Johnston Community College Recognizes Outstanding Graduates

Published: May 3, 2024

JCC hosts first Honors and Awards ceremony for graduates who displayed excellence in several categories

Smithfield, N.C., (April 30, 2024) – Johnston Community College held its inaugural Honors and Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding 2024 graduates.

Students and their supporters gathered in the Tart Great Hall for a keynote speech by JCC Trustee Lynn Ragsdale and the presentation of the awards by faculty and staff.

Photo of Students and Family seated in the Tart Grand Lobby

The Academic Excellence Award recognizes and encourages scholarship among the students of the North Carolina Community College System. This award honors students who have set the highest possible goals and attained the pinnacle of academic success. JCC’s recipient of the Academic Excellence Award was Jacob Coulter who is enrolled in our Computer Integrated Machining program. Jacob was also recognized at the NC Community Colleges Awards Dinner and Celebration.

The Dallas Herring Achievement Award was also established by the Community College System to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring, whose philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go” is the guiding principle of the system. The system award is given annually to a current or former community college student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy. JCC’s nominee to compete for this state-wide award was Jose Bautista-Alvarez, a Radiography student.

Additionally, the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents created the Governor Robert Scott Leadership Award as a way to recognize student leadership on a statewide level. This is an award designed to highlight outstanding curriculum student leadership and service. JCC’s nominee to compete for this system-wide award was Robyn Matthews. Robyn is graduating with her Associate Degree in Nursing.

The JCC President’s Award is given to the student selected as most outstanding in scholastic achievement and leadership qualities and are nominated by faculty and staff. The 2024 President’s Award recipient was Dakota Williams, a Criminal Justice Technology student.

The college’s Citizenship Award is presented to a graduating student who is selected on the basis of leadership, service to fellow students, and participation in extracurricular activities. This selection is made from nominations submitted by faculty and staff. The 2024 recipient of the Citizenship Award for was Annika Autry. Annika is graduating with her degree in Criminal Justice Technology – Forensic Science.

Photo of Dwight Barnes on the Podium and guests
The following students were recognized for excellence in their individual program areas:

  • Kellan R. All, Computer Integrated Machining
  • Emma Lee Balance, Therapeutic Massage
  • Anthony Bianchi, Information Technology (Network Management)
  • Aryssa Berrios, Medical Sonography
  • Donavyn Butcher, Applied Engineering Technology
  • Heather Choate, Accounting and Finance
  • Isabelle Council, Associate in Arts
  • Lauren Cox, Early Childhood Education
  • Erica DeSousa, Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Cintya Espinoza-Segueda, Associate in Science
  • Kayla D. Ham, Medical Assisting
  • Olga Hinson, Community Spanish Interpreter
  • Nancy Lopez-Bravo, Cosmetology
  • Johanna Jimenez, Medical Office Administration
  • Jessica Malagon-Meza, Business Administration
  • Anthony Martinez, Welding Technology
  • Andrea Minters, Cardiovascular Sonography
  • Ashley Norris, Associate in Arts Teacher Prep
  • Duke Omari, Diesel and Heavy Equipment
  • Devin Penny, Radiography
  • Tom Phan, Air Conditioner, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology
  • Imdad Rashed, Associate in Engineering
  • Traci Reynolds, Criminal Justice Technology
  • Paul Robinson, Paralegal Technology
  • Jayden Skillern, Information Technology/Cyber Security
  • Dorothy Evone Smith, Academic and Career Readiness
  • Z’niah Thaggard, Health and Fitness Science
  • Jeff Thompson, Emergency Medical Services

The following student athletes were recognized for academic excellence:

  • Quaevon Anderson
  • Alayna Randolph
  • Alvin Singleton
  • Z’niah Thaggard

The following graduates were recognized for their service to JCC as Student Ambassadors:

  • Quaevon Anderson
  • Nancy Lopez Bravo
  • Madelyn Sutphin
  • Dakota Williams
  • Gerramii Woodrum


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