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Posted on 01/22/13

RCC/RECHS Student Is Academic Excellence Award Winner

                      Jessica Baron          

Jessica Baron, daughter of Cathy and Rob Baron of Stokesdale, has been selected as the 2013 Academic Excellence Award recipient for Rockingham Community College.  Each year one student is chosen at each of the state's 58 community colleges to receive the prestigious award

“I’m so happy,” said Baron.  “I’m the first RECHS student to receive the award.  And to be chosen out of all the students in the entire college means a lot.”

When nominating Baron for the honor, English Department Director, Dr. Robert Brandon, wrote, “One of the cornerstones of liberal arts education is the belief that education transforms people and that well-educated people transform society.  I have confidence that if selected, Jessica will honor our institution as she moves forward and takes advantage of her limitless potential.”


Brandon cited Baron’s involvement in clubs, community service, leadership roles, mentoring roles, and her commitment to academics.  In her college classes, she maintains a 4.0 grade point average, out of a possible 4.0. 


“Jessica excels at everything she does,” said Brandon.  “I have encountered many fine students during my tenure at RCC, but few have been as academically well-rounded.”


Rockingham Early College High School is located on the RCC campus.  Its students begin taking college classes their freshman year.  They graduate from high school and RCC with a two-year associate degree after their fifth year on campus.


After graduation in May 2014, Baron plans to transfer to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 2014, where she will pursue a degree in computer science with a minor in digital arts.  She would like to concentrate her career in video game graphics.


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