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Sarah Brady | June 16, 2017

Kayla Prince, Tristan Shea and Kendra Watkins are South Piedmont Community College’s first Scholars of Global Distinction. All three students have been accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill for the fall semester.

Prince and Shea are also the first Career and College Promise students to graduate concurrently from their high school, Porter Ridge, and from South Piedmont Community College with Associate in Arts degrees. Career and College Promise is an academic program that allows high school students to take up to 40 hours of tuition-free curriculum courses. After completing 40 hours, students can transfer to a senior institution or complete their degree program. Prince and Shea chose to finish their Associate in Arts degrees before transferring.

Watkins graduated as a Global Scholar. She was named the School of Arts and Sciences Graduate of Excellence in May and was honored at an awards luncheon for her academic achievements. An honors student, Watkins completed an honors project spring semester in American literature entitled “Exposing Queer Realities in the Works of Nella Larsen and James Baldwin” and presented it at South Piedmont’s Honors Symposium. She plans to study sociology and Jewish Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

These students epitomize the success of the community college collaboration with World View and the North Carolina Global Distinction Initiative.