Washington wins national award
David Washington, managing partner of Washington & Company and author of “Life Is a Choice: A Guide to Success in Life” was recently selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Jaycees. The award is given to people who exemplify immense accomplishment and/or leadership in the community. The awards ceremony will be held June 30 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Washington was nominated on the basis of his personal accomplishment of overcoming a difficult childhood and his ability to achieve success. Washington earned his Ph.D. by age 27 from N.C. State University, becoming an assistant dean of the Poole College of Management by age 28 and winning the Outstanding Teacher and SGA Distinguished Professor awards.
Washington also recently was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from his undergraduate institution, Excelsior College.
Wake Tech student receives honor
Wake Tech student Jon Charest of Raleigh has been named a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Charest is one of 50 students from two-year and community colleges across the country to receive the honor. The winners were selected for academic achievement, leadership potential and community service.
Charest, who will receive a $1,500 scholarship, will graduate in May with an associate degree in art and plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies. His goal is to work for the U.S. State Department. Before attending Wake Tech, Charest served almost 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a member of the Wake Forest Rotary Club and volunteers with the Salvation Army.