Isaac A. Carreno has been recognized for service and leadership.
Carreno is the recipient of Wayne Community College’s 2021 Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The honor also made him the college’s nominee for the North Carolina Community College System’s annual award of the same name.
Carreno is active at Wayne School of Engineering where he has served as student body president, participated in the Mock Trial Club, and tutored younger students. He won Academic Excellence Awards there in mathematics, physics, English, and history.
“My most outstanding contribution as a leader has been the opportunity to be a voice for my peers. By listening to my peers at school and voicing their opinions to the school administration, my contributions have been impactful,” Carreno said. “Being a voice for others is very important and it is certainly something that I will forever value and recognize as impactful.”
Outside of school, he has volunteered at the Community Soup Kitchen and with the Empty Stocking Fund and served as a page in the North Carolina Senate.
“Leadership is not about instilling fear in the team, but rather it is about fostering an environment of warmth, comfort, and belongingness,” Carreno said. “I have been and will continue to be a leader who can connect with my team and guide everyone toward success.”
An associate in arts major at WCC, Carreno has maintained a high grade point average which resulted in his induction into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He also participates in the college’s Honors Program that focuses on learning, leadership, and service as integral components of a well-rounded education.
The North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents created the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award to recognize student leadership and service while also honoring the former governor.
Each North Carolina community college nominates one student to compete for the annual regional and possibly the state award. The student must be enrolled at least half-time, in good academic standing, and has a grade point average of at least 2.5. Each nominated student is active in campus activities and possesses traits that will help them be or become leaders in their communities. The regional and the state award winners are selected by the North Carolina Instructional Administrators Association.