Top Students Honored During "Celebration of Excellence."

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The best and brightest Georgia Perimeter College students were honored during the Celebration of Excellence Student Recognition Awards held April 14, on the Clarkston Campus.

Awards were given recognizing excellence in 14 academic disciplines. Six special awards were given for service to the college community combined with exemplary academic performance.

This year’s Celebration of Excellence broke away from a GPC tradition of honoring scholars separately on each campus. In the past, each of the college’s four main campuses held their own awards celebrations for students from their campus only. This year’s award winners represent the entire GPC family.

“Those of you receiving awards tonight should know you are the best of the best,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli.

“We are one family and I am looking forward to celebrating the night with you all,” added Corvette Simmons, Student Government Association president for the Clarkston Campus.

The top honor of the night, the Regents’ Outstanding Scholar, went to Roxanne Hambrick, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa. Each year the Board of Regents asks member colleges to choose one student as their Regents’ Outstanding Scholar. Hambrick was chosen because she excelled academically and served the college community by participating in campus clubs and organizations.

Arriving in the U.S. in 2006, Hambrick planned to attend Agnes Scott College. School counselors, however, suggested she get her “feet wet” at GPC, she said. During her time at GPC, Hambrick has been an outstanding scholar and served as president of the honors society and vice president of the SGA. She credits GPC with helping her build confidence and believes she is now ready to move on.

“My GPC professors have given me the courage to speak and be bold,” she said.

Hambrick plans to become a doctor and work with Doctors Without Borders.

Out of more than 25,000 GPC students, one outstanding student leader from each campus was selected to receive the President’s Award from Dr. Tricoli. The President’s Award recognizes service to fellow students and the campus.

A Student Leadership Excellence Award was given to Alishia Wells.

After enrolling in GPC, Wells had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and lupus. She had to quit her job, leave school and manage to care for her mildly autistic son from a wheel chair. Wells returned to GPC when her medical condition improved and has been involved with numerous activities on campus, including LSAMP, Phi Theta Kappa, the Math Club, and served as an SGA Chief Justice.

“My illness may have slowed me down but it hasn’t stopped me,” Wells said.

GPC professors Dr. Salli Vargis and her husband George Vargis were named GPC Advisor(s) of the Year. This award recognizes an advisor who goes beyond the call of duty to assist student organizations.

“Multiple nominators wrote that these advisors are ‘simply very nice people,’” said Kaci Wilhite-Green, Newton Campus student activity director and a presenter at the ceremony. “For example, they took the time to pay a student a visit in the hospital while the student was recuperating and being evaluated with serious medical issues, even though they were not currently teaching that student.”

In his remarks, Tricoli thanked the many parents and educators whom, he said, helped make success possible for the GPC students recognized during this celebration.

“We are all winners here tonight,” Tricoli said.

Celebration of Excellence Student Recognition Awards

American Sign Language Interpreting
Lisa Stevens

Business Administration
Karen Morris

Jason Cameron

Computer Science
Jeremy Grebner

Dental Hygiene
Nanesha Brown

Michael Quintana

Tiffany Del Valle

Fine Arts
Hannah Carey

Foreign Language
David Peters

General Humanities
Minh Trang T. Le

Joyce Din

Jamie Johnson

Physical Education
Claudia Scheikl

Hoa Tang

Student Leadership Excellence Award
Alishia Wells

Student Service Excellence Award
Michelle Jarrett

Advior(s) of the year
Dr. Sali Vargis and Georga Vargis

Student Club/Organization of the year.
History and Politics Club-Clarkston

President’s Award
Meghna Bharucha -Clarkston Campus
De’Mon Nolan -Decatur Campus
Justin McPhatter -Dunwoody Campus
Andaika Jean-Noel -Newton Campus

Outstanding Scholars
Shawna Stephens -Decatur Campus
Roxanne Hambrick -Newton Campus
Hannah Carey -Clarkston Campus
Eva Imbsweiler -Dunwoody Campus

Regents' Outstanding Scholar
Roxanne Hambrick

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