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McCabe and Winders receive community college excellence awards

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Savanna Winders and Sherry McCabe, both of Southport, have been selected to represent Brunswick Community College for the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award, according to a news release.

The award is a unique opportunity for community colleges to showcase their students and their academic achievements, as well as highlight the work that the colleges do each and every day.

McCabe, with a GPA of 3.857, is pursuing a biotechnology associate in applied science degree. Motivated by the job opportunities in the biotechnology field, she plans to graduate from BCC in May of 2009 and become part of one of the fastest growing industries in Brunswick County and all of North Carolina.

“I want to continue living in Brunswick County, and the biotech field will allow me to do that and have many exciting opportunities in the food and agricultural areas,” said McCabe. She works full-time in Southport while taking a full-course load.

Savanna Winders will graduate from BCC this spring with an associate in arts degree. A full-time student who works two jobs while maintaining a 3.821 GPA, she volunteers her time to arts and sciences faculty during registration and supports the student athletes by attending basketball games. She plans to transfer to UNCW and pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science and then get her master’s degree and become a college professor.

“I feel honored that Brunswick Community College has chosen to nominate me for the Academic Excellence Award,” Winders said. “The college has exceeded my expectations in helping me advance in my educational career.”

Each college may nominate only two students and they must be currently enrolled with a GPA of at least 3.25. They also must have completed no less than 12 semester hours in associate of arts, associate of science, associate of applied science or associate of general studies. Students who are selected for the Academic Excellence Awards will be recognized at an awards luncheon on April 16 in Raleigh.