Catawba Valley Community College students Nicholas Dyson and MacKenzie Houser 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 involve-ment. They also receive gift certificates to be used in the CVCC cafeteria and Campus Store.
Connelly Springs resident Dyson is enrolled in the Associate of Arts degree program and plans to graduate this spring. Throughout his homeschool career, he was been active in 4-H, receiving many awards. He is a member of the North Carolina 4-H Honor Club and received the Amy Shook Leadership Award from Alexander County 4-H. He is the son of Rev. Tony and Alice Dyson.
At CVCC, Dyson has been active in the SkillsUSA chapter, serving as secretary this academic year and winning a silver medal in the Prepared Speech Competition at the 2014 state competition. He also received the Student Government Awards Day Excellence in Communications Award last year. This academic year, he was elected to serve as secretary of the Student Government Association and was selected to participate in the Student Leadership Academy.
Dyson plans to transfer to Liberty University next fall to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Houser is a 2010 graduate of St. Stephens High School and the daughter of Jeff and Jenny Houser of Hickory. She played basketball in high school and won the Team Before Self Award her freshman and senior years.
At CVCC, she is enrolled in the Associate of Arts degree program and received the John F. Sinnett and Emerging Leaders Scholarships from the CVCC Foundation, Inc. She served as vice president and president of CVCC’s Rotaract Club and was selected to participate in the Student Leadership Academy. Through Rotaract, she has volunteered at numerous CVCC community outreach events, including the annual Black History Celebration, Veteran’s Day meal, campus blood drives and fall and spring campus social events sponsored by the Student Government Association.
Houser earned certification in CPR and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. She works as a medical assistant at Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists in Newton. She plans to graduate in December and transfer to either Appalachian State University or Western Carolina University to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.