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Elizabeth Bullock of Deep Gap Receives Academic Excellence Award at Caldwell

During her teen years, “school” was a word that struck fear in the heart of Elizabeth Bullock. She had difficulty with reading and writing due to dyslexia, and was told college might not be for her. The 23-year-old Deep Gap native has come a long way since then.

Bullock recently was honored as Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s 2015 Academic Excellence Award winner. She was presented a plaque and medal at the CCC&TI Board of Trustees meeting on May 20 on the Watauga campus, where she’s currently completing an Associate in Arts degree. The annual award is chosen based on faculty nominations and academic achievement.

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CCC&TI Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Taylor (left) and Executive Vice President Mark Poarch (right) present a medallion and plaque from the N.C. Community Colleges System Office to Elizabeth Bullock.

“During the first few days of college, I was scared and unsure of what to expect, but soon realized ‘school’ was not as scary as I had once believed,” Bullock said. “I know that choosing Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

Bullock plans to transfer to Appalachian State or a university in Colorado, where she has family, to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“Attending CCC&TI has taught me that any life or academic challenge I face can be overcome and that achieving academic excellence is possible,” she said. “The teachers at CCC&TI have instilled in me a love for learning and helping others grow. I have no fear as I make plans for pursuing my bachelor’s degree.”

In addition to her studies, Bullock also has worked as a math tutor on CCC&TI’s Watauga Campus and serves in the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.