Northeast State’s TRiO Student Support Services recognized the program’s scholars and graduates at its 7th annual Breakfast with the President award ceremony on March 11.
TRiO Director Virginia Reed presented scholar certificates and awards of honors to the program’s students. More than 40 TRiO students will be graduating from Northeast State this spring.
“We are so proud of our scholars and graduates,” said Reed. “You have truly made incredible strides while facing some very difficult circumstances.”
Melissa Dimech won Outstanding Participant of the Year award for the Blountville campus. Pamela Moody received the Outstanding TRiO Participant of the Year for the Northeast State at Kingsport service branch. Jenny Brummett received the Outstanding Participant of the Year award for the Northeast State at Elizabethton teaching site.
“I am so happy for all of you and happy you allowed me to be part of your Northeast State experience,” said Donna Addington, TRiO Advisor at Elizabethon.
Lauren Barbeau won the Outstanding Advanced Tutor of the Year. Barbeau works as a tutor with at the Blountville and Kingsport campuses. Dustin Hensley won the Outstanding Peer Tutor of the Year award for the Blountville campus.
TRiO SSS scholars recognized were: Travis Akers, Sarah Bowers, Cathy Brown, Dorina Jill Coggins, Megan Frye, Heather Gill, Ella Griffiths, Hannah Irick, Kaitlin Irick, Michele Johnson, Brittney Joyner, Debra Kerns, Cory Lyons, Celeste Mattaliano, Kelly Menge, Daniel Nelson, David Nelson, Brandon Sexton, Savannah Steffey, Sarah Stewart, Jose Torres-Cibrian, and Scott Willis.
TRiO SSS scholars preparing to graduate this spring are: Amanda Austin, Alicia Blasini, Gabe Bombailey, Stephanie Brewer, Jenny Brummett, Glenn Burns, Ashleigh Caldwell, Hailey Clark, Zachery Coggins, Shane Colston, Phyllis Cornett, Matt Deel, Melissa Dimech, Michelle Dotson, Madyson Fields, Brianna Franklin, Breanne Gann, Tabitha Gentry, Kenneth Gilreath, Melinda Gouge, Whitney Guinn, Dustin Hensley, Brittany Hughes, Nicole Johnson, Lance Lukens, Cassandra Mallory, Deshawn Mingo, Pamela Mooney, Devotha Mukayuhi, Roger Odom, Katie Pendleton, Michelle Shelton, Zoe Sibley, Esta Amanda Stevens Blevins, Christina Stike, Savannah Vance, Eugene Vanoy, Tracy Wagner-Brackins, Anthony Walls, Diana Womack, and Brandon Whitley.
TRiO Student Support Services at Northeast State serves more than 180 students and has been in existence nearly 30 years. The TRiO SSS staff of Reed, Raylene Steward, Tonya Cassell, Donna Addington, Wendy Taylor, and Rita Lay coordinate a variety of support services for students including assistance in transfer advising to a four-year college, tutoring, personal and financial counseling, career counseling; assistance in applying to four-year colleges and universities, workplace and college visits, teaching study and time management skills, and assistance in applying for financial aid.
TRIO programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) provide valuable supportive services to students from low-income and working families to help them successfully enter college and graduate.