Gaston College Outstanding 2016 Graduates

Gaston College Outstanding 2016 Graduates

Forty-nine outstanding Gaston College graduates were honored for academic achievement at an annual Awards Banquet held on May 3, 2016, at the Myers Center Multipurpose Auditorium, Dallas Campus.  The banquet, sponsored by the Student Government Association, recognized outstanding graduates.

These outstanding graduates were among the nearly 1,000 students graduating this spring from Gaston College. Over 775 students that participated in the graduation commencement ceremony on May 13th at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte.

The following students received divisional awards and other awards for or academic achievement:

Outstanding Graduates

Business & Information Technology

Anthony K. Lester, Accounting
Iron Station

Misty L. Dorsey-Hart, Business Administration
Dallas

Karen Holleran, Business Administration – Human Resources
Southport           Management

Robert Hill, Computer Information Technology
Gastonia

Latishia L. Anders, Computer Programming
Gastonia

Laura Londono, Criminal Justice
Bessemer City

Heather Palmer, Criminal Justice – Latent Evidence
Kings Mountain

Adam J. Wilson, Information Systems Security
Stanley

Estefania Morse, Medical Office Administration
Maiden

Jorge A. Cortes, Networking Technology
Belmont

Sarah Clemmer, Office Administration
Gastonia

Teresa Hudspeth, Office Administration – Legal
Gastonia

Mildred L. Brunt, Paralegal Technology
Lincolnton

Brandy N. Rhom, Web Technologies
Gastonia

Health and Human Services

Eric J. Reel, Dietetic Technician
Gastonia

Travis E. Earls, Health & Fitness Science
Charlotte

Krystal D. Nguyen, Human Services Technology
Gastonia

Angela F. Vause, LPN-RN
Indian Trail

Sara L. Donaldson, Medical Assisting
Bessemer City

Summer M. Freeman, Nursing
Dallas

Engineering & Industrial Technologies

Brandon A. Raines, Architectural Technology
Dallas

Wesley Holder, Electronic Engineering Technology
Gastonia

Sharolynn K. Hamilton, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Gastonia

Matthew S. Postell, Nuclear Technology
Gastonia

Arts & Sciences

Marie D. Lafitte, Associate in Fine Arts
Kings Mountain

Leah M. James, Associate in Arts
Charlotte

Keith M. Fargason, Associate in Arts
Dallas

Samantha Jo Christopher, Associate in Science
Gastonia

Robert Kasko, Associate in Science
Belmont

Chelsey A. King, Associate in Science
Gastonia

Janna C. Stover, Associate in Science
Belmont

Michael A. Dole, Biotechnology
Gastonia

Public Safety

Grace N. Norris, Fire Protection Technology
Newton

President’s Awards

Latisha Anders
Gastonia

Catlin Brewer
Belmont

Megan Cooper
Lincolnton

Jorge Cortes
Belmont

Keith Fargason
Dallas

Sharolynn Hamilton
Gastonia

Nathan Heafner
Lincolnton

Leah James
Charlotte

Haley Lay
Kings Mountain

Ashley McGee
Belmont

Karen Miles
Lincolnton

Jacob Mocanu
Gastonia

Dana Toms-Staley
Gastonia

Dr. Patricia Skinner, president of Gaston College, presented the President’s Award to full-time students that maintained an overall 4.0 grade point average.

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Gaston College President Dr. Patricia Skinner congratulates President’s Award recipients:  (First Row) Keith Fargason, Dana Toms-Staley, Nathan Heafner. (Second Row) Ashley McGee, Karen Miles, President Patricia Skinner, and Latishia Anders.

 

Gaston College students Mildred Brunt, Samantha Jo Christopher and Raphael Tehandon were Gaston College annual Awards Recipients imagraward recipients at the Gaston College annual Awards.

                                                                                                                                  

Student Government Association Senator of the Year Award

Raphael Tehandon
Maiden

Senator of the Year is awarded for outstanding leadership and attendance.

 North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award

Samantha Jo Christopher
Gastonia      

The NC Academic Excellence Award is awarded each spring semester to one student selected from each community college in North Carolina to honor their academic achievement. To be eligible for the award, recipients must be enrolled in a North Carolina community college, earn a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.25, and complete at least 12 credit hours.

Governor Robert W. Scott Leadership Nominee

Raphael Tehandon                         
Maiden

The Robert W. Scott Leadership Award was established in 2004 in honor of the former Governor who served from 1969-1973, and later as President of the North Carolina Community College System from 1983-1995.  The award is bestowed on students who demonstrate leadership on a statewide level.

Dallas Herring Achievement Nominee

Mildred Brunt
Lincolnton

The Dallas Herring Achievement Award was established by the North Carolina Community College System in 2010 to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring, one of the state’s earliest advocates of community colleges.

The award is bestowed annually upon a current or former student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go.”

The 2015-2016 Student Government Association officers who sponsored the awards banquet this year were:  Executive Council – Mildred Brunt, President, Leonardo Vargas, Vice President, Amanda Barlow, Secretary, and Marquis Peay, Treasurer; and Senate members – Layla Davis, Ki-Esha Dudley, Wesley Fulbright, Madison Knowles, Johnny McFalls, Yessenia Morales, Christopher Nichols, Raphael Tehandon, and Ra-Sheem Wideman. The SGA advisor is Renita Johnson.

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Officers attending the banquet were: (First Row) Yessenia Morales, Mildred Brunt and Renita Johnson, Gaston College Student Government Association advisor and Coordinator of Student Activities and Special Projects; (Second Row: Amanda Barlow and Madison Knowles; Third Row: Leonardo Vargas and Raphael Tehandon, and Fourth Row: Ki-Esha Dudley and Wesley Fulbright.

 

The Gaston College Board of Trustees adopted a resolution recognizing the leadership of leaving SGA President Mildred Brunt. The Board directed that the resolution be recorded in the official Minutes of the Board at their Monday, May 9, monthly meeting. Her term will end in June.

Ms. Brunt will receive the Golden Gavel Award. This award is given annually when the college officially retires the outgoing SGA presidents’ official gavel.

About Gaston College

Gaston College is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. Serving both Gaston and Lincoln counties, Gaston College enrolls over 6,000 students in curriculum programs and averages over 16,000 annually in its Economic and Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs. Gaston College offers over 100 fields of study to obtain a degree, diploma or certificate. To learn more about the College’s services and programs, visit the Gaston College website at www.gaston.edu.

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