As the recipient of the March 2015 Golden Eagle Award, Avery Goode has been recognized for her educational commitment.
Goode is involved in a number of organizations, including the Student Ambassador and Activities Board (SAAB), Learning Improvement Fun and Empowerment (LIFE), Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, and Sigma Kappa Delta National English Honors Society.
Becky Hudson, advisor of SAAB and Phi Theta Kappa, nominated Goode for the award. "Avery is a member of several of the culture clubs on campus and is a LIFE mentor. She did all of this her first semester at NWACC," Hudson said.
To be eligible for nomination a student must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in at least six credit hours, demonstrate social awareness and participation, educational commitment, and personal development. A faculty or staff member, club advisor, or administrator may nominate a student for the Golden Eagle.
Recipients of the award are announced at the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees meeting. The student who is chosen receives a certificate of recognition and a check for $100. Students who receive the Golden Eagle Award and continue to meet the criteria are then eligible for the Distinguished Golden Eagle Award at the end of the academic year, which awards recipients a $1,800 NWACC scholarship for the following year.
Goode said the teammates and friends in the organizations she is a part of are where she acquires her inspiration. "I notice their work ethic and they motivate me." Another source of Goode's inspiration are her religious beliefs, "I'm a Christian and I work my hardest for God. You do everything to your best and do everything to your glory of God."
Goode has a 3.65 GPA and is on her way to graduate from NWACC in the fall of 2015. She then plans to study at the University of Arkansas and earn a master's degree in communication disorders. After earning her master's, she wants to travel the world and open an affordable medical clinic to help people. "I really want to help children," Goode said.
"I demonstrate commitment to my education and career goals by taking my education seriously and planning ahead," Goode said. "The main thing I do is to plan ahead, I am constantly meeting with my advisor."
"Avery has a passion that is contagious," Hudson added. "She has a thirst for knowledge. Avery is not afraid to step out of her comfort zone and learn new things. She is so very deserving of this award."