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Pictured, from left, are Elisha White of Clarksdale, MS; Debra Black of Drew, MS; Tanessha Mosby of Greenville, MS; CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner; Emerald Elrod of Clarksdale, MS; Tiffany Wolfe of Clarksdale, MS; and Carolyn Fullwiley of Batesville, MS.
CLARKSDALE – Six Tigers are now members of the Coahoma Community College’s prestigious National Technical Honor Society following an induction ceremony Thursday.
Family and friends looked on as Medical Billing and Coding major Debra Black of Drew, MS; Cosmetology major Emerald Elrod of Clarksdale, MS; Culinary Arts major Carolyn Fullwiley of Batesville, MS; Cosmetology major Tanessha Mosby of Greenville, MS; Culinary Arts major Elisha White of Clarksdale, MS; and Cosmetology major Tiffany Wolfe of Clarksdale, MS joined the organization during a ceremony hosted in the Gallery.
CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner, the guest speaker, was also recognized as an honorary member of the organization during the event for his dedication and unwavering commitment to CCC and the community.
More than 1500 schools nationwide are affiliated with NTHS, which has recognized outstanding student achievement in workforce education since 1984.
NTHS is built on eight basic principles: knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. In addition to a 3.5 GPA, the inductees had to be recommended by their instructors and meet eight other high standards.
During his address, Towner encouraged the students to not be afraid to follow their gut and take risks.
“It’s so easy to be mediocre,” said Towner. “To get where you want to get you have to be a risk taker … although all your circumstances can tell you otherwise, you have to believe that you can fly.”
He then alluded to humble beginning of successful individuals such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Thomas Edison and Abraham Lincoln.
“My point is you can do whatever you want to do,” said Towner. “Life is hard; it’s not easy. But you have to be willing to be a fighter.”
The ceremony also included an invocation by Joann Hoskins, Culinary Arts instructor; a welcome by Shirley Ferguson, Cosmetology instructor; a musical selection by Ezra Howard, CCC director of web services; pertinent NTHS information from Dr. Mary Wilson, counselor; lunch provided by CCC’s Culinary Arts program; an introduction of the speaker by Tolernisa Butler, counselor; and closing remarks by Anne Clark, dean of the Division of Career and Technical Education.