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Bigony is a 2012 graduate of Greenville High School and the daughter of Elise and Scott Bigony of Greenville. She is a member of the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa (the two-year college honor society), the Blend Club and the Eco Club. After PJC she plans to continue her education at a four-year university pursuing her degree in nursing. She would like to work in a small town hospital.
Thomas is a 2011 graduate of Paris High School and the nephew of Nadine Ausbie of Paris. He is a member of the Student Government Association, and serves as the sophomore representative in Paris. He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and serves as vice president of the student Art League. After PJC, Montel plans to attend Stephen F. Austin University and pursue a degree in elementary education. He would like to become a middle school social studies teacher, then one day a principal.
To be nominated, candidates must be a full-time student, carry at least 12 semester hours and be a graduating sophomore. They are nominated by PJC faculty and staff and selected by a vote of the student body.
Cutline: Halftime of the Paris Junior College men’s basketball game Saturday evening was the setting for the crowning of the 2014 Mr. & Miss PJC. Chosen were Montel Thomas of Paris and Taylor Bigony of Greenville.
Paris Junior College’s Continuing Education Department is offering courses to appeal to a wide range of professional and personal interests in March. Unless otherwise stated, all courses are in the Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training Center. For more information, or to register for classes, call 903-782-0447 or visit www.parisjc.edu/ce.
Welcome to the World of Computers will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, March 17-20. This class is designed for the person that has very limited, if any, computer training.
Windows Essentials teaches how to create, copy and delete files using the Windows operating system, entering and editing data and customizing Windows to fit the user’s needs. The class meets from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, March 24-27.
The OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification class covers Occupational Safety and Health Administration training for general industry and will allow the student to be issued a wallet card certificate of completion. This course is offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 20-21.
The Initial Basic Life Support class on lifesaving skills for respiratory and cardiac emergencies will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 21, and again on Monday and Tuesday, 5:30-9 p.m. March 31-April 1. The American Heart Association certifies the class.
Basic Life Support Recertification for CPR certified cardholders is offered from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 6. The American Heart Association certifies the class.
A Clinical Medical Assistant class will meet 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, March 1-July 26. Clinical Medical Assistants assist physicians in the office of clinic setting.
The Dental Assistant program meets from 6 to 9:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, March 4-May 22. The course introduces the student to all aspects of a dental practice and all textbooks and materials are provided.
The Heartsaver First Aid CPR & AED (automated external defibrillator) class teaches basic first aid and CPR/AED procedures, including first aid skills recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Agency, to those with a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency. The course meets 5-9 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4-5. The course is also offered on Saturday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Medication Aide Update will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 21. The course content fulfills Texas Department of Health specifications on annual renewal requirements for certified medication aides. Med Aides should take this course one month before their certification card expires.
A Nurse Aide class will be offered from 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, March 17-April 18. The class offers preparation for entry level nursing assistants.
Pharmacy Technician/Clinical will be held 6 to 9:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, March 3-April 28. This class prepares students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. New to the class is an 80-hour clinical where the student gets to work in a pharmacy setting.
The Physical Therapy Technician class introduces students to the profession and trains them for an entry-level position as a physical therapy technician. High school diploma or GED required. The class meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, March 17-May 12.
Fitness Swim will meet 6-7 a.m., Tuesdays and Fridays from March 4 to May 6, at the PJC Recreation Center. The course will improve swimming efficiency and endurance through drills, sprints, timed and distance swims.
CHILDCARE & PARENTING
The childcare workshop is designed for all childcare employees and meets the continuing education requirements for Texas as set forth by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The class meets on Saturday, March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Kids Hurt Too Seminar will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. This seminar is designed to help parents understand the needs of their children throughout the process of divorce.
The Driver’s Education class, approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety, meets from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, March 3-April 3.
Professional Truck Driving I is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 31-April 11. This class offers hands-on skill and development and instruction coordinated with the Department of Transportation.
Professional Truck Driving II is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 17-28. Basic and advanced skills drill and safe operating practices for shifting and backing are included in this class.
William Shakespeare’s tale of greed, witchcraft and murder, Macbeth, opens Thursday night at Paris Junior College. Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Ray Karrer Theater, Feb. 27-March 2.
According to PJC drama instructor and play director William Walker, the show is based on the power of three. There are three sisters, three murders and three titles – Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis, and king. In keeping with the original folio, the Hecate scene added after Shakespeare’s death was removed.
“In this production, the sisters are on stage the entire show,” said Walker. “They’re the manipulators. With this production we’re pushing the mysticism and magic, addressing the big question ‘if you could know your future would you want to know it?’ Macbeth doesn’t have that choice of knowing.”
In the story, though Macbeth is originally content to wait to become king. Lady Macbeth puts evil in motion by wanting to be queen immediately.
“The more we talk of it and rehearse, the more the students latch on and like the story,” Walker said. “Everyone in this play has an ulterior motive. Back in this gothic period, everyone was out for his or her own good. Whatever they could do to improve their situation they would do it. Once I told the students there were no good guys in this play, they took that and ran with it. No one trusts anyone. The kids are having a blast and the community members are having a great time working with everybody. “
Shakespeare’s play is set in Scotland and dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil to fulfill his ambition for power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing life itself.
Cast List: Duncan, King of Scotland: Tim Wood; Malcolm: Cody Rice; Donalbain: Dalton Smith; Macbeth: Riley Collard; Banquo: Austen Naron; Macduff: JJ Freelen; Lennox: Josh Maxwell; Ross: Juan Espinosa; Mentieth: Derek Dacus; Angus: Caleb Curtis; Fleance: Haley Hines; Siward: Bradley Allen; Young Siward: Cade White; Seton: Mike Risinger; Macduff’s Son: JJ Shurbet; The Doctor: Colin Bridgers; Sergeant: Derek Dacus; Porter: Colin Bridgers ; Old Man: Colin Bridgers; Murderer #1: JD McNeal; Murderer #2: Christian Schneider; Murderer #3: Jocelyn Herndon; Lady Macbeth: Paige Collins; Lady Macduff: Elizabeth Schneider; Gentlewoman: Stephanie Schardt; Sister #1: Lisa Martin; Sister #2: Gwen Steinecke; Sister #3: Kaytlyn Zimmer; Messenger: Tyaisha Allen; Servant: Amanda Lair-Barnett; A Lord: Derek Dacus; Attendants & Soldiers: Ensemble.
Ensemble Members: Derek Dacus, Juan Espinoza, Amanda Lair-Barnett, Tyaisha Allen, Bradley Allen, Stephanie Schardt, Elizabeth Schneider, Colin Bridgers, Josh Maxwell, and Mike Risinger.
Crew List: Director: William Walker; Assistant Director: Haley Hines; Technical Director: Alex Peevy; Stage Manager: Taren Sartor; Assistant Stage Manager: Leah Maxson; Sound Technician: Tori Hunt; Light Board Technician: Marcus Kraut; Production Crew: Samantha Turner and Marcus Kraut; Construction Crew: Theatre Practicum; Costume Construction: Theatre Practicum, Samantha Grace, Cynthia Beene, Donna Deverell and the cast of Macbeth.
For information or ticket reservations, please call 903-782-0488 or email email@example.com.
Members of the African American Student Union at Paris Junior College will present a Black History Month program on Feb. 26. The event will be in the Math and Science Building, Room 101, at 12:15 p.m.
Highlighting the program is guest speaker Shannon McGuire, pastor of Orange Chapel Baptist Church in Arthur City, Texas. McGuire also works as a juvenile probation officer in McKinney and serves as the Roxton ISD school board president. His son was on last year’s Roxton High School championship basketball team and is the team’s leading scorer this year.
“He’s a really good motivational speaker,” said PJC Student Life Director Kenneth Webb. “He’ll relate really well to our students. We hope members of the community join us as well.”
Emceed by AASU president Tsavonti Daniels, the program includes the pledge and a performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing by AASU members. Monique Dickerson will give a reading of Still I Rise by Maya Angelou and perform the gospel hymn His Eye Is on the Sparrow by Martin and Gabriel.
Chevin Dockins will lead a prayer, and Heather Rowe and Marcus Kraut are delivering a poetry reading. Also giving readings are Tyaisha Allen and Kadija Pannell.
Audience members will also be able to enjoy a praise dance performed by Pannell, Rowe and Dickerson.
A childcare workshop led by a prominent consultant will be offered on Saturday, March 1. Paris Junior College, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas partnered to host the workshop, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Keynote speaker is Kristy Thornton, Founder & CEO of Executive Business Consultants, on Supervision of Children/Incidents and Injuries. She will also offer two breakout sessions: Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and 101 Ways to Motivate Your Staff.
A sought-after early childhood education consultant and trainer, Thornton has over 20 years of experience as a preschool teacher, director, owner, and instructor. She has been recognized as an expert in childcare administration and management for the past decade. She presents management and leadership seminars to early childhood educators across the United States and has also worked as a consultant and expert witness with some of the largest law firms on childcare cases and lawsuits.
Thornton has done presentations for the Texas Licensed Child Care Association, National Child Care Coalition, Texas Workforce Solutions, Early Care & Education Association, Houston Association of Education for Young Children and more.
The workshop also features a second keynote speaker, Georgette Duke, who will present Parachute to Safety – Are You Prepared for a Crisis? Duke is the Director of Risk Management and Childcare Services at Texarkana ISD. Breakout sessions will include topics about discipline, child abuse, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Brain Development, Policies vs. Procedures, Recognizing Atypical Development in Young Children, and Food Science Activities for Preschoolers.
For more information or to register for the workshop, please call 903.782.0447. Pre-registration is required in order to attend.