Tri-County’s top students honored


Belinda Brushwood of Easley, left, received Tri-County Technical College’s Outstanding Veterinary Technology Student Award at the College’s annual awards ceremony recently. Presenting the plaque is Ashley Brady, Veterinary Technology department head.

Bennett W. Hendricks of Easley, left, was honored as Tri-County Technical College’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Technology Student at the College’s annual awards ceremony recently. Presenting the plaque is Bradley Bowen, Criminal Justice Technology instructor.

Stephanie Laura Mulkey of Pickens, left, received Tri-County Technical College’s Outstanding Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Student Award at the annual awards ceremony recently. Presenting the plaque is Mandy Hanks, program coordinator.

Rebecca Danielle Newton of Sunset, left, was honored as Tri-County Technical College’s Outstanding Accounting Student at the College’s annual awards ceremony recently. Presenting the award is Angel Luper, accounting program coordinator.

Rose Marie Tapp, of Pickens, left, was honored as Tri-County Technical College’s Outstanding Social Science Student at the College’s annual awards ceremony recently. Presenting the award is Dr. Kate Williams, social sciences department head.

Brandon Thomas Wood of Pickens, left, received Tri-County Technical College’s Outstanding Engineering Graphics Technology (EGT) Student Award at the annual awards ceremony recently. Presenting the plaque is Mandy Orzechowski, Engineering Technology department head.

PENDLETON — Tri-County Technical College President Ronnie L. Booth began his remarks to the College’s 2015 outstanding students by directing them and their guests to the back page of the event program which outlined the College’s Mission, Vision and Values Statements, the College’s guiding principles.

Although not a requirement to publish them in an awards program, Dr. Booth said it was by choice. The Mission Statement reads: “Tri-County Technical College, a public community college, focuses on teaching, learning, and helping students reach their goals.” The Vision Statement is “Passionate people transforming lives and building strong communities one student at a time.”

“They are an outline of why the College is in existence – to assist students to get from where they are to where they need to be in life. It’s appropriate to include them here because it directs us in what we do. These statements matter to us. It’s why we do what we do,” he said. “Building strong communities is our job. We are here to help you reach your goals and to make the community better.

“Goals are different for everyone in life,” he said. “It’s easy to get lost in the big stuff. Use your statements as a reminder of what you can take control of in your lives and fine tune who you will be. It’s important to find your place in life. Figure out what matters to you.”

Following his remarks, the following Outstanding Student Awards were presented:

Associate in Arts – Robyn Marie Lloyd of Fair Play

Associate in Science – Michael David Johnson of Anderson

English – Jacques William Bowker of Anderson

Humanities – Robyn Marie Lloyd of Fair Play

Mathematics – Matthew William Schaller of Greenville

Science – Jonathan Bustamante of Seneca

Social Science – Rose Marie Tapp of Pickens

Accounting – Rebecca Danielle Newton of Sunset

Administrative Office Technology – Tara Victoria Williams of Walhalla

Computer and Information Technology – Keith A. Elrod of Seneca

Criminal Justice Technology – Bennett W. Hendricks of Easley

Early Childhood Development – Alexis Jean Bryant of Anderson

Management – Shawn Kistler Johnson of Westminster

Media Technology and Arts – Shane Donovan Whitner of Anderson

Comprehensive Studies – Lisa Yvonne Evatt of Williamston

Automotive Technology – William Tyler Swaney of Townville

CNC Programming and Operations – Adam Anthony Merck of Central

Engineering Graphics Technology – Brandon Thomas Wood of Pickens

General Engineering Technology – Brittiny Kay Turner of Anderson

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology – Robert Roy Meears of Seneca

Industrial Electronics Technology – Michael Allen Corron of Anderson

Manufacturing Management and Leadership – James Lamar Beal, Jr. of Anderson

Mechatronics Technology – Jessica Rachel Foltz of Anderson

Welding Technology – Quinton Everett Setzer of Pickens

Brian Ferguson Memorial Welding Award – Branson Wilson Metz of Williamston

Associate Degree Nursing – Jennifer Lynn Grimes of Clemson

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting – Stephanie Laura Mulkey of Pickens

Medical Assisting – Cheri Elizabeth Christensen of Walhalla

Medical Laboratory Technology – Irina Vsevolodovna Bein of Clemson

Practical Nursing – Marina Gennadyevna Polk of Anderson

Pre-Pharmacy — Christi Lynn Smith of Seneca

Surgical Technology – Melissa Kay Boomhower of Walhalla

Veterinary Technology – Belinda Brushwood of Easley

Student Government – Selena Valdizon of Walhalla

Phi Theta Kappa – Tracy Leigh Dodson of Central

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