Trident Technical College students and faculty members were recognized for their outstanding achievement and involvement in student organizations at TTC’s Awards Day ceremony held at the college’s Main Campus on May 3.
The President’s Award/Kurtzman Prize, the highest honor which includes a monetary gift given to a graduating student on the basis of academic achievement, contributions to the college and community service, was awarded this year to Christian Isaman, a Culinary Arts Technology graduate from Charleston.
Regional executive Tal Lakey and Charleston branch manager Jim Goddard were on hand to present the S.C. State Credit Union Award to Associate of Arts student Heidi Rader of Goose Creek. This award, which also includes a monetary gift, is presented to a returning student who demonstrates a commitment to service, exhibits perseverance toward completing higher educational goals, displays commendable personal attributes, and serves as an exemplary role model to other students.
The Klein Tools Award, which honors the outstanding electrician graduate from the Electrical and Automated Technologies program with a set of tools valued at more than $1,000, was presented by Klein Tools Inc. District Manager David Inman to TTC student Christopher Andrews of Mount Pleasant.
The Merit Award winners were also recognized by TTC President Dr. Mary Thornley for their academic and personal excellence, identifying each recipient as the top student in his or her program of study.
There are approximately 40 student organizations at TTC in which students have the opportunities to network with other students who have similar interests, gain additional practice in their fields of study, interact with future colleagues, and offer time and energy to community service. Three organizations were recognized with Outstanding Student Organization awards. Winning the top honor was the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association, followed by Clemente Coalition as first runner-up and Early Childhood Development Club as second runner-up.
Outstanding Advisors and Outstanding Members of Student Organizations were also recognized. Society of Broadcasters advisor Randy Grimes won the top honor for Outstanding Student Organization Advisor. First runner-up was given to Mozell Rollerson, advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, and second runner-up was given to Kristin Zeaser-Sydow, advisor for the Early Childhood Development Club, and Dr. Mary Ann Kohli, advisor for the Clemente Coalition.