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OTC Student, LeAnna Thornton, Selected for 2013 Jacob R. Minchew Award

By Myra Thrift
Waycross Journal Herald

LeAnna “LeA” Thornton was recently selected for the 2013 Jacob R. Minchew for Post-Secondary Education award. Dr. Freddie Smith, the grandson of Jacob R. Minchew presented the award to LeAnna, an Okefenokee Technical College business education technology student, at the 79th annual banquet of the Waycross and Ware County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authorities.

“This year’s award is being presented to a student who works hard, is eager to help others and is recognized for her zest for life and her ‘no excuses’ attitude in taking on the challenges of seeking higher education,” said Smith.

“It is with pleasure that we present this award to LeAnna ‘LeA’ Thornton, who most definitely holds true to the spirit of the award. Before moving to Waycross in 2010, LeA was manager at various retailers, including Macy’s Cosmetics and Sephora. Her love for that line of work resulted in dual educational goals — an esthetician license and business administration degree.” 

Smith said Thornton recently received her esthetician license and expects to graduate from Okefenokee Technical College with a business administrative technology degree in December. “The journey hasn’t been easy for LeA, there have bumps along the way,” said Smith. “LeA, however, has been determined to finish what she started and have the career she has claimed. She doesn’t fall victim to obstacles. As a result, she has been named to the president’s list numerous times and has placed at district, state and national student skills-based competitions.

In her own words, LeA explains, “My achievements have only been possible through hard work, focus, time management and the support and encouragement of my advisors.’ She has a strong moral character and is interested in doing what’s right and helping others. She’s considerate and compassionate. As a member of several student organizations, LeA has actively supported the March of Dimes, Salvation Army Toy and Food drives, and the Humane Society pet food drive.” 
Students and faculty, alike, Smith said, “know that LeA is dependable, friendly and capable. It is with great pleasure that we present LeA Thornton as OTC’s 2013 recipient of the coveted Jacob R. Minchew Award.”

Thornton was absolutely stunned. She told the crowd she thought she was attending to introduce OTC president, Dr. Glenn Deibert. “Thank you so much. It is a pleasure to be a part of OTC,” Thornton said.

The banquet was held Friday evening, February 7, 2014, at the Historic Railway Express Agency on Plant Avenue.

LeAnna Thornton Receives Award

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Congratulations to LeAnna Thornton, who was selected for the 2013 Jacob R. Minchew for Post-Secondary Education award. Dr. Freddie Smith, the grandson of Jacob R. Minchew presented the award to LeAnna, an Okefenokee Technical College business education technology student, at the 79th annual banquet of the Waycross and Ware County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authorities.

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