Piedmont Community College has selected three student ambassadors for the 2019-2020 academic year. They are Deanna Burch of Roxboro, Zachary Walker of Reidsville, and Jonathan Willis of Providence. Burch, Walker and Willis will serve as official student representatives of the college at community and school functions. They will also aid as greeters, conduct tours and assist in other ways at college events.
Burch is returning to school to follow a dream of becoming a nurse. She previously graduated from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and is currently a second-year nursing student at PCC.
Active in her community, as well as her church, Lamberth Memorial, Burch volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and Christian Help Center. She is also a youth mission volunteer, and performs as her church organist and choir director.
With plans to work as a registered nurse in an emergency department, Burch also hopes to earn her certified emergency nurse certification, and eventually a master’s degree, after completing the ADN program at PCC. Her nursing instructors have used the terms leadership, outstanding performance, able to communicate, natural enthusiasm, and positive attitude to describe this hardworking, non-traditional student when recommending her for the Ambassador position.
A graduate of Bartlett Yancey High School, Walker has earned two certificates in PCC’s Criminal Justice Technology program and is now enrolled in the College’s Associate of Arts transfer program, with a goal of working in law enforcement as a career.
Walker believes in PCC and feels right at home on the Caswell County Campus – as well he should, getting his start at the former Child Development Center when his mother was enrolled at PCC a number of years ago. Walker returned to the college to take courses through the tuition-free Career and College Promise program while in high school.
“PCC means so much to me,” Walker wrote in his Student Ambassador Application. “It’s a place where the teachers care about my education and well-being. It’s a place where I have grown and thrived, not just academically, but socially and emotionally. It’s a place I’m proud to call home.”
In a written reference, an instructor of Walker’s shared, “What has impressed me the most about Zachary is his work ethic and determination to attain his goals through honest, hard work.”
Willis is studying in the Associate in Arts program at PCC. As a graduate of Bartlett Yancey High School, he was familiar with the college and decided that his first step to becoming a history professor would be a degree from Piedmont Community College.
When asked why he was interested in the Student Ambassador position, Willis said, “I want to give back to a college that has so greatly influenced me, my life, and has treated me so well. Since the very first day that I stepped upon this campus, I have been met by a wonderful group of professors and staff members who have treated me with a level of respect and kindness that remains unparalleled by any other institution.”
Willis also is looking for ways to continue to develop as a person. Many on campus believe he has already grown in so many ways, noting his strong work ethic, integrity, and leadership skills. In fact, he has been seen as a role model to other students on the Caswell County campus.
PCC Ambassadors are an honorary group of students who have been nominated, interviewed and selected by faculty and staff to represent the college. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and they are awarded a scholarship from the PCC Foundation. In 2014, the Jacqueline Hall Moore Student Ambassador endowment was established to help support future ambassadors.