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Wayne Community College student wins state award

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 2, 2012 1:46 PM

Karen Peralta, a medical assisting student at Wayne Community College, was recently presented an academic excellence award by the N.C. Community College System.

This award recognizes one student from each of the state's 58 community colleges as exemplary in academics, community involvement, and campus participation. She received a plaque and a medallion, which she will wear at commencement.

Ms. Peralta, a displaced worker who enrolled at WCC at age 52, has been on the dean's list, earned membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, serving as vice president, and has been a WCC ambassador. She also worked as a peer tutor and been active in the Medical Assisting Students' Association.

Her time is also spent being grandmother of three, the mom of a teenager and planning her middle daughter's wedding.

"My life is full but I have no desire to slow down," she said. "I am thankful for the opportunities I have been afforded and will continue to strive for excellence, in my college career and beyond."

In addition to the awards ceremony, Ms. Peralta attended a reception at the governor's mansion.