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Alliance For Excellence Recognizes DCC Students

Danville Community College students were among the high school and college students recognized at the 26th Annual Alliance For Excellence Awards Program. Twelve of the 18 honorees are shown at the ceremony held recently at the Cherrystone Missionary Baptist Association Center. They are (left to right): Dwyane Lea, Anthony Gunn, Mandisa Anderson, Shevon Welch, John Anderson, Jasmine Stephens, Terrance McMoore, Wendy Outlaw, James Lewis, Vicky Robertson, Anthony Thomas and Wendy Thomas.

DANVILLE, Va., May 25, 2012 – Eighteen Danville Community College students and 112 high school seniors from Danville, Pittsylvania County and Halifax County Public Schools were honored recently at the 26th Annual Academic Excellence Awards Program for Minority Students.

The program, sponsored by the Danville Community College Alliance For Excellence program, was held at the Cherrystone Missionary Baptist Association Center in Ringgold. The event featured greetings and remarks by DCC President Dr. Carlyle Ramsey; Danville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Sue Davis; Pittsylvania County Schools Superintendent James McDaniel; Leon Johnson, Director of Pupil Personnel, Halifax County Public Schools; Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders; South Boston Vice Mayor Ed Owens; and Rev. Steve Darr, Alliance for Excellence Founder and Executive Director. The guest speaker was Dr. DeByii Sababu-Thomas, Associate Professor, John H. Johnson School of Communications, at Howard University.

Monifa Williams of Danville is the 18th recipient of the Outstanding Student Award, presented in memory of Dr. Doyle J. Thomas Sr., a former Danville City Council member, community leader and a long-time DCC supporter. Williams is a 2012 honor graduate of George Washington High School.

Robin Dabney, Director of the DCC Upward Bound Program, received the Fred A. Lloyd III Memorial Plaque in memory of a long-time history professor at DCC. Dabney, who has been employed at the College for 10 years, was honored for her service to DCC and on-going support of the Alliance for Excellence program.

The DCC students recognized for academic excellence were honored with plaques in memory of prominent community leaders: Dereck J. Carter, Information Systems Technology – Programming Specialization, Samuel L. Massie Award; Anthony S. Gunn, Information Systems Technology-Networking Specialization major, Ruby B. Archie Award; Christopher C. Jones, Industrial Maintenance Technology major, Josephine Marshall Award; Wendy M. Thomas, Administrative Support Technology-Legal Specialization major, Gideon Miller Award; Wendy T. Outlaw, Early Childhood Education major, Judge Irvin B. Suggs Sr., Award; and Shevon Y. Welch, Business Management and Marketing majors, Irvin C. Burton Award.

Other DCC students recognized included: Mandisa Anderson, John Anderson, Darren Brady, Jannell Hairston, Dwyane Lea, James Lewis, Terrance McMoore, Marshelle Robertson, Vicky Robertson, Jasmine Stephens, and Michael Turner.

Area graduating high school seniors also were recognized for academic achievement. They were:
Danville Public Schools
George Washington High School: Andrew Adams, Jessica Brandon, Terrod Dillard, Jalen Fraizer, Myles Gibson, Tipree Graves, Alanie Hayes, Shannon Hayes, Brianna Hughes, LaDawn Noble, Troy Reid, Zhané Richardson, Zhanélle Richardson, Charnese Robinson, Ashley Stone, Zakiyaa Taylor, Brittney Thomas, India White, Monifa Williams and Tyesha Womack. Galileo Magnet High School – Emanuella Garcia, Paige Gwynn and Tai Maynard. Langston Focus School – Nakia Beard.

Pittsylvania County Public Schools
Chatham High School: Andriana Davis, Quenstin Dennis, Shacolby Ferguson, Samoan Ferrell, Mark Fitzgerald, Jasmine McKenzie, Kelsey Miller, Jasmine Motley, Aaron Rogers, Ashley Saunders, Carmel Stone and Amelia Walker.
Dan River High School: Andreá Brooks, Sharone Davis, Danielle Deshazor, Ferrell Edmunds III, Tony Hamlett, Tequilla McLaughlin, Kadasia Medley, Karen Richardson, Mariah Stephens, Rasheeda Valentine, Ashley Walker, Marquis White and Tyrabia Womble.
Gretna High School: Amber Clements, Chauncy Crider, Katrina Hall, Spencer Hall, Julissa Hill, Jessica Myers, Devontae Pannell, Jeffrey Pannell, Brice Rushing and Russell Woodruff.
Tunstall High School:  Patric Anderson, Chardonnay Gunter, Areshika Stephens and Timothy Yates.

Halifax County Public Schools
Halifax County Senior High School: Ashley-Rose Alberts, Matthew Ballou, Janesha Barksdale, Kionna Barksdale, Marcus Bowman, Brian Brooks, Candace Brown, Candice Brown, Shakayla Brown, Johnnie Canada, Jacqueline Carden, Fadajea Carrington, Destiny Chandler, Nyiesha Chandler, Bria Chappell, Miles Claiborne, Sharonda Claiborne, Sadarhi Cowan, Ashleigh Crawley, Joshua Crews, Kendra Crews, Kiona Davis, Melodi Davis, Deandre Delaware, Charlissa Ferguson, Kelli Ferrell, Shannon Fountain, Tia Garner, Summer Hicks, Troiasha Hubbard, Rokesha King, Tiara Lacks, Valerie Lacks, La’Cresha Lambert, Jasmine Logan, Angelica Majors, Delontae Miller, Shanique Powell, Denielle Regans, Kataijah Rogers, Alycia Spivey, Amber Sydnor, Brianna Tucker, Damein Walton, Darius Weaver, Corey Williams, Martika Williams, Katera Womack and Andrea Wright.

Alliance for Excellence is a partnership between Danville Community College and area churches. Its goal is to promote and enhance higher educational opportunities for students in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Halifax County. For more information about the program, contact the College at 434.797.2222, or
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