Trinity Valley Community College and the City of Athens announced the recipients of $500 scholarships at their meeting Monday, June 11. Recipients were Callie Allen, Abigail Angle, Brenda Areanas, Victoria Bagley, Gerardo Costilla, Adrian Givins, Ramona Hutson, Aamiyah Moore, Kamion Tanner and Kassandra Zapata. The scholarships are given as a part of the college’s purchase agreement with the city for the former Armory property, which has been converted to the TVCC Fitness Center.
Trinity Valley Community College’s Adult Education program recognized 24 GED graduates in ceremonies held Thursday, June 7 in the college auditorium. TVCC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Wendy Elmore welcomed the graduates, families and guests; Pastor Richard Dunn of the Kaufman Christian Help Center provided the invocation and benediction.
Adult Ed instructor Jodie Weddle gave the commencement address, urging graduates to “…think about your skills…what you can do. We can all make a positive difference, whether great or small. The key word here is positive.”
Since the late 1990s, high school students in the Trinity Valley Community College service area have been able to enroll in college-level courses while still in high school. As the state legislature has altered the rules though the years, now students of all grade levels in high school are eligible to take dual credit courses, as long as they meet the college’s enrollment requirements. The number of high school students receiving associate’s degrees and certificates has steadily increased over time, with the result that TVCC Dual Credit programs awarded 161 degrees and certificates to high school students during fall and spring graduation ceremonies held on December 14 and May 11.
ALBA: Jason Angler, Yoselin Rios.
ARLINGTON: Peytton A. Pickett.
ATHENS: Ideal Ademaj, Samantha Banuelos, Celia Banuelos-Martin, Trevor J. Baumgartner, Caitlin E. Bomer, William P. Boyd, Sheigh L. Cassidy, Gianella A. Castaneda, Madeline L. Clay, Landon E. Criner, Ryan J. Donet, Stephen C. Flood, Diana P. Giordani, Emelia M. Guerra, Natalie M. Harrell, Tamya N. Hubbard, Daimu Iwata, Breonna J. Jackson, Jarod C. Jenkins, Lexie C. Johnson, Tricia R. Johnson, Jeannie K. Keith, Adrianne L. Kinabrew, Jackie R. Kramer, Yuvia K. Leon, Amy N. Lopez, Allison J. Martinez, Jasmine N. Martinez, Kathryn A. Martinez, Jessica D. McCuin, Licsi G. Mejia, Hiroyuki Mishima, Maria L. Nicolau, Katelynn M. Owen, Jesse J. Petri, Sarah A. Pineda, Chandler F. Rowan, Mayuko Shinohara, Brianna N. Shultz, Holly L. Shumate, Miguel S. Tabuso, Benjamin R. Vandercolft, Nolan D. Whitley.
Caitlynn Sandoval was awarded a week of tuition plus board at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) for her exemplary work in stage management for the TVCC Theatre Department production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She was recognized for her work at the 2018 Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Festival (KCACTF). The institute, to be held July 1-6, will cover techniques and methods of management skills and concepts for the business of live entertainment: organization, planning, personnel, safety as required for venue management, production management, wardrobe management, consulting, technical direction, stage management, office management, and personal and personnel management.
Both SILV and KCACTF are recognized institutions in theatre industry, and her award will provide an intensive and immersive educational opportunity, as well as, an opportunity to expand networking contacts. Caitlynn has also been offered a place in West Texas A&M’s theatre department in design and technology.