Chipola Class of 2017 Graduates
Some 450 students were eligible for graduation at Chipola College at
the end of the spring semester. Graduation exercises were May 3 at the
Dothan Civic Center.
Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees
or vocational certificates from December of ‘16 to May of ‘17 or who
will complete work during the summer of ‘17.
Nine members of the class received the President’s Medallion for
earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average in all courses attempted at
the college. They are: Olivia Adams of Jakin, GA, Elizabeth English of
Sneads, Jonathon Hall of Bristol, Hannah Murray of Sneads, Micheala
Poppll of Chipley, Monte Revell of Bristol, Charity Sikora of Dothan,
Natasha Smith of Marianna and Libby Varnum of Marianna.
For a complete listing of the graduates, visit www.chipola.edu under
New and Noteworthy.
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wards eremonyhonored at
Chipola recognized the outstanding Corrections; Blaine Barfield, Firefighting; Christina
achievements of its students at the recent White, Cosmetology; Kyle Edwards, Law Enforcement;
annual Awards Ceremony. Cody Baxter, Welding; Kaitlyn Kosciw and Gregory
The following received academic Skinner, Engineering Technology and Bradly Pearson,
Civil Engineering Technology.
awards: Hunter Potts, National Two student-athletes received awards: Jayde Smelcer,
Leadership in Business; Jody Charlton Keen Scholar Athlete Award and Lexie Basford,
Eslinger, Accounting-BSBA; Dwight Neal Sportsmanship Award.
Rich, Management-BSBA; Wendy The following received awards for extracurricular
Sheffield,Accounting-AA/AS; Cedric activities: Jackie Dudley, Black Student Union; Donavan
Wooden, Sr., Information Technology; Ebersole, Science Club; Maddie Christmas and Abbi
Jeremiah Gross, Networking Systems Rushing, Student Government Association; Natasha
Technology; Benjamin Bridges, Smith, Citizen Scholar, Jayde Smelcer and Elizabeth
Computer Science-AA/AS; Joel Varnum, All-Florida Academic Team and National Coca-
Owen and Hunter Potts, Global Cola Scholars.
Business Strategy-BSBA, Ann Marie The student body selected three college employees
Brown, Biology for Science Majors; for Distinguished Service Awards: Assistant Professor in
Natasha Smith, Health Sciences; Mathematics, Stan Young for Faculty; Director of ACE,
Allison Moore, Freshman Chemistry; Elizabeth Varnum, Sophomore Bonnie Smith, for Administrator and Coordinator of
Chemistry; Ann Marie Brown, Calculus I; Caroline Howell, Calculus II; ACE, Charity Sikora, for Career Service.
Caroline Howell, Calculus III; Jack Craven, Freshman English; Cassidy
Trammell, Sophomore English; Kaylin Weiler, Dr. Robert E. Ringer
Award; Jackson Basford and Kayte Whitehead, Will and Betty Stabler
Library Award; and Nana Sule, Social and Behavioral Science.
The following students received scholarships: Donavan Ebersole,
Lydia Weideman, Anthony Wyrick, Phi Theta Kappa FSU/PC
Scholarship; Tykajah Jackson and Leslie Myrick, NW Florida FAMU
Alumni Association TRiO Scholarship; Edward Arroyo, Mikayla
Brooks, Angerita Hayes, Tykajah Jackson, Cason Moore, Eddie Myrick,
Leslie Myrick, Deja Preston and Christina Proctor, FAMU Transfer
Students in Workforce Development programs received the
following: Nicholas Lee, Automotive Technology; Bryan Godwin,
Chipola Athletes go to next level—Eight Chipola College athletes Chipola Brain Bowl finishes
Second in State Tournament
recently signed scholarships to play at four-year universities next year.
Pictured from left, are: (front) women’s basketball: Tiaera Phillips (University Chipola Blue finished runner-up at the
of Dayton), Barbara Johnson (University of Mississippi), Danielle Garven FCSAA State Brain Bowl Tournament at
(University of Pittsburgh), Sydnee McDonald (University of Central Florida) Gulf Coast, March 30–April 1.
(back) baseball players Roberto Negron (North Carolina A & T), Andrew Chipola lost to long-time rival Valencia
Bechtold (Louisiana State University), basketball player Eric Cobb (University in the finals 605-320. Chipola held a 190-
of Connecticut) and baseball player Junior Harding (University of Missouri). 125 lead through 12 questions, but was
unable to hold on for the win. Chipola
Former Chipola player finished the tournament with an 8-2 record,
drafted by WNBA also losing to Valencia in the prelims by 5
Former Chipola basketball play- Chipola Blue team members were:
er Evelyn Akhator was the third Hunter Davis, Donavan Ebersole, Alex
overall pick in the WNBA Draft Tharp and Turner McCroan. Chipola Gold
April 13 by the Dallas Wings. She also played well finishing 5th with team
averaged 15.9 points and 10.8 members Katie Everett, Michael Young,
rebounds a game at Kentucky Madelyn Lytle and Trey Rollins.
this season and led the Wildcats Two Chipola players (pictured below)
in blocks, collecting 29 over her made the all-tournament team. Hunter
final year. In two seasons for the Davis won the Dave Ehlert High Point
Wildcats, she ascended to sec- Award as the top individual. Katie Everett
ond all-time in rebounding aver- made the all-tournament team finishing
aging 10.1 rpg. 3rd overall.
Chipola has played in 8 state final
matches overall, winning 7 of them.
Chipola is tied with Broward and Valencia
for the most state championships with 7,
including 7 straight state titles
Chipola Students recognized for Academic Excellence
Chipola officials recognized the accomplishments
of two students—Elizabeth Varnum and Jayde
Smelcer—at a recent press conference. Both were
named Coca-Cola Academic Gold Scholars and
members of the All-Florida Academic Team sponsored
by Phi Theta Kappa. Their portraits will hang on
Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor. Pictured from left,
are: Charity Sikora, PTK co-adviser; Dr. Pam Rentz,
PTK adviser; Jayde Smelcer; Elizabeth Varnum; and
Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola President.
Magic School Bus
Chipola SSS/TRiO helps with Autism Run May 11 • 7 p.m.
Chipola Student Support Services and TRiO Society Chipola Theatre presents
recently volunteered at the inaugural Colors of Autism 5k
and Fun Run during National Autism Awareness Month. The Magic School Bus May 11
Chipola HOSTS Engineering Technology Forum The Chipola Children’s Theatre Production of
The Magic School Bus is set for Thursday, May 11,
Chipola recently hosted an Engineering Technology Forum at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.
for representatives from colleges, industry, workforce and The show tells the story of an eccentric
economic development. Here, participants tour the Chipola school teacher who takes her class on wonderful
Engineering Tech lab. A video about the forum is available educational field trips with the help of a magical
at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcjSp4OYep8 school bus. This exciting family-friendly adventure
is fun for all ages.
The cast includes: Sarah Liffick as Mrs.
Fizzle, Gracie Wallace as the Narrator, Saylor
Novonglosky as Ralphie, Darby Benjamin as
Keesha, Jaylan Palmer as DA, Kane McKeefer
as Arnold, Ashley Braswell as Phoebe, Anthony
Severson as Tim, Destin Dawson as Carlos,
Elizabeth Bennett as Liz, and Jayriah McGriff as
Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and
under—may be purchased at the Box Office or
online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. Phone
Presented by BSU’s first annual Spoken Word
Slam was held in April. Randi Thomas
Black was the overall winner, followed by
Student Jonce Palmer, 2nd and Most Original
Union Work; Calen Masai, 3rd; Ashley
Wesley, 4th; and Ariana Martin, 5th.
Pictured from left, are: (kneeling)
Calen Masai), Randi Thomas, Ariana
Martin and Ashley Wesley.
s BSU attends State FAASA Meeting
Chipola Black Student Union attended the recent
Florida African American Student Association (FAASA)
meeting in Jacksonville.
Jasmine Sorey won the Talent Competition and
Michael Dargan won Best Dressed Male.
The Chipola BSU created a Political Activism,
Academic Excellence, Cultural Awareness and
Economic Empowerment PACE Plan for the year which
was evaluated by five Regional Elders. Students worked
throughout the school year to fulfill the requirements of
Chipola had its first Region 1 Director this year:
Jacqueline Dudley. She is the first Chipola student
to serve in the State Student Executive Office Staff.
Dr. Spires Group Picture (left to right):Edward Arroyo, Alliyah Baker, Jasmine Sorey will serve as Region 1 Coordinator for
Dr. Willie Spires, Charmaine Baker, Marquis Baker and Michael Dargan. the 2017-18 which is also part of the State Staff.
Softball playing in State Tournament
The Chipola Lady Indians softball team played in the FCSAA
Tournament in Vero Beach, April 28-30. For results, visit: http://
Chipola is first in the FCSAA State Poll and third in the NJCAA National
Poll behind Butler (1) and Salt Lake (2).
The Lady Indians (52-5) won the Panhandle Conference title with a
17-3 league record.
Chipola entered the state tournament with 11 players and two
coaches on the Panhandle All-Conference team. Outfielder Barbara Woll
is Conference Player of the Year. She has a .387 batting average with 45
RBI, 41 stolen bases and 7 homeruns on the year.
Right-hander Krystal Goodman (24-0) is the Conference Pitcher of
the Year. She leads the state in strikeouts with 182. She is third in wins
with 24, and is second in ERA with a .65.
Chipola coaches Belinda and Jimmy Hendrix also were named
Conference Coaches of the Year.
Six Lady Indians were named First Team All-Conference: Debora
Ribeiro, Barbara Woll, Jordenne Gaten, Krystal Goodman, Morgan Goree
and Alexis Grampp.
Five Chipola players were named Second Team All-Conference:
Ashley Morris, Bobbie Morris, Kyaira Brown, Marta Gasporotto and Lexie
QEP Slogan Contest Winners
Chipola recently held a slogan contest for the Quality
Enhancement Plan. The contest had over 50 entries. More than
500 students voted on the top six entries. The winners are, from
left: Colby Hargrove, 2nd place ($50); Hayden Church, 3rd
place ($25); and Marrah McLain, 1st place ($100).
a plan that includes an institutional process for identifying key
issues emerging from institutional assessment and focuses on
learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student
learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution.
Chipola Students Chipola Theater Director Charles Sirmon
led theater majors on a recent trip to the
awarded Broadway National tour of The Tony award
winning Matilda in Atlanta. Students saw a
Scholarships live performance at the historic Fox Theater
where “Gone with the Wind” had its world
Dr. William Hudson, Jr., Vice President of Student Affairs at premiere. Students also stayed a night in
Florida A & M University recently presented scholarships the famed Georgian Terrace Hotel and had
totaling$48,000toChipolaCollegeStudents. Thescholarship a chance to see a small touch of Broadway,
program was established to assist high achieving Florida some for the first time. Pictured from left,
community college graduates. Pictured from left, are: Leslie are:Layton Hanlon,Destin Dawson,Anthony
Myrick, Christina Proctor, Edward Arroyo, Deja Preston, Dr. Severson, Charles Sirmon, Sarah Liffick and
William Hudson, Tykajah Jackson, Eddie Myrick, Angerita Ashleigh Braswell.
Hayes, Mikayla Brooks and Cason Moore.
Chipola baseball headed to State
The Chipola Indians will play St. Johns River, Friday, May 5, at 9 a.m. (CST) in
the first round of the FCSAA State Baseball Tournament in Lakeland.
A win would move the Indians to a 6 p.m., Sunday, May 7, game. A loss would put
the Indians in a Saturday, May 6 game at 3 p.m. Chipola needs five wins to take the title
in the double-elimination tournament. The championship game is set for Wednesday,
May 10, at 10 a.m. Games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9 FM and streamed online
The final Conference standings are: Chipola (20-4), Northwest (14-9), Tallahassee
(11-12), Gulf Coast (10-13) and Pensacola (3-20). Chipola is the top-ranked team in
the FCSAA State Poll and third in the NJCAA National Poll.
Chipola swamped Gulf Coast 12-2 on April 22. Evan Steele (2-0) earned the win
in four innings of work. Junior Harding also pitched two innings. Reynaldo Rivera
was 3 for 4 with one homerun. Jacob Silverstein was 2 for 3.
The Indians outlasted Gulf Coast 7-4 on April 21. Bowden Francis (11-2) was the winning pitcher. He threw five innings with
four strikeouts. Ryan Shauger pitched 1.2 innings. Andrew Grogan pitched 1 inning. Reynaldo Rivera, Max Guzman and Brody
Wofford all homered in the game. Jose Caballero, Andrew Bechtold and Rivera each went 2 for 5.
Chipola first baseman Reynaldo Rivera was the NJCAA National Player of the Week and the FCSAA Florida Player of the Week
for April 20. The sophomore from Puerto Rico batted .867 (13-for-15) with nine runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and nine
RBIs in four games.
Spring Nursing Graduates
Chipola celebrates the accomplishments of students who completed the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program in
the Spring semester. Pictured from left, are: (front) Colleen Seigler, Caitlyn Carpenter, Schelbie Anders, Kegiera Thigpen,
Rhonda Bass, Megan E. Walker, Tina Paulk, Eron Milton, Morgan McKenzie, Courtney Howell, Dustin Womble, (back)
Alexus Williams, Shiree Grinrod, Sara English, Lauren Baber, Candice Hunt, Roxanne Hill, Sufyan Binmahfooz, Brittany
Smen, Julie Anderson, Cindy Whitfield, Joshua Jablonski, Kimberly Moye, Robert Platt, Mendeline Steverson, Shelbie
Johnson, Kayla Register and Savannah Gosnell. Not pictured are: Megan M. Walker and Mitzi Le.
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FHP offers Breathalyzer Training at Chipola
Chipola music student Lindsay Miller Susan Barge, a Drug Regulation Expert with the Florida
of Chipley has been awarded the Winford Highway Patrol, recently offered training on the Intoxilyzer
E. Hasty Memorial Music Award for 8000 breathalyzer system for candidates in the Chipola
Outstanding Musicianship. Miller is a music College Criminal Justice Training Academy.
education major, and a member of the College
Chorus, Rock and Jazz Band, Show Choir, Officer Training US Marine Corps and Chipola
and the President’s Ensemble. Here, Miller
(center) is congratulated by Chipola Fine Arts Chipola students may soon have the opportunity to enroll
faculty and administration Evelyn Ward (left) in a bachelor’s program at the college and complete a program
and Dr. Josh Martin. of study while working to become a commissioned officer in the
Marines after graduation.
Information is available at this link https://
For information, contact Dr. Bouvin at (850)
718-2380 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chipola Environmental Science Studies Recitals10:30a.and1p.CFATheatre
Billy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist and Dianna Sue Bryant, Wildlife Great Cattle Drive Film
Rehabilitator, recently lectured to Chipola environmental science students on the protection Showing May 18 At Chipola
and preservation of Florida wildlife, and its importance to biodiversity and ecosystems.
Chipola will host a free screening of the
Chipola hosts Mental Health Symposium—Chipola was the site PBS documentary film, “The Great Florida
Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles,” Thursday,
of a recent Mental Health Awareness Symposium. Pictured from left, are: Cassidy Odom, May 18, at 6 p.m., in the Center for theArts.
Chloe Gilbert, Jessica Thomas, Dr. Willie Spires, Shanna Carpenter, Amanda Harris, Crystal The documentary was filmed and
Bennett, Trisha Pearce (Life Management). Chipola psychology students gave talks on produced by Blountstown residents Elam
various mental health issues and shared information was shared about mental health Stoltzfus and his son, Nic. The film tells
programs. The event was sponsored by the Black Student Union, Social and Behavioral the story of the Great Florida Cattle Drive
Sciences, Jackson County Health Department, Chemical Addition Recovery Effort, Chipola 2016. The documentary, narrated by
Healthy Start, Gulf Coast Sexual Assault Program, Salvation Army and 90 Works. Baxter Black, recently aired on all Florida
PBS stations. See a trailer at https://youtu.
An Equal Access / Equal Opportunity Institution www.chipola.edu/equity be/uNph6e9Bh0w.
For information about the showing,
visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2257.