Catawba Valley Community College students Chanda Sherrill and Chad Davenport were recently named Students of the Semester.
Up to eight students are nominated for this award during each academic year. Students are recognized for their academic achievements, school leadership and community involvement.
They also receive gift certificates to be used in the CVCC cafeteria and Campus Store.
Hickory resident Sherrill is enrolled in the Healthcare Management Technology associate degree program and plans to graduate this spring. A 1989 graduate of Hickory High School, she put her educational dreams on hold to work and raise her son. After being laid off from the hosiery industry three years ago, she took the opportunity to pursue her college dreams. Working with CVCC’s Career Services staff, she discovered an aptitude for healthcare. Twenty-three years after graduating high school, she enrolled in college.
Sherrill has maintained a 4.0 GPA her entire college career at CVCC. She held work-study jobs in the CVCC Office of Multicultural Affairs and the CVCC Foundation, Inc., last semester. This semester, she is completing a work-based learning experience at Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Business Services office. She was named the 2015 Academic Excellence Award winner for the State Community College System. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and will graduate this May with honors.
Davenport is a 2013 graduate of South Caldwell High School and the son of Keith and Deena Davenport of Granite Falls. He played football at South Caldwell High and received the Most Improved Award and the Spartan Hall of Fame Award. He won the Caldwell County Fireman’s Association Fireman’s Challenge two years in a row. As a volunteer with Grace Chapel Fire Department, he won the award for the highest training hours in 2013 and the most calls in 2014.
While taking a full load of online classes to complete his Fire Protection Technology associate degree, he works more than 40 hours a week between several part-time jobs. Those include working for Caldwell County EMS as an EMT, landscape assistant for The Green Advantage landscaping company and as a volunteer for Lovelady Rescue.
Davenport has earned a number of public safety professional certifications, including EMT Technical Rescuer, Firefighter I & II and numerous National Incident Management certifications.
He is a member of the CVCC Rotaract Club and is an active member of Concord Baptist Church where he volunteers with the youth.
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