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May 21, 2019 - Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester. To qualify, a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.


  • Loranger – Mary Straughan
  • Shreveport – Trent Touchet


  • Purvis – Jenna Grover


  • Beckville – Clayton Burnett, Lacey Dean, Hannah Humphries, Shelby Storie, Jason Tillman
  • Bonham – Hope Parker
  • Carthage – Susan Adewale, Chloe Bryce, Madison Buck, Phat Chung, Keith Coleman, Lucy Eke, Victoria Fischer, Kelan Foster, Allena George, Yareli Hernandez, Robyn Klysen, Coby Lewis, Kason Malone, Brandon Medrano, Colby Taylor, Mary Tinkle, Shirley Williams
  • Center – Jose Bueno, Dylan Denby, Ashley Dollison, Katesia Evans, Kamryn Griffin, James Hamilton, Jenny Harvey, Jamarian Hill, Kase Hooper, Jessye Massey, Rachel Powell, Julia Ramos
  • Chireno – Justine Moore
  • Cleveland – Carrie Hudman
  • College Station – McKenzie Dimery
  • DeBerry – Hailey Woodworth
  • Diana – Charlene Williams
  • Garrison – Faith Young
  • Gary – Destiney Kingston, Bryan Moreland
  • Grand Prairie – Katherine MacKenzie
  • Hallsville – Kaitlyn Cox, Lindsey Leslie
  • Hemphill – Christopher Scroggins
  • Henderson – Sandybel Guerrero, Vanessa Guerrero
  • Huntington – Nathaniel Endsley, Keath Kibbey
  • Jefferson – Jasmine Harris, MacKenzie Hulett
  • Joaquin – Alexis Barlow, Fatima Nunez
  • Longview – Reagan Aguilera, Jade Allen, Davina Eddy, Blaine Parker, Bethany Roberts
  • Lufkin – Kathy Foster
  • Marshall – Demetre Brewster, Elizabeth Collins, Laronica Davis, Cherrie Hudson, Latoya Johnson, Hieu Le, Emily Morin, Pamela Painter, Emilee Sellers, Thomas Solomon
  • Mt. Enterprise – Cydni Sanroman, Catalina Zoyoquila
  • Nacogdoches – Jamya Gossett, Abigail Parrish, Emily Robinson, Ashlynn Stamps, Kyesha Sweat, William Wall, Jennifer Westbrook
  • Overton – Elizabeth Hearon
  • San Augustine – Chad Elumbaugh, Lexie Moody
  • Scottsville – David Marr
  • Shelbyville – Denise Jones
  • Tatum – Amy Downs
  • Tenaha – Jennifer Alvarado, Elizabeth Hernandez, Calicia Roland
  • Timpson – Nora Lawhorn, Ryan Stamps, Laci Starr
  • Tyler – Tyler Johnson
  • Waskom – Trevor Deal, Holly Williams
  • Winnsboro – Jarret Whorff


  • Caracas – Kellymar Ramirez


  • Kosow Lacki – Alicja Falkowska


  • Lagos – Toluwani Ayodele, Latifat Opeodu
  • Mushin Lagos State – Omotayo Amidu


  • Nairobi – James Gesaka


  • Shawinigan, Quebec – John Raphael LeBlanc

May 21, 2019 - Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the President’s List for the fall 2018 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.


  • Bossier City – Chase Hodges
  • Keithville – Yvonne Combs
  • Logansport – Kurston Smith
  • Mansfield – Jacqueline Files, Kamryn Ford


  • Arlington – Joy Jekayinoluwa
  • Avinger – Donna Maples
  • Beckville – Ethan Collins, Michael Mize
  • Carthage – Shauna Aycock, Christopher Blackmon, Delaina Blackmon, Nash Coultas, Trinity Dayton, Britney Everitt, Krysta Hammock, Esther Hernandez, Kortney Landreneaux, Kristina Mayo, Wayland McLemore, Taylor Mills, Addison Pope, Yareli Salinas Flores, Elva Saucedo, Kaci Williams
  • Center – Juan Apolonia, Jonathan Ariza, Kori Bailey-Metcalf, Luz Gomez, Perla Mateos, Jacob Mitchell, Jeniece Moore, Eugene Nunez, Kaylee Parker, Angela Perkins, Nicklaus Powell, Brant Redmon, Sadie Sanchez, Maggie Sims, Mallory Sims, Whitney Thomas
  • Cooper – Jacie McGraw
  • Cypress – Hayden Collins
  • Dallas – Victor Chinaka
  • DeBerry – Edward Oden
  • Garrison – William Edwards, Shane Iversen, Kirsten Mayfield, Daniel Quetzala
  • Gary – Samantha Hay
  • Hardin – Ryan Snell
  • Henderson – Ezekiel Collins, Reyna Mejia
  • Jefferson – Corben Johnston, Lara Padgett
  • Joaquin – Sydney Cheshire, Cassie Cox, Milagros Luna, Trista Mustard, Julia Prewitt, Destini Whitehead
  • League City – Hannah Floyd
  • Marshall – Taylor Clayton, Dominique Espinoza, Somali Fletcher, Robert Kantee, Devin Knighten, Jacob Lambright, Anna Marulli, Leneve Williams
  • Midland – Jurnee Williams
  • Milam – Brittany Gregory
  • Mt. Enterprise – Amber Jones
  • Nacogdoches – Emily Hannah, Samantha LaRoche, Mahiko Moreno, Phillip Najvar, Isaac Patterson, Ariel Rodriguez
  • Orange – Michael Lee
  • Point – Justin Gonzales
  • Pollok – Amanda Granger
  • Seguin – Michelle Cherry
  • Tatum – Macalan Amick, Troy Greene, Lucero Luna
  • Tenaha – Christian Ashton, Alan Flores, Katelyn Martinez, Miguel Mendoza, Alayna Scull
  • Texarkana – Joe Murray
  • Waskom – John Carter, Christy Corliss
  • Woodlawn – Cassidy Lonsway


  • Lagos – Ibrahim Akande, Boluwatife Babalola, Samiat Fashola


  • Minsk -- Maryia Adashchyk


  • Mississauga, Ontario – Thomas Grilli


  • Nairobi – Abigael Joseph

May 15, 2019 - On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the East Texas Gas Producer Association (ETGPA) gifted a donation of $1,000 to the School of Energy at Panola College. Cheryl Nalls with CCI East Texas Upstream, represented ETGPA by presenting the check to Daniel Hall, Chair of the School of Energy. 

May 14, 2019 - The Panola College Rodeo Team went back into action April 26-27 in Wharton, Texas, and wow was it great!

Panola College Sophomore, Tyler Johnson, dominated the Bareback Riding. Tyler won the event with an 82-point bareback ride. The win just pushed Tyler into more of a commanding lead in the regional standings. Tyler Johnson is the Southern Region Champion Bareback Rider, and will be moving on to the CNFR, in Casper, WY. Coach Collins says “Tyler has worked toward this goal for 2 years. Last year he shattered his leg and was unable to qualify. Tyler will be there and I promise he has done his homework, if you’re going to beat Tyler you better be prepared. He’s definitely on a mission!”

Logan Cook, the 2018 and 2019 All-Around Champion, does it again! Cook won 3rd in the Saddle Bronc Riding were he finished the year in the number 2 position. Logan will be attending his 3rd CNFR, in both the Saddle Bronc Riding and the Tie down Roping. Logan has won both his All-Around titles by competing in 3 events, Tie Down Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding and Team Roping. Jeffrey Collins says “Logan is simply amazing, he can ride, rope and do anything a horseback you ask him to do. He will win a National Title and many more to come. We will miss him when he is gone, and this team is a whole lot better because of his presence here at Panola. I think when you look up the word “cowboy” in the Dictionary there should be a picture of Logan Cook, or as we call him Cookie.”

Jackson Williams took the title home in the Steer Wrestling with a 5.1 second run. Jackson is a Sophomore that will graduate and move on to AUM (Arkansas University at Monticello). Jackson’s win pushed him to 5th position in the Southern Region Standings. Williams weighs about 145 and has been placing in most of his events, and it’s an extremely physical event that is generally dominated by heavy weights.

Macon Murphy, Tie down Roper from Keatchie, La., won 3rd place with a 9.3 second run. Macon has been fighting for a spot in the top three in the regional standings all season. The points he earned at Wharton pushed him into the number 3 position, and he is moving on to the CNFR. Coach Collins says “Macon is a determined hard working young man. His horse is always in good shape and well attended to also. I expect great things from both of them. The great thing is he is just a freshman, and we get him back next year!”

Daylon Swearingen won 3rd in the Bull Riding to clinch a spot at the CNFR as well. Daylon was out first semester with an injury, and had to make up for lost time. Swearingen ended up the season 5th overall in the Bull Riding, enough to qualify as a team member. Daylon is a Sophomore and will be returning next year to compete in all three rough stock events the Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and the Bull Riding. Daylon also finish 2nd in the Bareback Riding with an 81-point ride. The two placings totaled together helped him to win the All-Around title at that rodeo. 

Campbell Grove, Sophomore moving on to Sam Houston State University, won 3rd in the Girls Barrel Racing. Campbell has been winning on a fairly young horse named P, a 5-year-old. Coach Collins says “Campbell is a great kid that has been a great asset to our program here, we will miss her. I know she has a great future in our sport, and in life. She is an amazing young lady and I am glad we got to be a small part of her life.”

The Panola College Ponies are the 2019 Southern Region Men’s Team Champions! That means 6 men are moving on to the CNFR. Those men are pictured above: Daylon Swearingen - Bull Riding; Logan Cook - Saddle Bronc Riding and Tie Down Roping; Macon Murphy - Tie Down Roping; Ross Freeman - Bull Riding; Tyler Johnson - Bareback Riding; and (not pictured) Clayton Lowry - Team Roping.

Dr. Greg Powell poses with the 2019 award for Panola College Alumnus of the Year, Mr. David Glynn Russell.

May 14, 2019 - On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Panola College conducted its 83rd commencement in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium. The first ceremony took place at 5:00 p.m. followed by a second ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Panola College had more than 362 degree and certificate candidates and over 233 of those students participated in the commencement ceremonies.

At the start of both ceremonies, Mr. Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services, presented each graduating class of spring 2019 as Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College led the processional of board members, faculty, staff, and students in to be seated while “Pomp and Circumstance” was played in the background.

Theatre Professor, Karen King, takes a photo with a few of her students that graduated this spring.

The Panola College Chorale, directed by Mrs. Sandra Bauer, then sang the Alma Mater which was followed by the invocation given by Mr. Earnest Spencer, Professor of School of Energy and Chemistry. Dr. Powell then welcomed the assembled and gave opening remarks to the graduates.

At the 7:30 pm ceremony, Mrs. Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, recognized Mr. David Glynn Russell as the 2019 Panola College Alumnus of the Year. Russell attended Panola College in 1972-73 then went on to obtain a degree from Texas A&M University. After returning to East Texas in 1985, he opened a flooring store, Russell’s Floors, which he still owns and manages today. He is also the owner of the Peach Shed, serves on the Flatfork Water System board, and volunteers at his local church, Center Christian Fellowship.

Students show off their diploma after walking across the stage at graduation.

Before the awards ceremony, Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, certified to Dr. Powell and members of the Panola College Board of Trustees that the graduating students had completed all work necessary to graduate from Panola College.

Dr. Kathy Watlington, Professor of Foreign Languages, then began the reading of graduates and Powell awarded diplomas to all graduating students.

For the closing of both ceremonies, the Panola College Choir sang the benediction, followed by Dr. Powell leading the recessional to the closing instrumentals.

Panola College is proud to announce the following Spring 2019 Honor Graduates:

Summa Cum Laude (3.90 – 4.00)

Katie Melinda Alexander - Longview, TX
Vanessa Renee Cox - Waskom, TX
Kelan James Foster - Carthage, TX
Elizabeth Carolyn Holloway - Henderson, TX
Rebecca Edith-Lynn Mathis - Tenaha, TX 75974
Michael Camden Mize - Beckville, TX
Gregory Waylon Murdock - Carthage, TX
Julia Prewitt - Joaquin, TX
Emily Michelle Smith - Jasper, TX
Waldina Soto - Lufkin, TX
Nicole Tarpley - Carthage, TX
Darian Wood - Nacogdoches, TX

Magna Cum Laude (3.75 – 3.89)

Maria Adashchyk - Minsk, Belarus
James Baker - Marshall, TX
Alishia Bammel - Henderson, TX
Yvonne Combs - Keithville, LA
Erica DeLaine Booth - Marshall, TX
Keith A. Coleman - Carthage, TX
Drew James Diverdi - Center, TX
William Christopher Edwards  - Garrison , TX
Jessica Nicole Fernandez - Wallis, TX
Jenna Campbell Grover - Purvis, MS

Cum Laude (3.50 – 3.74)

Cindy Baldazo - Overton, TX
Maelbi G. Calderon - Seagoville, TX
Crystal Rose Ann Carbajal - Longview, TX
Dalayna Daw - Joaquin, TX
Davina Leigh Eddy - Longview, TX
Caitlin Paige Elliott - Long Branch, TX
Dominique Espinoza - Marshall, TX
Kallie Marie Forman - Buna, TX
Maricruz Gonzalez - Center,TX
Savana Renee Hanaway - DeBerry, TX
Samantha Highfield - Marshall, TX
Jonathan Jenkins - Center, TX
LaToya Johnson - Marshall, TX
Kase Alan Hooper - Center, TX
Randall Aaron Jackson - Gary, TX
Shelby Kay Kite - Carthage, TX
Kirsten Mayfield - Garrison , TX
Leah Marie Montandon - Overton, TX
Pamela Nichole Painter - Marshall, TX
Addison Paige Pope - Carthage,  TX
Whitney Ramsey - Marshall, TX
William Patterson Tomlin - Center, TX
Graciela Villanueva - Henderson, TX
Tyler D. Johnson - Tyler, TX
Kristen Faye LeBlanc - Marshall, TX
Lacy Rose Miles - Marshall, TX
Trista LeAnne Mustard - Joaquin, TX
Keather Nichols - Buna, TX
Lara Beth Padgett - Jefferson, TX
Hunter Smith - Marshall, TX
Breanne Symone Pereles - Laneville, TX 
Rialie Jo Taylor - Garrison, TX
Mary Cassie Tinkle - Carthage, TX
Rocio Venegas - Timpson, TX
Stacy Leann Youngblood - Carthage, TX

Hosted by PBS in Cooperation with the Anne Ray Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

May 10, 2019 - The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit based on the popular PBS television series, The Great American Read. The program was an eight-part series that aired in fall 2018. It explored and celebrated the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels as chosen in a national survey. It investigated how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The series was the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books. It also launched a book club with accompanying Facebook page and a website devoted to the series that are continuing to reach audience members and book enthusiasts today.

The television series featured entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country which will be included as part of the exhibit. It was comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books was revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examined concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results of a nationwide vote were announced to reveal America’s best-loved book. The community is encouraged to visit the exhibit to learn America’s choice.

The Library will have the 100 novels on display with accompanying materials from the television series May 13 – August 2, 2019. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Library’s summer operating hours Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm. For additional information please call 903-693-2052 or email

May 9, 2019 - Panola College has hired Aaron Smith as the new Men's Basketball Coach. Aaron Smith will be taking over a Panola program that has risen to the top of the Region XIV standings over the last 4 years under departed head coach Grant McMillan, with a 2017 Eastern Conference Championship and an appearance in the 2017 NJCAA National Tournament, and 4 straight NJCAA Regional playoff berths.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Panola College,” said Coach Smith. “Words cannot express how grateful I am to President Dr. Powell, athletic director, Mr. Don Clinton, and the entire Panola family. I look forward to building on this already wonderfully laid foundation and I cannot wait to get to work.”

Smith comes to Panola after spending 4 years at Jacksonville College where he led the Jaguars to back to back Region XIV South Zone Championships in 2018 and 2019. His teams have been known as some of the hardest teams to guard in Region XIV and they have averaged 93 points per game during his tenure. 3 out of 4 of Smith’s seasons have produced 20 or more wins and he has coached 6 members of the All-Region 1st or 2nd Team and 1 Honorable Mention All-American in Christian Barrett. In addition, each of the past two seasons he has earned Coach of the Year from

Prior to his head coaching tenure at Jacksonville, Smith served briefly as an assistant coach under, then head coach, Jody Bailey prior to Bailey’s departure for the University of New Orleans. Before joining Jacksonville College, Smith spent 5 years in total in the AAU Summer Basketball ranks. He started the FV 5:17 program, which he grew into one of the premier summer programs in the ultra-competitive Dallas summer basketball circuit. While leading FV 5:17, he sent numerous players on to the Division 1 level and another player who is currently playing professionally in China.

Coach Smith is a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University (2008) where he was a standout scorer who had the privilege of earning Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Week his senior season. His playing career continued as he was the 4th Overall Pick in the 2008 CBA Draft and won the CBA Championship in 2009 as a member of the Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry coached by 4-Time NBA All Star Michael Ray Richardson. Smith also spent time playing in France and Bulgaria. He also earned his Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017.

Smith, and his wife Keri, have been married since June 2016 and they have a 19-year-old son, Cameron Carson, and a 2-year-old daughter, Nicole.

"We are excited to have Aaron as our new head basketball coach. He has proven he knows how to win on and off the court,” noted Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services and Athletic Director at Panola College. “We feel confident that he will continue the winning tradition that has been established and will truly make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes."

From left, Darrell Hudson and Dwayne Ferguson were named as the 2018-2019 Faculty of the Year at Panola College.

May 8, 2019 - Dwayne Ferguson and Darrell Hudson were named 2018-2019 Panola College Faculty of the Year at an appreciation dinner on May 2.

Dwayne Ferguson was named Technical Faculty of the Year. In his 27-year career as an instructor at Panola College, he has taught business and computer courses. In addition, he produces the online Panola College Catalog, sponsors an organization for business students, has converted several courses to Open Education Resources, and has worked on the College’s reaffirmation process.

“To his peers, Mr. Ferguson is known as an instructor who goes out of his way to help the students he instructs and advises to ensure their paths to success,” said Natalie Oswalt, Dean of Arts, Sciences and Technology. “He knows the answer to any question other faculty members need help with.”

Darrell Hudson was named Academic Faculty of the Year. Hudson, who teaches biology at Panola, has worked at Panola College for 24 of his more than 30 years in education.

“Mr. Hudson is known as an instructor who always displays a pleasant demeanor, is confident and thorough, patient and kind-hearted, and goes the extra mile before and after class to be sure the students understand the material,” Oswalt said.

Panola College faculty members nominated their peers for the awards, and all faculty members had the opportunity to vote on the nominees.

“Both of these faculty members are passionate about teaching and spend numerous hours throughout the semester to ensure students are successful. Panola College is fortunate to have exceptional faculty members who are centered on student success,” Oswalt said.

May 7, 2019 - Panola College at our Shelby College location in Center, is offering Certified Nurse Aide Courses beginning June 3 – July 3, 2019. Classes will be held Monday - Friday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.  For more information and to register, contact the Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:

PTK students and faculty sponsors load donated cereal to deliver to Mission Carthage. From left, back row, are Mitchell Fountain and Mauricio Robles; front row, Chasity Klingler, Milagros Luna, Roberta Collinsworth, Esther Hernandez and Emily Zabcik.

May 3, 2019 - The Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Panola College donated more than 400 boxes and packages of cereal to Mission Carthage on May 1.

“Our PTK group wanted to do a community service project this semester and chose to collect goods for Mission Carthage for the month of April. The students specifically chose to focus on the collection of cereal boxes,” said Emily Zabcik, mathematics professor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor.

Volunteers helped PTK students and sponsors unload the boxes of cereal at the Mission Carthage building on U.S. Highway 79 North.

PTK is a long standing club at Panola College. Members may attend monthly meetings, and participate in community service projects coordinated by the club. To be eligible for membership, Panola College students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above and have completed a minimum of 12 transferable hours through Panola College.