student awards

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

April 29, 2016

At Piedmont Technical College’s 42nd annual Student Awards and Recognition Program, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 40 student leaders.  The ceremony attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members.

Andy Omundson, associate vice president of student affairs, welcomed students and guests. Students who were listed in this year’s edition of Who’s Who among Students in American Junior Colleges were recognized by David Rosenbaum, associate dean of students, who also congratulated Presidential Ambassadors for their leadership during the current academic year.

Making presentations were Dr. Jerry Alewine, dean of health sciences; David Kibler, interim dean of engineering and industrial technologies; Sissy Copeland, dean of business information technologies and public service; Tara Harris, dean of nursing; and Tonia Luker, English department chair representing the arts and sciences division.

President’s Award

The institution’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, went to Ashley Owens of Saluda, a diversified agriculture student. Owens was also named outstanding graduate in the engineering and industrial technologies division and in her curriculum.

Distinguished Student Awards

Each academic division of the college honored its top graduate with the Distinguished Student Award. In addition to Owens, winners were Matthew Brewer of Greenwood, arts and science; Jana Lawson of Clinton, nursing; Cheryl Mackey of Greenwood, business, information technology and public service; and Drake Sorrow of Abbeville, health sciences. Deans from each major academic division also made presentations to these winners.

Curriculum Awards

Outstanding graduates in each of the college’s academic programs also received special recognition.

Outstanding graduates in the business, information technology and public service division were Jeny Abercrombie of Laurens, administrative office technology; Elizabeth Butler of Greenwood, business; Mackey, computer technology; James Davis of Greenwood, criminal justice; and Jayde Brooks of Ninety Six, early care and education.

In the arts and science division, Brewer was named outstanding graduate in the associate in science curriculum. Tammy Kullnat of Greenwood was named outstanding graduate in the associate in arts curriculum.

In the engineering and industrial technologies division, winners were Charles Cooley of Greenwood, automotive technology; Carl Ouzts of North Augusta, building construction technology; Owens, diversified agriculture; Jason White of Greenwood, electronic engineering technology; Melissa Green of Waterloo, engineering graphics technology; Broch Travis of Anderson, gunsmithing; Christian Loner of Hodges, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; David Whitcomb of Ninety Six, industrial electronics technology; Robert Strawhorn of Clinton, machine tool technology; Logan Wooten of Joanna, mechanical engineering technology; Cory Green of Waterloo, mechatronics technology; and Walter Wall of Ninety Six, welding.

In the nursing division, in addition to Lawson, Letesha Tillman of Augusta was named outstanding graduate in the practical nursing curriculum.

Outstanding graduates in the health science division were Melissa Clayton of Laurens, cardiovascular technology – invasive; Sherry Mabrey of Ware Shoals, cardiovascular technology – non-invasive; Lisa Ashby of Greer, funeral services; Joel Boley of McCormick, human services; Stephanie Bohland of Cross Hill, massage therapy; Kelly Jenkins of Greenwood, medical assisting; Shannon Stockton of Saluda, patient care technician; Michala Barnum of Greenwood, pharmacy technician; Jimmy Sweezy of Greenwood, radiologic technology; Sorrow, respiratory care; Hannah Wright of Union, surgical technology; and Nichole Papinchak of West Columbia, veterinary technology.

Service Awards

A number of students were recognized for their contributions to the enhancement of student life through service to college activities and organizations.

Photo Caption: Students at Piedmont Technical College were recently honored at the annual Student Awards and Recognition Program. Receiving the Divisional Distinguished Student awards were, from left, Drake Sorrow of Abbeville, health sciences; Cheryl Mackey of Greenwood, business, information technology and public service; Jana Lawson of Clinton, nursing; Dr. Ray Brooks, PTC president; Matthew Brewer of Greenwood, arts and science; and Ashley Owens of Saluda, engineering and industrial technologies. Owens was also presented with the President’s Award, the institution’s most prestigious honor.