Students were recognized for their academic excellence, leadership skills and civic responsibility at Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) 2024 Honors Convocation ceremony held Thursday, April 18 at the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex.

The awards were presented as follows:

Carter Nichols and Cheyenne Norton received the Golden Laurel Award. This award is given to the graduating students in the Associate in Arts program with the highest grade point average.

Miranda Hancock received the Clio Award. This honor is given to the student who demonstrates excellence in History.

Jadyn Chandler was awarded the Erasmus Award, acknowledging her outstanding work in a Humanities class and for exhibiting the essential spirit of the humanities: devotion to inquiry, wide-ranging curiosity and a generous commitment to discussion.

Nikita Bridges, Imbri Pierson and Raynor received the Excellence in English Award. This award is given to students who demonstrate consistent excellence in English classes.

Ashley Pointer was given the Outstanding Orator Award. This award is given to the student who excels in the subject of Public Speaking.

Shirley Hall and Austin Peters were awarded the Maslow Award, an honor that is given to the students in a Social or Behavioral Science course who have demonstrated a personal quest for self-actualization by pursuing their personal happiness and fulfillment.

Hank Brooks received the STEM Momentum Award. This award is given to a student in the Associate in Science program that demonstrates great effort and promise in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field and has also been recognized by their instructor for their hard work and diligence.

Riley Carver, Cassie Jay, Dakota Miles and Reagann Wrenn received the Excellence in STEM Award, given to students graduating from the Associate in Science program with the highest GPA.

Angela Flores, Anayeli Lara and Lindsey Terrell were awarded the Outstanding Chemist Award. This award is given to the students with the highest GPA beginning in Chemistry 151 and continuing through mid-term Chemistry 152.

Ember Jones received the Outstanding Biologist Award. This award is given to the student with the highest GPA beginning in Biology 111 and continuing through mid-term Biology 112.

Anayeli Lara was awarded the Outstanding Mathematician Award. This award is given to the student with the highest GPA in Math 171 and continuing through mid-term Math 172.

Outstanding Graduate Awards were given to:

  • Cathryn Haynes (Teacher Preparation)
  • Abraheem Saba (Accounting and Finance)
  • Alexzandra Papa (Agribusiness Technology)
  • Cody L. Walker (Business Administration)
  • Percilla Holloway (Information Technology)
  • Connor Davis (Digital Effects and Animation Technology)
  • Victoria Horton (College and Career Readiness)
  • Dylan Smith (College and Career Readiness)
  • NaRyah Torain (College and Career Readiness)
  • Logan Duncan (Industrial Systems Technology)
  • Derby Harris (Mechatronics Engineering Technology)
  • Jason Hawkins ( Welding – Person County Campus)
  • Ridge Barker (Welding – Caswell County Campus)
  • Alexis Anderson (Nursing)
  • Devyn Williamson (Cosmetology)
  • Abigail Clay (Criminal Justice)
  • Tiffany Wilber (Criminal Justice)
  • Laura S. Miles (Human Services Technology)
  • Tatum Nu Church (Human Services Technology – Gerontology)
  • India Slade (Human Services Technology – Addictions and Recovery Studies)
  • Alyssa King (Medical Assisting)
  • Mallory Eriksen (Medical Assisting)

Outstanding Student Awards were given to:

  • Skyler Beshears (Teacher Preparation)
  • Diana Mahaley (Accounting and Finance)
  • Deborah Whitfield (Agribusiness Technology)
  • Charles Parker (Business Administration)
  • Gabriel Rouse (Information Technology)
  • Luke Perkins (Digital Effects and Animation Technology)
  • Rosy Hernandez (College and Career Readiness)
  • Travis Smith (Gunsmithing)
  • Jedd Whitfield (Industrial Systems Technology)
  • Ethan Oakley (Mechatronics Engineering Technology)
  • Alex Lopez Cuevas (Welding – Person County Campus)
  • Angel Rodriguez (Welding – Caswell County Campus)
  • Ruth Balatbat (Nursing)
  • Kyaya Hughes (Cosmetology)
  • David Godowsky (Criminal Justice)
  • Isabella Kjaerulff (EMT/Paramedic Programs)
  • Sydney Long (Nurse Aide – Caswell County Campus)
  • Jordan Wilkerson (Nurse Aide – Person County Campus)

Graduates from the Scholars of Global Distinction program were recognized. Global Distinction Scholars study cultures, communities and countries other than their own in their coursework and engage in extra-curricular examinations of the interconnectedness of cultures through Passport programs and self-guided global experiences. The unique opportunity of being a Scholar of Global Distinction helps students to stand out among their peers in future endeavors and shows a clear commitment to the engaging and robust understanding of the interconnectedness of the world.  

This year’s graduates are:

  • Nikita Bridges
  • Amaya Hargrove
  • Cathryn Haynes
  • Ryan Hester
  • Haley Holland
  • Cassie Jay
  • Dakota Miles
  • Maci Mize
  • Cole Torain

Percilla Holloway was awarded the Pinnacle Award. This award is given to the students who demonstrate the positive attributes of responsible leadership in the Business Studies and Emerging Technologies Programs of study.

The Learning Commons Champion Award was given to Gabrielle Pinnix for the Person County Campus and Ember Jones for the Caswell County Campus. This award is given to students who strive to exceed their potential by using the Learning Commons throughout their academic journey.

The following students were recognized as Career and College Promise Bright Stars:

  • Kraig Irby for Bartlett Yancey Senior High School
  • Jed Rose for Person High School
  • Derby Harris for Person County Home School
  • Caleiah Woods for Roxboro Community School
  • Cheyenne Norton for Caswell County Home School

These students participated in the Career and College Promise Program and demonstrated the following character traits: care, respectfulness, integrity, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, honesty, initiative, and perseverance. They also demonstrate good leadership and teamwork. 

Aubree Gunter received the Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award. Gunter’s instructor noted that she consistently seeks to integrate evidence-based nursing principles, concepts and critical thinking into optimizing care outcomes for patients.

Ashton Williams received the Excellence in Clinical Medical Assisting Award. Williams’ instructor noted that she never missed a day, while also taking care of her family.

Arabia Harris was awarded the Title III Outstanding Performer Award. This award is given to a Title III student who has achieved excellence throughout their participation in the program.

Violeta Alvarado-Benito was awarded the Educational Opportunity Centers Award. This award is presented to a student who has succeeded in their educational journey to completion of their goals.

Keyra Cowan received the First-Generation Strong Award. This award is given to a student who has identified as being the first in their family to enroll in post-secondary training and demonstrates excellence in their course of study and persisting through their first academic school year.

Jahlia Winstead was awarded the Pacer Leadership Award. This award is presented to a student leader in an active club or organization who demonstrates characteristics of outstanding leadership and service to the College community.

The Student Leadership Academic Excellence Award is presented to students who actively participated in the campus community or were in a leadership role in a club or organization during the 2023-2024 academic year and achieved a 3.5 GPA.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Hayley Ale for the Student Government Association
  • Carleigh Robinson for the Student Government Association
  • Jeremiah Senegal for the Student Government Association and the PCC Men’s Intramural Basketball Team
  • Thomas Williams for the Student Government Association
  • Jahlia Winstead for the Student Government Association
  • Haley Holland for the Film Club
  • Caleb Pulliam for Phi Theta Kappa
  • Paige Jay for the PCC Rotaract Club

Luke Perkins and Nicole Zocchi received the PACER Courage Award. This award is given to outstanding students whose exceptional determination and perseverance have enabled them to pursue their academic goals.

Jacobus Dixon and Percilla Holloway were awarded the Keeping the Pace Award. This award is given to students who have excelled in their academic journey by completing multiple semesters of full-time enrollment while following the recommended teaching sequence as suggested by their advisor.

Tennille Newman received the Extra Effort Award. This award is presented to an outstanding Accessibility Services student who serves as a model for others in the areas of access, accessibility and/or inclusion of students with disabilities.

Aubree Gunter, Lauryn Hatchett, Emma Mitchell and Kayla Rice were recognized as the 2023-2024 PCC Foundation Student Ambassadors. These students were nominated by PCC faculty member to serve as representatives of the College based on their grade point average, leadership potential and communication skills.

The Spring Excellence Awards were presented to two faculty members and two staff members who were nominated by their peers and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, dedication and innovation in their respective roles.

The spring recipients are:

  • Katie Hester (faculty)
  • Kathy Oakley (faculty)
  • Felicia Holt (staff)
  • Drake Howell (staff)

For more photos of the 2024 Honors Convocation, visit PCC’s Facebook page at

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