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Jessica Simmons Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship

Jessica Simmons (center with envelope) of Hoboken is the Summer 2010 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College. Simmons recently completed the cosmetology program at OTC and passed her state board exam. OTC Foundation trustees and OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton (second from right) recognized Simmons and her instructor, Debra Moody, at the August 9 Foundation Board meeting.

According to Moody, Simmons excelled in the OTC cosmetology program. “Jessica always wanted to learn more and to know how to make her work better,” stated Moody. “She will do well in this profession.”

On her application, Simmons wrote, “When it was time for me to choose my career, it was easy. I have always been interested in cosmetology, and I love to make people feel good about themselves. I have learned so much while attending OTC. I know I will put to use all the things I have been taught.”

A number of trustees were on hand for the presentation: Moi Monroe (L to R), Jay Williams, Bruce Tison, Bill Higginson, Sam Edgar, and Larry Paulk. Foundation trustees congratulated Simmons and presented her with the $300 award on behalf of OTC President Emeritus Dr. John Pike and the Pike family.

The Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship was established by Dr. and Mrs. John Pike and other family members to pay tribute to Mrs. Brooksie Pike, who had a forty-year career in cosmetology. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be full-time cosmetology students in their final quarter at Okefenokee Technical College with a minimum grade point average of  3.0 and excellent quarterly work ethics grades.

Two Brooksie A. Pike Scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding cosmetology students at Okefenokee Tech.

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Jessica Simmons (center) was recognized as the Brookie A. Pike Scholarship recipient by OTC Foundation trustees Moi Monroe (L to R), Jay Williams, Bruce Tison, Bill Higginson, Sam Edgar, and Larry Paulk. OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton (second from right) and OTC cosmetology instructor, Debra Moody, were on hand to congratulate Ms. Simmons.


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