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OTC EAGLE Winner Announced at Recognition Ceremony

Shelia Parker was recently named the 2012 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute February 13-15, 2012. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

All area EAGLE nominees were recognized and celebrated at an elegant recognition ceremony held at the Ware County Adult Education Center November 16.  OTC Adult Education Executive Director Dr. Steve Pearce praised the honorees for their accomplishments. OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton congratulated them, as did Vice President Andy Brannen and OTC adult education instructors. Those recognized were Sheila Parker (Brantley), Dhwani Mehta (Clinch), Diamond McDaniel (Pierce), and Hao Nguyen (Ware).

On behalf of the city and county governments, County Commission Chair Jimmy Brown presented a plaque to OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton proclaiming November 15 as EAGLE day in Waycross and Ware County. Following the presentations, nominees and guests enjoyed finger foods.

Ms. Parker attended the OTC adult education program in Brantley County, where her instructors, Sheryl Trammell and Carol Sciscilo, recognized her exceptional attributes and nominated her for the award.  Criteria for the EAGLE award include categories measuring character, attitude, attendance, leadership, personal appearance, and community activities.  Ms. Parker was first selected as the Brantley County delegate by an interview panel consisting of Brantley County community leaders. She then interviewed for the OTC EAGLE award where three judges - Toni Nelson from Satilla Regional Medical Center, Buck Thigpen from the Georgia Department of Labor-Waycross Career Center, and Eva Byrd from the Waycross and Ware County Chamber of Commerce – selected her as the best candidate.

 “Shelia was a role model student,” stated Sheryl Trammel, Parker’s instructor. “She worked hard and made her education a priority.  Shelia values the adult education program and is grateful for the opportunity she had to participate in the program. I watched her confidence soar as she realized that her goals were, in fact, attainable.  Shelia has a sweet, caring spirit and is an encourager.  She will do well in the medical field.  It was a pleasure being part of Shelia’s success.” Ms. Parker graduated with honors from the program November 15, just a day before being named the OTC EAGLE winner.

Ms. Parker is from the Orlando, Florida area and moved to Georgia two years ago. She has two children, Kevin and Devon, and one granddaughter, Courtney.  She has spent many years working and volunteering for Hospice and plans to continue her education in the medical field.  Her career goal is to become a wound care specialist.  Her motto is, “It is never too late for education, no matter your age or walk of life.”

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This exceptional student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.
The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual EAGLE Leadership Institute.

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OTC EAGLE winner Sheila Parker (center) is shown with OTC staff and Commission Chair Jimmy Brown. L to R: Dr. Steve Pearce, executive director of adult education; Sheryl Trammel, Brantley adult education instructor; Sheila Parker, 2012 EAGLE Award Winner; Dr. Gail Thaxton, OTC President; Jimmy Brown, Ware County commission chair; and Andy Brannen, vice president for economic development.

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Shelia Parker is the 2012 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta.

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Ware County Commission Chairman Jimmy Brown, on behalf of the city and county governments, presented a plaque to OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton proclaiming November 15 as EAGLE day in Waycross and Ware County.

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OTC Eagle nominees were recognized recently at a reception in their honor. Shown are the nominees, their instructors, OTC officials, and Commission Chair Jimmy Brown (L to R): Andy Brannen, vice president for economic development; Patia Tolle, Clinch adult education instructor; Dhwani Mehta, Clinch EAGLE nominee; Diamond McDaniel, Pierce EAGLE nominee; Gloria Reid, Pierce adult education instructor; Sheila Parker, OTC EAGLE winner; Sheryl Trammel, Brantley adult education instructor; Hao Nguyen, Ware EAGLE nominee; Cathy Daniels, Ware adult education instructor; Dr. Steve Pearce, adult education executive director; Dr. Gail Thaxton, OTC President; and Chairman Brown.

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