CVCC Student Leadership Academy Fellows include Shea DeCoteau (Hickory), Nicolas Dyson (Hickory), Debra Guenin (Hickory), Susan Hammitt (Shelby), Mackenzie Houser (Hickory), Katelyn Lambert (Taylorsville), Anthony Mancini (Hickory), Megan Marlowe (Hickory), Ben Ou (Taylorsville), Rebecca Ou (Taylorsville), Chris Schronce (Hickory), and Justin Smith (Hickory).
Graduates experienced more than 30 hours of intensive leadership training and contributed more than 40 hours of service to the college. Participants also completed a professional portfolio and awards were given for the best three.
Marlowe received first place for her portfolio presentation. Rebecca Ou received second place, and Schronce and Houser tied for third place.
Four academy graduates were recognized by their peers at Student Awards Day as outstanding future leaders based on their involvement in and contributions to the academy. Future Leader awards were presented to Marlowe, Guenin, Lambert and Dyson.
Dr. Dianne Little, Director of CVCC’s Phillips Leadership Institute, supervised the Student Leadership Academy.
Guest speakers at the symposium included Debbie Shannon, Vice-President, Sales, ING Source, in Hickory; and Dr. Hampton Hopkins, Dean of Student Services at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences in Charlotte.
Shannon and Hopkins served on the symposium’s leadership panel along with Doug Barrick, Rutherfordton (N.C.) City Manager; Cindy Coulter, Dean of CVCC’s School of Access, Development & Success; Kelly Farr, Vice-President, SunTrust Bank; Steve Hunt, Executive Director, CVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs; Brice Melton, Director of CVCC Early Childhood Education; Dr. Janet Painter, Professor of Education, Lenoir-Rhyne University; Amy Powell, Branch Manager, Manpower; Robin Ross, Dean of CVCC’s School of Health and Public Services.