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COA Announces Student Leadership Award Nominee

College of The Albemarle (COA) has nominated Sandra K. Thigpen for the 2013 Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. Sandra, a Camden County resident, has been enrolled at COA since 2010 and is working towards an Associate’s Degree in General Education and a second Associate’s Degree in Medical Office Administration.

Sandra Thigpen The Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award selection criteria included that the student needed to be enrolled at least part-time, be in good academic standing and have a current grade point average of 2.5 or greater. The student should be active in campus activities and possess traits which will help them become leaders in their communities.

Sandra has been very active at the college since her enrollment a couple of years ago. Her long list of accomplishments includes Vice President of COA’s Student Government Association (SGA), former Secretary/Treasurer for the SGA, N4CSGA participant at the Eastern Division and State Level fall conferences, peer tutor for COA’s Academic Support Center, an active work study student for the college’s athletic department, recipient of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2012), student representative of the college’s Disciplinary Appeals Committee, and recipient of the Margaret W. and Lorimer Midgett Trust Scholarship (2011-2012 and 2012-2013). She has also been an active participant in college collection drives for Toys to Tots, winter coats, and food drives.

In her essay, Sandra talked about leadership and being a servant leader. “To truly achieve great leadership, one must be a servant leader by serving others first. Just a few years ago, I would have never dreamed that I would be a full-time college student, for I was then a resident of Hopeline, a shelter for battered women. It was there in the shelter that I began to understand servant leadership; everything the shelter did to assist me was done with no regard for glory or praise. I have strived to achieve that same servant leadership in all aspects of being a single mother and as a student at COA.”

Support letters written by Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer, COA President, and Jeff Carter, COA Athletic Director and Health and Wellness Instructor, focused on Sandra’s active participation at the college and the level of leadership she projects in all that she does. Dr. Deitemeyer wrote, “Sandra has been a driving force behind most of the student activities that take place at our college. She is dedicated to COA and the SGA and is always willing to volunteer for any service or learning opportunity. I have absolutely no doubt that Sandra will complete wonderful things in the future.”

Sandra will now compete against the nominees from the other fifty-seven North Carolina Community Colleges for the chance to receive the Governor Scott Student Leadership Award. If selected as the winner, she will receive a plaque and $1,000.

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