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Sarah Wagoner Named Academic Excellence Award Recipient


Sarah Wagoner, an Associate in Arts major from Boonville, was the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award recipient for Surry Community College.

SCC President Dr. David Shockley recognized Wagoner at the SCC Board of Trustees meeting April 8, when she was given a commemorative gold medal and a letter of congratulations from the North Carolina Community College System's president, also SCC President Dr. David Shockley. Wagoner has a 4.0 GPA.

Wagoner who graduated from Starmount High School as valedictorian, had scholarship opportunities at several colleges. She told the board that she had a great experience at SCC and that the faculty and staff had been helpful and supportive.

“I'm glad I chose to go to SCC before transferring to a larger school, ” said Wagoner.

Wagoner was a SCC Student Ambassador who worked with Student Services staff to led orientations, give tours, and help with campus events. She was also an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society which helps with campus events and researches community issues and ways to improve them.

Wagoner was also an active member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and earned their National Engaged Leader Award. She also worked in the Academic Support Center helping students to plan, brainstorm, outline, format, and edit their course papers as a writing tutor.

Wagoner plans to transfer to NC State University in the fall and double major in English and Communications before pursuing a master's degree in English. Her parents are Steve and Lisa Wagoner of Yadkin County.

Each spring, one student from each of the 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System is recognized for excellence in academics. According to the system's website, selection of the academic excellence award recipient 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 and having completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.25. Colleges may use additional scholarship criteria beyond these minimum requirements.

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