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Alice Walker, DCC Financial Services Specialist, left, presents George Washington High School graduating senior Tonyette White with the Outstanding Student Award, presented in memory of Dr. Doyle J. Thomas. Walker, herself, later received the Fred A. Lloyd Memorial Plaque.

DANVILLE, Va., May 27, 2009 – Twelve Danville Community College students and 99 high school seniors from the City of Danville and Halifax and Pittsylvania counties were honored recently at the 23rd Annual Academic Excellence Awards Program for Minority Students.

The program, sponsored by DCC’s Alliance for Excellence, was held at the Cherrystone Missionary Baptist Association Center in Ringgold. The event featured greetings and remarks by DCC President Dr. Carlyle Ramsey; Dr. Sue Davis, Superintendent for Danville City Schools; Clarissa Knight, Pittsylvania County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources; and Leon Johnson, Halifax County Public Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Services. The guest speaker was Crystal Bailey, Miss Black Virginia USA 2008.

Tonyette White, who resides in Danville and is enrolled at George Washington High School, was the 15th recipient of the Outstanding Student Award, presented in memory of Dr. Doyle J. Thomas Sr., a former Danville City Councilman and community leader who was a long-time DCC supporter and member of the DCC President’s Advisory Panel on Black Concerns. White, daughter of Tony and Belinda White, plans to attend the University of Virginia and major in Government Public Policy. Her career goal is to influence public policy in a way that is helpful in creating awareness of the importance of education. She is a member of Bennett Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. White volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, God’s Store House, Stonewall Therapeutic Center and Bibleway Worldwide Church in helping to give away food at Christmas.

Alice Walker, Financial Services Specialist I in DCC’s Business Office, received the Alliance For Excellence Fred A. Lloyd Memorial Plaque, presented in memory of the long-time history professor and the College's first African-American faculty member. She was recognized for her service to the College and support of the program.

Six other DCC students with highest academic honors received recognition plaques in memory of prominent area African-American residents. They are: Darlene M. Witcher, Pittsville, Administrative Support Technology, who received the Bishop William Y. Bell Award; Sophia A. Davis, Danville, Liberal Arts/College Transfer, who received the Dr. Bishop Merritt Award; Kiara R. Hunt, Chatham, Graphic Imaging Technology, who received the Addie Luck Williams Award; Michele C. Marrow, Vernon Hill, Early Childhood Education, who received the Rebecca Ann Mullins Award; George M. Witcher, Pittsville, Business Management, who received the James Griffin Hughes Award; and Anthony F. Hunt, Clover, Auto Body Mechanics, who received the Dr. Leon V. Ragland Award.

Other DCC students recognized for academic excellence were: Darrell L. Cardwell, Danville, Industrial Electrical Principles; Rickey Everett, Danville, Graphic Imaging Technology; Steven M. Totten, Danville, Information Systems Technology; Dorothy M. Boyd, Nathalie, Early Childhood Education; Brent P. Royal, Danville, Science/College-Transfer; and Trellis N. Waddell, Danville, Business Management.

Area graduating seniors also were recognized for academic achievement.

City of Danville senior honor students recognized include:

George Washington High School – Daniel Burs, Chassidy Fitzgerald, Lakiah Garland, Jasmine Hairston, Jessica Hardy, Whitney Irving, Whitney Lea, Christopher Moore, Jeremy Morton, Brittany Smith, Tonyette White, Jamonika Williams, Jamie Womack, and Cameron Wright.

John M. Langston Focus Center – Taleasha Abel.

Galileo School: Darius Montague and Shunta Trent.

Pittsylvania County senior honor students recognized include:
Chatham High School – Latoya Clark, Tarica Dickerson, Wendie Dixon, Andrea Lee, Marissa Thompson, and Sherika Vaden.
Dan River High School – Janequa Baldwin, Briana Beck, Krystel Bek, Kimyunna Davis, Justine Deshazor, LaTeshia Fitzgerald, DesiRay Griffith, Brian Murphy, Victoria Saunders, Shikela Shelton, Ashley Terry, Jasmine Walker, Charles Warren, Darren White and Crystal Williams.
Gretna High School – Tierrah Austin, Niaya Griffin, Jasmine Luck, Donald Stone and Jessica Stone.
Tunstall High School – Briona Carter, Ontavia King, Laynold Pilson, Myesha Richardson, Jessica Stephens, Travis Waller, Bryant Walton and Renee Wilson.

Halifax County senior honor students recognized include: Lydia Askew, Brittany Bailey, Krystal Bradley-Britton, Avril C. Brandon, Chelsey S. Britton, Brittnie Brown, Steven Brown, Joshua Calloway, Jeremy Carden, Benjamin Chandler, Keon Chandler, Marcus Chandler, Cottey Chappell, Ashley Clements, Cierra Coles, Carlene Crews, Tiara Crews, Whitney Dixon, Danielle Dixon, Symone Dixon, Brittaney Doss, Kadisha Elam, Lamia Ferrell, Brittany J. Foster, Brittany S. Foster, Zakelah Gee, Destiny Graves, Stacey Hamlett, Briana Hankins, Kevin Harris, Teisha Henry, Robert Holden III, Cierra Jones, Laquan Lynn, Brian McClanahan, Devon McNear, Brittany McWhite, Brittany Roberts, Margarita Sanford, Kiara Screen, Wanecia Stone, Ebony Tucker, Keith Tucker, Darrell Walton, Antoine Weldon, Russell White, Brianna Williams and Nicole Williams.

Alliance for Excellence is a partnership between Danville Community College and area African-American churches. Its goal is to promote and enhance higher educational opportunities for minorities in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Halifax County. For more information about the program, contact the College, or click here.

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