CFCC students recognized for achievements
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Dozens of outstanding CFCC students stood proudly Thursday night to accept
recognition for all their hard work. The annual event recognizes achievements
in and out of the classroom.

"It's not based necessarily on grades or activities," event coordinator, Joy Shortell, said. "But they stood above the rest in terms of faculty for their nomination."

Of the exceptional students was senior Rebecca Morgan. Morgan is one of only 20 students in the country to receive the 2011 Guistwhite Scholarship from the prestigious honor society, Phi Theta Kappa.

"It took a lot of determination, hard work and never giving up," Morgan said.

Her road to success hasn't been an easy one.

"When I was 17, I became the primary caregiver of my father and so I was forced to drop out, and I actually enrolled in the GED program here," Morgan said. "As soon as I completed that, I enrolled at Cape Fear to transfer and I joined Phi Theta Kappa, and they opened me up to all these opportunities."

Along with Morgan, many of the students recognized tonight have overcome personal challenges. It's fair to say their hard work is finally paying off.

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It is refreshing to see a story about young people who know what is important in life.

I drink coffee at Java Dog and see them out there at CFCC bright and early every morning.