Photo: (L to R) Matthew Sanford, Carthage, TX - English, Tyler Lyons, Diana, TX - Accounting, Professor Larry Allen, Professor Teresa Beasley, Joshua Brannon, Houston, TX - Government, Professor Brian Naples, Professor Teresa Brooks, Barry Huggins, Nacogdoches, TX - Petroleum Technology, Brandi Pierce, DeBerry, TX - Education, Professor Kathryn Watlington, Brianna Morgan, Longbranch, TX - Spanish, Professor Mark Dickerson, Jackie Rentz, Jacksonville, TX - Criminal Justice, Dr. Joe Shannon, Harrison March, Waskom, TX - Art, Professor Ann Boland, Leslie Blizzard, Kennard, TX - Health Information Technology, Professor Lynn Davis, Professor Cheri Lambert, Latricia Organ, Kilgore, TX - Occupational Therapy, Dr. Barbara Cordell, Sarah Woody, Waskom, TX - Online Nursing, Professor Jena Rhodes, Shearren Brown, Longview, TX - Nursing, Professor Emily Zabcik, Tayelar Turner, Marshall, TX - Math, Madison McGowan, Carthage, TX - Communications, Professor Mike McGowan, Jeremy Gressman, Daingerfield, TX - Instrumental Music, Professor Don Cocklin, Kelcie Oney, Carthage, TX - Psychology/Sociology, Jeffery Oney, Carthage, TX - Biology, and Professor Kevin Rutherford. (Not shown: Ronald Martin, Waskom, TX - Computer Information Technology and Veronica Vicencio, Carthage, TX - Business).
On April 23 Panola College faculty and staff gathered with students and parents to celebrate this year’s nominees for Academic Excellence awards. Retired professor, Chuck Moore, spoke to the group of having dreams and then working to make those dreams reality. Following Mr. Moore’s speech, Professors Don Cocklin and Teresa Brooks presented Academic Excellence Awards to 19 students whose major fields of study included Health Information Technology, Government, Nursing, Instrumental Music, Art, Accounting, Computer Information Technology, Communications, Spanish, Biology, Math, English and Psychology/Sociology, Occupational Therapy, Education, Criminal Justice, Online Nursing, Petroleum Technology, and Business.
“To qualify for this award a student must be nominated by a professor. They must have completed either six hours in the field to which they are nominated or have completed three hours and be in the process of finishing the second course with a GPA in the concentration of study of 3.5 with a cumulative overall GPA of 2.5,” said Professor Don Cocklin. “We are certainly proud to recognize the effort each of these students has brought to their studies and the attitude towards learning that they bring to the College.” Additional pictures from the event are available on the Panola College Alumni Association's Facebook page.