Craven Community College (CCC) students were winners in two of the nine categories of the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association’s (N4CSGA) annual awards. Megan Grisham, from New Bern, N.C., received The Ray Jefferies Award which recognizes the one student, statewide, that made significant contributions to the creation and success of the N4CSGA. Alison Grose, from Grantsboro, N.C., received the Daryl Mitchell Award for Outstanding Students for the Eastern Division. Students honored with this award demonstrate the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
CCC’s Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of the college’s student body to college administration. The mission of the N4CSGA is to “provide the common welfare and represent all student government organizations within the North Carolina Community College System.”
“When I heard that Megan and Alison won their awards, I was extremely elated because they are very deserving of the recognition,” said Kimberley Clark, campus life assistant and SGA advisor. Clark said Grisham was always ready to help and Grose exhibited outstanding leadership.
Grisham has been actively involved as a member of the SGA executive board since spring 2014. She started as the historian and has served as its treasurer since summer 2014. “I was shocked when my name was called as the winner of The Ray Jefferies Award,” said Grisham. She said that the SGA has helped develop her leadership skills, improve her public speaking and build relationships in the community. Grisham is graduating in May with an associate’s degree in accounting. Her goals are to become a Certified Public Accountant and open her own accounting business.
“The choice of Megan for The Ray Jefferies Award by the N4CSGA executive board was unanimous. She is a great example for other SGA students to follow,” said Kenneth Campbell, N4CSGA public information officer, Wake Technical Community College graduate and N.C. Central University student.
Grose first became involved with the SGA in spring 2013 when she was a student at Pamlico Community College. When she transferred to CCC in spring 2014, she immediately became involved in the SGA, becoming its president in fall 2014. “I always knew I wanted to be involved in student government because it aligns with my passions and what I want to do in life,” said Grose. She led the SGA’s efforts to create a new Latin honors program, increase SGA’s presence, and encourage more collaboration between the SGA and its student clubs. Grose is graduating in May with an associate in arts degree. Her goal is to become a lawyer and practice constitutional law.
“Alison rose above everyone’s expectations when she assumed the mantle as president of the SGA,” said Josiah Trombley, CCC music student and SGA vice president.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.