding student award. The selection of the outstanding student award is based on academic achievement, faculty nominations, participation in the program area, critical thinking, and eligibility for graduation.  The recognition includes a plaque, a certificate, and a notation on the student transcript. Faculty are also able to recognize additional students in programs with 15 or more graduates with certificates of academic achievement.

 

PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARDS

 

Arts & Sciences

Jayme Martin, Purlear – Outstanding Student In Associate in Arts

Bradley Anderson, Hiddenite – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Breanna N. Laws, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Carla M. Melton, Hamptonville – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Sarah L. Whittington, Millers Creek – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Trendon Seth Wagoner, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Joshua Knapp, Lansing – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Caleb Harless, West Jefferson – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Christopher Mason Shumate, Warrensville – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Ashley C. Watson, Ferguson – Outstanding Student in Associate in Science

Brian K. Foster, HaysOutstanding Achievement in Associate in Science

Isaac Pugh, Millers Creek – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Science

Elva J. Swibold, West Jefferson – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Science

 

Business & Public Service Technologies

Chelsea Matthews, Yadkinville – Outstanding Student in Business Administration

Eric Kohlmeier, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student in Business Administration/Management Information Systems

Jayme Martin, Purlear – Outstanding Student in Advertising & Graphic Design

Samantha Nickelson, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student in Accounting & Finance

Barry Adams, Deep Gap – Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice

Heidi C. Whittington, Millers Creek – Outstanding Student in Early Childhood Education

Sapphire R. Nichols, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Early Childhood Education

Kaycee D. Brown, Millers Creek – Outstanding Student in Baking & Pastry Arts Technology

Tonya McNeil, Trap Hill – Outstanding Student in Culinary Arts Technology

Aven M. Sheppard, Taylorsville – Outstanding Student in Information Technology, Game Development

Brian Severt, Deep Gap – Outstanding Student in Information Technology, Network Management

 

 

Health Sciences

Dallas J. Crouse, Taylorsville – Outstanding Student in Nursing

Kiana O. Dillard, Laurel Springs – Academic Achievement in Nursing

Mary Jane B. Vawter, McGrady – Outstanding Student in Human Services

Morgan E. Jasso, Ennice – Outstanding Student in Radiography

Stephanie Church, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student in Dental Assisting

Abigail H. Rainwater, Statesville – Academic Achievement in Dental Assisting

Staley E. Parks, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student in Respiratory Therapy

Tiara C. Winters, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student in Medical Assisting

 

Applied Career Technologies

David J. Williams, Union Grove – Outstanding Student in Animal Science

Jessica N. Jennings, Hickory – Academic Achievement in Animal Science

Brittany L. White, State Road – Outstanding Student in Animal Science-Poultry Management

Brittany Chapman, Taylorsville – Academic Achievement in Animal Science-Poultry Management

Jeremy R. Salmons, Yadkinville – Oustanding Student in Automotive Systems Technology

Colt L. Cline, Hiddenite – Academic Achievement in Automotive Systems Technology

Victoria M. Vickers, Lenoir – Outstanding Student in Collision & Refinishing Technology

Benjamin Huffman, Yadkinville – Outstanding Student in Welding Technology

Christopher L. Parsons, Lansing – Academic Achievement in Welding Technology

Jordan Miller, Fleetwood – Outstanding Student in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

Cole D. Richie, Jefferson – Academic Achievement in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

Kaylee Campbell, West Jefferson – Outstanding Student in Applied Engineering Technology, Specialty in Machining & Maintenance Technology

Dylan A. Cox, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student in Applied Engineering Technology, Specialty in CNC Machining Engineering Technology

Jacob D. Roe, Wilkesboro – Academic Achievement in Applied Engineering Technology, Specialty in CNC Machining Engineering Technology

Colby A. Brooks, Galde Valley – Outstanding Student in Applied Engineering Techology, Specialty in Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology

Jared C. Wood, Elkin – Outstanding Student in Applied Engineering Technology, Specialty in Industrial Systems Technology

Andrew B. Johnson, Mocksville – Outstanding Student in Applied Engineering Technology-Robotics, Automation & Mechatronics

Noah Hudler, Taylorsville – Outstanding Student in Horticulture Science Technology

Candace L. Call, North Wilkesboro – Academic Achievement in Horticulture Science Technology

Jacob Huffman, Yadkville – Outstanding Student, Building Construction Technology

Zeb B. Wilcox, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student, Architectural Technology

Emaleth V. Myers, Boomer – Academic Achievement in Architectural Technology

 

 

CLUB LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Each club advisor may recognize two students during the Student Awards Program. Award titles vary by club and are determined by the club advisor. Club awards often reflect the service, dedication, and club values that students demonstrate as a club member.

 

Animal Science Club

Leah Ray, Roaring River – Outstanding Leadership Award

 

Autobody Club

Keith W. Haynes, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Club Member Award

 

Automotive Systems Technology Club

Colt L. Cline, Hiddenite – Outstanding Service Award

 

Building Constructin Club

Grant Mitchell, Taylorsville – Outstanding Leadership Award

 

Club Biz

Andrea J. Coldiron, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Club Member Award

 

Club of the Arts

Thomas J. Lambert, North Wilkesboro – Most Dedicated Award

 

Culinary & Baking Club

Kaycee D. Brown, Millers Creek – Outstanding Leadership Award

 

Dental Assisting Club

Belle A. Shook, Taylorsville – Outstanding Service Award

 

Diesel Club

Grant A. Hodges, Jonesville – Outstanding Club Member Award

 

Engineering Technology Club

Joshua N. Holmes, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Club Member Award

 

Horticulture Club

Sierra M. Hall, Hiddenite – Leadership in Horticulture Award

 

Phi Theta Kappa

Eric K. Kohlmeier, Wilkesboro – PTK Great Leader Award

 

Radiography Club

Mary E. Hannewald, Lansing – Extra Mile Award

 

Relationship Not Religion Ministries

Madeline R. Roberts, North Wilkesboro – President & Servant’s Heart Award

 

Rotaract Club – Alleghany

Daisy V. Panuco Popocatl, Sparta – Club President Appreciation Award

 

Rotaract Club – Wilkes

Ashley C. Merida, Moravian Falls – Club President Appreciation Award

 

Student Ambassadors

Hailey M. Hogan, Hays – Outstanding Member Award

 

Student Government Association

Eric K. Kohlmeier, Wilkesboro – SGA Outstanding Leadership Award

 

Student Nurses Club – 1st Year

Stephanie G. Walker, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Club Member Award

 

Student Nurses Club – 2nd Year

Dallas J. Crouse, Taylorsville – Outstanding Club Member Award

 

Welding Club

Benjamin Huffman, Yadkinville – Outstanding Club Member Award

 

“While we had to cancel our awards program this year due to COVID-19, we still have some amazing students who inspire us every day here at Wilkes Community College,” said Dr. Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College. “So many of our students have overcome almost insurmountable challenges to be here completing their education, trying to build better lives for themselves and their families. I am proud of each and every one of them!”

 

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.  Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.