April 12, 2018 - Panola College faculty honored outstanding students in various disciplines with 2018 Academic Excellence Awards in a ceremony at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium.
Don Cocklin, chair of the Academic Excellence Committee, introduced speaker, Dr. Billy “Bubba” Adams, Vice President of Instruction, who discussed the character traits needed to achieve excellence in life.
Honorees in academic departments include Peyton Barrett, Ranch and Land Management, presented by Jody Harris; Dena Bradley, History, presented by Bill Offer; Shelby Brown, Music, presented by Sandra Bauer; Melissa Burt, MLT, presented by Jo Ellen Russell; Vanessa Cox, OTA, presented by Cheri Lambert; Ryan Florence, Chemistry, presented by Amy Calhoun; Sarah Funderburk, Drama, presented by Karen King; Deborah Greathouse, ADN, presented by Annissa Jackson; Josh Havins, Accounting, presented by Jennifer Coon, and Julie Hernandez, Criminal Justice, presented by Don Cocklin on behalf of Mark Dickerson.
Others include Melanie Juays, General Business, presented by Jennifer Coon on behalf of Dwayne Ferguson; Courtney Pipkin, Medical Assistant, presented by Lynn Davis; Lucretia Royal, MLT, presented by Jo Ellen Russell; Tina Sandidge, Office Professional, presented by Jennifer Coon on behalf of Dwayne Ferguson; Shana Smith, Petroleum, nominated by Daniel Hall; Nancy Vang, Government, presented by Brian Naples; Krissi Williams, Medical Assistant, presented by Lynn Davis; Israel O Keshinro, Psychology, presented by Don Cocklin, and Evan Young, Agriculture, presented by Jody Harris.
The program included invocation by Bill Offer, welcome by Jennifer Coon, a performance by the Panola Chamber Singers under the direction of Sandra Bauer, and a closing prayer by Brian Naples.