Honors & Awards
A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation
Meghan Hopper was recently awarded the distinguished Women’s Club of Weiss Lake Scholarship for 2017. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving female student and resident of Cherokee County attending Gadsden State Community College-Cherokee (Ala.). The scholarship was established by the Women’s Club of Weiss Lake in 2013. The group is a community organization serving Cherokee County with the aim of enhancing the quality of living in the community. Club members include residents from throughout the county, many of whom are semi-retired professionals. The recipient of the partial-tuition scholarship must have demonstrated academic excellence by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 in all courses attempted and completed; be enrolled in a minimum of six hours of classes and satisfactorily demonstrate financial need for the scholarship. The recommendation of the scholarship recipient is made by the faculty/staff of Gadsden State Cherokee.
Edgar Rodriguez witnessed the 9-11 attacks in New York City, but at a Sept. 11 remembrance at Wake Tech’s (N.C.) Public Safety Education Campus, his thoughts were on the courage and competence of first responders here at home. Rodriguez came to say thank you to Addison Newman and Linton Wilder, Wake County paramedics who were first on the scene when his 17-year old son Jonathan was hit by a car earlier this month. Paramedic Newman, a 2016 Wake Tech graduate, said the accident presented an opportunity to put what he had learned at Wake Tech into action. “The EMS program prepared me for scenarios I face on the job on any given day.” Today’s event at the Public Safety Education Campus honored the victims of 9/11 and all first responders who have lost their lives. One of the speakers was the mother of Sgt. Meggan Callahan, who was responding to a fire inside Bertie Correctional Institution last April when she was killed by an inmate. Callahan’s parents laid a rose at the Memorial Wall in memory of their daughter and other corrections officers who have died in the line of duty. Edgar Rodriguez did the same at a memorial for fallen EMS providers. At the end of the ceremony, Wake Tech employees finished loading a tractor-trailer truck with furniture and household goods, which they will drive to Princeville, N.C., for those still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Matthew. United Way of the Tar River Region and the Michael’s Angels Girls Club of Tarboro helped coordinate the delivery. The Public Safety Education Campus trains police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and others who dedicate their lives to helping people in need. The campus is a CALEA® Accredited Training Academy, and its 100,000- square-foot facility features a 12-lane indoor firearms range, a state-of-the-art forensics lab, an incident command center, defensive tactics and simunition rooms, and a mock courtroom and jail.