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:
Business & Information Technology
Anthony K. Lester, Accounting
Misty L. Dorsey-Hart, Business Administration
Karen Holleran, Business Administration – Human Resources
Robert Hill, Computer Information Technology
Latishia L. Anders, Computer Programming
Laura Londono, Criminal Justice
Heather Palmer, Criminal Justice – Latent Evidence
Adam J. Wilson, Information Systems Security
Estefania Morse, Medical Office Administration
Jorge A. Cortes, Networking Technology
Sarah Clemmer, Office Administration
Teresa Hudspeth, Office Administration – Legal
Mildred L. Brunt, Paralegal Technology
Brandy N. Rhom, Web Technologies
Health and Human Services
Eric J. Reel, Dietetic Technician
Travis E. Earls, Health & Fitness Science
Krystal D. Nguyen, Human Services Technology
Angela F. Vause, LPN-RN
Sara L. Donaldson, Medical Assisting
Summer M. Freeman, Nursing
Engineering & Industrial Technologies
Brandon A. Raines, Architectural Technology
Wesley Holder, Electronic Engineering Technology
Sharolynn K. Hamilton, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Matthew S. Postell, Nuclear Technology
Arts & Sciences
Marie D. Lafitte, Associate in Fine Arts
Leah M. James, Associate in Arts
Keith M. Fargason, Associate in Arts
Samantha Jo Christopher, Associate in Science
Robert Kasko, Associate in Science
Chelsey A. King, Associate in Science
Janna C. Stover, Associate in Science
Michael A. Dole, Biotechnology
Grace N. Norris, Fire Protection Technology
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.
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.
Student Government Association Senator of the Year Award
Senator of the Year is awarded for outstanding leadership and attendance.
North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award
Samantha Jo Christopher
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
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
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.
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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