New Ambassadors to Showcase Best of BCCC
The Beaufort County Community College Foundation chose ten new students to represent BCCC as ambassadors for the 2018-2019 academic year. This year’s team of ambassadors includes two homeschooled students, two mechanical engineering technology students, two electrical engineering technology students two returning ambassadors and two from Martin County. Ambassadors represent the diversity of aspirations, backgrounds and interests of the BCCC student body through speaking engagements, marketing and recruitment.
Nicholas Blackford, 18, of Washington, is pursuing an Associate in Arts. He was homeschooled and currently works in maintenance at Tranter’s Creek Resort and Campground. Son of Mike and Debbie Blackford, he plans to pursue a degree in computer science.
Marshall “Tanner” Boyd, 18, of Blounts Creek, is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering technology. Boyd was homeschooled, and he plans to transfer to a university after BCCC. Son of Billy and Marsha Boyd of Blounts Creek, he currently works in sales for Southside Farms.
Jacob Hering, 30, of Washington, is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering technology. He plans to work at an energy company. A graduate of Memorial High School, Hering holds an Associate in Business Management from Minnesota State College Southeast. Son of Brooks and Jamie Patti, he works as a receiving team member at Lowe’s.
Melissa Hoggard, 42, of Williamston, is pursuing a degree in human services technology. She currently works as a certified nurse aide II at Vidant Medical Center. Hoggard attended Williamston High School. Wife of Johnny Hoggard, mother of six, and daughter of Debbie James of Robersonville and Mike Parmell of Williamston, she plans finish a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university.
Dylan King, 19, of Washington, is a business administration student. He attended Northside High School. King is the son of Hope and Mike King of Washington.
Katelyn Kornegay, 20, is the daughter of Ed and the late Glenda Kornegay of Vanceboro. The returning ambassador is working on an Associate in Arts, and she plans to transfer to major in creative writing. The Vanceboro resident attended Washington High School.
Cruz Lugo Reyes, 18, of Washington, is an electrical engineering technology student. Reyes will graduate from the Beaufort County Early College High School. He is the son of Martha Reyes.
Alyssa Manning, 20, of Williamston, is a business administration student. A graduate of Bear Grass Charter School, she is the daughter of Rick and Karmen Manning of Williamston.
Darian Stoica, 21, is the daughter of Mindy and Alex Stoica of Greenville. The returning ambassador is working on degrees in medical office administration and office administration, and she plans to get a bachelor’s degree in management. The Grimesland resident attended D.H. Conley High School. She currently works as the assistant to admissions and recruitment at BCCC.
Amber Tetterton, 22, of Pantego, is a medical office administration student. Wife of Gary Koonce and mother of three, she attended Washington High School. Tetterton works as an administrator at Take 2 Computer Services.
Cameron Whitehead, 30, of Washington, is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing. Daughter of Doug and Valerie Whitehead, she is a graduate of Washington High School. Whitehead holds a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing Education with a Concentration in Mathematics. She plans to work as a nurse in eastern North Carolina.
Landen “Zane” Woolard, 19, of Washington, is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree. A graduate of Washington High School, he is the son of Murphy and Kim Woolard of Washington.
Ambassadors represent the college at community functions and help with recruitment in exchange for a one-year tuition scholarship. Ambassadors chosen from the Early College High School receive a stipend.
As part of the selection process, applicants were asked to submit a resume and to participate in an interview. A panel comprised of members of the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors and local business and civic leaders conducted interviews in an informal setting with candidates for the position.