Jann Lowder, Vice Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, presented Stanly Community College (SCC) student Katelyn Blythe with the 2016 North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Academic Excellence Award during Stanly Community College's recent graduation ceremony. Katelyn was one of 57 recipients receiving this award.
Every North Carolina Community College identifies one student to receive this prestigious award. Ms. Lowder stated that this year the award was presented to a person who "made the most of her time at SCC" while exemplifying hard work and campus life. Katelyn is a Criminal Justice graduate who maintained a 4.0 GPA while serving as President of the Criminal Justice Club, representing SCC as an Ambassador, and working for SCC in the work study program.
Katelyn stated that "...this award shows how hard work and determination can be rewarded. I would not be receiving this award or be able to achieve my accomplishments and goals if it were not for my instructors as well as the faculty and staff at SCC."
During the graduation ceremony, Ms. Lowder reiterated these comments by highlighting SCC's faculty and staff's passion for education and their commitment to the NCCCS's mission and student success. Ms. Lowder further stated that these attributes bring about a student's hope, opportunity and, ultimately, a bright future.