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Ridgeland Campus honors student achievements with ceremony

Ridgeland Campus honors student achievements with ceremony

The Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus recognized its students' achievements and honors during the 2017 Honors Day Program held April 11 in the McGowan Center. The evening began with a welcome from District Director of Career-Technical Education Dr. Amy Whittington and an invocation from Ridgeland Vice President Dr. Don Burnham.

Award presentations began with Dr. Burnham recognizing the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. Hall of Fame recipients were voted on by faculty and staff based on academic achievement, campus involvement and community service. The inductees included: Brooke Alvis, Yoel Bacallao, Kristin Boykin, Mary Katherine Campbell, Kaitlin Hill, Wyatt Horne, Simone Lewis, Anna Mullins, Jaci Murphy, Catherine Petro, Aundria Price and Maria Ramirez.

Steve Deaton, English instructor, followed Dr. Burnham by honoring the 2017 Holmes Literary Contest Winners. Those students, who also received monetary prizes presented by Michael Roberts from Renasant Bank, included: Ashley Regan, first place in poetry; Derek McGraw, second place in poetry; Connor Foley, first place in short story; J.T. Evans, second place in short story; James Snead, first place in personal essay; Leslie Ann Fleming, second place in personal essay; Stephen Griffin, honorable mention in personal essay; Johnathan Hillerman, honorable mention in personal essay; Kennedy Webb, first place in literary essay; Richard Murray, second place in literary essay, and Raymond Littleton, honorable mention in literary essay.

Next, a representative from each academic and career-technical program presented an award to a student who has shown excellence in their given major or program. Alice Austin presented Ashley Prewitt with the Associate Degree Nursing Award; Joe David White presented Simone Lewis with the Biological Science Award, and Dr. Santosh Parakkal presented Maria Ramirez with the Physical Science Award and Trenton Milam with the Engineering Award. Julie Muse presented Makenzie Thomas with the Educational Programs Award and Willis Barrett with the Mathematics Award.

The Business Administration Award went to Fatima Bracamonte, presented by Donna Josey; the Criminal Justice Award went to Chase Harrison, presented by Jimmy Houston, and the English Composition Award went to J.T. Evans, presented by Steve Deaton. Deaton also presented the Literature Award to Uroosa Burney. Joe David White presented the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Award to Catherine Petro; Ana Davenport presented the Spanish Award to Anna Mullins; J.R. Hall presented the History and Political Science Award to Connor Foley, and Jean Powers presented the Public Speaking Award to Lafretta Cross. Finally, to finish up the academic awards, Cynthia McCoy presented Kelly Smith with the Social and Behavioral Science Award.

Michael Pawlik took the stage to announce the first career-tech award; he presented the Information Systems Technology Award to Joseph Lattimore. Following Pawlik, Kana Williams presented the Occupational Therapy Assistant Award to Kaitlyn Holmes; NaTunya Johnson presented the Business Technology Award to Roschelle Ollie; Shea Coleman presented the Surgical Technology Award to Bonnie Malone, and Mark Galtelli presented the Emergency Medical Science Award to Anthony Clark. Lynn Boykin presented the Engineering Technology Award to Robert Reeves; Dr. Thomas Garrett presented the Mortuary Sciences Award to Matthew Strickland, and Darleen Dozier presented the Paralegal Technologies Award to Jessica Jones.

A few students were unable to attend, but were still recognized during the program. Those students included Fine Arts Award recipient Elizabeth Palmer, Industrial Maintenance Mechanics Award recipient Marcus Moss, Welding and Cutting Technology Award recipient Denzel Thompson, and Dean and Director Award recipient Daphna Allen.

A reception for award recipients, friends, and family immediately followed the ceremony in the McGowan Lobby.


IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured are all of the Ridgeland Campus award recipients following the 31st Annual Holmes Awards & Honors Program held April 11 in the McGowan Center. The recipients are (front row, left to right) Roschelle Ollie, Brooke Alvis, Anna Mullins, Jaci Murphy, Payton Earley, Makenzie Thomas, Aundria Price, Simone Lewis, Maria Ramirez, (middle row, left to right) Ashley Prewitt, Fatima Bracamonte, Catherine Petro, Kaitlin Hill, Kristin Boykin, Kaitlyn Holmes, Lafretta Cross, Jessica Jones, Angela Roland, Kelly Smith, Uroosa Burney, Bonnie Malone, (last row, left to right) J.T. Evans, Charles Harrison, Matthew Foley, Anthony Clark, Joseph Lattimore, Willis Barrett, Wyatt Horne, Derek McGraw, Johnathan Hillerman, Connor Foley, Robert Reeves and Trenton Milam.

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