(Shelby, NC) – Anna Marie Vagnozzi has been named the 2014 Academic Excellence Award winner at Cleveland Community College. Vagnozzi is pursuing both an Associate in Science and an Associate in Arts degree and holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Vagnozzi says her background as a homeschool student was one of the reasons she chose CCC. “At the age of 16, I didn’t really feel ready to make the jump to living away at a university. CCC gave me the option of a smooth transition from home education to the classroom environment,” she says. “Plus, the low-cost tuition, job opportunities, and financial assistance also gave me the ability to begin saving for when I transfer to a four-year institution.”
“Each year academic award winners are chosen for not only their work inside the classroom, but their involvement on campus is just as important. Anna Marie was a perfect fit by serving as a work-study and tutor in the Student Success Center,” says Vice President of Student Services Dr. Andy Gardner. “She is also president of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and serves as a senator for the Student Government Association,” he adds.
Off campus Vagnozzi is actively involved in the North Carolina 4-H Youth Development Program and says her involvement in 4-H has built character, communication, team work skills, and leadership abilities. “I know one day my love of learning and teaching will allow me to touch others’ lives and I will have my homeschooling, 4-H and CCC to thank for that,” she says.
Vagnozzi is the daughter of Sam and Cheryl Vagnozzi of Kings Mountain and she has two siblings, Anthony and Hannah.
The North Carolina Community College’s Academic Award winners are chosen from each of the 58 NC Community Colleges. The students are selected for their academic accomplishments and leadership ability. They also excel in the classroom and are dedicated to making a difference on their campuses and in their communities.