DOBSON — Surry Community College recently named five students to its Ambassadors Scholars Program.
Jameire Tyron Bryant, Kaitlin Kidd, Jennifer Marie Fansler, Payden Simmons and Brooklyn Tucker have been selected as student ambassadors for the 2015-16 school year.
The SCC Ambassador Scholars Program recognizes outstanding students who serve as public relations representatives by hosting visitors, conducting tours, supporting special events and setting an example of excellence for Surry students.
The SCC Foundation established the Ambassadors program in 1993.
• Jameire Tyron Bryant, of Jonesville, is working towards a degree in paralegal technology. He plans to transfer to Appalachian State University to do undergraduate work in political science, and then transfer to Elon University’s School of Law in order to become an attorney. During his time at SCC, he has been on the Dean’s List, and has been inducted into both honor societies offered at SCC, Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Bryant said, “My experience at SCC has been like that of many students, I’m sure, which has been a great one. The whole environment at SCC provided by the staff and faculty has given me the means to have a bright future anywhere I go. Starting at SCC was definitely the right decision.”
• Kaitlin Kidd, of Dobson, is earning an Associate in Arts degree. The Surry Central graduate plans to transfer to a four-year university and pursue her dream of being an elementary education teacher with a degree in teaching. While at SCC, she has been on the President’s List, and has been nominated for the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is also a two-year member of the SCC volleyball team.
“My time at Surry Community College has allowed me to further my education at a cheaper cost, while figuring out what I wanted to do next,” stated Kidd.
• Jennifer Marie Fansler, of Pinnacle, is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree. After graduation, she plans to transfer to Lees-McRae College where she will work towards a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. During her time at Surry, she has been named to the President’s List and Dean’s List.
“My SCC experience has been great. Coming from a small high school (Calvary Christian), I am truly grateful that Surry provides a university experience, but on a smaller scale. It is easier to learn and ask questions in the classroom setting when every professor takes the time to learn your name as opposed to just being a number on someone’s role,” said Fansler.
• Payden Simmons, of Mount Airy, is in the college transfer program focusing on business administration. The North Surry graduate plans on transferring to a university where he will study business economics. While attending Surry, he has been involved in several community service projects and played on the 2015 SCC Baseball Team.
“Surry Community College has been a foundation to what I hope will be a successful future,” says Simmons. “Surry has given me the tools to succeed.”
• Brooklyn Tucker, of Elkin, is working towards an associate degree in medical assisting. Her future plans include transferring to a university where she will study medical management. She also plans to work as a medical assistant during this time. She has been named to the President’s List and Dean’s List while at Surry and has earned her CNA I and CNA II credentials. She volunteers as a Young Life Leader for Surry Central and enjoys running in her spare time.
Tucker says, “SCC has been the path that has helped guide me to my future.”
This is the second year Kasey Martin, student and community engagement coordinator at SCC, has been the advisor for the Ambassadors program.
“We have selected a fine group of students who exhibit strong leadership skills, outgoing personalities, and an enthusiastic love and knowledge for Surry Community College,” says Martin. “All of these qualities are extremely valuable and needed, while they are providing tours for our school, meeting individuals throughout the community, and assisting with many fundraising events on campus. I am proud to have these five individuals serving as representatives of our school.”
In addition, Martin noted that the Ambassadors have a history of supporting elementary, middle, and high school student programs focused on career planning and student services. They have also volunteered as tour guides, registration assistants, and student I.D. photographers during fall and spring semester student orientations. They have participated in Breast Cancer Awareness activities during Surry Goes Pink Week and had a fundraiser for the March of Dimes in previous years.
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