MLK Jr Tribute Breakfast – MAC Scholarship Recipient

MLK Jr Tribute Breakfast – MAC Scholarship Recipient


It is through your generosity and support that we are able to award another
$500 scholarship for this spring semester. As you now know, this year we’ve decided,
as a committee to present this year’s scholarship in honor of Mr retired
educator and former PCC Trustee. He continues, even today, to be a champion
of both education and equality, and we’re so thankful that he and his
wife, Lois can be with us this morning. This year’s MAC Scholarship recipient
is Sandra Argomaniz-Reyes, a returning full-time student who is pursuing her
Associate in Arts degree and plans to transfer to East Carolina University
upon completion to study communications. She graduated from
North Pitt High School in 2016 and is also in our Visions program. Sandra impressed the interview
committee with her ability to face challenges head on,
her non-judgmental attitude, and desire to tell the stories
of other people in the future. I invite Sandra to the stage
to share her story with you.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Good morning.>>Good morning.>>My name is Sandra Argomaniz-Reyes, and I’m humbled to stand before
you on such a special day. I would first like to start off by
talking a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Greenville,
North Carolina, and graduated from
North Pitt High School in 2016 and now I’m in my second year
at Pitt Community College. Ever since high school, I always got asked
what were my plans for after I graduated. Not being sure of my answer,
I always said nursing. Everyone pretty much had dreams of
becoming something in the medical field in my school, and although I love
the idea of helping others, I always saw myself
helping in another form. It was my junior year in high school that
I came across a scholarship from PCC named Visions. Not coming from a family of money,
I always figured that I had to do all I could to help my parents
with my higher education. From a young age, I remember my parents
always telling me how the more education you obtain, the successful you will be. My parents were both born in Mexico and
came to the United States with [INAUDIBLE] hopes and aspirations
of a better life for their two children. Forever thankful for their sacrifices
to leave everything behind, I saw the Visions scholarship
as a way to show my gratitude. Not thinking twice about it, I went to
my counselor and got an application. I was at least sitting down for an interview later to find
out I had gotten accepted. The experiences that I gained through
the Visions program really helped guide me as I was becoming the first
in my family to go to college. Having the chances to learn about
different careers in the [INAUDIBLE] truly made me know what it feels
to look into a [INAUDIBLE] for me. The biggest [INAUDIBLE] were my big
sister in preparing me for college. Without her help and support I would not even have
started my first year here at PCC. Another scholarship that I was honored to
receive was a PCC Foundation Scholarship, and they have also impacted my life in so
many ways. When I first heard about
the MAC Scholarship I was sitting down on my computer looking for
scholarships to apply to. When I saw that the essay prompt was to
explain what multiculturalism means to me and how it has impacted my life,
I started to write about my experience. Multiculturalism, to me, is the acceptance
of diversity whether it involves religion, race, sex, ethnicity, or age. The United States is known as
a land of opportunities and a country in which you work hard
to obtain the American dream. The ability to interact with different
cultures is such a great experience. I also get the chance to gain
knowledge of new things. I had the chance last spring
semester to observe and write a little more about Islamic
religion here in [INAUDIBLE]. For seven weeks I interacted with
the people on a more personal level, and at the end of the observation I was able
to make connections within their way of living and mine,
which I found fascinating. After this experience, I learned that
everyone can find something that connects them with people all around the world,
and all it takes is for more people to start
conversations with someone new. Although we live in a very diverse
culture, people have many stereotypes of people of different religions,
skin color, race, sex, or ethnicity. Coming from a Mexican family,
I know how it feels to be stereotyped. Stereotypes are oftentimes false
statements that end up hurting people or making them feel less than others. This is a connection of which [INAUDIBLE]
because of how they too have been discriminated as a whole for
as well as many other minorities. I encourage people to take part in
a culture studies class where they too can gain the experience that I did. As for my plans after I graduate
from community college, I plan to transfer to ECU and
get my Bachelor’s in Communications. My goals in life are to be part of or
start my own organization in which I can help people in third-world countries
that don’t have the right resources, empowering women who want to work for
themselves and getting less fortunate children an education by building schools,
and providing water for them. In the United States,
we take these things for granted [INAUDIBLE] basic rights we have. Education is key to being a well-learned
person in this society because without knowledge your doors to
opportunity could be very small. Lastly but most importantly, I would like
to say thank you to everyone involved in the MAC scholarship, for giving me
an opportunity to get closer to my dreams. Once again, thank you very much for giving me the chance to tell my story.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>I wanna personally thank Sandra for her participation this morning and willingness to share her story. And we look forward to following her
continued success here at PCC and as she continues her education and
career in the future. Let’s give her another round of applause.>>[APPLAUSE] We are rolling towards our expected end. Before I call forward Miss Sherry White
to give us our closing, I do want to draw your attention
to the back of your program, in which you will find
a variety of activities listed. These are upcoming events
celebrating Black History Month, and we also have another MLK
celebration to attend at Pitt on next Tuesday, after the official holiday. We will have a campus birthday celebration
with a floating procession from 11:30 to 1:00 and there will be
tribute performances by the PCC music department faculty staff, that
will be at 12:00, and we will have cake. That is open to PCC students,
faculty, and staff. I will not read through all of these. But I encourage you to read through
all of these and take part in them. Save this program, and certainly, we will have a [INAUDIBLE]
good time in February. I would also like to take
the opportunity to say, before I call forward Miss White, that I
just want to thank Dr. G Dennis Massey for all his support throughout these years
with this MLK tribute breakfast, but in other ways at
the community college. Your support of the multicultural
activities committee is valued highly and we appreciate you and we know that
this is your last year that you will be attending as
President G Dennis Massey. But we know that you will be back here. Sure as me, he is not leaving the area. And so we are excited about that and we are excited about seeing
him continue to come and celebrate with us for
anything you would like to come for. Thank you, let’s give him a hand.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>And now, Miss Sherry White.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Good morning.>>Good morning.>>We thank all of you for sharing with
us today as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To our scholarship recipient,
Miss Sandra Argomaniz-Reyes. Our illustrious speaker, Mrs.
Harris and her family. Our honoree, Mr.
Raymond [INAUDIBLE] and his family. We thank you for participating and sharing with us this day. We have some special people that
we would like to thank, and they are listed at
the bottom of your program. Special thanks to the City of Greenville,
the Town of Winterville. Next, GK Cafe, the PCC Campus Police, the Division of Institutional Advancement,
and the PCC Copy Center for everything that you do to
help us to put on this event. We would also like to say a special
thank you to our musicians, Mr Mr Michael Stevenson,
they did a wonderful job.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Our Bulldog sponsors that we want to recognize, Ms. Jasmine
Spain with the main admissions here. [INAUDIBLE] family. Mack Tree, Dr Jerry Moore and
wife Lavonne, Reverend Romeo Garcia and wife Regina, the National Council of Negro Women, and
Wells Chapel Church of God in Christ. And as I always say,
make sure that you make the MLK Day on January 15th a day on and
not a day off. Serve somebody somewhere. Have a wonderful day.>>[APPLAUSE]

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