Adult high school grad speakers

Pictured are the speakers featured during CCC&TI’s Adult High School/High School Equivalency Graduation ceremony held on May 9 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir: from left, Selina Bartley, Sue Isenhour, Jenny Morin, Ahn Pham and Marissa Seaman.

LENOIR — Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute held its annual Adult High School and High School Equivalency graduation exercises on May 9 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. The ceremony honored 93 new graduates.

High School Equivalency grads from Watauga include Nathan Elisceo Adams, Ryan Eric Blackstock, Cody Scot Brown, Gabriella Ann Burshiem, Elizabeth Elias Hernandez, Robert Antero Eloranta, Skye Ashlyn-Colleen Flynn, Nathaniel John Greene, Kelly Nicole Moreno Rancano, Sarai Oliva Cabrera, Marissa A. Seaman, Nathan Daniel Shepard, Jered Ryan Townsend and Jessica Harmon Worley.

Adult High School grads from Watauga include Hannah Leanne Corley, Olivia Grace Horton and Kenneth Michael McKillip.

CCC&TI trustee William Stone noted that graduates hailed from communities across Caldwell and Watauga counties and ranged in age from 17 to 77.

Following Stone’s welcome, CCC&TI President Mark Poarch recognized Kim Hinton, Adult Education Director, who is retiring from the college after more than 20 years of service.

Graduate speakers at the event were Selina Bartley, Audra Sue Isenhour, Ahn Pham, Marissa A. Seaman and Jenny Morin.

Seaman attended classes on CCC&TI’s Watauga Campus in Boone and shared that she had a great experience in the program. Seaman plans to continue her studies at CCC&TI and to work toward an associate’s degree in art.

“I’d like to thank my mom and my teachers for helping me get through this. I appreciate all of you,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without any of you. Thank you.”

Poarch presented high school equivalency graduates with their diplomas. Poarch was joined by Caldwell County Schools Superintendent Don Phipps and Watauga County Schools Superintendent Scott Elliott.

Stevens inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society at Greensboro College

GREENSBORO — Kathryn Marie Stevens has been inducted into Greensboro College’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the interdisciplinary national honor society, and the college chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international honor society in English.

Stevens is a junior criminal justice and psychology major from Boone.

Alpha Chi, founded in 1922, is open to seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their class and juniors who rank in the top 5 percent of their class. Sigma Tau Delta was established in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University to recognize “high achievement in English language and literature studies ... and to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.”

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