CFCC student selected for statewide award and nominated for another

Christopher KennedyCape Fear Community College student Christopher Kennedy is on a roll. He was recently selected to represent CFCC as an N.C. academic excellence award winner and is also in the running for another statewide honor.

Every spring semester, the North Carolina Community College System recognizes one student from each of the 58 community colleges as the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award.

To be eligible for this award, students must have completed at least 12 hours in an associate’s degree program as well as maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Kennedy, a Cape Fear Community College paralegal technology student, was nominated by faculty member Susan Clarke not only for his academic excellence, but also for his campus involvement and leadership roles. Clarke says that Kennedy “continually strives to meet new challenges as well as help fellow classmates grasp legal concepts.”

Beyond the classroom, Kennedy is the Chapter President of Alpha Chi Sigma International Honor Society at CFCC, and the North Carolina Vice-President for the Carolinas Region of Phi Theta Kappa. During his time as an officer, Phi Theta Kappa received 19 regional and four international awards.

Outside of CFCC, Kennedy is a Boy Scout Leader and instructs an after school art program at a local elementary school. He also holds leadership roles at his church, Little River United Methodist, where he is a board member, the Director of Children Ministries and a soloist in the church choir.

Kennedy was also recently nominated for the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes student leadership on a statewide level, highlighting outstanding leadership and service.

Kennedy attributes his success as a student to the college, saying that “academic excellence is now a core value of mine. I owe this all to the hard work and dedication of the great people at Cape Fear Community College.”

“Students like Christopher are a great asset to Cape Fear Community College,” said Dr. Ted D. Spring, CFCC president.

“He has shown great leadership here at the college and we look forward to what the future holds for this promising young man,” Dr. Spring said.

Kennedy will receive the Academic Excellence Award at the Student Recognition Ceremony on April 11th, 2013 in Raleigh.  The winner of the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award will be announced at the N.C. Student Government Association Conference in April 2013.