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Wallace’s Santora makes history as Freshman SGA President


Dothan, Ala. – For the first time in recent history, an incoming freshman will be leading the Wallace Community College-Dothan Student Government Association (SGA). Gabbi Santora, an Associate in Science major from Slocomb, Alabama, will transition from SGA President at Slocomb High School into the same role at Wallace this fall.

The decision to select Santora was an easy one, according to director of student life, Ryan Spry. “She exemplified a keen leadership ability throughout her high school career, having served in a variety of key leadership roles, as well as showing a desire to better herself as a leader by progressing through the prestigious Warren Beck Youth Leadership Program,” Spry said.

In addition to her tenure as SGA President at Slocomb, Gabbi also served as the Chief Ambassador for the Slocomb High School Ambassadors program; Chief Editor of the Yearbook Staff; Vice President of the Senior Beta Club; Secretary for Senior BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) and Secretary for the Leo Club. She was also an integral part of the varsity cheerleading and softball teams. Santora is passionate about service, having volunteered at Wired Ministries, Special Citizen’s Day, the annual Buddy Walk, and Northstar Engineering Services.

This intense level of involvement and service is what drew Spry to reach out to Santora, as the Leadership Development program is founded upon servant leadership principles.

Gabbi has plans to earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and run her own consulting firm one day. For now, she is focused on her upcoming service as SGA President at the local community college. “I am looking forward to interacting with the students and faculty at Wallace, as well as meeting people in the community that might influence me,” she said. “I hope to connect the SGA with the community through various activities and fundraisers, in addition to meeting the needs of the student body and faculty at Wallace Community College.”

The Student Government Association is a conduit for student activities at WCCD and serves as the voice for the student body. This upcoming year, WCCD’s SGA is planning to host its inaugural leadership conference for area high school student leaders, which will include keynote presentations from prominent community leaders and an engaging leadership activity on Wallace’s campus in Dothan. Additionally, Santora plans to get SGA much more involved in the community by volunteering with Dothan’s Special Olympics organization and by hosting canned food drives during the month of November for the local rescue mission.

For more information go to www.wallace.edu/SGA.

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