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Wallace Recognizes Student Achievements On Honors Day

4/24/2018

Dothan, Ala. – Wallace Community College – Dothan recognized student achievement during the annual Honors Day, held on the Wallace Campus on April 17. The annual program applauds outstanding students in programs, clubs and organizations, and scholarship winners.

Mr. Vic Pemberton, president of Pepi Foods, gave the inspirational address with a message on finishing what you start by finding your own “stairs.” “There are no elevators to success,” he told the audience. “You have to take the stairs – your stairs.”

Two students stood out during the awards ceremony as they received two of three University of Alabama Presidential Scholarships awarded this year. Winners Gabrielle Santora and Jake Williams will attend UA in the fall.

Gabrielle Santora learned about the Presidential Scholarship in February and it became an immediate goal. “Achieving this goal made me feel accomplished,” she said. “I am very appreciative for Wallace Community College and Dr. (Linda) Young to see the potential in me.” Santora will pursue a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering at UA. She plans to move back to Dothan after graduation and become a Licensed Professional Engineer.

“It is an immense honor to receive The University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship,” said Jake Williams. “This scholarship gives me a realistic chance to be a first-generation college student.” Williams plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering. Williams was also selected this year’s President’s Award Winner, an honor given to a student who not only excels in the classroom but are also positive roles models.

“We honor students who have excelled academically as well as those who choose leadership and service roles,” said Dr. Linda C. Young, president of Wallace Community College. “Involvement in clubs and student groups grows leadership ability. These students have bright futures ahead of them.” Williams’ involvement in clubs and student groups was the key to his selection as the President’s Award winner.

Williams graduated from a small, private school and entered Wallace with proven academic abilities, but wanted to grow his social skills. He recognized the need to join and interact with others. He became a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society, then Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, Rotoract, Physics Students at WCC, and was a peer math tutor in his spare time. All while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He not only joined, but he fulfilled his goal of becoming a leader to others. In his acceptance of the President’s Award, Williams echoed Mr. Pemberton’s advice: “Find your stairs.”

Wallace-Dothan four-year university scholarship receipients: Atima Adams, University of Montevallo-Community College President's Scholarship; Caitlyn Adkinson: Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship and Auburn University Ever to Conquer Transfer Scholarship; Carley Adkinson, Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship and Auburn University Ever to Conquer Transfer Scholarship; Baylee Anderson, Troy University Achievement Scholarship; Kenneth Baskin, Florida State University; Lenzy Borden, Charles E. Pannell Scholarship, Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship, and Auburn University Ever to Conquer Transfer Scholarship; Wayne Brady, Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship and Ever to Conquer Transfer Scholarship; Mona Butterworth, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Lady Calderon Fuentes, Troy University Achievement Scholarship; Abdel Collado, University of Montevallo – Transfer Minority Scholarship; Tristan Cooper, Dr. Ronnie and Allen Latimer Scholarship; Alexis Dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham Academic Scholarship, UAB Scholarship of Distinction, and UAB Academic Scholarship; Micayla Ferris, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Dylan Givens, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Isabel Gonzales, University of Montevallo – Community College President's Scholarship; Andrew Goodson, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Jasmine Griffin, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Matthew Hayes, Auburn University Campus Club First Ladies Scholarship, Auburn University Don Logan-Agriculture, Auburn University Etowah County Master Gardeners, Charles E. Pannell Scholarship, and Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship; Adelia Howell, University of Alabama Honors Scholarship; Shawn Joiner, University of Montevallo – Community College President's Scholarship; Heather Knight, Dr. Ronnie and Allen Latimer Scholarship; Baylea Kyle, Auburn University David B. Haggard Scholarship in Sciences and Mathematics, Auburn University Wilkins and Mary Tanner Scholarship, Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship, and Auburn University Ever to Conquer Transfer Scholarship; Robert Logan, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Breanna Lynch, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Rebecca Merritt, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Katharine Murray, University of Montevallo Community College President’s Scholarship and University of Montevallo PTK Scholarship, Doris Nabukeera, CindaJo Overton Scholarship; Steven Roberts, Thomas G. Jones Scholarship; Samantha Sanders, University of Montevallo Community College President’s Scholarship; Gabrielle Santora, University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship; Basie Shine, Auburn University Charles E. Pannell Scholarship; Emily Sowell, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Brantley Thompson, University of Alabama Merit Scholarship, PTK Honors Scholarship; Gazette Thompson, University of Alabama Community College Merit Scholarship; Daylon Tice, Troy University Merit Scholarship; Raul Venegas, Auburn University Wilkins and Mary Tanner Scholarship, Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship, and Auburn University Ever to Conquer Transfer Scholarship; and James Williams, University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship.

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