Five students have been chosen by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation to represent BCCC as new Ambassadors for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.
Those chosen are Nicholas Griekspoor, Christine L. LeCompte, Lisa J. Reid, Kelsey Riggs and Priscilla Styons. They join Sarah Clingenpeel, Jamaal Cofield and Catherine Spring – who will continue as Ambassadors – in representing the college in the coming year.
For the third year, a student in the Beaufort County Early College High School, housed on the BCCC campus, was chosen as an Ambassador.
Griekspoor, 18, of Washington, is a fourth year student at Beaufort County Early College
High School and is pursuing an associate in arts degree from BCCC. Griekspoor
has worked with his grandfather and uncle as a commercial fisherman and at The
Washington Bookstore. At BCCC, Griekspoor is a member of the Travel/Study Club
and plans to participate in the group’s upcoming trip to Belize. The son of
James Griekspoor of Washington and Julie Hodges of Greenville, Griekspoor plans
to attend Appalachian State University after completing his studies at BCCC.
LeCompte, 46, of Washington is pursuing an associate in arts degree with plans to transfer to East Carolina University to obtain a bachelor’s degree. She plans to work as a teacher after completing her studies. A graduate of Bath High School, LeCompte holds Emergency Medical Technician, Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II certifications. She has also received training as a substitute teacher. Before enrolling at BCCC, LeCompte was employed as a Human Resources/Recruiter and as a phlebotomist at Vidant Beaufort Hospital. She has also served as a substitute teacher for the Beaufort County Schools, among other activities. She and her husband, Roland, have three children.
Reid, 44, of Washington, is pursuing an associate in arts degree from BCCC. A graduate of Harry S. Truman High School, in New York, N.Y., Reid is employed as a facilitator at Families Understanding Nurturing. Reid has previous served in a public relations and event planning capacity with Cornerstone Family Worship Center and as a parent ambassador for Cornerstone Community Learning Center, among other activities. She plans to seek a bachelor’s degree in social work after graduating from BCCC. Reid has four children.
Riggs, 23 of Ayden, is a student in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at BCCC. A graduate of Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, Riggs attended East Carolina University before enrolling at BCCC. She is employed as a Care Partner/Nursing Assistant III at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and has served as a Nurse Aide II at Greenville Health Care Center and a Nurse Aide I at Pender Memorial Hospital. At BCCC, Riggs is a member of Gamma Beta Phi honor society, the Beaufort County Association of Nursing Students and serves as secretary for BCCC’s ADN freshman class. She is the daughter of Chris and Trudy Riggs of Ayden.
Styons, 30, of Pinetown, is also a student in BCCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. A graduate of Northside High School, Styons earned an associate in arts degree from BCCC in 2011. She holds a certificate in manicuring/nail technology from Martin Community College and studied sign language interpreting at Wilson Community College. She is employed as a nail technician at Inner Banks Nail Care as a secretary at Beaver Dam Church of Christ. She and her husband, Michael, have two children.
Those chosen as Ambassadors receive a one-year tuition scholarship and help the college market its programs and services. Ambassadors chosen from the ranks of Early College High School students receive a stipend.
As part of the selection process, applicants were asked to submit a resume and to participate in an interview. A panel comprised of members of the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors and local business and civic leaders conducted interviews in an informal setting with candidates for the position.