WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College has selected La’Quon Rogers, a student ambassador and president of the college’s Student Government Association (SGA), as its recipient of the N.C. Community College System Academic Excellence Award.
Rogers, a university transfer student from Ayden, will receive his 2014 “Great within the 58” Award on March 21, when PCC recognizes 50 of its best and brightest students in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
Two staff members and a pair of PCC instructors nominated Rogers for the award, which is presented annually to a top student from each of the state’s 58 community colleges in recognition of outstanding achievement in the classroom and volunteerism.
“La’Quon Rogers is an active and dedicated learner,” said PCC instructor Lora Clark, who had Rogers in her “American Government” course in the fall. “You can watch him take in information and absorb it, and then you can see the process as his fertile mind goes to work on evaluating and applying it.”
Clark called Rogers “a leader in the classroom” and an inspiration to his classmates.
The son of Tremayne Rogers and Alisa Barrett and the grandson of Frankie and Julia Rogers, La’Quon has posted a 3.51 grade point average while effectively managing his responsibilities as SGA president and at numerous college functions as an ambassador. He has been a Dean’s List student each semester he has attended PCC and will serve as a marshal during this year’s graduation ceremony in May.
“When I graduated from Ayden-Grifton High School, I was excited to be college-bound but apprehensive about the transition,” Rogers said. “… I found a place at PCC to continue developing my leadership skills and make a difference in my community.”
As a student ambassador, Rogers helped raise $2,200 for the American Kidney Fund last fall. At the same time, he made valuable contributions as SGA president toward the college’s successful pursuit of a $19.9 million-bond referendum to build a much-needed science building on campus and purchase a new home for law enforcement training programs.
“… My experiences so far have been priceless,” he said. “Thanks to my time at PCC and the influence of an amazing faculty and staff, my life will never be the same again.”
Rogers, who is an active member and associate minister at Little Creek Free Will Baptist Church, is on track to graduate from PCC in 2015. He plans to transfer to East Carolina University and ultimately pursue an MBA and law degree.