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Military News

McDowell grad completes Air Force basic training

From staff reports

U.S. Air Force Airman Charles A. Parker graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Parker is the son of Charles and Johnsie Parker of Marion. He is the husband of Lindsey Justice of Marion.

The airman is a 2016 graduate of McDowell High School.

School News

McDowell Technical Community College announces President’s, Dean’s, Honor List for Spring 2019

President's List (GPA 4.0)

Barbara A. Abernathy

Tyler L. Banks

Julie A. Boyd

Becket A. Bradley

Jonathan C. Braswell

Seth J. Bright

Cameron T. Burke

Malisha C. Calloway

Evelin Calva-Sanchez

Amy Calva-Sanchez

Madison A. Cauthen

Kyleigh J. Chavers

Kaylea M. Cook

Robert S. Cordle

Kayla A. Currie

Emily R. Daigle

Cheyenne B. Davis

Sandra H. Davis

Makayla B. Deel

Casey B. Dockery

Ruby J. Elliott

Megan Ferguson

Shyanne M. Flynn

Mariana Garcia

Lindsey F. Hamilton

Caitlyn N. Hansberger

Evey L. Helton

Luis O. Hernandez

Ms. Jennifer L. Hollifield

Derek M. Hutton

Abigail F. Ledford

Michelle N. Lewis

Zoe L. Miller

Charlotte R. Moore

Matthew T. Morris

Jonathan A. O'Keefe

Ms. Jammie M. Parker

Jared D. Parker

Bhargav Patel

Ryan K. Peek

Melanie L. Phillips

Leslie A. Pirkle

Crystal A. Pittman

Nolan A. Presley

Joseph X. Rajagopal

Hunter C. Reel

Robert E. Reeves

Makenna A. Robinson

Abigail M. Rumfelt

Holden A. Sailors

Tara M. Scoles

Jason B. Smith

Isaiah S. Smith

Joshua T. Smith

Mary K. Stevens

Ashley N. Swanger

Tina E. Thompson

Caitlyn S. Toney

Amanda L. Torrez

Christina L. Warlick

Sheila M. Williams

Makenah L. Wilson

Kelly A. Wood

Abigail Woodring

Dean's List (GPA 3.75-3.99)

Gabriel E. Allen

Krysta L. Blue

Isaiah D. Bomar

Kayla B. Burleson

Kennedy G. Cable

Kenia L. Cazarez Osornio

Candace I. Cooper

Faith M. Furr

Haven B. Gaddy

Thomas P. Gibson

Tanner S. Gouge

Emma G. Hensley

Alexis B. Holland

Candace L. Hollifield

Jacqueline M. Kelly

Dillon M. Lunsford

William A. Quinn

Honors (GPA 3.50-3.74)

Benjamin L. Ballew

Samuel R. Bartlett

Kerri R. Brooks

Danielle N. Byrd

Josie L. Chilcote

Bobby J. Cook, Jr.

Jarrett M. Cothron

Andrea S. Creech

Jordan D. Davis

Hannah A. Davis

Emilie N. Dickinson

Bradley M. Elliott

Nicholas G. Guinn

Yvette C. Hannum

Haley J. Lowery

Kyle W. McElveen

MacKenzie L. Randolph

Jenifer Santaclara

Kassidy A. Sweeney

Abigail L. Wester

Michael S. Worley

Morgan C. Wylie

Kaysie Smith graduates from Widener University

CHESTER, PA--Widener University conferred degrees to more than 1,100 graduates in a ceremony Friday, May 17. Commencement was held at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

Kaysie Smith of Marion graduated with a Master of Social Work from Widener's School of Human Service Professions.

The commencement speaker was former U.S. Congressman and past Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Patrick Murphy, a veteran, Widener alumnus and member of the Widener University Board of Trustees.

In his speech, Murphy focused on three principles: find a purpose, trust the process, and give back.

"When you live a purpose-driven life, when you trust the process, when you show up and give back, even in the face of intense challenges, you too can make a difference in this world," he said.

The graduates also heard from Iman Elkhashab who was selected as the President's Award recipient and served as the student speaker.

In her speech, Elkhashab shared her personal story of struggle and perseverance that she experienced growing up in Egypt during the time of the revolution. The tumultuous environment taught Elkhashab, now of Broomall, Pennsylvania, that each individual has the capacity to conquer and grow from challenges encountered.

The graduates hailed from 36 states and 11 other countries, including China, Netherlands, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The youngest graduate was 20 years old, while the oldest was 67. They included:

UA announces graduation list for Spring 2019

TUSCALOOSA, AL--The University of Alabama awarded some 5,716 degrees during its spring commencement May 3-5.

With a beautiful campus, dozens of challenging academic programs, expert faculty and numerous opportunities for service and growth, The University of Alabama is a place where legends are made. UA offers its students a premier educational, cultural and social experience with more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The campus gives students the opportunity to interact with faculty performing cutting-edge research.

Among the recipients was Christopher Ray Wheeler of Old Fort who completed his Master of Science.

The University of Alabama, the state's oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.

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