NEWBERRY — At Piedmont Technical College’s 39th 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 Karla Gilliam, respiratory care instructor, 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; Brad Emery, program coordinator for automotive technology; Sandy Warner, department head for engineering technology; Sissy Copeland, dean of business information technologies and public service; Tara Harris, dean of nursing; and Evelyn Beck, dean of arts and science.
The institution’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, went to Karen Tisdale of Greenwood, a human services major. Tisdale was also named outstanding graduate in the public services division and in her curriculum.
Each academic division of the college honored its top graduate with the Distinguished Student Award. In addition to Tisdale, winners were Delando Clark of Lincolnton, Ga., industrial technology; Tammy Walker of Ninety Six, arts and science; Rebecca Byington of Anderson, nursing; Cory Nickles of Greenwood, engineering technology; Bonnie Alger of Prosperity, information technologies; and Erika Tinsley of Newberry, 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 Judy Mullikin of Gray Court, general business; James Davis of Taylors, funeral service; Suzanne Bird of Greenwood, administrative office technology; Jennifer Adams of Greenwood, commercial art; and Alger, computer technology.
In the arts and science division, Walker was named outstanding graduate in the associate in science curriculum. Punit Patel of Abbeville was named outstanding graduate in the associate in arts curriculum.
Outstanding graduates in the public service division were Jesse Mullikin of Clinton, criminal justice; Tammie Mallory of Greenwood, early care and education; and Tisdale, human services.
In the engineering and industrial technologies division, winners were Nickles and Clark, engineering graphics technology and automotive technology, respectively; Tara Lindley of Clinton, building construction technology; Austin DePree of Greenwood, welding; Anthony Quarles of McCormick, mechatronics technology; James Crowder of Greenwood, electronic engineering technology; Robert Rushton of Plum Branch, horticulture technology; Justin Frick of Little Mountain, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Kevin Claussen of Abbeville, industrial electronics technology; Thomas Willis of McCormick, mechanical engineering technology; and Jared Roach of Ware Shoals, machine tool technology.
Byington, a practical nursing major, was named as outstanding graduate in her curriculum and was joined by Brandon Scott of Abbeville, associate degree nursing.
Outstanding graduates in the health science division were Uriel Townsend of Greenwood, massage therapy; Myriah Rauch of Pomaria, patient care technician; Denise Myers of Batesburg, pharmacy technician; Marion Burnside of Greenwood, cardiovascular technology – invasive; Heather Walker of Donalds, cardiovascular technology – non-invasive; Christine Pilgrim of Honea Path, respiratory care; Jennifer Brewington of Ware Shoals, surgical technology; Tinsley, radiologic technology; and Aretha McBride 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.