Six outstanding students recognized for leadership and academic excellence.
Johnston Community College's TRIO program honored six students with awards March 23 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 Candace Lee of Four Oaks, Maria Aleman of Smithfield, Keith Lee of Pine Level, Hillary Sudbury of Clayton, and Angela Ellis of Four Oaks. George Haywood of Smithfield received the TRIO spirit award.
Two speakers, Stephanie Cassidy, a JCC graduate pursuing her bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and current JCC student Mario Hobbs highlighted the event.
Cassidy hopes to eventually earn her doctorate in psychology. She credits TRIO with laying a solid foundation for her educational success.
"Becoming a part of TRIO is such an important part of my success today," she said. "TRIO allowed me to meet so many people and create an excellent support group. I was also able to consider my current educational opportunities because of the help and guidance I received at TRIO."
In addition to TRIO, Hobbs is vice president of SGA at JCC, treasurer of N4CSGA, president of National Society of Leadership and Success, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. After graduation in May, he plans to transfer to East Carolina this fall to study economics.
"I am so thankful for the support of the staff and fellow students in TRIO," Hobbs said. "TRIO was a stepping stone for me and has helped make me the person I am today."
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.
Currently, 85 percent of TRIO students are in good academic standing with the college. Forty-four percent of TRIO students have a GPA of 3.0 and above. The 2016 National Tutor of the Year is Misty Garcia, a TRIO tutor.
Cut line: Pictured from left are TRIO student award winners Candace Lee, Hillary Sudbury, Maria Aleman and Angela Ellis. Not pictured are student award winners Keith Lee and George Haywood.