ACC competes in national Mock Debate event, students nominated for awards

Alamance Community College’s student Mock Trial team competed at the American Mock Trial Association Regional Championships in February and defeated Campbell University 2-0 in the third round of the four round tournament. The event was held Feb. 22-23 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Alamance Community College (ACC) is one of only three community colleges in the nation to take on the challenge of mock trial competition, according to Dr. Kevin Sargent, Director of ACC’s Mock Trial Team. ACC’s Mock Trial Regional Team Members are (left to right): Jessica Frank, Cody Mills (Captain), Abrial Poole, Justin Seals, Brooke Dee, Noah Carr, Cassie Strnad, and Gabriel Mercado.

ACC Students Nominated for State Community College Awards

Two high-achieving students have been selected as Alamance Community College’s nominees for state awards sponsored by the NC Community College System. 

2020 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Hannah Joy Doucet, 18, of Hurdle Mills, NC has a 3.9 grade point average and will earn an Associate in Science degree this May. She initially enrolled at ACC as a dual enrollment high school student, ultimately finding her passion for mathematics. Hannah found a home in the College’s Math Center, where she helps math, physics, and engineering classmates, as well as those taking lower-level math courses. Equally gratifying, she accepted an invitation to work as a support specialist with the College’s Disability Services to provide accommodations for students enrolled in math courses. Hannah currently serves as a scribe for a Pre-calculus Algebra student with vision disability. “Hannah masters the material in all of her courses,” said mathematics instructor Bob Davis. “She is an incredibly intelligent student who works hard to achieve her goals.”

The Academic Excellence Award is sponsored by the NC Community College System (NCCCS). One student is selected from each community college by faculty nomination and must complete an application process that includes obtaining references and writing a personal statement. The student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at ACC, and must demonstrate exceptional academic performance.

ACC student runners-up for the Academic Excellence Award were: Genevieve Reddick, Horticulture Technology; and Cassandra Sigmon, Associate in Arts.

2020 Dallas Herring Achievement Award

Laura Lynn Miller, 48, of Elon is a non-traditional student who came to ACC to remake her life and absorb new knowledge and skills. Having earned a bachelor’s in chemistry 20 years earlier, the stay-at-home mom initially enrolled at ACC to take a couple of horticulture classes. Encouraged to pursue a Horticulture Technology associate degree Laura jumped in, joined the Flora Club, and embarked on school-sponsored trips to participate in national landscaping competitions. Hooked, she earned her degree in 2018 and immediately delved into a new program, Agriculture Biotechnology, which proved to be a perfect blend for Laura’s background in science and love of horticulture. A job in the lab at Carolina Biological followed, providing her with financial stability as she anticipates completion of her second ACC degree next year.  

The Dallas Herring Achievement Award was established by the North Carolina Community College System and honors the late Dr. Dallas Herring, whose philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go” is the guiding principle of the community college system.

ACC student runners-up for the Dallas Herring Award were: Melanie Dellinger, Career and College Promise high school student; and Robert Yost, Career College Automotive Assistant Pathway.

ACC Students Duel, Win at ‘Mock Trial’ Competition

Alamance Community College’s student Mock Trial team competed at the American Mock Trial Association Regional Championships in February and defeated Campbell University 2-0 in the third round of the four round tournament. The event was held Feb. 22-23 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Alamance Community College (ACC) is one of only three community colleges in the nation to take on the challenge of mock trial competition, according to Dr. Kevin Sargent, Director of ACC’s Mock Trial Team. 

The American Mock Trial Association, through competitive simulations across the U.S., provides college students opportunities to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures. 

Seven of the eight students on ACC’s team only began participating this academic year, and the Regional held at UNC was the only competition ACC attends. Most other college teams have been participating in mock trial for three or four years, and travel to several tournaments throughout the year to prepare, said Dr. Sargent. 

“In basketball terms, this would be the equivalent of skipping the regular season, entering the conference tournament, and actually winning a game,” said Sargent. “This is our third trip to Regionals in the last six years, and each time we have sent at least one four-year university home licking their wounds.” 

In the Regional, ACC’s team also competed in close matches against UNC and the University of Florida. 

ACC’s student team members invested much time and effort to prepare for the competition, meeting every other Saturday during the fall semester, and every Saturday plus additional weekday practices in January and February. 

ACC’s Mock Trial Regional Team Members were: Cody Mills (Captain), Gabriel Mercado, Cassie Strnad, Justin Seals, Noah Carr, Jessica Frank, Brooke Dee, and Abrial Poole. 

Providing financial support to the team was the ACC Foundation and the College’s Student Success/Student Government Association. 

ACC Celebrates Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary with Exhibit

Alamance Community College celebrates the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with the “She Changed the World” exhibit, courtesy of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources on Friday, March 6. The public is encouraged to attend the exhibit on the main college campus in Haw River.

The College has partnered with the Alamance-Burlington Schools System to bring students to the exhibit. The public may view the exhibit all day 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. but 2-5 p.m. is best to avoid the large school groups.

Sherri Singer, Department Head of Social/Behavioral Sciences and advisor to the student History Club, has coordinated the project.

The exhibit will give the local community opportunities to:  

  • View the NC State Archives display of 10 archival documents and other items relating to women’s suffrage, including the original copy of the Nineteenth Amendment sent to North Carolina for ratification in June of 1919. Usually housed in the vault, this document (along with anti-suffrage and pro-suffrage propaganda, hand-held fans, facsimiles of legislation and political cartoons, and a suffragist’s sash) will be on campus.
  • Interact with North Carolina’s Women at War, a group of historic actor-interpreters from North Carolina Historic Sites. 
  • Learn about early 20th Century Political Campaigns by creating buttons, sashes, rosettes, and fans.
  • Vote for ACC Suffrage President. Actors portraying Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will be on campus campaigning for President and participants can vote using ACC-made voting booths. 
  • Engage with ACC’s Women in Science Programs and learn about STEM careers. 
  • Hear the ACC Student Chorus perform suffrage period songs.
  • Tour the Scott and Crystal Sutton Collections.