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Pictured, from left, are Collision Repair Technology major Dewayne Brassell of Batesville, MS; Culinary Arts major Joaquinya Daniels of Clarksdale, MS; Cosmetology major Angenique Mitchell of Clarkdale, MS; Collision Repair Technology Michael Jones of Friars Point, MS.; Phinease Hall of Clarksdale, MS.; and DeEricka Love of Greenville, MS.
CLARKSDALE – Six Tigers are the newest members of Coahoma College’s National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).
The group of CCC Career and Technical Education students became members of the exclusive organization following an induction ceremony Friday morning in the Gallery.
More than 1500 schools nationwide are affiliated with NTHS, which has recognized outstanding student achievement in workforce education since 1984.
The organization is built on eight basic principles: knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. In addition to a 3.5 GPA, prospective members have to be recommended by their instructors.
The latest inductees were: Collision Repair Technology major Dewayne Brassell of Batesville, Miss; Culinary Arts major Joaquinya Daniels of Clarksdale, Miss; Cosmetology major Phinease Hall of Clarksdale, Miss.; Collision Repair Technology major Michael Jones of Friars Point, Miss.; Cosmetology major DeEricka Love of Greenville, Miss; and Cosmetology major Angenique Mitchell of Clarkdale, Miss.
During the ceremony, attended by family members as well as CCC faculty and staff, the inductees received words of encouragement from speaker Shirley Hicks.
Hicks, who serves as a cosmetology instructor at CCC, said she enrolled in CCC‘s Cosmetology program in 1983 as an unemployed single parent.
However, through hard work, she was able to lift herself from those circumstances.
“I learned that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade,” she said.
Hicks then shared with the inductees that she was criticized for choosing to pursue a Career and Technical degree over an academic one. Still, she didn’t let that deter her.
“I showed people and I showed myself first that I am somebody,” she said. “I’m a living witness— after 30 years, this is the only career I’ve ever had and life has been good to me.
Hicks encouraged the students to stay focused on their goals.
“If it gets a little difficult before graduation, take a deep breath but don’t give up,” she said. “And remember, you are your greatest asset.”
She closed by telling those in attendance to always view life as a camera.
“…just focus on what’s important and capture the good times. Develop from your negatives, and if things don’t turn out, just take another shot,” she said.
Following a candle lighting and the presentation of certificates, CCC Career and Technical Education Associate Dean Lucy Chatman-Scott congratulated students on their success.
“Many of you are juggling home, school and work. …This induction is no small feat,” she said. “It means that despite it all, you have been able to excel in your respective programs. You are the cream of the crop in Career and Technical Education.”
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