Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Members of Coahoma Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) were formally recognized during a special pinning ceremony Friday afternoon.
Family and friends joined CCC faculty and staff in the Magnolia Room of the Zee A. Barron Student Union for the SGA pinning ceremony, designed to signify CCC administration’s approval and support of the student leaders.
The SGA serves as a liaison between the administration, faculty, staff and the student body. It’s designed to provide student participation in school government, establish better student-teacher relationships, afford training in citizenship and ensures a sincere respect for the aims and objectives of Coahoma Community College.
During the event, SGA officers were pinned by CCC Director of Enrollment and Student Services Karen Done and CCC Chief of Staff Jerone Shaw.
“We are proud of these students and the leadership they have exhibited during their tenure at Coahoma Community College. …They have literally set the trail for others to follow,” said Done.
“We’re truly grateful that this group of young people chose Coahoma Community College, and we look forward to their continued growth in all facets of their lives.”
Rep. Orlando Paden (D-MS) highlighted the program as the guest speaker.
An alumnus of Coahoma Agricultural High School and Coahoma Community College, Paden credits his tenure as a former CCC SGA president for helping him to develop his own leadership skills.
“Coahoma Community College serves as a breeding ground and as a catalyst for successful leaders,” said Paden. “Initially, I didn’t like talking in front of people, but I’m so happy for the numerous individuals at Coahoma who helped me to develop the skills I rely on today.”
He then shared several tips on how to become more successful youth leaders. They included: face challenges; learn to keep calm; pursue your passion; set an example; earn respect; and stay curious.
Paden concluded by encouraging the students to become leaders through their service to others.
“Learn to work in the valley, but also have a mountaintop view,” he said.
The ceremony, presided by Assistant Director of Student Services LaShasa Griffin, also included an invocation by Ambassador of Recruitment, Retention and Community Relations Emmanuel Lackey, a welcome by Done; a reading of SGA’s purpose by CCC SGA Advisor Christopher Dixon; a solo by CCC sophomore Devon Brown, a poem by Miss CCC Cortise Brown and special remarks from Shaw.
CCC 2016-2017 SGA officers honored during the ceremony included: CCC Business major Miracle Hunter (Clarksdale, Miss.), SGA secretary; General Studies major Jauan Addison (Alexandria, Va.), SGA president; English/General Studies major Amber Melton (Clarksdale, Miss.), SGA vice president; Speech Pathology major Cortise Brown (Jackson, Miss.), Miss CCC and SGA assistant secretary; Health, Physical Education and Recreation major Royce Williams Jr. (Cleveland, Miss.), Mr. CCC and SGA sergeant-at-arms; Social Work major Chadwick Kimble (Benoit, Miss.), SGA treasurer; Psychology major Kaitlyn Wright (Marks, Miss.), SGA student senate liaison; Culinary Arts major Joshua Kidd (Crenshaw, Miss.), SGA activities chairman; and Sports Medicine major Ian Matthews (Benoit, Miss.), SGA public information officer.
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