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6/5/2020 3:55:00 PM
Clip Echendu Recognized For Academic Excellence
Honored by N.C. Community College System
Clip Echendu(Photo Courtesy Gaston College)
Clip Echendu

(Photo Courtesy Gaston College)

Lincoln Herald Staff

One of Gaston College’s best and brightest was recently honored for his hard work.

Clip Echendu was the college’s recipient of the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award for 2020, according to Gaston College spokeswoman Stephanie Michael Pickett. An electronics engineering technology student in the engineering and industrial technologies program, Echendu was chosen to represent Gaston College from among the group of students recognized for outstanding achievement within their programs and majors. The native Nigerian was recently listed among those slated to earn an associate in applied science degree at the college.

In pursuit of his dream of becoming an electronics engineer, Echendu came to America three years ago. And then in January of 2018, he enrolled at Gaston College, where he met various advisers, leaders and teachers who shaped his goals.

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He cited Renita Johnson, director of student life and special projects, Tanisha Williams, assistant director of admissions and counselling, and Jenell Barnett, who served as Echendu’s admissions adviser.

“I also was given opportunities to take on more challenges for building my future,” Echendu said, “such as the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and other campus organizations. This has nurtured me into becoming an inspiring student leader who is a positive influence on other students. And I have learned a lot about leadership, organization, dedication and being a good team player. These skills are useful tools that will assist me in achieving my goal as an electronics engineer.”

He served as the vice president for Gamma Beta Phi, the student government association and Men of Excellence.

He was nominated for the Academic Achievement Award by Dr. George Hendricks, the interim dean of engineering technologies.

“Clip began in developmental math and reading at Gaston College but has gone on to achieve very high GPA’s in two demanding programs,” said Hendricks. “Clip’s educational journey shows how motivation and hard work lead to success. He has quickly become a leader at the college. His involvement in leadership positions in student government and multiple campus organizations shows his willingness to give back to the campus community. His story should inspire anyone beginning in developmental courses that they, too, can succeed at the highest levels.”

Echendu noted that the journey wasn’t easy. But it was all definitely worth it.

“I put my time, heart and soul into my schoolwork and activities at Gaston College,” he said, “and to know that I have been rewarded by those in the engineering field means the world to me. The recognition means that I am on the right path, and it gives me the confidence to continue to grow within myself and in the engineering field.”

He was also a participant in the N.C. Community College System Student Leadership Development Program for 2019-20, thanks to Johnson’s nomination.

“Clip shows dedication to success daily through his academic performance,” she said. “He works hard to excel in the classroom. As a student leader, Clip is committed to being involved on campus and interacting with others. He is goal-oriented and has the desire to improve life around him and to help others improve their way of life as well.”

After graduation from Gaston College, Echendu will transfer to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to obtain his bachelor’s degree. He then will take the steps required to obtain his professional engineer license, which will allow him to work in various engineering fields. He would like to bring his electronics engineering knowledge and skills to such companies as Intel.

“I have a long road ahead of me, with challenges to face,” he said. “Engineering is a huge career that demands a lot of knowledge. Some of my challenges will be math problems, critical thinking, negativity, the past and the state of the world. Challenges also motivate me, and I will use my skills and experience effectively when facing them. Throughout my educational and career journey, I hope to meet people who are positive influences, to connect with like-minded students and to gain experience from professional engineers. I will keep on working hard to make my family, my mentors and myself proud.”

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