SCC’s Academic Awards ceremony

Jackson County residents honored at SCC’s Academic Awards ceremony on April 23 included, front row, from left: Scarlett Kinkaid of Sylva, Mandee Marlowe of Sylva, Bobbierae Maslo of Cullowhee, Kayla Broom of Cullowhee, Trevor Gates of Webster, Rebeckah Schosser of Whittier, Kailee Sullivan of Sylva and Carrie Shuler of Webster. Second row: Emily Alligood of Sylva, Megan Beck of Tuckasegee, Gizella Tarala of Cullowhee. Third row: River McBride of Sylva, Sam Plemmons of Whittier, Tracie Hall of Sylva, Keanu Ammons of Tuckasegee, Linda Hopson of Cullowhee, Anna Hill of Sylva, Dereka Taylor of Sylva, Matthew Draughon of Cullowhee, Carly Smith of Sylva, Phil Maynor of Sylva and Jonathan Painter of Sylva. Back row: Susan Burrell of Sylva, Caleb Handy of Cullowhee, Ethan Kompathoum of Sylva, Lucas Sanders of Cullowhee; Dakota Smith of Sylva, Joshua Akers of Sylva, Michael Bray of Sylva, Lyle Pressley of Cashiers and Wesley Walker of Webster.

The highest-achieving students at Southwestern Community College were honored in the annual Academic Awards Ceremony on April 23 in Myers Auditorium.

Among the honorees were 37 students who received “high honors” for maintaining a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA.

Matthew Draughon of Cullowhee was named the N.C. Community College System Academic Excellence award recipient. The Charlie McConnell New Century Scholar Award went to Celina Nations of Whittier.

Susan Burrell of Sylva won the Bob Scott Leadership Award, named after the former N.C. governor who also served as president of the state’s community college system for 12 years.

Lyle Pressley of Cashiers, Kayla Sloan of Sylva, Dereka Taylor of Sylva and Dolores Taylor of Cherokee were honored as “Students of Distinction.”

To qualify for the “Academic Honors” portion of the program, each student had to earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit within the last four years by the end of the fall semester at SCC, be enrolled in the spring semester and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.

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