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Bill Hand and Monica Williams Awarded Waycross Rotary Scholarships

Two Okefenokee Technical College students, Bill Hand and Monica Williams, were recognized at a recent Waycross Rotary Club meeting as the 2011 OTC Rotary Scholarship recipients. Students are selected for the award based on the following criteria: academic achievement, work ethic, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. Congratulations to both students. 

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Monica Williams (2nd from left) of Douglas is one of two OTC students selected as a Waycross Rotary Club 2011 scholarship recipient. Waycross Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair Ed Avra (right) and Rotary President John Lefand (left) congratulated Ms. Williams.

Williams is a clinical laboratory student at Okefenokee Technical College and is very active in several student organizations. She currently serves as the Phi Beta Lambda president and placed 5th in PBL’s state competition. She is a member of SkillsUSA and placed 3rd statewide in SkillsUSA 2011 competition. She is known to earn a spot on the President’s List and was named in Who’s Who in Georgia through PBL.

After earning her AAS degree in clinical lab, Monica plans to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Ms. Williams is a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and volunteers, when she can, to serve her church and community. She has three children: Adam, Drew, and Brittany.

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William (Bill) Hand (2nd from left) of Waycross is one of two OTC students selected as a Waycross Rotary Club 2011 scholarship recipient. Waycross Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair Ed Avra (right) and Rotary President John Lefand (left) congratulated Mr. Hand.

Hand is a computer information technology student in the networking specialist degree program. He is extremely active in Phi Beta Lambda and SkillsUSA, student organizations that prepare members for leadership positions and hold national skill competitions. Bill has won numerous awards at these competitions, including two first-place awards in the 2011 National Phi Beta Lambda Competition: 1st place in CyberSecurity and 1st place in networking concepts. 

As part of his training and preparation for the IT industry, Mr. Hand will seek industry certifications as he pursues his AAS degree and related technical certifications.

Bill is a 2011 GOAL finalist, a member of the National Technical Honor Society, an OTC Student Ambassador, and a regular on the President’s List. He has also done volunteer work in the community with Satilla Habitat for Humanity and the Waycross Lions Club.

Bill and his wife, Julie Ann, have a daughter, Bethany. The Hands are members of the Waresboro Baptist Church.

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