The Greensboro native and electrical engineering graduate becomes the 6th recipient of the Program’s highest honor.
The Distinguished Goodnight Award is presented at the end of the academic year to the undergraduate Goodnight Scholar who best embodied the core values and mission of the Goodnight Scholars Program through significant involvement in the Goodnight Scholars and NC State communities, along with a dedication to professional development, civic engagement, and scholastic achievement.
Carl Jenkins of the Class of 2017/18 has done about everything there is to do in the Goodnight Scholars Program. He has passionately promoted the Goodnight scholars community to prospective students as a Goodnight Ambassador, served as a Goodnight Mentor for four consecutive years, and has been one of the first faces new students see when they arrive for the summer retreat. He has traveled with the Goodnight banner to Boston, Massachusetts and Hangzhou, China while also making an impact at home through community service and STEM education activities with local elementary schools. At NC State, chances are you saw Carl performing at basketball games as a drummer for the NC State Pep Band. You may have also heard his wisdom as a senator and parliamentarian for the National Society of Black Engineers, in which he helped the organization earn “Chapter of the Year” honors in 2016. Regardless of the time or place, Carl’s consistent decorum and positive energy made him a joy to be around.
After graduation, Carl will be working as a solutions engineer at Siemens Energy Management in Raleigh.
Past Distinguished Goodnight Award recipients include:
- Katie Almasy, Class of 2017
- Kaleb Morrow, Class of 2018
- Grayson Walker, Class of 2015/17
- Jeb Smith & Kelsie Gardner (co-recipients), Class of 2016 & Class of 2017
Photography credit: Tom Fuldner