At Piedmont Technical College’s 43rd annual Student Awards and Recognition Program, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 40 student leaders. The ceremony attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members.
Andy Omundson, associate vice president of student affairs, welcomed students and guests. 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 students, who also congratulated Presidential Ambassadors for their leadership during the current academic year.
Making presentations were Dr. Jerry Alewine, dean of health sciences; David Kibler, dean of engineering and industrial technologies; Sissy Copeland, dean of business, information technologies and public service; Karen Larson, representing the nursing division; and Dr. Donna Foster, representing the arts and sciences division.
The institution’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, went to Kenneth McDaniel of Whitmire, a building construction technology student. McDaniel was also named outstanding graduate in the engineering and industrial technologies division and in his curriculum.
Distinguished Student Awards
Each academic division of the college honored its top graduate with the Distinguished Student Award. In addition to McDaniel, winners were Micah Griffith of Saluda, arts and science; Michelle Burns of Newberry, nursing; Kathryn Kratz of Ware Shoals, business, information technologies and public service; and Stephanie Johnson of Prosperity, 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 business, information technologies and public service division were Jessica Bice of Greenwood, administrative office technology; Samantha Hollingsworth of Greenwood, business; Ashley DeVore of Greenwood, computer technology; Kratz, criminal justice; and Pamela Williams of Donalds, early care and education.
In the arts and science division, Griffith was named outstanding graduate in the associate in arts curriculum. Hector Gonzalez of Greenwood was named outstanding graduate in the associate in science curriculum.
In the engineering and industrial technologies division, winners were Jose Sanchez of Newberry, automotive technology; McDaniel, building construction technology; Octavia Keeno of Greenwood, electronic engineering technology; Kristen Duncan of Greenwood, engineering design technology; Garrett Wachtel of Greenwood, gunsmithing; Dontavious Cooper of Greenwood, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Ashley Shepheard of Laurens, horticulture; Michael Quarles of Greenwood, industrial electronics technology; Taylor Barnett of Hodges, machine tool technology; Thomas Whelan of Ware Shoals, mechanical engineering technology; Dillon Qualls of Waterloo, mechatronics technology; and Andrew Robison of Abbeville, welding.
In the nursing division, in addition to Burns, Renisha Quarles of Greenwood was named outstanding graduate in the practical nursing curriculum.
Outstanding graduates in the health science division were Akiba Griffin of Greenwood, cardiovascular technology – invasive; Brittany Prescott of North Augusta, cardiovascular technology – non-invasive; Rochelle Sullivan of Lyman, funeral services; Reginald Rucker of Greenwood, human services; Sandra Herlong of Saluda, massage therapy; Kimberly Smith of Greenwood, medical assisting; Johnson, occupational therapy assistant; Janeva Lindler of Newberry, patient care technician; Erica Lewis of Kinards, pharmacy technician; Josh Mason of Greenwood, radiologic technology; Rebecca Langford of Johnston, respiratory care; and Michelle Wise of Newberry, surgical technology.
A number of students were recognized for their contributions to the enhancement of student life through service to college activities and organizations.