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OTC Holds Adult Education Graduation Ceremony

Okefenokee Technical College held its Spring 2012 Adult Education General Educational Development (GED) graduation ceremony Thursday evening, April 19, at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium.

Guest speaker for the occasion was the Honorable Clarence Billups, mayor for the city of Waycross, who congratulated graduates and inspired them to continue their education. Special music was presented by a member of the graduating class, Sierra Mathis, along with her sister, Chelsea Mathis, both of Brantley County. They sang “A Miracle of You.” 

Sheila Parker, OTC Eagle Award Winner and member of the Brantley adult education graduating class, also addressed graduates, sharing her inspirational story and challenging the audience to strive for lofty goals. 

The salutatorian, Carl Butler of Clinch County, and the valedictorian, Sandra Seabrook Page of Brantley County, both gave speeches of inspiration and encouragement, as well.

The service began with a welcome by Dr. Steve Pearce, the executive director of OTC’s Adult Education Program, followed by the invocation given by graduate Sheila Parker. The Ware County High School Color Guard commanded the ceremony with the presentation of colors and Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem was performed by Jason Weathersby.

On hand to congratulate graduates and participate in the evening celebration were Dr. Steve Pearce, executive director of the adult education program, and the following adult education full-time instructors:  Cathy Daniels (Ware), Gloria Reid (Pierce), Beth Strickland (Bacon), Patia Tolle (Clinch), and Sheryl Trammell (Brantley).

Dr. Pearce, along with the respective program instructor, presented general educational development certificates to the following April 2012 OTC adult education graduates:

Bacon County
David Keith Beck, Jr., Kasey Karen Bohannon, Felicia Clairese Cole (honor graduate), Brandon Curry, Amanda Kay Downing, Tabatha Brooke Groover, Kristofer Dustin McKinnon, Kristin Nichole Rigby, Rebecca Ann Taylor, Cindy Lee Thompson (honor graduate), and Jordy Aaron Williams

Brantley County
Tereso V. Aldaba, Tyler Bechtold, Kristine Cline (honor graduate), Lindsey Renee Drury, Brittany Flowers, James Harrison, Tamera Hiott, Sierra B. Mathis, Danny A. Nose, Jr., Sandra Seabrook Page (Valedictorian), Sheila A. Parker (honor graduate), Ranae Paschal (honor graduate), Dustin Blake Ramey, and Elliott Thrift

Charlton County
Amber Johns

Clinch County
Carl Butler (Salutatorian), Billy Jeff Daniels, Jr., Cora Marie Edenfield, Mandy Leigh Hutchinson, David Alan Jeffords II (honor graduate), Dhwani M. Mehta, and Michelle Elaine Roberts

Pierce County
Kayla LeAnn Huggins (honor graduate), Jessica Prater, Amberlynn Tia Simmons, Jennifer Christine Taillefer, and April Ruth Waters

Ware County
Alexander Raphael Acosta, Issac Baye, Sharlene Champagne, Emalee Elizabeth Crews, Fairron Shanese Davis, Frederick Tyrone Denton, Devin Van Patrick Edwards, Raquell D. Golden, Jacob R. Green, Anna Blake Hayes, Quan Rashad Hill, Anita A. Johns (honor graduate), Ada Amanda O’Berry, Tracy Dawn Smart, Zachary Wade Spikes, Chelsea Meagan Stephens (honor graduate), Elizabeth Arieal Taylor, Shakeena Latoya Taylor, Willie Thomas III, and Jermaine Lebrent Wade

The benediction was given by Salutatorian Carl Butler. In the final act of the ceremony, graduates moved their tassels and formed the recessional to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” (Elgar/Harmon). Ushers were Carol Sciscilo, adjunct instructor for the Brantley program, and Amber Williamson, a Ware County student.

According to Dr. Pearce, 233 individuals earned a General Educational Development (GED) certificate in 2011 through one of the six OTC adult education programs available in the OTC service area. Two graduation ceremonies are held each year. For information about adult education or taking the GED exam, call 912.287.6580.

Graduation April 2012

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Twenty Ware County residents participated in the Spring 2012 OTC Adult Education Graduation ceremony at Waycross Middle School recently. Mrs. Cathy Daniels (bottom right), Ware County program instructor, was on hand to congratulate Ware graduates: (Top Row, L to R) Isaac Baye, Quan Rashad Hill, Jeremy L. Wade, Jacob R. Green, Frederick Tyrone Denton, (2nd Row from Top, L to R) Willie Thomas III, Raquell D. Golden, Chelsea Meagen Stephens (honor graduate), Ada Amanda O'Berry, Anna Blake Hayes, (3rd Row from Top, L to R) Tracy Dawn Smart, Shakeena Latoya Taylor, Devin Van Patrick Edwards, Fairron Davis, (Bottom Row, L to R) Emalee Elizabeth Crews, Anita A. Johns (honor graduate), Alexander Raphael Acosta, Sharlene Champagne, Elizabeth Arieal Taylor; and Cathy M. Daniels, instructor. Not available for photo: Zachary Wade Spikes.

Graduation April 2012

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Five Pierce County residents participated in the ceremony. Ms. Gloria Reid (right), Pierce County program instructor, was on hand to congratulate Pierce graduates: (L to R) Jessica Prater, Kayla Huggins, Amberlynn Simmons, April Ruth Waters, and Jennifer Taillefer.

Graduation April 2012

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Six Clinch County residents participated in the ceremony. Mrs. Patia Tolle (left), Clinch County program instructor, was on hand to congratulate Clinch graduates: (Front Row, L to R) Dhwani Mehta, Michelle Roberts, Mandy Hutchinson (Back Row, L to R) Carl Butler, Cora Edenfield, and David Jeffords.

Graduation April 2012

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Eleven Brantley County residents participated in the ceremony. Mrs. Sheryl Trammell (right), Brantley County program instructor, was on hand to congratulate Brantley graduates: (Back Row, L to R) Tyler Bechtold, Lindsey Renee Drury, Sierra B. Mathis, Tamera Hiott, James Harrison, Tereso V. Aldaba, Dustin Ramey, (Front Row, L to R) Kristine Cline, Sheila A. Parker, Sandra Page, and Danny A. Nose Jr.

Graduation April 2012

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The GED pass rate for Georgia is 66.4%. The Okefenokee Technical College adult education program currently has a 78.8% GED pass rate, which, according to OTC’s Andy Brannen, can be attributed in large part to “the effectiveness of OTC’s adult education instructors.” Congratulations to the graduates, instructional aides, adjunct instructors, and the following adult education full-time instructors (L to R):  Gloria Reid (Pierce), Cathy Daniels (Ware), Sheryl Trammell (Brantley), Beth Strickland (Bacon), and Patia Tolle (Clinch). Darrell Casey (Charlton) was unable to attend the ceremony.

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