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RCC honors A Club students

On November 1, several Rappahannock Community College students received recognition as “A” Club members during a celebratory luncheon sponsored by the college’s Student Support Services (SSS) Office. Among those offering their congratulations were RCC’s vice president of instruction and student development, Dr. Donna Alexander; its SSS administrative officer, Lorraine Justice; dean of student development Anne Kornegay; Glenns Campus academic dean Robert Griffin; Warsaw Campus academic dean Patricia Mullins; SSS counselors Chimene Boone and Tanya Oliver; SSS administrative assistant Karen Lewis; and RCC’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther.

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The “A” Club luncheons, held soon after the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, single out SSS participants who were enrolled in at least two classes during the preceding semester(s), and earned an A or an S (satisfactory) in each class. Those receiving certificates were: Donnell Harris, Alex Kost, and Teresa Weaver, all of Gloucester County; Amber Brooks, King William County; Misha Beverley, Middlesex County; Kristina Kidd, Richmond County; and Brittany Thompson and Georgia Walters, both of Westmoreland County.

“The biggest obstacle to attending school is yourself,” stated Georgia Walters. “Once you stop holding yourself back, a world of possibilities opens.” RCC, she says, has presented her with great challenges, but has also helped her grow. Currently employed in the field of security, Walters is considering a career in criminal justice.

A former student provided inspiration for Brittany Thompson. After hearing the story of 2013 RCC graduate Laurie Loving (who founded the nonprofit corporation “You Can Make a Difference” as a means of showing people how to put a stop to bullying, peer pressure, and suicide among students of all ages), Thompson decided that her own dream of becoming an engineer was also attainable. Though she experienced some difficulty at first in balancing her work and school responsibilities, “the RCC family has helped me,” she says. “The tutors and teachers have been great, and I consider them my friends.” In addition to her academic work, Thompson plays on the RCC softball team.

Teresa Weaver’s children encouraged her to continue her education. “Although I’ve had to make sacrifices, it has been worth it,” she says. “I felt like I was dying inside as a person, but now I feel alive again.” Weaver, who is working for an Associate of Arts and Sciences transfer degree, would like to “give back” by going into a career in human services, perhaps in hospice care or in a hospital setting.

“The students who earned all ‘A’s show strength, determination, and perseverance,” says Lorraine Justice. “Many of them have overcome obstacles that would otherwise not have allowed them to reach their educational and career goals. It is refreshing and humbling to see how these students have made such sacrifices, and continue to strive for excellence.” She recalled words once spoken by Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

“All of the ‘A’ Club students,” she affirmed, “have a strong will to be successful in all things. They continue to inspire our department and the college to support all of our students in reaching their aspirations.”

To conclude the program, Warsaw Campus counselor Chimene Boone read aloud the inspirational poem, “Believe in Yourself,” by Sagar Satpathy.

For the 2012-13 academic year, RCC was awarded $293,643 to offer assistance to its students through the Student Support Services program, which was established by the United States Department of Education to help remove social, cultural and economic barriers to higher education. The program provides RCC students who meet its guidelines with individualized academic and personal counseling, tutoring, and cultural and social enrichment opportunities. The Department of Education makes these services available through the TRIO series of federal grant programs.

 

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At RCC’s “A” Club luncheon on November 1, Brittany Thompson (center) was honored for maintaining excellent grades since January 2013. At left and right are Lorraine Justice, administrative officer of RCC’s Student Support Services program; and the college’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther.

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At RCC’s “A” Club luncheon on November 1, Georgia Walters (center) was honored for maintaining excellent grades since January 2013. At left and right are Lorraine Justice, administrative officer of RCC’s Student Support Services program; and the college’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther.

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At RCC’s “A” Club luncheon on November 1, Teresa Weaver (center) was honored for maintaining excellent grades since January 2013. At left and right are Lorraine Justice, administrative officer of RCC’s Student Support Services program; and the college’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther.

2 Responses to “RCC honors A Club students”

  1. Lorraine Justice says:

    Congrats to all A-Club members! We are proud of you!

  2. Margaret Ashburn Flannagan says:

    Congratulations to all the recipients. Especially my niece, Georgia Walters. Very proud of her accomplishments.

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