DOBSON — One hundred and three students were inducted into Sigma Alpha Pi, Surry Community College’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success during an inaugural ceremony held April 26, at the SCC Gymnasium in Dobson where members received their pins and honor cords, which may be worn during the SCC Curriculum Graduation.
When the society was first formed in the fall of 2013, about 200 SCC students joined the association and started working toward becoming full-fledge members. Members must complete leadership training by participating in several society activities including orientation, leadership training day, three speaker broadcast events, and three success networking team meetings. Members must have a 3.0 GPA and have completed 12 credit hours. Inductees received a certificate, pin, T-shirt, auto decal and honor cord.
“The National Society of Leadership and Success gives Surry Community College students a wonderful opportunity to prepare themselves as productive and successful community and business leaders,” said Tony Searcy, SCC’s director of Campus Life and Student Support, who was pivotal in starting the local chapter. “The students can also list this leadership training experience on their resumes.”
Searcy is the club’s advisor, and Donald Fowler, assistant director of the Academic Support Center at Surry Community College, is the co-advisor. Inductees are lifetime members of Sigma Alpha Pi and membership will transfer to universities that have chapters.
The inductees are listed along with their city of residency:
Amber Dorn, Ariadna Gonzalez, Edith Gonzalez, Tomika Hampton, Kala Haynes, Bethany Hunter, Amber Mason, Kelly Moran and Alexis Plunkett of Yadkinville; Melody Walker of Westfield; Olivia Hinson of Union Grove; Karye Groce and Melissa Snow of Thurmond; Nicholas Plyler of Statesville; Tyler Walters of State Road; Kassidy Adkins, Randy Dotson and Hunter Smith of Siloam; Kayla Marion, Carson Mellow and Jennifer Ring of Pinnacle.
Susan Bryant, Barbara Bottoms, Hunter Bowers, Michelle Goble, Jessie Mosley and Lydia Santucci of Pilot Mountain; Mackenzie Ammann, Pamela Arms, Mary Beall, Terry Breeden, Victoria Bryant, Anna Culler, Kelly East, Kenneth Easter, Lynette Forrest, Justine Frost, Taylor Gabbey, Carolyn Gillespie, Petra Goettel, Bridgett Hawks, Lauren Henderson, James Hott, Kelly Ingram, Dee Jones, Miranda Jones, Jessica King, Santana Lawson, Kelli Lewis, Vivian Leftwich, Brandon Lyons, Meagan Poore, Erandi Reyes, Alisha Richards, Sticy Saavedra, Paula Saavedra, Ricardio Sanabria, Logan Simpson, Anna Tucker, Dulce Urquiza, Justin Waight, Samantha Wallace and James Watson of Mount Airy.
Judy Caudill of McGrady; Laurie Holderfield, Nicole Underwood and Emily Wilkins of Lowgap; Kendra Carter of Lawsonville; Marlena White of King; Lakyn Stewart of Jonesville; Melissa Long of Hamptonville; Kristine David of Greensboro; Jerry Loggins of Ennice; Sydney Dockery, Emily Gregory, Jewel Parker, Alysha Shelton, Anna Sparks, Kelley Szymanski and Courtland Wagoner of Elkin.
Tammie Cathey, Emily Lyon, Audrey Mahan, Daniel Poindexter, Savanna Powell and Kaitlin Thompson of East Bend; John Belcher, Amelia Castillo, Cassie Childress, Deaven Davis, Giseline Martinez, Karie McLamb, John Ring, Ireli Sonato, Eric Sonato and Vance Vaughn of Dobson; Ricky Meadows of Clemmons; Timothy Gates and Joseph Taylor of Cana, Va.; Ashley Campbell, Marshal Eddleman and April Southard of Boonville; and Ai Cheng of Ararat, N.C.
“I am very pleased that more than half of the original members were able to complete the requirements and become full-fledge Sigma Alpha Pi members,” Searcy said. “The participation has been phenomenal in this brand new honor society at SCC. I am looking forward to next year’s activities, which include nationally renowned speakers being streamed live to Surry’s campus.”
Nineteen members performed extra service in Sigma Alpha Pi and received a National Engaged Leader Award along with qualifying for additional scholarships and discounts with various companies.
Students who received the National Engaged Leader Award are: Pamela Arms, Kenneth Easter, Lynette Forrest and Lauren Henderson of Mount Airy, Kendra Carter of Lawsonville; Cassie Childress, Irelia Sonato and Eric Sonato of Dobson; Marshal Eddleman of Boonville; Melissa Long of Hamptonville; Audrey Mahan and Savanna Powell of East Bend; Amber Mason of Yadkinville; Jennifer Ring of Pinnacle; Melissa Snow of Thurmond; Lakyn Stewart of Jonesville; Kelley Szymanski and Courtland Wagoner of Elkin; and Emily Wilkins of Lowgap.
During this past semester, students were able to hear from Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC’s Mad Money; Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS; and Carly Fiorina, the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company.
The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded in 2001 to build leaders who make a better world. As of today, the National Society of Leadership and Success provides these stellar attributes to more than 400 active college chapters nationwide and to more than 300,000 members, who embody the mission and serve as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.
The society helps people discover and achieve their goals and offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters. The society is made up of like-minded, success-oriented individuals who come together and help one another succeed.
When asked how he might sum up the key thing that the Society does, founder Gary Tuerack shared, “We are dream supporters - we build leaders, support people in achieving their dreams, and better the world in the process. We get people to ask the all-important question, ‘What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ and then help them to achieve those goals.” The guiding question that shapes all the important decisions that the organization makes is: “Are we helping the greatest number of people in the greatest way?”
For more information about the local chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, contact Tony Searcy, SCC’s Director of Campus Life and Student Support, at 386-3246 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about the national level, go to www.societyleadership.org.