ASHEBORO (April 20, 2021)
Five outstanding Randolph County high school students have been chosen in a competitive process as Presidential Scholars at Randolph Community College for the 2021-2022 school year. Homeschool student Anna Baynes, Destiny Spencer from Eastern Randolph High School, Carrie Johnson from Fayetteville Street Christian School, Kassandra Ciriza Monreal from Southwestern Randolph High School, and Alyssa Cross from Trinity High School will receive a two-year RCC scholarship through the Presidential Scholars program funded by the Randolph Community College Foundation.
High school students from public, private, and homeschools throughout Randolph County were invited to apply for the scholarships. Students were invited to attend virtual interviews on Tuesday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 16, where they learned more about the College and were interviewed by a committee of RCC community members. Finalists were chosen and invited back for a second interview with RCC President Dr. Robert Shackleford Jr., who made the final choice of five recipients.
Students’ academic records and extracurricular/community activities weighed into the selection of recipients, as did the interviews.
RCC Presidential Scholars receive a $2,500 scholarship for their first year of study ($1,250 for fall and $1,250 for spring) that is renewable for their second year of study. The students have the opportunity to serve as Ambassadors for the College, and meet regularly with President Shackleford.
Anna Baynes of Asheboro plans on studying radiography, and is currently in RCC’s dual enrollment classes through Career & College Promise (CCP). She has volunteered at the Gateway Education Center, participated in mission work at a facility for recovering drug abusers, and advocated for juvenile diabetes. Baynes also plays Junior Olympic volleyball, and works at Benjamin James Properties in Asheboro.
Destiny Spencer of Randleman plans on using RCC as a springboard for her goal of becoming an entrepreneur. She is active in the Beta Club at Eastern Randolph, the Battle of the Books, and chorus, and volunteers at Goodwill. Spencer also works at McDonald’s.
Carrie Johnson of Franklinville is currently a part of RCC’s CCP program, taking classes at the College and Fayetteville Street Christian School. She plans on a career in counseling or music therapy. Johnson is involved in the North Carolina Christian School Association Fine Arts Choral Ensemble, was involved in several drama presentations at Fayetteville Street, is a part of the yearbook staff, and plays varsity soccer. She also volunteers at Montgomery Bible Association and Silk Hope School.
Kassandra Ciriza Monreal of Asheboro plans on becoming a lawyer and a voice for the Latino community. She is a member of the Beta Club at Southwestern Randolph, and is active in poetry and speech clubs. Ciriza Monreal also has extensive experience in computer assembly, installation, and maintenance.
Alyssa Cross of Archdale plans on pursuing a Business Administration degree at RCC. She is a Beta Club officer, the co-founder of the College Career Prep Club, and a member of the Poetry Club. Cross works part-time at Bojangles, and volunteers for Southside Mission, serving warm meals to anyone in need.
The RCC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides a margin of excellence for Randolph Community College by building a strong relationship with the local community, acquiring and managing contributions, and funding activities that support the College.