Stanly Community College's (SCC) auctioneering school, Carolina Auction Academy (CAA), had 12 students graduate after completing a rigorous 96 hour course preparing them to become auctioneers. The students have studied law, rules and regulations, the chant, antiques, technology, proposal writing, accounting for auction funds and much more. They will be taking the state exam in June to become licensed.
During the graduation ceremony, SCC's Interim President Robin McCree and Associate Vice President Dr. Tammy Crump, presented awards and encouragement to the students. CAA is pleased to have a team of eight instructors who work with the students and share their areas of expertise. All of the instructors are auctioneers and hold many titles including, but not limited to 2010 International Champion, Eli Detweiler, Jr., and dual state Hall of Fame inductee, Ivan Broadwell. CAA's first class began in August of 2005 and Kevin Britt, a member of the first graduating class, was present at the ceremony to see one of his employees graduate.
Each year students elect classmates for two awards. This year's winners include: Most Improved, Todd Street of Midland, and Best All Around, Coleman Pheifer of Norwood. Each class participates in an auction at Hinson's Auction Barn and the proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the SCC Foundation. This year the students were able to raise $2,000.00 for St. Jude, but the amount was doubled by a special benefactor—making the efforts worth $4,000.00.
The next class of Carolina Auction Academy will begin August 22, 2016. Financial assistance is available including the Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarships. Registration begins in July and for information check the CAA website at email@example.com or contact Betty O’Neal at (704) 991-0200.
Pictured from left to right, first row: Christopher Hermanson, Susan Williams, Samantha Mack, Hailey Honeycutt, Mary Taylor-Moore and Ronnie Gathings. Back row: John Fine, Coleman Phifer, Sam Elkazaz, Chris Smith, Todd Street, Bill O’Neal—CAA Instructor, Raeford Haltom, Jr. and Betty O’Neal—CAA Instructor.