Five high school students earn RCC elite status

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 12:22 AM

Five elite Randolph County high school students have been chosen in a competitive process to become Presidential Scholars at Randolph Community College for the 2013-2014 school year. Ashley Marie Bodenheimer of Wheatmore High School, Katleen “Katie” Denise Donahue of Eastern Randolph High School, Autumn Hope Earnhardt of Trinity High School, Isaac Christian Ferguson of Providence Grove High School, and Amber Dawn Martin of Southwestern Randolph High School will receive two-year RCC scholarships through the Presidential Scholars program funded by the Randolph Community College Foundation.

High school students from public, private, and home schools throughout Randolph County were invited to apply for the scholarships. Twelve students who met the preliminary requirements were invited to attend a Presidential Scholars Day at RCC on March 14, where they learned more about the College and were interviewed by a committee of faculty and staff members. Nine finalists were chosen and were invited back for a second interview with RCC President Robert Shackleford Jr., who made the final choice of five recipients.

Students’ academic records and extracurricular and community activities weighed heavily in the selection of recipients, as did the interviews.

Ashley Bodenheimer of Trinity, who is expected to enroll in the Associate in Arts Psychology Pre-Major program at RCC, has been an active member of the Air Force JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard at Wheatmore High School, serving as deputy group commander her senior year. One of her references reported that Bodenheimer has participated in 53 community service events and has earned 65 Air Force Junior ROTC awards including the Tuskegee Airman Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Award for leadership, and the American Legion Scholastic Scholarship. She also played on the Wheatmore tennis team and has volunteered with Adopt-A-Highway and Taste of the Town. Bodenheimer says she chose psychology as a career path because “I have always been interested in how humans work, and why they sometimes think the way they do. …I’ve always felt the need to give back to our community, and one way to do that would be helping others with their problems.”

Katie Donahue of Seagrove plans to study Associate Degree Nursing at RCC, eventually going on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She said getting into the program will help fulfill her lifelong dream to eventually become an oncology nurse. At Eastern Randolph High School, Donahue has been a member of the Beta Club, National Technical Honors Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Health Occupations Students of America, and Future Farmers of America. She was also a member of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce’s Student Leadership Information for Tomorrow (LIFT), and she volunteers periodically at area nursing homes, Randolph Hospital, and Randolph Cancer Center.

Hope Earnhardt of Asheboro is planning a career in the medical field, and she hopes to enroll in RCC’s Medical Assisting program and possibly continue her education in the Radiography program. At Trinity High School, Earnhardt has been a member of the cross country team, as well as a manager for the basketball team. She has taken on many leadership roles, such as serving as vice president for the Future Farmers of America, secretary/treasurer for the Student Council, and as a member of the Health Occupations Students of America. She was also chosen as a THS representative for “Dream Big,” which pairs high school students with 5th graders to inspire them for the future. As part of the Junior Civitans Club, she has completed many community service projects. She has also worked with Special Olympics and as a peer tutor.

Isaac Ferguson of Liberty, who will enroll in RCC’s Associate in Arts Business Administration Pre-Major program this fall, has served in several leadership positions at Providence Grove High School, including as vice president and treasurer of the Future Business Leaders of America and treasurer of the National Beta Club. He was also a member of Tri-M Honors Music society and has volunteered for Operation Red Sleigh, for the teen volunteer program at Randolph Hospital, for his high school prom committee, and as a peer tutor. Ferguson said his goals include a career and home life where he would have the knowledge “that every day I go to work, I was able to help someone that day and that I enjoyed every moment of my job while doing it.”

Amber Martin of Seagrove plans to major in Middle Grades Education in the Associate in Arts program at RCC, but also has an interest in graphic design. She has been a member of the Southwestern Randolph High School volleyball team, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at SWRHS, is active in her church youth group and summer programs, and was one of only 40 students in Randolph County to be selected as an election assistant for the 2012 general election. She is a member of the Grace Baptist Temple in Seagrove. Martin has also been working two part-time jobs while in high school, at Zaxby’s and the Asheboro Animal Hospital, to pay for her own car insurance, gas and clothes. Martin said her role model is her aunt, who is in her 70s but still walks down the street to her job at a newspaper business.

RCC Presidential Scholars will receive a $2,500 scholarship for their first year of study ($1,250 for fall and $1,250 for spring) that is renewable for their second year of study. The students will also participate in RCC’s prestigious Student Leadership Academy and meet regularly with President Shackleford.

The RCC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides a margin of excellence for Randolph Community College by building a strong relationship with the local community, acquiring and managing contributions, and funding activities that support the College.