Five outstanding students recognized for leadership and academic excellence.
Johnston Community College's TRIO program honored five students with awards March 29 at its annual TRIO Day celebration.
The students were honored for their leadership, academics, and dedication to educational success. This year’s recipients of outstanding student awards are Jasmeen Kaur; Nicole Ayala; Candy Stanley; and Amy Diamond. Marie Thompson received the TRIO spirit award.
TRIO alumnus speaker Mark Jackson, who is now an N.C. State student, and current TRIO student speakers Dexter Stewart and Marie Thompson highlighted the event.
Jackson said he was grateful for the support and motivation of the TRIO staff. “It’s an organization where you go to be a part of and they require you to want to be there,” he said. “You can’t just be there. You have to be accountable and they make you want to work and be successful.”
At JCC, TRiO is a federally-funded program offered through the college’s Student Support Services department of the Student Services division.
The program provides counseling and tutoring as well as offers study skills workshops, financial aid planning, and college transfer assistance to eligible students. Currently, SSS serves approximately 160 students, most of whom are first-generation, low-income college students. Initially funded in 2001, SSS is a federally-funded program through the U.S. Department of Education.
Cut lines: TRIO staff are pictured with two of the student award winners Marie Thomspon, fourth from right, and Nicole Ayala, second from right. Above: Current student Dexter Stewart thanked the TRIO staff for helping him when classes were tough. A retired police officer, Stewart came to JCC to fulfill his father's desire for him to earn a college degree.