Students’ dedication to community, College, and fellow students recognized at June board meeting
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was pleased to recognize numerous students for their achievements at the College’s recent Board of Trustees meeting.
“I am quite proud of these students for their dedication to the College and their fellow students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Among those honored were the North Carolina Community College System 2015-2016 Student Excellence Awards winners.
Thea Flynn received the Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes the academic achievement, leadership and community service of one student from each of the 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System.
Gina Davis was awarded the Dallas Herring Achievement Award. Dr. Herring is acknowledged as the philosophical godfather of the state’s community college system. He may be best known for his belief that education should be available to all and that community colleges should “….take people from where they are, as far as they can go.” The award is given annually to a current or former community college student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy.
Additionally, Roa Saleh was honored with the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The award is named in honor of Robert W. Scott, who served as the State Governor of North Carolina from 1969-1973 and as president of the North Carolina Community College System from 1983-1995. The award is bestowed on students who demonstrate leadership on a statewide level.
Roa is the first Rowan-Cabarrus nominee to have been selected for the prestigious Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award, an award she earned after competing with 57 other community college winners.
Roa and fellow Rowan-Cabarrus student Rhonda Horton were recently nominated to receive $1,000 scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society through the 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The prestigious Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides PTK members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs.
Roa, a defending champion, was selected in 2015 as a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. “Roa was one of 207 PTK members to have been awarded a scholarship out of more than 1,100 applications worldwide. This can be attributed to her academic successes and her outstanding leadership as a student ambassador,” said Carolyn Brown, co-advisor for PTK, Rowan County Early College liaison and instructor for the College.
Also honored at the board meeting were the finalists for the College’s Outstanding Student Leadership Awards.
Tereysha Robles received the Outstanding Community Service Award. The award is given to an individual who has performed exemplary community service, made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life in the community, and demonstrated an understanding of his or her responsibility to one’s community through involvement with campus clubs and activities.
Nicolann Miller was awarded the Silver Leadership Award. The Silver Leadership Award is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The individual should be an active member of a campus club/organization and show great promise in helping to build and strengthen the club.
Dakota Rios received the Golden Leadership Award, which is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In the spirit of commitment, the individual must be an active member of a club/organization for more than two semesters and assist the club advisor and other club members in providing meaningful opportunities for the student body through campus activities.
Brittany Martin was awarded the Eddie H. Myers Leadership Award. Eddie H. Myers, a past vice-president of student services and advisor to the Student Government Association, played a significant role in the success of student body initiatives at Rowan-Cabarrus. This award is given in his honor to a student who demonstrates the leadership qualities of self-discipline, good citizenship, commitment to lifelong learning, and the ability to overcome adversity.
Makaila Garcia was awarded the Student Life Award. The Student Life Award is given to an individual who participates in Student Life and demonstrates enthusiasm and a willingness to succeed in their academic endeavors.
“We believe that our ever-expanding set of extracurricular activities and communications creates a holistic student experience, developing well-rounded graduates,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development. “We’re committed to developing leaders and helping students engage in their community.”
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College SkillsUSA students recently won numerous awards in state level competitions in Greensboro, and were recognized at the board meeting.
SkillsUSA is a dynamic and career-oriented leadership organization focused on individual success at home, the classroom, the community and the workplace. For the majority of students, SkillsUSA is their first professional organization. The experiences and knowledge gained provide an excellent platform for career development and success.
Rowan-Cabarrus student participants and prizes included:
- Daniel Burns of Mocksville – first place in Motorcycle Technology
- William Almon of Concord – first place in Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
- Zachary Donahue of Mooresville – first place in Sheet Metal
- Jonathan Turner of Rockwell – second place in HVACR
- Andrew Freeman of China Grove – second place in Sheet Metal
- Scott Hunt of Faith – third place in Electronics Technology
“The students have learned a lot about growth and development. That’s what our extracurricular activities at Rowan-Cabarrus are all about,” said Jon Crockett, instructor in the College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) program and lead advisor for the SkillsUSA initiatives. “We want them to learn things through experiences that they wouldn’t be able to learn inside the classroom.”
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda students returned from their state conference in Charlotte with numerous awards as well, and were also recognized.
Phi Beta Lambda, and its sister organizations under the Future Business Leaders of America umbrella, include a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.
Several students from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College attended the conference to compete with hundreds of North Carolina’s best and brightest college students and brought home multiple state-level awards, including six first place awards. Students competed among many two-year community colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities.
Award winners included:
- Katelyn Collier – first place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making, second place in Business Communication
- Moises Garcia Zapetoco – first place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making, second place in Public Speaking
- Jami Safari – first place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making
- Hanna Brotherton – first place in Desktop Publishing, Client Service award
- Ryan Helm – first place in Desktop Publishing, fourth place in Marketing Concepts
- Caroline Shue – sixth place in Help Desk, eighth place in Job Interview
This was the ninth consecutive year that Rowan-Cabarrus students received high honors at the North Carolina PBL State Leadership Conference. First, second and some of the third place winners automatically qualify to compete in the 2016 PBL National Conference in Atlanta this year.
“I am so proud of all of our students who competed at the conference. Some competing universities have more on-campus students than the entire population of Salisbury, and these awards speak volumes about the knowledge and education provided at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Martha Cranford, Rowan-Cabarrus instructor and chapter advisor.
For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.