WILMINGTON – Cape Fear Community College has selected eleven student ambassadors to represent the college both on campus and off during special events and functions for 2009-2010. Each student was awarded a $1,500 scholarship for their excellence in leadership and involvement as ambassadors.
Dana McKoy, who supervises the ambassador program for the college, is excited about the coming year and looks forward to seeing the students get involved with the local community.
â€œWe are very excited to be working with this yearâ€™s ambassadors because they represent a wide array of academic programs, ages, and life experiences and I think they will be great representatives of CFCCâ€™s student body,â€ McKoy said.
She added that this yearâ€™s student ambassadors are exceptional in both leadership and academics. CFCC is proud to have them represent the institution.
This yearâ€™s team is a group of students of all ages that include North Carolina natives along with several who have relocated to Wilmington to pursue their education at CFCC.
Heidi Stanly Carlson of Wilmington is returning to college after 20 years of being in the work force. As a mother, wife, and full-time student, she is working to earn a degree in electronics technology and aspires to become an instrumentation technician.
Patrick Culton, who moved to Wilmington from New Orleans, has worked in-home sales and installation of custom home theaters for the last eight years and plans to transfer from CFCC to North Carolina State University to earn a degree in civil engineering. He loves to be involved wherever he is and believes the transfer program at CFCC is â€œa perfect doorway to the future.â€
Cameron Flora from New Castle, PA received the Citizenship Award from Shenago High School all four years of her high school experience and feels strongly about making a difference in peopleâ€™s lives. Because of her passion, Cameron is currently working toward her nursing degree.
Sommer Graham from Newland, NC is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa mentoring program. Sommer is currently the president of her class in the dental hygiene program and anticipates graduation in May 2010.
Hannah Johnson of Wilmington is a Merit Scholar at CFCC. Hannah currently works two jobs while attending school full time. She is working toward her nursing degree with a specialty in labor and delivery.
Cynthia Pershia of Wilmington graduated valedictorian from Scottâ€™s Branch High in Summerton, SC. Cynthia believes â€œleadership is not an option, but a demand,â€ and is excited to be a part of the ambassador team. She is majoring in the accounting transfer program and hopes to be a successful business woman.
Stephen Reece of Rocky Point is the first high school student chosen to be an ambassador. Stephen is a current student at the Pender Early College High School and hopes to earn a degree in science at CFCC and transfer to North Carolina State University to become an engineer.
Sean Sullivan from Tampa, Florida is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He sees the ambassador program as a way to â€œobtain first-hand experienceâ€ within his major which is Pre-Sociology. Sean aspires to be an author and social researcher.
Amanda Utsman of Wilmington currently works as a CNA and nanny. Amanda has been a volunteer firefighter, volunteered with special needs, and Good Shepard. She has a special interest in photography and hopes to further her career in photography after she earns her Associates Degree.
Nicole Wagoner of Castle Hayne is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Nicole has extensively volunteered in ministries related to her church such as Inner City Ministries, Operation Christmas Shoebox, Migrant Outreach, Gentle Shepherd, Reaching Hearts Womenâ€™s Ministries, just to name a few. She is in the Associate of Arts program and anticipates a career in music.