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HENDERSON — Vance-Granville Community College has named student Hope Crute of Youngsville as its recipient of the North Carolina Community College System's Academic Excellence Award for 2019. One student from each of the 58 colleges in the state system is honored with the award each year.
Crute will be officially recognized at commencement later this month when she is scheduled to graduate from the college with both an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science. Not long afterward, she is set to graduate from Franklin County Early College High School. That challenging five-year program, along with the guidance and support of teachers and peers, have helped her develop into the person she is today.
"Vance-Granville Community College is a school that successfully brings together ambitious, hard-working students who encourage one another and challenge each other to do better academically and professionally," Crute said. "The magical thing I have found as a student at VGCC is that the school does not just teach academic lessons, but also life lessons."
Crute has excelled in the classroom while also taking on numerous responsibilities at home to help her family as they dealt with her father's serious health issues. She has served as a peer tutor in the VGCC Academic Skills Center and has been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for community college students, as well as the National Honor Society at the high school level.
Crute plans to transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall to complete a bachelor's degree in a scientific field.
"Hope's determination and dedication to academic success have earned her recognition as one of North Carolina's outstanding community college students," said Rachel Desmarais, president of VGCC. "Thanks to her experience at Vance-Granville and at Franklin County Early College, Hope now enters the next stage of her education equipped with confidence, clarity, enhanced skills, and a thirst for further knowledge."