Gwinnett Tech Celebrates Student Achievement at Annual Awards Event; Tracy Sewell Named 2015 Distinguished Student

April 15, 2015

Gwinnett Tech Celebrates Student Achievement at Annual Awards Event; Tracy Sewell Named 2015 Distinguished Student

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON

Gwinnett Technical College honored hundreds of its high-achieving students this week at its annual awards ceremony, recognizing leaders in academics, program excellence, leadership and community outreach. Tracy Sewell, an Environmental Horticulture student from Lithonia, earned one of the college’s most prestigious awards as the 2015 Distinguished Student.

Aaron Poulsen, Environmental Horticulture program director, Gwinnett Tech; Tracy Sewell, 2015 Distinguished Student; and Dr. Glen Cannon, president, Gwinnett Tech
(left to right): Aaron Poulsen, Environmental Horticulture program director, Gwinnett Tech; Tracy Sewell, 2015 Distinguished Student; and Dr. Glen Cannon, president, Gwinnett Tech.

“It’s a great privilege to recognize the achievements of these dedicated and talented students and a joy to help them celebrate with their family and friends. Being successful at college, most often while balancing the responsibilities of work and family, requires real commitment and we take pride in being able to applaud these students and contribute to their success,” said Dr. Glen Cannon, president, Gwinnett Tech. 

Outstanding students in each Gwinnett Tech program of study were honored, as were members of National Technical Honor Society, SkillsUSA winners and a host of individual program honorees. In all, almost 300 students were recognized.

Aaron Poulsen, program director for Environmental Horticulture, nominated Sewell for the Distinguished Student award and describes her as an exceptional student and leader. “She has been involved from day one. As a member of the Horticulture Club, she works to attend all industry events, trainings and seminars. She is always ready to volunteer, and has participated in tree plantings, plant sales and other service projects. She has many interests but all are related to landscaping and urban food production. She has accomplished so much in a short time, all while being a single mother.”

On campus, Sewell is a Student Ambassador, a member of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society, and the leader of two campus projects for Gwinnett Great Days of Service. She is also the Student Farm Manager, leading Gwinnett Tech’s ‘Farm to Fork’ program, a joint effort between the horticulture and culinary arts programs where culinary students cook with produce and herbs grown on campus by the horticulture students. 

Last month, Sewell earned two national horticulture scholarships, from the Professional Grounds Management Society and from the Professional Landcare Network.

“Gwinnett Tech has been my life-saver – my chance to do it over,” explains Sewell, who enrolled for a career change after relocating to the area. “It’s been a place to not only learn, but also to practice ‘book knowledge’ with kind, caring and knowledgeable teachers. I found tremendous support and an extended family by being involved in campus clubs and organizations.”

Sewell was one of five finalists for the Distinguished Student award. Other finalists were:

  • Kelly Fleming, an Interiors student from Sugar Hill
  • Rasheeda Lake, a Radiologic Technology student from Hoschton
  • Robert Siple, an Information Security student from  Hoschton
  • Lisa Dyer, a Registered Nursing student from Lawrenceville

GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.

Get the latest news about Gwinnett Tech: http://www.gwinnetttech.edu/news

April 15, 2015