2017-18 Student Ambassadors

Name: Alex Crowley

Where I am from: Charlotte, NC

Program: Business Administration

About me: It is my professional goal to build upon my concrete business that my father gave me. My personal goal is growth, to be the best person I can be. My hobbies and interest include fitness, philosophy, and outdoor activities.

Name: Blake Blackman

Where I am from: Monroe, NC

Program: Transfer Program in Religion

About me: I grew up on a turkey farm in rural North Carolina, listening to my grandparents, parents, and aunts recount timeless stories of life in the South. Along the way, spinning a good yarn became embedded somewhere deep inside me—and then life gave me some tough stories to tell. Last year, my first book, The Journey of the Black Heart, was released where I tell some of those stories.

I have lived my life a bit out of the normal order. Now that my son has graduated from high school, I have decided to return to college to earn the degree I have always longed for. Over the years I have developed a passion for the religions of the world and Christian theology. Through my experiences I have learned the power of kindness and connection. It is my hope and goal to combine all of these in doing my part to make the world a gentler place by becoming a hospital chaplain. I currently work in the Patient Relations department at a hospital. I could not feel more honored to have the opportunity each day to help bring even a small sense of peace to people's very tough circumstances.

Name: Bunly Heng

Where I am from: Cambodia

Program: Associate in Science

About me: I am an international student from Cambodia. I hope to obtain an Associate in Science degree and transfer to a pharmacy school. Coming from a developing country, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to further my education in this civilized nation. I work my best to reach my goal. Along the way, I have met many great people who are willing to give me help and support, so I want to return the favor by helping other people.

Name: Desi Thompson

Where I am from: I was born in Tyler, TX but raised in Charlotte, NC

Program: Dental Hygiene

About me: My name is Desi and I am pursuing a degree in Dental Hygiene here at CPCC. I like connecting with people, adventure, physics, reading, travel, art, and playing outside. One of my favorite quotes is by Shakespeare: "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." And so; think positively! It really does make a difference!

Marqus Peters

Name: John Manantan

Where are you from: Palmetto, FL


About you: I was born in Manila, Philippines, but was raised in Palmetto, Florida. It is my second year here at CPCC in the Associate in Science program. Outside of school, I enjoy fishing, playing sports, learning new things, and traveling with friends and family. Every day, I challenge myself to leave a person with a smile on their face because I truly believe that a smile is the key to living a beautiful life. "Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough." --Richard DeVos

Name: Karen Munoz

Where I am from: Bogota, CO


About me: I am a shy person when I don't know people but very social once I get comfortable. Although I love going out, I would often prefer to sit down on my couch with a good book. I am on my path to becoming a doctor. One of my favorite quotes is "The sky is the limit" because we can do anything we set our minds to; the only person stopping us is ourselves.

Name: Lauren Reese

Where I am from: Harrisburg, PA


About me: I'm going to school for Early Childhood Education. Along with being a full time student I am also a mother of one precious girl by the name of Harlowe. One of my favorite quote is “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein

Name: Lindsey Stanley

Where I am from: Born on Langley Air Force Base, Virginia and raised in Charlotte

Program: Paralegal Technology

About me: This will be my third year at CPCC. I am currently in the Paralegal Technology program, graduating Spring 2018, in hopes to pass the NC Bar Exam and become a certified Paralegal. I am into art, music, sports, and trying new things. I love to travel and adventure to new places, and I love helping and meeting new people along the way.

Name: Maria Jimenez

Where I am from: Venezuela

Program: Associate in Arts

About me: I am an international student from a small town in Venezuela. I came to Charlotte, NC almost two years ago to pursue a Journalism and Digital Media major at Queens University of Charlotte. However, I started studying an Associate in Art at CPCC first, and now I am soon to finish. I have a full year with an incredible programs such as, student ambassadors and Ruth G Shaw.

Name: Reilly Cunningham

Where I am from: Bronx, NY

Program: Associate in Arts

About me: "As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think." - Toni Morrison

Name: Sydni Rivera

Where I am from: Orlando, FL

Program: Interpreter Education

About me: I am an Interpreter Education student learning American Sign Language with plans to transfer to Gallaudet University in 2020. This is my second out of four years here at CPCC, as well as my second year in Charlotte. Being from Orlando, I love to have fun and try new things. I think it's important to stay positive and be your best self every single day.

Name: Tabitha Stewart

Where I am from: Charlotte, NC

Program: Interpreter Education

About me: I am a soon to be graduate from the Interpreter Education program, with plans of transferring to Gallaudet University. I grew up exposed to music ranging from Sam Cooke to Jimi Hendrix; this influenced my love for music, dance, and everything related to the arts. "I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are." - Mewtwo