Students Honored at Awards Ceremony
At Piedmont Technical College’s 38th annual Student Awards and Recognition Program, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 75 student leaders. The ceremony attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members.
Becky McIntosh, vice president for student development, welcomed students and guests, and Sandy Warner, engineering technology department head, was principal speaker. 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 student services. Carol Paguntalan, director of academic advising, congratulated Presidential Ambassadors for their leadership during the current academic year.
Making presentations were Jerry Alewine, dean of health sciences; Keith Lasure, dean of engineering and industrial technologies; Sissy Copeland, dean of business information technologies and public service; Tara Harris, interim department head of nursing; and Evelyn Beck, interim dean of arts and science.
The institution’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, went to Kaylynn Knight of Ninety Six, an associate in arts major. Knight was also named outstanding graduate in the arts and sciences 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 Knight, winners were Aaron Walker of Bradley, industrial technology; Ronda Tumblin of Greenwood, public service; Marisa Ling of Greenwood, nursing; Thomas Hackett of Greenwood, engineering technology; Walt Lordemann of Greenwood, information technologies; and Holly Hale of Laurens, health sciences. Deans from each major academic division also made presentations to these winners.
Outstanding graduates in each of the college’s academic programs also received special recognition.
Outstanding graduates in the information technologies division were Lordemann, general business; Raymond Ridgeway of Wellford, funeral service; Angela McCaslan of Calhoun Falls, administrative office technology; Jamie Long of Prosperity, commercial art; and Emily Walden of Hodges, computer technology.
In the arts and science division, in addition to Knight, Truc Tran of Columbia was named outstanding graduate in the associate in science curriculum.
Outstanding graduates in the public service division were Tabitha Grasty of Edgefield, criminal justice; Sonya Padgett of Laurens, early care and education; and Tumblin, human services.
In the engineering and industrial technologies division, winners were Hackett and Walker, engineering graphics technology and BCT, respectively; Lanzer Ligon of Greenwood, automotive technology; Matthew Byrd of Hodges, welding; Wade Hipp of Saluda, mechatronics technology; Josh Wooten of Greenwood, electronic engineering technology; Sarah Carroll of Greenwood, horticulture technology; Lonnie Gillespie of Greenwood, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; William Head of Greenwood, industrial electronics technology; Melvin McClellion of Gray Court, agriculture technology; Tyler Wells of Greenwood, mechanical engineering technology; and Phillip Calhoun of Ware Shoals, machine tool technology.
Ling, an associate degree nursing major, was named as outstanding graduate in her curriculum and was joined by Nicole Calhoun of Hodges, practical nursing.
Outstanding graduates in the health science division were Hale, massage therapy; Nancee Alvarez-Livingston of Pomaria, patient care technician; Tony Price of Saluda, pharmacy technician; Angie Voiselle of Greenwood, cardiovascular technology – invasive; Deanna McKee of Ninety Six, cardiovascular technology – non-invasive; Lacy Harrison of Abbeville, respiratory care; Mary Susan Butler of Ninety Six, surgical technology; Lorie Taylor of North Augusta, radiologic technology; and Candida Hutchinson of Greenwood, medical assisting.
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, front from left, Marisa Ling of Greenwood, nursing; Kaylynn Knight of Ninety Six, associate in arts; Ronda Tumblin of Greenwood, public service; and Holly Hale of Laurens, health sciences. Back, Thomas Hackett of Greenwood, engineering technology; Aaron Walker of Bradley, industrial technology; Walt Lordemann of Greenwood, information technologies; and Dr. Ray Brooks, PTC president.