Kayla Cole, an SCC and Stanly Early College (SEC) graduate, who earned her Associate in Arts degree, was a recipient of the Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. Kayla will be attending Liberty University this fall to pursue her musical dreams in the Artist Development program. In her speech, she explained, “Sometimes, what we encounter in our lives shapes who we are as individuals. Though I was born blind, I went to public schools, and was embraced from the start by both teachers and sighted peers. However, for me, some of the most challenging, defining years of my life were spent on the campus of SCC.” Kayla shared her incredible educational journey and quoted Helen Keller, “A person who is impaired never knows her hidden sources of strength until she is treated like a normal human being and encouraged to shape her own life.” This quote was especially meaningful to Kayla, “…SEC and SCC have helped shape me, opening my eyes to truly see limitless possibilities.”
Cora Harrison, an Associate Degree Nursing graduate, was a recipient of the Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. Cora gave the 12:00 p.m. commencement speech and thanked her family, friends and peers for believing in her. “Nursing school has been the hardest thing I have ever done. If it were not for the skilled instructors and immense support from my family and friends, I know that I would not be standing here today. There have been many ups and downs, but this journey is not one I will soon forget. It has taught me more than I could have ever imagined.”
William Seth Morton, a Biomedical Equipment Technology graduate, and the BMET Club President, and Criminal Justice Technology graduate, received the Edward J. Snyder, Jr., Exceptional Scholars Award. Seth gave the 3:00 p.m. commencement speech and shared his inspiring journey that led him to SCC. “I feel God has given me an opportunity to pursue an educational journey which has been beyond amazing. I learned I had more drive within myself than I had experienced in a very long time. During my time at SCC, I have made many friends, learned so many life lessons, and learned a lot about myself. No matter what you think you can or cannot do, simply just push those feelings to the side and dare to challenge yourself. Dare to become greater than you thought you could be.”
Lindsey Glosson, a Radiography graduate, received the
Dr. George E. Eddins, Jr., Award of Distinction in Allied Health Education. Lindsey was selected for her academic achievements as well as her work as a student technologist at First Health – Montgomery Memorial Hospital. Lindsey also serves as president of the Radiography Club and organized a Fight Against Hunger food drive, too.
Chris McDaniel was the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award. Chris graduated from both the Criminal Justice and Accounting programs at SCC. He was president of the College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, served three years as a state PBL officer, and in 1992 was elected as PBL national vice president. He received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Summa Cum Laude from Pfeiffer University. Captain McDaniel worked with the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office for 20 years before returning to Stanly County to work with the Stanfield Police Department. He has continued his involvement with Phi Beta Lambda by serving as president of the Alumni/Professional Division, leading workshops at state conferences, and serving as a judge for competitive events.
Marisol Lopez Soberano, an SCC and SEC graduate who earned her Associate in Arts degree, was the recipient of the Diane H. Burton Community Service Award. Marisol has volunteered as a tutor at local elementary schools, has served as a Stanly County Fair volunteer, and has been active in the College’s Relay for Life fundraisers. Her bi-lingual skills have given her the opportunity to serve as a translator in her church and a mentor or those working on improving their English language skills.
Megan Reece, an Adult High School graduate, was the recipient of the Shirley Dennis Basic Skills Outstanding Student Award. This award recognizes an exemplary high school equivalency or adult high school graduate who, while overcoming challenges, remains committed to education and demonstrates leadership skills among peers. Not only did Megan complete each high school course in a timely manner, but managed to successfully complete CNA and Phlebotomy certifications during the same time period. She did not view her journey to graduation as a long road filled with unexpected obstacles. Rather, she saw her journey as an opportunity to accomplish several goals at once.
Kenneth Moore, Criminal Justice Technology graduate, was the recipient of the Annie Ruth Kelley Leadership Award. This award recognizes a graduate who has shown strong skills in organizational leadership. Kenneth is a Sergeant with the NC State Highway Patrol, where he has worked for 19 years. He is a US Army Veteran, who served in Desert Storm. He is active in his church, coaches basketball, volunteers at local elementary schools, and serves as a mentor at Dram Center Academy, a non-profit organization serving at-risk children.
Kristie Sims, Cosmetology Technology graduate, was the recipient of the Jerrie Sue Moffitt-Morton Award. This award is given to the student who has overcome adversity and sets an example for meeting the needs of clients and customers.
Shamira Young, a 2018 candidate for the Human Services Technology degree, was SCC’s nominee for the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. She served as president of the Human Services Technology Club. In that position, she assisted with a suicide prevention exhibit on campus; served meals at the homeless shelter; collected water for Special Olympics; and raised funds for the Stanly County Pregnancy Resources Center.