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OTC Holds Commencement Exercises

Okefenokee Technical College’s Summer and Fall 2006 Commencement Exercises were held on Friday, January 12, 2007, at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Following the invocation by Dr. Steve Pearce, Waycross Fire Chief Cedric Scott delivered the commencement address. Cedric Scott, Dr. Gail Thaxton, and Dr. Steve Pearce

After congratulating the graduates, Chief Scott encouraged and challenged them to apply principles of discipline, persistence, and character to attain their personal and career goals. Patrick Simmons, Georgia Fatherhood Coordinator and SGA Advisor, introduced Scott.

Diplomas and Associate of Applied Science degrees were awarded by Dr. Ronald Key, Vice President of Instructional Services; Dr. Steve Pearce, Vice President of Student Services; and Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of OTC, to graduates from eleven different counties.

Among those graduating were the following students:

Bacon County: Ann Wilson, AAS degree in Respiratory Care

Brantley County: Edward Philip Benjamin, Automotive Fundamentals & Automotive Technology; Regina Marie Darley, Surgical Technology; Lori Ann Ginel, Criminal Justice Technology; Brandi Renee Jacobs, Cosmetology; Roseann Lane Lastinger, Surgical Technology; Sophia Melissa Leverett, Practical Nursing; Angela Christine O’Connor, Cosmetology; and Charlanne Dana Wingate, Surgical Technology

Camden County: Samantha R. Butts, Surgical Technology; and Katonya Latishia Johnson, Cosmetology

Charlton County: Amanda Danielle Cowart, Cosmetology; and Tashima L. Jackson, Cosmetology

Clinch County: Giavonia G. Enfinger, AAS degree in Medical Laboratory Technology; Casey Leigh Ann Nash, Business Office Technology; Kim Marie Rogers, Early Childhood Care and Education; Kesala Thomas, Surgical Technology; and Barbara T. Turner, Business Office Technology

Coffee County: Paula Bailey, Surgical Technology; Jermetra Shavette Owens, AAS degree in Early Childhood Care and Education – Program Management Specialization; and Carol Elizabeth Williams, CosmetologyJan 07 Graduates

Jeff Davis County: Sandy Rea, AAS degree in Medical Laboratory Technology

Lowdnes County: April Watford, AAS degree in Respiratory Care

Pierce County: Jeremy Allen Clark, Computer Information Systems – Networking Specialist; Thomas Patrick Crawford, Cosmetology; Victoria Dale Dixon, Drafting Technology; Zena Renee Minchew, Business Office Specialist; Joyce Natasha Mitchell, Practical Nursing; Rhonda Suzanne Ritchie, Early Childhood Care and Education; and Ashlye M. Strickland, Surgical Technology

Ware County: Betty Alexander, AAS degree in Health; Renarada Renay Atkinson, Early Childhood Care and Education; Quandra Roshell Baldwin, Practical Nursing; Pamela Marie Bennett, Practical Nursing; Andrea LaShawn Bolen, Surgical Technology; Karla Y. Brownlee, Early Childhood Care and Education; Katie Elizabeth Carter-Miller, Cosmetology; LaTisha Williams Chatman, Medical Assisting; Luchristy S. Chestnut, Cosmetology; Kalista Flynn, AAS degree in Administrative Office Technology; Kelli LeAnne Hagen, AAS degree in Early Childhood Care and Education; Sabrina Nicole Hamm, AAS degree in Surgical Technology; Michelle Hefner, Surgical Technology; Jennifer Haley Henderson, Cosmetology; Lindsay Leigh Joyner, AAS degree in Respiratory Care; Elizabeth Nicole Lawhorn, Cosmetology; Sarah E. McCarthy, Cosmetology; Gregory T. Martin, AAS degree in Medical Laboratory Technology; Eugenia E. Middleton, Business Office Technology; Tetra Deloris Nails, Early Childhood Care and Education; Rahiem Perry, Cosmetology; Tamela Sherrie Porter, Air Conditioning Technology; Jacqueline Reid, Criminal Justice Technology; Juanita Sutton-Brown, Accounting; Heidi L. Thornton, Surgical Technology; Annette Teresa Walters, Surgical Technology; Sharon L. Wilson, AAS degree in Medical Laboratory Technology

Wayne County: Krystal D. Bennett, Surgical Technology; and Torrie Lynn Swenson, Medical Assisting

The ceremony concluded with closing remarks by Dr. Gail Thaxton, who congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to continue learning. Her comments were followed by the ceremonious “moving of the tassel.”

Graduate Photo (L to R): Front to Back - Quandra Baldwin, Andrea Bolen, Juanita Sutton-Brown, Lindsay Joyner, Betty Alexander, Kalista Flynn, Tetra Nails, Sharon Wilson, Luchristy Chestnut, Sarah McCarthy, Kelli Hagen, Karla Brownlee, Elizabeth Lawhorn, Jennifer Henderson, Katie Carter-Miller, Greg Martin, Tamela Porter, Pamela Bennett, Jacqueline Reid, Annette Walters, Heidi Thornton, Michelle Ray, LaTisha Chatman, Renarada Atkinson, Eugenia Middleton, Sabrina Hamm, and Rahiem Perry


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