Outstanding students honored at annual Celebration of Excellence
Tshibambe Tshimbombu walked away a triple winner from the 2014 Georgia Perimeter College Celebration of Excellence Awards, which honors students who’ve gone above and beyond in academics, service and leadership.
The crowd erupted in applause when Tshimbombu received his third recognition—which happened to be the prestigious President’s Award given by Interim GPC President Rob Watts to a student who has contributed significantly to the college community and issues that impact students.
Tshimbombu, a 4.0 chemistry major set to graduate in May, also won the Physical Science and Service Excellence awards.
“I can’t say I feel proud of myself,” Tshimbombu said, wearing a bright orange blazer and matching tie that Watts couldn’t resist trying on in front of the standing-ovation audience.
“I guess it’s just that I was dedicated, and I made sure to do what I was supposed to do.”
A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tshimbombu and some of his family members fled their home country for political reasons three years ago. While studying at GPC, he has tutored his peers and taken on leadership positions in Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Government Association.
He’s also active in Students for a Healthy Africa, for which he has helped raise money to fund health insurance for 100 orphans. After graduating in May, Tshimbombu hopes to transfer to Columbia University.
Other outstanding winners of the evening included Georgia Perimeter’s two Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship recipients Matthew Tate and Trung Quach, who each received the national honor as announced earlier this week. The esteemed award consists of a $30,000 per year scholarship to be used toward attaining a bachelor’s degree.
Tate, a Newton Campus student, also snagged the Outstanding Regents’ Scholar Award, which included nominees from each GPC location, including the online program.
“At the Celebration of Excellence, we honor the very best and brightest members of our student community and reaffirm our mission as an access institution filled with opportunities in the University System of Georgia,” said Frank Nash, Dunwoody Campus dean of Student Services and lead coordinator for the annual event.
American Sign Language/Interpreting: Julie Garbison
Behavioral Studies: Delleisha Hylton
Biological Sciences: Trung Dinh Quach
Business Administration: Kim Anh Vu
Communications: Mariah Schell
Computer Science: Bao Vu
Dental Hygiene: Melissa Katcoff
Engineering: Kenneth Adcox
English: Kelly Commander
Fine Arts: DiJean Horton
Foreign Language: Luis “Daniel” Guerrero
General Humanities: Margarette “Maggie” Mahon
Global Studies: Dominick Johnson
Mathematics: Naud Ghebre
Nursing: Charlotte Morgan
Physical Education: Betelhem Girmay
Physical Sciences: Tshibambe Tshimbombu
U.S. Studies: Garo Fuerstenberger
REGENTS OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS
Newton Campus and GPC representative: Matthew J. Tate
Alpharetta: Mary S. Calvert
Clarkston Campus: Trung Dinh Quach
Decatur Campus: Sheena Vasquez
Dunwoody Campus: Scott Linder
Online: Rachel Walls
President’s Award: Tshibambe Tshimbombu
Student Leadership Excellence Award: Leanna Whitaker
Student Service Excellence Award: Tshibambe Tshimbombu
Advisor of the Year: Carolina Ghanem-Cameron, Dunwoody
Student Club/Organization of the Year: Korean Club-Dunwoody
Outstanding Alumni of the Year-Emerging Leader Award: Ann Marie Hormeku