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TCC recognizes inaugural Academic Excellence and Service Award winners

Tidewater Community College launched the Academic Excellence and Service Awards to recognize exemplary students.

A total of 18 students were honored during a virtual ceremony held on May 2, 2021.

Michelle Woodhouse, vice president for Academic Affairs and chief academic officer, led the event and added her congratulations to the honorees.

“Each of these students has demonstrated exceptional community and academic achievements while enrolled at TCC during a time filled with unprecedented challenges,” she said. “They truly understand the concept of ‘community,’ that we are all part of something larger than the individual, something powerful and deep that touches all of us every day. And for their efforts, we are grateful and proud.”

TCC alumna Rickkita Taylor shared words of encouragement with award winners. Taylor graduated from TCC in 2016 and founded Sisters Healing Sisters, a nonprofit providing help and hope for those in need.

“Selfless scholars like yourselves help to ensure that the Hampton Roads community continues to thrive,” Taylor said. “Thank you again for your commitment to your education and community. We are very proud of each of you.”

2021 Academic Excellence and Service Award winners:

Emmanuel Abuah
Jacob Chaney
Kouadio Nzi Tiffanie Marie Chantal
Jordan L Guynn
Aralee Fajardo
T’Lia Jahmeelia Miles
Shanice Mills
Vuong Nguyen
Amy L. Paris
Joanna Porter
Aspen Roadcap
Elizabeth Sanborn
Jordan Sustarsic
Tiara G. Thompson
Jaidan N. Williams
Brittany Williams
Patricia Ann Womack
Latisha Lynn Yancey

All award winners are working toward associate degrees or certificates and have earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. They also have a history of exemplary service to the college and the community.