Johnston Community College’s TRiO program honored three students at its annual TRiO Day celebration.
The students were honored for their leadership, academics and dedication to educational success. This year’s recipients of outstanding student awards were Margaret Raynor of Smithfield and Stephanie Cassidy of Knightdale. Anna Cheshire of Benson received the TRiO spirit award.
Evelyn Alonzo of Clinton and Wanda McLamb of Benson spoke at the event. Evelyn Alonzo, a JCC graduate and past TRiO participant and tutor, shared her college experiences and encouraged students to go confidently in the direction of their dreams.
“Live the life you have imagined,” said Alonzo, a CT technician with Johnston Health.
Wanda McLamb, a student in JCC’s early childhood program, spoke about her experiences in the TRiO program and Student Leadership Development Program. McLamb said she was thankful for the services offered by TRiO and for the leadership training she has received through SLDP.
At JCC, TRiO is a federally-funded program offered through the college’s Student Support Services department. The program provides counseling, tutoring, study-skills workshops, financial-aid planning and college-transfer assistance to eligible students. Currently, Student Support Services serves about 160 students, most of whom are first-generation, low-income college students.