Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Local News

August 24, 2011

Perfect grade-point!

Trinity Valley Community College summer graduates number 179

ATHENS — Summer graduates at Trinity Valley Community College were encouraged to “tackle the world with honesty and character” by Athens attorney and former standout Cardinal quarterback/punter Scott Williams last week at Cardinal gym.

“It’s not about changing the world, it’s about changing the world one person at a time,” Williams told the 179 graduates receiving degrees and certificates. “Tackle the world with honesty and character. In the end, that’s what matters most.”

Williams, following a stellar four-year athletic career at Brownsboro High School, was a member of the Cardinals’ conference championship team in 1984. He went on to have a successful two-year playing career at the University of Central Arkansas before receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1992.

During his 20-minute address, Williams used life experiences to encourage graduates to be prepared to overcome adversities along the way.

“Persevering in tough times builds character,” Williams said. “Believe in yourself and don’t quit.

“You must decide what kind of mark you want to make”

Erica Lauren Jaquish was the graduate with the highest honors – a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Graduating with high honors – a 3.8 grade point average – were Bradley Glen Fulton, Joshua D. Groom, Brandi M. Hendrix, Rafael Juarez, Danielle Rawson and Sabrina J. Webb.

Shannon Brown, Luke Carmichael, Kasey Renee Coker, Dustin W. Crable, Kelli Nicole Etheridge, Cassandra L. Gibson, Rebecca Ann King, Scottie Sue Kovach, Andrea D. Lucas, Virginia Miranda, Mary Madeleine Nessner, Faith N. Olive, Charles Mark Platter, Jessica Danyell Price, Jennifer L. Starnes and Honey Vance graduate with honors.

In his opening remarks and welcome, TVCC president Dr. Glendon Forgey acknowledged Athens High School senior Griselda Beltran, who became the first graduate of the AHS Pinnacle program and the first to graduate with an associate degree a year before graduating high school. She is also the first member of her family to graduate college.

Students who received degrees/certificates from TVCC during Friday’s graduation were (listed alphabetically by hometown):

ARLINGTON: Michael A. Brobbey, CER.

ATHENS: Griselda Beltran, AA; Yana Bush, AA; Lesha Dunn, AA; Jacqueline E. Ford, CER; Bradley G. Fulton, AA; Joshua D. Groom, AA; John E. Hudson, CER; Rafael Juarez, AA; Stephen J. Keighley, AA; Rebecca A. Kling, AA; Lance M. Mcleod, AA; Virginia Miranda, AA; Harriet Y. Oberg, AA; Sabra N. Thompson, AA; Edgar Valdez, AA; Garland C. Watson, CER.

BOSSIER CITY: Brittney Dukes, AA.

BROWNSBORO: Allison B. Chambers, AA; Elyse K. Kidd, CER; Rusty Lawrence, AA; Amanda A. Passons, AAS; Amy N. Terry, CER.

BULLARD: Sabrina J. Webb, AA.

CANTON: Leisa C. Bacon, CER; Amanda J. Fears, CER.

CARTERVILLE: Jennifer L. Davidson, AA.

CAYUGA: James B. Alexander, AA.

CEDAR HILL: Julietter E. Pettus, AAS.

CHANDLER: John W. Smith, CER.

CLEVELAND: Demario D. Hines, AA.

COMBINE: Mary M. Nessner, AA; Jennifer L. Starnes, AA.

CRANDALL: Jonathan T. Barnes, CER; Danielle B. Rawson, AA; Heather L. Spencer, AA.

CROCKETT: Carrie Sullivan, AA.

CUMBY: Scottie S. Kovach, AA.

DALLAS: Ryan Gruner, AA; Charles M. Platter, AAS.

EDGEWOOD: Sheila M. Cecil, AA; Kasey R. Coker, AA; Canaan Sutton, AA.

ELKART: Shalon R. Marquis, CER.

ELKHART: Emily D. Burks, CER; Sean M. Mahon, AA; Charidy L. Walker, AAS.

EUSTACE: Samuel L. Austin, AA; Steven R. Cowan, AA; Kevin D. Duke, AA; Randall Johnson, CER; Heidi K. Wonhas, AA.

FORNEY: Lindsay R. Donaldson, CER; Marycarmen Hernandez, AAS; Jared W. McClung, CER; Lindsey M. Montoya, CER; Brian D. Wherry, AA.

FRANKSTON: Amanda Q. Harmon, AA.

FRUITVALE: Ryan L. Montgomery, AA.

FORT  WORTH: Aaron M. Gilstrap, AA; Sabrina D. McKinney, AA.

GARLAND: Serena Bryant, AA; Saqwanna E. Gipson, AA.

GOLDEN: Jenay Reavis, AAS.


GRAND SALINE: Andrea D. Lucas, AA.

GRAPELAND: Tammy J. Clark, CER; Ivey A. Goodnight, AA; Bridget Turner, CER.

GUN BARREL CITY: Melody M. Cook, AA; Shelby N. Smith, AA.

HEARTLAND: Ekonda M. Obiona, AA.

HUMBLE: Gisela Rosales, AA.

KAUFMAN: Jesus M. Cabrera, AAS; Lindsey E. Dixon, CER; Brian J. Dorris, AA; Brittany S. Fortner, AA; Karla A. Gaither, AA; Christine S. Johnson, CER; Brandi M. Leath, AA; William L. Matson, CER; Pamela H. Oden, AA; Candace B. Struck, AA; Eric M. Szczepkowski, AA; Melodie Zamarripa, CER.

KEMP: Stacy D. Castro, AAS; Elizabeth L. Jonas, AA; Terra L. McManus, AA; Paige E. Moore, CER; Cortney Stephens, AA.

LARUE: Sarah K. Preston, AA; Brianna Wallace, AA.

LINDALE: April D. Combs, AAS.

MABANK: Samantha L. Brooks, AA; Roger D. Bryant, CER; William A. Shelton, CER.

MALAKOFF: Tucker C. Baugh, AA; Erica Jaquish, AA.

MINEOLA: Cassandra L. Gibson, AAS.

MONTALBA: Tracy L. Bowden, CER; Heather L. Wilbanks, CER.

MURCHISON: Porter L. Kelly, CER; Justin R. McCleskey, CER; Summer N. Woody, CER.

NEW SMYRNA: Justin L. Isabell, AA.

PALESTINE: Brittany N. Abke, AA; Jamie N. Benton, CER; Jacob P. Britton, AA; Shannon L. Brown, AA; Luke Carmichael, AA; Kathleen R. Caston, AA; Becky M. Chapman, AA; Diamantina Crispin, AA; Amber M. Denson, AAS; Sweighgbe O. Ellis, CER; Toi L. Gatlin, CER; Amber N. Goff, CER; Mayra C. Gonzales, AA; Kerrie L. Johnson, CER; Tabatha M. Lane, AA; Christina M. Lee, CER; Charles A. Lively, CER; Christopher Lively, CER; Rayjeana C. Logan, AAS; Belinda A. Mitchell, AA; Kelly J. Neal, CER; Folasade Olalekan, CER; Katie Phillips, AA; Lisa M. Phillips, CER; Kendell D. Redd, AA; Misty K. Rogers, AA; Luz M. Roman, AA; Andre L. Smith, AA; Jean H. Warren, CER; Vera L. Watkins, AA; Casey A. Weatherly, CER; Tonya M. Werner, AA; Kasie D. Weston, CER.

POYNOR: Kelli N. Etheridge, AAT.

QUINLAN: Jessica D. Price, AA.

ROCKWALL: Whitney Sinks, AA.

ROYSE CITY: Dustin W. Crable, AAS.

RUSK: Felicia M. Brock, CER; Cammie McBroom, CER.

SAN AUGUSTINE: Ashley M. McEachern, AA.

AA – Associate of Arts

AAS – Associate of Applied Science

CER -- Certificate

Text Only
Local News
  • ADR logo.tif Third elementary school to replace Athens Intermediate School

    The Athens Independent School District school board approved campus realignment Monday that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.
    While full details of the plan are still being discussed, the district unanimously approved adding a third elementary school, while doing away with the intermediate level.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0128.JPG Laying Splash Pad bricks

    Workmen from Rosenberg’s Outdoor Designs of Athens are shown installing bricks purchased by individuals, businesses and other organizations at the Kiwanis Park Splash Pad.  Shown, left to right, are: Nick Rosenberg, owner of the company; Jonathan Perez and Gutierrez Concepcion.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Burton’s severance approved

    The Athens City Council on Monday narrowly approved a budget amendment from reserves, to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who is retiring at the end of 2014.
    Mayor Jerry Don Vaught and council members Monte Montgomery and Tres Winn entered yes votes, while Joe Whatley and Charles Elliott opposed the adjustment.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Sanders readies proposed budget

    Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders has his proposed budget ready for submission, with the numbers reflecting revenues slightly above last year.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Academically-weighted courses discussed at CRISD meeting

    A concern about how elective courses in the Cross Roads Independent School District are academically-weighted was discussed at Monday night's school board meeting to determine a student's class rank.
    The board of trustees decided to let the issue extend to a further meeting to work on rewording the change in the student handbook.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0127.JPG McDonald’s coming to Mabank

    The corner of North First Street and North Third Street in Mabank is about to look a lot different as a construction crew broke ground Monday.
    A formal ceremonial groundbreaking will be held within the next week to welcome McDonald's to the location just off of Highway 175.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Funeral held for 15-year-old drowned Eustace student

    Funeral services were held on Sunday for a 15-year-old Eustace student who drowned Thursday evening after diving into Cedar Creek Lake.
    The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the drowning. According to reports, a medical emergency call came to 9-1-1 shortly after 5 p.m. from Timber Bay in the Payne Springs area.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29 PSCA open house.jpg PSCA seeks new student enrollment

    “Striving to make a difference in each child for eternity,” reads the motto of one local private school seeking new enrollment.
    Payne Springs Christian Academy is looking to enroll new students for the 2014-2015 school year.
    “We are in need of some kids this year,” said Amanda Beets, a mother of one of the school's current students.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery to dedicate historical marker

    The Texas Historical Commission, Henderson County Historical Commission and descendants of those who are buried in the Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery invite the public to the dedication of a historical marker at the property.
    The observance is set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 2.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29 HCHS.jpg ‘Party for the Paws’ event great success

    The Henderson County Humane Society in Athens as well as  Beckham are continuing to celebrate results of the Party For The Paws fundraiser.  Beckham is a dog that was recently adopted from the HCHS.
    HCHS Treasurer Ellen Barton commends those who were involved in the event’s planning and execution. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo