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OTC Holds Commencement Exercises

Okefenokee Technical College’s Winter and Spring 2007 Commencement Exercises were held on Friday, July 13, 2007, at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Following the invocation by Mr. Larry Carr, the 2007 Rick Perkins Award Winner, Dr. Gail Thaxton, OTC President, welcomed everyone and introduced several special guests, including Ola Smith, OTC Board Chair, and Larry Paulk, OTC Foundation Chair. Thaxton also recognized the OTC faculty and staff for their work and dedication to students.Afterwards, State Representative Mark Williams delivered the commencement address.Graduation Speakers

After congratulating the graduates, Representative Williams challenged them to “plant the seed of volunteerism.” He encouraged students to appreciate others and be proud of their community and work skills. As someone who comes from a family of educators, Williams values learning and told the graduates that they will not regret their decision to continue their education.

The Honorable Mark Williams is Georgia Representative for House District 178. He is a citizen of Jesup, where he works as a Real Estate Broker. In her introductory remarks about Williams, Dr. Gail Thaxton described him as a friend of the college whose platform includes fiscal responsibility and accountability, family values, and workforce development that leads to stability and growth. Dr. Thaxton stated that Rep. Williams knows OTC and has represented the college and its interests well.

Rep. Williams has a history of community service. He has served as a board member, chair, president, or officer in organizations such as the hospital authority, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Three Springs Correctional Facility Board, and Wayne County Partners in Education.

In addition to memberships in several associations, the Honorable Mark Williams has been involved with numerous charities. He is a proud veteran, serving as company commander – a 1st Lieutenant – at age 22.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Georgia College and State University and served in the Army National Guard throughout college. He and his wife, Pam, have two children.

Diplomas and Associate of Applied Science degrees were awarded by Dr. Steve Pearce, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs; Ola Smith, Chair of the Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors; and Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of OTC, to graduates of nine different counties.Graduates

Among those graduating were the following students:

Atkinson County: Olanda Ashford, Early Childhood Care and Education

Bacon County: Rebecca Peacock, AAS in Forestry Technology; Amanda Loggans, Cosmetology; Glenda Morgan, Practical Nursing; and Melanie Wines, Practical Nursing

Brantley County: Sheila Rivas, AAS degree in Accounting; and Emily J. Synder, Business Office Specialist

Charlton County: Jenna Johns, Cosmetology; and Carrie Carter, Practical Nursing

Clinch County: Jennifer Daniels, Practical Nursing; and Sheila Davis, Practical Nursing

Coffee County: Yolanda Alexander, Early Childhood Care and Education

Glynn County: Rachel Hill, Cosmetology; and Wesley Carter, Air Conditioning Technology

Pierce County: Darlene Aldridge, Practical Nursing; Amy Jones, Practical Nursing; Beverly Johnson, Practical Nursing; Crystal Runyon, Early Childhood Care and Education; Tonya Cole, Criminal Justice; Niki Myrick, AAS degree in Accounting; Julia Saunders, Early Childhood and Care Education; Jennifer Norton-Dixon, Practical Nursing; Traci Bowers, Practical Nursing; Amber Robbins, Practical Nursing; Mandy Conerly, Practical Nursing; Barbara Bennett, Practical Nursing; Sharon Durrance, AAS degree in Administrative Office Technology; and Crystal Coursey, Cosmetology

Ware County: Lauren Stevens, Cosmetology; Alice Bratcher, Practical Nursing; Montaleatha Thomas, Cosmetology; Daniel Shaw, Electronics Fundamentals; San Nicolas, AAS degree in Administrative Office Technology; Michelle Ray, AAS degree in Surgical Technology; Whitney Schapansky, Cosmetology; Jennifer Anderson, Marketing Management and Accounting; Ashley Sapp, Business Office Technology; Brenda Baker, AAS degree in Administrative Office Technology; Sandra Williams, Marketing Management; Catherine White, Medical Assisting; Dale Dixon, Practical Nursing; Sandy King, Practical Nursing; Sara Smith, Practical Nursing; Shanteil Brown, Cosmetology; Staci Ray, Practical Nursing; Latina Heard, Practical Nursing; Sheila Davis, Practical Nursing; Heather Merritt, Practical Nursing; Kristen Griffin, Cosmetology; Suzannah Trogdon, Cosmetology; Lisa Punchard, Cosmetology; Melody Johnson, Early Childhood Care and Education; Tryphena Anderson, Medical Assisting; Willease Robinson-Gibson, Criminal Justice; Joanne Williams, Early Childhood Care and Education; Heather Franklin, Practical Nursing; Laura Tuten, Practical Nursing; Carlton Morgan, AAS degree in Criminal Justice Technology; Jake Giddens, Forest Technology; Jearnita Miller, AAS degree in Health; Patricia King, Cosmetology; and Allison Cochran, Cosmetology. Not pictured: William Kirton, Practical Nursing

The ceremony concluded with closing remarks by Dr. Gail Thaxton, who congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to continue learning. Her comments were followed by the ceremonious “moving of the tassel.” Sondra Chapman was the pianist for the occasion, and Neal Murphy presided as Graduation Marshal.

Photo 1:
Ola Smith, OTC Board Chair (right), Larry Paulk, OTC Foundation Chair (left), and OTC President Gail Thaxton, welcome the Honorable Mark Williams, State Representative Georgia House District 178 to the college’s commencement exercises. Rep. Williams was the featured speaker.

Photo 2:
Lauren Stevens, Cosmetology; Alice Bratcher, Practical Nursing; Montaleatha Thomas, Cosmetology; Daniel Shaw, Electronics Fundamentals; San Nicolas, AAS degree in Administrative Office Technology; Michelle Ray, AAS degree in Surgical Technology; Whitney Schapansky, Cosmetology; Jennifer Anderson, Marketing Management and Accounting; Ashley Sapp, Business Office Technology; Brenda Baker, AAS degree in Administrative Office Technology; Sandra Williams, Marketing Management; Catherine White, Medical Assisting; Dale Dixon, Practical Nursing; Sandy King, Practical Nursing; Sara Smith, Practical Nursing; Shanteil Brown, Cosmetology; Staci Ray, Practical Nursing; Latina Heard, Practical Nursing; Sheila Davis, Practical Nursing; Heather Merritt, Practical Nursing; Kristen Griffin, Cosmetology; Suzannah Trogdon, Cosmetology; Lisa Punchard, Cosmetology; Melody Johnson, Early Childhood Care and Education; Tryphena Anderson, Medical Assisting; Willease Robinson-Gibson, Criminal Justice; Joanne Williams, Early Childhood Care and Education; Heather Franklin, Practical Nursing; Laura Tuten, Practical Nursing; Carlton Morgan, AAS degree in Criminal Justice Technology; Jake Giddens, Forest Technology; Jearnita Miller, AAS degree in Health; Patricia King, Cosmetology; and Allison Cochran, Cosmetology. Not pictured: William Kirton, Practical Nursing


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