An Image of Success Academic Excellence Award Goes to Santiago Ponce Santiago Avila Ponce of Asheboro, a Radiography student, was honored as Randolph Community College’s 2016 Academic Excellence Award winner on April 14 by Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president, who presented Ponce with a medallion and plaque. Ponce is one of 58 students from each community college in North 32| EPIC NEWS
Carolina who were recognized in April for academic excellence. AEA selection requirements are consistent with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society criteria. Students must be currently enrolled, must have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program, and must have a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.25. A committee at RCC selected the final recipient based on faculty recommendations.
“He is truly an exceptional student,” says one of his instructors, “He is incredibly professional and very poised.”
According to his nomination, Ponce’s success goes beyond his grade point average, which is excellent. His instructors say it regularly shows up in the classroom and at clinical sites.
Ponce comes from a close-knit family of six. His father, mother, two older sisters and younger brother are very important to him. His family is the reason he strives to be successful.
Another instructor described Ponce, who graduated from Southwestern Randolph High School, as “a very gifted student” whose insight was displayed in his critical thinking and writing skills. “His abilities set him apart from the rest of the class.”