DUBLIN — Bladen County resident Victoria Pait has been selected as Bladen Community College’s Academic Excellence Award recipient for the 2013-2014 Academic Year.
The award is the highest student award presented at the 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. During the Student Awards Ceremony last Tuesday at BCC, Linwood Powell, chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges, presented the award to Pait.
Pait, who grew up in the Center Road community, was home schooled from kindergarten to the 12th grade, and enrolled at BCC through the College Transfer pathway of the Career and College Promise program when she entered her senior year of high school. After she completed high school, she continued her studies at BCC, where she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her studies.
She says that her goal is to become a gynecologist and she plans to transfer to North Greenville University, a Southern Baptist-affiliated college in Tigerville, South Carolina, after graduating from BCC in May.
“The reason I chose North Greenville,” she explains, “is that it offers a small college environment like BCC. At BCC, you know and come into contact with most of the faculty and staff as well as many of the students. It’s like a family environment. I think North Greenville will be much like that.”
She works as a work-study student in the Learning Enhancement Center at BCC, where she tutors math. She is a member of the college’s two honor societies, Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. She also works part-time at the Bladenboro Fitness Center.
She states that in addition to her studies she is very interested in music and art.
“I enjoy composing music and drawing in my free time,” she says. “I started taking piano lessons at age 6 and picked up guitar when I was 13. I sing and play guitar with a Christian band, Spoken For. We lead worship service at our church and have had the privilege to go out to different churches and events in the community to minister through our music.
“I also like to participate in Operation Christmas Child, a ministry that sends shoeboxes with toys and other gifts to children in Third World countries to share with them the love of Christ. I have been packing shoeboxes for this ministry ever since I can remember, and it is very near and dear to my heart,” she added.
Pait is the daughter of Bill and Angela Pait of Bladenboro. She has three siblings, two sisters and a brother.