Gwinnett Tech Celebrates Student Achievement at Awards Event; Aidan Hegarty Named 2014 Distinguished Student

April 25, 2014

Gwinnett Tech Celebrates Student Achievement at Awards Event; Aidan Hegarty Named 2014 Distinguished Student

Gwinnett Technical College honored hundreds of its high achieving students last week, recognizing leaders in academics, program excellence, leadership and community outreach. Aidan Hegarty, a Game Development student, was named the 2014 Distinguished Student, earning one of the college's most prestigious awards.

 "For our faculty and staff, this is one of our favorite events. It's our privilege to honor the achievements of these hard-working and talented students and a joy to celebrate with their family and friends. We are always aware of the dedication and sacrifice required of our students to be successful at college and we find their commitment to bettering their future to be inspiring," said Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels.

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

New this year in the college's Spirit Award for outstanding involvement in campus organizations and activities. Thirty-five students earned the award.

John Thacher, program director for the Game Development program, nominated Hegarty. "He is an outstanding student in our Game Development program where he is a class leader and helper to other students. He is willing to give advice and help anyone who asks him."

Hegarty is a GTC Student Ambassador, vice president of the Association of IT Professionals, volunteered with the college's Achieving the Dream Initiative, was a GOAL finalist, is on the Student Leadership Council, a member of Toastmasters and competed in Skills USA. "He has done all this while being committed to his home life and working full-time," adds Thacher.

Hegarty credits the faculty and staff at GTC with encouraging him to get more involved on campus and take on additional leadership roles. "Only at Gwinnett Tech have I experienced others having confidence in me before I could see it myself."

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

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