Kirsten Stovall, Elton East Among Those Honored at RCC Academic Honors Ceremony

ASHEBORO (May 2, 2017)

Kirsten Stovall of Liberty, an Associate in Arts-College Transfer student, was honored as Randolph Community College’s 2017 Academic Excellence Award winner by Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president, at the college’s eighth annual Student Academic Honors Awards Ceremony on April 20 at Oakhurst Baptist Church. Stovall was also honored as RCC’s nominee for the statewide Robert Scott Leadership Award.

RCC President Robert Shackleford congratulates Kirsten Stovall
Elton East is congratulated by President Robert Shackleford as RCC's Dallas Herring Award nominee

TOP: RCC President Robert Shackleford (left) presents Kirsten Stovall of Liberty with a plaque honoring her as RCC’s Academic Excellence Award winner for 2017. One winner is chosen from each of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina. Stovall was also honored as RCC’s nominee for the Robert Scott Leadership Award.

BOTTOM: Elton East of Asheboro (right) with his therapy dog Maggie, was congratulated by RCC President Robert Shackleford at the Student Academic Honors Ceremony on April 20. East was RCC’s nominee for the statewide Dallas Herring Achievement Award.

Stovall was one of 58 students from each community college in North Carolina who were recognized in April for academic excellence. AEA selection requirements are consistent with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society criteria. Students must be currently enrolled, must have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program, and must have a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.25. A committee at RCC selected the final recipient based on faculty recommendations.

In 2004, the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents created the Governor Robert Scott Leadership Award as a way to (1) recognize student leadership on a statewide level while also (2) honoring former Governor Bob Scott. Governor Scott served as the State’s chief executive from 1968-1972 and then was president of the community college system for 12 years from 1983-1995. This is an award designed to highlight outstanding curriculum student leadership and service.

Stovall is an RCC Presidential Scholar and serves as the president of the statewide student government association for community colleges (N4CSGA). She is also vice president of RCC’s local SGA, a group she has been a part of since her first semester in fall 2015. When she graduates from RCC in May 2017, Kirsten plans to transfer to North Carolina State University and major in communications/public relations with a minor in political science.

Elton W. East was honored as RCC’s nominee for the Dallas Herring Achievement Award, which was established by the NCCCS 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. The award is given annually to a current or former community college student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy.

A graduate of Southwestern Randolph High School, East served in the Army Infantry until October 2012. He was deployed to Iraq three times. After injuries forced him to retire from the Army, East returned to school at RCC, earning an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer-Integrated Machining in 2015. Not satisfied, East decided to continue at RCC and will complete an associate degree in Electrical Systems Technology this spring and another one in Mechatronics Engineering Technology next fall. A Phi Theta Kappa honor student, East has had help with his post-traumatic stress disorder from a service dog named Maggie since 2014.

RCC’s Academic and Curriculum Awards were also presented.
The Academic Award is based on the highest GPA in the degree and diploma program of study. Students must have been enrolled in two of the last four terms, have completed at least 40 credit hours in a degree program or 10 credit hours in a diploma program, and have a program GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Academic Awards were presented to the following (listed with their program areas):
Asheboro: Yasmin T. Alejandro, Associate Degree Nursing; Jerry L. Atwood, Electrical Systems Technology; Guillermo M. Chavez, Business Administration-Diploma; Aimee S. Corning, Business Administration; Christian Corona, Electrical Systems Technology-Diploma; Emily R. Escobar, Associate in Arts-Early College; Cheyanne D. Goodenow, Associate in Arts; Heather N. Grant, Associate in Arts; Sergio Guzman, Computer Technology Integration-Cyber Security Specialist; Amy C. Harrelson, Associate in Science; April L. Hernandez, Medical Office Administration-Diploma; Mitchell D. Hinesley, Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology; Tammy L. Jones, Human Services Technology; Fatima Lazaro Espinoza, Information Technology-IT Support Specialist; Tiffany Rush, Associate in Science-Early College; Cinthia Salinas-Pavon, Associate in Arts; Saad H. Siddiqui, Networking Technology; Jaden J. Skelly, Associate in Arts-Early College; Stephanie T. Vences, Early Childhood Education-Diploma; Cheryl J. Weiner, Advertising and Graphic Design; Teresa D. Wells, Accounting; Makala F. Wiles, Associate in Arts-Early College;
Bennett: Betty A. Gee, Medical Office Administration.
Biscoe: Benny L. Dunn, Computer Technology Integrations-Support Specialist.
Burlington: Kathryn S. Getsinger, Radiography.
Clemmons: Benjamin M. White, Photographic Technology: Commercial Photography.
Denton: Benjamin T. Salmons, Welding Technology.
Franklinville: Carrie A. Craven, Business Administration-Human Resource Management; Samuel M. Wampler, Welding Technology.
Greensboro: Pamela G. Cooper, Accounting-Diploma; Kate McKee, Interior Design.
Liberty: Mason A. Pack, Associate in Science-Early College.
Mebane: John Rich, Criminal Justice Technology-Diploma.
Ramseur: Gabriela Mena Rosas, Criminal Justice Technology.
Randleman: Karen D. Aldridge, Healthcare Management Technology; Brian R. Griffith, Global Logistics and Distribution Management Technology; Cole A. Jacobs, Welding Technology.
Robbins: Deborah H. Hussey, Mechatronics Engineering Technology.
Seagrove: Hayleigh Clapp, Medical Assisting.
Sophia: Charity D. Evans, Early Childhood Education; Tawame E. Waud, Automotive Systems Technology.
Thomasville: William S. Sheffield, Global Logistics and Distribution Management Technology-Diploma.
Trinity: Dylan M. Brooks, Automotive Systems Technology-LDD; Brent A. Hoover, Computer Information Technology; Jennifer L. Orr, Information Technology-Network and Cyber Security Specialist; Stephen B. Younts, Computer-Integrated Machining.

The Curriculum Award goes to a student in each degree and diploma program who is both outstanding in his/her academic achievement and has potential for success in the particular field he/she has chosen. To be eligible, the students must have been enrolled in two of the last four terms, have completed at least 40 credit hours in a degree program or 10 credit hours in a diploma program, have a program GPA of 3.0 or higher, have demonstrated expertise in their field of study, and have participated in departmental, campus and community activities that promote the College.

Curriculum Awards were presented to the following:
Asheboro: John M. Bimbo, Computer Technology Integration-Cyber Security Specialist; Bailey C. Black, Welding Technology; Stephanie N. Blum, Medical Office Administration; Jesus V. Corona, Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology; Elton W. East, Electrical Systems Technology; Ashley N. Hancock, Business Administration-Human Resource Management; Sarah J. Horcher, Criminal Justice Technology-Diploma; Jahmina A. Ollison, Associate in Arts-Early College; Rufina J. Ortiz, Cosmetology; Santiago A. Ponce, Radiography; Tiffany Rush, Associate in Science-Early College.
Franklinville: Timothy M. Augustyn, Computer Information Technology.
Kannapolis: Kristi B. Craven, Photographic Technology/Photojournalism.
Mocksville: Sarah I. McLaughlin, Photographic Technology/Portrait Studio Management.
Pleasant Garden: Pamela R. Squibb, Accounting.
Ramseur: Sydney M. Bartholow, Advertising and Graphic Design.
Randleman: Amanda G. Parson, Accounting-Diploma; Evan E. Strickland, Computer Technology Integrations-Support Specialist.
Robbins: Mark S. Garner, Mechatronics Engineering Technology.
Salisbury: Caroline Boone, Photographic Technology/Commercial Photography.
Seagrove: Caleb D. Faulkner, Computer-Integrated Machining; William F. Tibbens, Criminal Justice Technology; Jessica L. White, Early Childhood Education.
Siler City: Heath F. Smith, Interior Design.
Sophia: April A. Staton, Medical Assisting.
Thomasville: James L. Johnson, Business Administration; Corey M. Sarvis, Automotive Systems Technology.