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Everyone who received his or her General Educational Development (GED) within the last year will be honored. The GED Graduation ceremony allows graduates the opportunity to walk across the stage in cap and gown regalia. There is no cost to participate. This year’s graduation speaker will be Mr. Adam Teer, executive director of the nonprofit organization 211 CANHelp in Sulphur Springs.
A reception will take place afterwards to celebrate with friends and family members in attendance. Invitations have been mailed to anyone receiving a GED from the PJC Testing Center. However, if you have not received yours and would like to attend, please call the Adult Education and Family Literacy Office by Tuesday, April 30, to confirm your participation.
For more information or to reserve a place in the graduation line, call 903-782-0424.
Delta Psi Omega, the honor fraternity for drama students at PJC, is participating in the Texas Poetry Read Out on San Jacinto Day, April 21.
All PJC students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate and community members are also invited to attend or participate.
Participants will be given ten minutes to read selections from their favorite Texas poet, or a poem that is about Texas. A sign-up sheet is at the reference desk in the library with a deadline to sign up of 10 a.m. on Monday. Refreshments will be served.
The event will take place in the foyer of Rheudasil Learning Center on the PJC campus.
The academic achievement and community service of two Paris Junior College sophomores has received statewide recognition. Destiny Mullens and Andrew Bothwell, both of Paris, were recently named to the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa All-Texas Academic Team. PTK is the two-year college honor society.
The two were presented with medallions and certificates in the Auditorium at the LBJ Presidential Library on the University of Texas campus in Austin on March 28. Offering keynote remarks during for the ceremony was Representative Donna Howard, who serves on the House Higher Education Committee and the House Appropriations Committee where she works directly on higher education funding issues.
Each two-year college in Texas may nominate two students per campus to the All-USA Academic Team. Students from Texas nominated to the national team comprise the All-Texas Academic Team. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.
To be named All-Texas, Bothwell and Mullins were among 1700 students nationwide nominated from 800 colleges to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.
“The ceremony was incredible,” said Mullens. ”You don’t realize what an accomplishment you’ve made until you’re there and they say there were 1700 All-USA applicants and we were among the 103 who made All-Texas.”
“We appreciate everything Ty did,” Mullens said, referring to PJC history instructor and PTK sponsor Ty Welborn. “He was very instrumental in helping with the application process and the essays.”
“It really surprised me to find out how many applicants there were,” said Bothwell. “We were up around the top five percent. I’ve never seen anything like that application in my life. It was very interesting.”
Mullens is majoring in biomedical sciences and hopes to transfer to Texas A&M University. She would like to finish medical school and have a career in medical research. She was named to the President’s List, is currently PTK Vice President, and plans to serve as PTK’s Region III alumni representative after she graduates in the spring.
Bothwell, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, is majoring in computer networking. He plans to transfer to Austin College for his bachelor’s degree, begin a career in the information technology industry, then pursue his master’s degree. He has been named to both the Dean’s and President’s List, was awarded the Literacy Council Scholarship, is a pledge of Delta Psi Omega (the theatre honor society), and currently serves as PTK liaison officer.
Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents, and community college state associations co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 32 states. The PTK chapter at PJC was established in 1934 and is celebrating their 80th anniversary.
Paris Junior College sophomore Haley Hines is directing an all-student production to be performed in the Ray Karrer Theater, April 10-11 at 7 p.m. Members of Delta Psi Omega, a national honor society for participants in collegiate theater, are producing, acting and singing in the performance.
The production is a comedic medley of songs and scenes. Musical numbers are student-selected from various shows. Dramatic vignettes are from the show, “Check Please,” a comedy following a series of blind dates that couldn’t get any worse – until they do.
“It’s very interesting, ” said Hines. “This is my first show to direct by myself completely. I’m really excited about it. It’s been really chaotic but it’s been fun. I would do it again. “
Pointing to stage manager Cody Rice, Hines said. “He’s the actors’ go-to guy.”
“I write down everything and get props, ” Rice said of his role.
DPO is offering the play for free. The Ray Karrer Theater is located in the Administration Building on the northwest corner of the campus. For more information call 903-782-0488.
Girl: Sydney Case of Paris; Guy: J.J. Freelen of Paris; Louis and Ken: Austen Naron of Paris; Melanie and Linda: Paige Collins of Paris; Mary: Samantha Turner of Arlington; Mark: Colin Bridgers of Paris; Pearl: Gwen Steinecke of Blossom; Tod and Brandon: Riley Collard of Sumner; Sophie and Mimi: Amanda Lair-Barnett of Roxton; and Manny: William Domengeaux of Paris.
Director, Haley Hines of Winnsboro; Stage Manager, Cody Rice of Paris; Costume Designer, Kaytlyn Zimmer of Paris; Music Designer, Caleb Curtis of Hugo, Okla.; and Choreographer, Elizabeth Schneider of Paris. Tech Crew: Curtis and Tori Hunt of Roxton.
Paris Junior College is offering a scholarship covering tuition for one summer class to high school seniors graduating this year. The summer scholarship is in addition to the recently announced $1 million in scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year beginning with the fall semester.
Students should apply as soon as possible.
The summer tuition offer is available to graduating seniors from high schools in the PJC service area in Delta, Fannin, Lamar, Hunt, Hopkins and Red River counties.
PJC’s scholarship funds come from an allocation of the Paris Junior College Memorial Foundation. This fall, the $1 million will enable PJC to award around 800 scholarships for the coming academic year.
“We’ve been able to do more this year because of generous donations from groups and individuals,” said PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin, ”especially those former students who credit PJC with setting them on the path to their present success. That’s important, because in the past few years we’ve seen more and more students needing help to be able to attend college.”
PJC’s scholarship application is online at www.parisjc.edu. Select Financial Aid from the Quick Links drop down menu at the top of the page, then scroll down to the scholarships section to find more information and the application link.
High school seniors wanting the summer class scholarship should enter “graduating senior 2014″ in the scholarship application box that asks for ”semester/year to attend PJC.”