DOBSON — Every spring, one student from each of the 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System is recognized for excellence in academics.
Erin Peyton Jones of East Bend was the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award recipient for Surry Community College. SCC President Dr. David Shockley recognized Jones at a recent Board of Trustees meeting where she received a commemorative gold medal and a plaque from the North Carolina Community College System.
Jones currently holds a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) in pursuit of her degree in business administration; after obtaining a degree from Surry, Jones hopes to transfer to a four-year university. She is active in many clubs and organizations at SCC, having served as the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society’s president during the 2016-2017 academic year, and was recently elected as the college’s Student Government Association (SGA) vice president for the upcoming academic year. Jones is also a member of the the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) and Surry’s Rotaract Club, both of which focus on serving the surrounding community in various capacities.
According to the N.C. Community Colleges System website, selection of the Academic Excellence Award is based on a single selection from each college. Selection is consistent with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society criteria and includes the recipient being currently enrolled, having completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program and maintaining a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.25. Colleges may use additional scholarship criteria beyond these minimum requirements.
Teresa Groce of State Road was the 2017 nominee from Surry Community College for the Dr. Dallas Herring Achievement Award. The award was established in 2010 by the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring, considered one of the founding fathers of community colleges in North Carolina. The award is bestowed annually upon a current or former student who embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go.”
Groce aspires to interpret for deaf victims of domestic and sexual abuse. She enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, and is also a member of NSLS.
Recent graduate Elijah Wade Bryant of Lowgap was nominated for the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The award, also sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents, was created in 2004 to recognize student leadership on a statewide level while also honoring former Governor Scott, one of the earliest supporters of the N.C. Community College System and the fourth System President from 1983 until 1994.
Bryant graduated in May with an Associate in Arts degree with plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Lees-McRae College; he aspires to be an elementary school guidance counselor. Bryant was highly active on Surry’s campus during his tenure as a student by serving as a College Ambassador, as well as the Secretary and Treasurer for Surry’s PTK chapter. Bryant was also a National Engaged Leader Award recipient and member of NSLS.