DOBSON — The Surry Community College Ambassador Scholars Program recognizes outstanding students who serve as public relations representatives by hosting campus visitors, conducting campus tours, supporting special events and setting an example of excellence for Surry students.
The SCC Foundation established the Ambassadors program in 1993, and this year one Pilot Mountain resident is among those chosen for the program.
• Cheyenne Kota, of Pilot Mountain, is among five students chosen for the ambassador program at the school this year. Like her colleagues in the program, she will be graduating in May.
Kota is pursuing an Associate in Science degree in hopes of transferring to a four-year university after graduating; she intends to continue her education in pursuit of a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.
Kota is a member of the SCC colleyball team and Surry’s chapter of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success; she also received an Academic Achievement Award for volleyball.
Kota is excited for the opportunity to represent Surry and share with others the exceptional experience she has had while enrolled. “I am truly honored and blessed to have been selected as an Ambassador. My experience at Surry has been nothing short of amazing,” she said.
Other ambassadors for the year include:
• Elijah Wade Bryant, of Lowgap, who is working toward an Associate in Arts degree. He plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue higher education; he also hopes to continue working part-time at Cracker Barrel while continuing his studies. During his time at SCC, Bryant has been on both the dean’s and president’s lists and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Bryant said, “The highlights of my experience at Surry have been making new friends, getting to know my instructors, and becoming involved in extracurricular activities.” He applied to the SCC Ambassadors program for the opportunity to gain leadership skills and work closely with fellow students, staff, and community members.
• Cheyenne Mikayla Dawson, of Sparta, who is earning an Associate in Science degree. She plans to transfer to a four-year university to study biology, and is an anatomy and physiology tutor at SCC. Additionally, Dawson has been named to the dean’s list while at Surry. “SCC has gone above and beyond my expectations at how easy and fun it is to be involved,” Dawson said. “I am extremely excited to work as an ambassador and face all the new opportunities this position brings.”
• Eden Stephanie Hamby, of North Wilkesboro, who is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree. After graduation, she plans to transfer to a four-year university; at this time, she is particularly interested in Salem College and the University of North Carolina – Asheville. Hamby began her time at SCC by enrolling in the Yadkin Early College and has been named to the president’s list during her tenure as a student thus far. Hamby stated, “The best part of Surry by far is the faculty and staff. There are so many amazing instructors, and they have taught me so much.” Hamby looks forward to making what she already considers a wonderful place to learn, even better, by serving as an Ambassador in the coming year.
• Joshua David Tucker, of Boonville, who is working toward an Associate in Arts degree. He hopes to transfer to Appalachian State University to obtain a degree in business management. He has been named to the dean’s list while at Surry. Tucker said, “Coming in Surry as a high school graduate, I was nervous for the transition, but with encouraging instructors, the transition was a breeze.”
This is the third year Kasey Martin, student and community engagement coordinator at SCC, has been the advisor for the Ambassadors program.
“We have selected a fine group of students who exhibit strong leadership skills, outgoing personalities, and an enthusiastic love and knowledge for Surry Community College,” said Martin. “All of these qualities are extremely valuable and needed, while they are providing tours for our school, meeting individuals throughout the community, and assisting with many fundraising events on campus. I am proud to have these five individuals serving as representatives of our school.”
In addition, Martin noted that the Ambassadors have a history of supporting elementary, middle and high school student programs focused on career planning and student services. They also have volunteered as tour guides, registration assistants and student I.D. photographers during fall and spring semester student orientations. They have participated in Breast Cancer Awareness activities during Surry Goes Pink Week and had a fundraiser for the March of Dimes in previous years.