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Former Paris Junior College Dragons’ baseball player Andrew Brown has been called up to play for the Saint Louis Cardinals as an outfielder.
He was first baseman for the Dragons from 2003-2005.
“Andrew was the best hitter I’ve ever coached,” said PJC Baseball Coach Deron Clark. “The guy could really hit, plus he was a good student and a good teammate. As a high school freshman he was 5’8” and weighed 210 pounds. When he left he was 6 feet tall, weighed 185 pounds and just kept getting stronger and better. Every year since he’s been a good hitter, and he earned his first major league hit and RBI on Tuesday night in a game against the Washington Nationals.”
After PJC, Brown transferred to the University of Nebraska where he played two seasons for the Cornhuskers. He was named to the 2007 All- Regional Tournament Team in Arizona. During the 2007 Major League Baseball draft the St. Louis Cardinals took him in the 18th round. He spent most of the past two seasons playing for the Memphis Red Birds (Triple A) and Springfield Cardinals in Missouri.
Brown came to PJC from Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas.
His high school team had five players drafted from the same senior class, including his PJC teammate Bryce Cox, who was selected as a third round draft pick in 2007 by the Boston Red Sox.
Brown’s stats for the two years at PJC were:
At Bats: 329
Wayne Neal Scholarship Recipient Paris Regional Medical Center CEO Bill Porter awards the $500 PRMC- Wayne Neal Scholarship to Casey Gilbert of Paris as Brittany Martin and Dedra Neal (Mrs. Neal and her daughter) look on. The scholarship honors the memory of Wayne Neal, PRMC Director of Radiology and an instructor of radiology at PJC. Gilbert has been in PJC’s radiology program since January.
Paris Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Bill Porter presented two scholarships Thursday to students attending Paris Junior College. Leah Owens of Paris is the 2011 recipient of the Paris Regional Medical Center – Anthony and Debra West Scholarship for $1000, and Casey Gilbert of Paris received the inaugural Paris Regional Medical Center – Wayne Neal Scholarship for $500.
Owens is attending PJC’s Vocational Nursing program this summer, and Gilbert began PJC’s Radiology Technology program in January.
Christopher West and Mrs. Wayne “Dedra” Neal and her daughter Brittany Martin assisted Mr. Porter in the scholarship presentations.
“Wayne Neal and Anthony and Debra West touched many lives through their care,” said Porter. “All were an important part of the PRMC family. Anthony was a highly regarded ICU registered nurse and Debra worked as the supervisor of case management. Wayne was Director of Radiology and had been with the hospital for 15 years. This is a small way we can support their passion for caring for others. We encourage anyone who wishes to help preserve their memory to consider a donation to the PRMC-Wayne Neal Scholarship Fund or the PRMC-West Scholarship Fund.”
“These scholarships will enable young people to pursue careers in healthcare and radiology,” said PJC President, Dr. Pam Anglin. “Paris Regional Medical Center is doing a wonderful thing in honoring a former PJC instructor and two former PJC students this way.”
Both scholarships are intended for students from Lamar, Red River, Delta or Fannin counties. The Neal scholarship is for students wishing to enter the radiology field. The West scholarship is for students in a health-related field. Students must be a high school graduate or full-time college student. Recipients are required to enroll in an accredited Texas college or university, carry a minimum of 12 semester hours and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher, and PRMC is afforded the first opportunity to offer the student employment upon graduation.
Created by co-workers, physicians, friends, family, and the hospital administration of PRMC, the West scholarship is intended to assist young men and women who are pursuing a health-related career. At the time of their deaths in an automobile accident in July 2007, Anthony and Debra were employees of PRMC; both had graduated from the PJC nursing program.
The Neal Scholarship was created by PRMC employees, physicians, friends and his wife and family to honor his memory. Neal was Director of Radiology at PRMC, and passed away of cancer in 2009. In addition to working at PRMC for 15 years, he taught at PJC’s Radiology Technology Program and played a key role in the re-establishment of the radiology program at the college.
Both scholarships are administered by PJC. Donations may be made to either the West or Neal Scholarship Funds, c/o Paris Junior College Memorial Foundation, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas 75460.
Paris Regional Medical Center CEO Bill Porter awards the $1000 PRMC-Anthony and Debra West Scholarship to Leah Owens of Paris as Christopher West (Anthony West’s son) looks on. The scholarship honors the memory of Anthony and Debra West, former PJC students who both worked at PRMC. Owens started the PJC vocational nursing program this summer.
Former Paris Junior College Dragons’ baseball player Justin Miller has been drafted by the San Diego Padres. The outstanding center fielder from Sumner, Texas, was taken in the Major League Baseball first year player draft in the 30th round. He was the 923rd draft pick overall and fifth outfielder selected by the Padres, but the only center fielder as of June 8.
“Justin Miller was a constant source of energy and positive attitude for our team,” says Dragons head baseball coach Deron Clark. “I am excited for him and proud to have been able to watch him develop and grow as a player and young man. We wish him the best of luck.”
Miller recently finished his college career at Southeastern Oklahoma State University by being named to the NCAA Lone Star Baseball All- Region and All-Conference First Teams. He was also named to the All- South Central Region First Team of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the All-American Third Team of the Daktronics All- America program, which honors student-athletes in Division II athletic programs. The region’s sports information directors conduct all the voting, nomination and calculations.
Miller led SOSU’s Savage Storm with a .433 batting average, collecting
87 hits with 21 doubles, two triples and team-high 11 home runs. He also added 47 RBI as well as 26 stolen bases. He slugged .721 on the season and posted an on-base percentage of .551 and scored 72 runs on the year. The team finished the year at 35-19 with a Lone Star Conference Championship and the school’s fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Miller’s parents are Christie Miller and Clay Miller.
Forty-seven Paris Junior College Associate Degree nursing students received pins during ceremonies held at First Baptist Church in Paris Thursday, May 12.
Amy Daba of Wylie, Texas, was given the Metamorphosis Award for exhibiting the most growth through the entire AD program. The Outstanding Clinical Student Award went to Micca Sheedy of Sulphur Springs, Texas. Krystal Echard of Caddo Mills, Texas, was selected for the Student’s Choice Award.
Meghan Glascock of Commerce, Texas, received the Academic Achievement Award for having the highest grade point average as well as the TNSA (Texas Nursing Students’ Association) appreciation award for outstanding participation. Also receiving TNSA certificates were Mindy McKee of Caddo Mills, Texas, for serving as TNSA Historian and Jonnie Wombaker of Greenville, Texas, for serving as TNSA Secretary.
Receiving perfect attendance certificates were Mckee, Wombaker, Nohelani Amosa of Paris, Texas; Dana Cope of Reno, Texas; and Janet Hurst of Sumner, Texas. This signifies that throughout the entire program these students had no absences or tardiness for class, clinicals or any scheduled nursing appointments.
Students and their hometowns include:
Paris: Georgia Afrifah, Cassandra Allen, Nohelani Amosa, Christy Caldwell, Leah Cathey, Thandiwe Chidawa, Austin Cunningham, Roshan Davis, James Day, Kennette Easton, Latisha Fulbright, Blaire Hodges, LaToisha Hosey, Shawn Michael Johnson, Brooke Jordan, Selina Neal, Courtney Primm, Stacie Reaves, and Brenda Strong.
Arlington: Abena Brefo
Blossom: Ashley Hindman and Kristen May
Bogata: Angelia Lewis
Caddo Mills: Tamatha Barrett, Krystal Echard, and Melinda McKee
Commerce: Meghan Glascock
Como: Jennifer Crist
Cooper: Crystal Clark and Barbara Starnes
Dallas: Marisa Sweetser
Deport: Charla Hines
Dike: Jolanda Starr
Emory: Annette Davis
Fate: Eduardo Tamez
Garland: Dorcas Lukoye
Greenville: Allison Jones, Sarah Ogle, Brandi Scott, Stacy Whillock and Jonnie Wombaker
Lancaster: Bridgette Westbrook
Pattonville: Kimberly Richey
Point: Stacey Jacobs
Powderly: Kevyn Brasher
Quinlan: Jeanna Herring
Quitman: Rachel Dopson
Reno: Dana Cope
Sulphur Springs: Maralee Lewis, Marcella Reyes and Micca Sheedy
Sumner: Amanda Cooper and Janet Hurst
Wolfe City: Lisa Jenkins
Wylie: Amelework “Amy” Daba
Hugo, Okla.: Tammy Rangel
Soper, Okla.: Bonnie Reed
Paris Junior College’s Health Occupations Department held pinning ceremonies and handed out awards to vocational nursing graduates at ceremonies held Thursday, May 12, at First Baptist Church in Paris.
The Hopkins-Nicholas Award for outstanding performance in both classroom and clinical training went to William Ruth of Greenville, Texas. He also had the highest grade point average. Kenneth Hayes of Sulphur Springs was given the Metamorphosis Award for exhibiting the most growth through the entire vocational nursing program. Gail Behan of Sulphur Springs received the TNSA (Texas Nursing Students Association) appreciation award for outstanding participation.
Behan, Hayes, Sandra Baughn, Karla Medrano, Beverly Relford, Lauren West, Courtney Marsh, Lindsey Terrell, Britney Bowen, Danyel Hoecherl and Sarah Williamson all had perfect attendance. This signifies that throughout the entire program these students had no absences or tardiness for class, clinicals or any scheduled nursing appointments.
Graduate vocational nurses who were pinned in the ceremony include:
Paris: Sandra Baughn, Kathy Baxter, Jamie Cannon, Heather Dickey, Whitney Martin, Jessica McQueen, Tyler Michael, Krystal Perales, Laura Perales, Roslyn Record, Beverly Relford, Samantha Ribble, Juana Silva- Vazquez, Cari Woodrow
Blossom: Donyal Brown
Bogata: Peggy Cirkles
Bonham: Jillian Smith
Brashear: Britney Bowen
Caddo Mills: Macey Poppelreiter
Campbell: Mary Dini
Clarksville: Audra Smith
Commerce: Anita Helge, Courtney Marsh, Karla Medrano, Lauren West
Coppell: Emilia Agu
Dallas: Muna Abdela
Deport: Staci Hagood
Detroit: Tonya Byrd, Lindsey Terrell
Emory: Misty Mahurin
Gainesville: Rachel Whitley
Greenville: Macy Arp, Kayla Eastmond, Ashley Esquibel, Patricia Fontenot, Kaitlyn Letke, Ericka Lulcero, William Ruth, Graciela Tolentino
Lewisville: Christine Chime
McKinney: Christine Ernst
Pecan Gap: Ruth Kellum
Pittsburg: Jason Graham
Point: Alissa Daniels
Powderly: Caitlin Pressley
Quinlan: Jessica Garcia
Reno: Mallory King, Candace Williamson
Richardson: Yong Ouyang
Roxton: Elizabeth Stone
Sulphur Springs: Gail Behan, Howard Cody, Maria Contreras, Kenneth Hayes, Danyel Hoecherl, Veronica Lambert, Jerica Osornio, Chani Payne, Terry Perry, Misty Ragsdale, Dwight Stewart, Sarah Williamson
Sumner: Robert Russell, Kristin Temple
Wolfe City: Jana Campbell, Amber Shive
Hugo, Okla.: Tess Searles
PJC PHOTO – VOCATIONAL NURSE PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARDS