Wiregrass Announces Spring and Summer Graduates


October 4, 2017

Wiregrass Graduate Jana Wojcik
Jana Wojcik earned her “sparkly red shoes” as she graduated from Wiregrass with an Associates in Science in Nursing. She is pictured here with her ASN Instructor and Director of Nursing at Wiregrass Darlene Ridley.

Valdosta, GA - Wiregrass Georgia Technical College held the Spring and Summer 2017 Commencement Exercises on Thursday, July 13 at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton, GA. The ceremony honored 217 students who were awarded their associate degree, diploma or technical certificate of credit as well as 30 GED® graduates. Among those graduating, the college awarded 141 Associate Degrees, 286 Diplomas, and 771 Technical Certificates. Some students received Technical Certificates in multiple areas.

Jana Wojcik was among the graduates to walk across the stage in July. She received her Associates of Science Degree in Nursing and is now a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at South Georgia Medical Center. Jana was nominated by her instructor for the college’s GOAL (Georgia’s Occupational Award of Leadership), student of the year program last fall, and was first runner-up for Wiregrass. During her speech for GOAL, Jana shared her story of struggles from years ago when she entered college on an athletic scholarship, and how life took a different turn than she had planned or hoped for. She shared that in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Glinda, the Good Witch, enlisted the wizard’s help to save the people from the Wicked Witch. The wizard realizes their odds are terrible and he starts to panic a little. He admits to her that he may not actually be a wizard. Jana further explained, “I think sometimes in life we feel like he did, like we’re a fraud, and we’re not what everyone is expecting. Because of technical education, I was given a second chance. One where I can have hope for the future, a path to financial stability, and a purpose.” While in the nursing program, Jana gained confidence, thanks to the smaller class sizes, she credits the diverse clinical experience she received that helped to shape her career goals and prepared her for any specialization in her field. Closing her GOAL speech, Jana shared that for Dorothy it took sparkly red shoes, and for her it took Wiregrass.

Jana was awarded the South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) Dedication to Nursing Award during the Allied Health Awards ceremony following graduation. This award is given to a graduate who exemplifies the principles of respect, integrity, professionalism, caring, and excellence. It’s given in honor of those nurses past and present who have helped make SGMC a center of excellence. Now that she’s working and graduated Jana closes her Wiregrass and Wizard of Oz story with this, “I once said that Dorothy had sparkly red shoes to get her back to Kansas, while my tool was Wiregrass, but there was one thing I got wrong. I wasn’t going back to Kansas. I am moving forward to an amplified version. One with more color, new dimensions, and road I had never traveled before leading to a bright future, thanks to Wiregrass. Working as an RN still feels a bit surreal, and I will forever be grateful, for my education and the experiences, opportunities, and security it provides.”

Wiregrass is proud to announce the Spring and Summer 2017 graduates for technical certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees listed below by city: (Abbeville) Michael Bice, JaAisha Brown, Nekyle Chaney, Troy Creech, Joshua DiLeonardo, Travellis Hamilton, Manuel Lord, Edward Losey, Jamel Miller Daniel Patterson, Richard Rhodes, John Sampson, Jeremy Smith, Douglas Stinson, and Demetrios Washington (Adel) Katlin Bennett, Elizabeth Blunt, Brandi Cain, Susan Catlett, Camron Compton, Jacey Duckworth, Annie Goff, Miranda Gottshall, Ktherius Johnson, Ranata Johnson, Tonita Johnson, Kelly Joiner, Sadie Lawson, Amber Magsnay, Katie Millison, Vanessa Moreno, Michelle Oliver, Fernadna Ramirez, Alexander Richardson, Kali Taylor, Kevin Trejo, Sherry Turner, Ashley Tyson, April Underwood, Marshall Waldon, and Sharkira Waldon (Alapaha) Porshia Flowers, Dustin Griner, and Devin Swallows (Alma) Justin Anderson, Abby Nipper, and Bridgette Williamson (Alamo) Alvin Attaway, Leo Ballard, Jonathan Berggren, Frank Berman, Adam Chastain, Richard Hutto, Marco Jiles, Felton Joyner, Matthew Lance, Christopher Massey, Melvin May, Thomas McDaniels, William Morgan, Jeffrey Nelson, Antonio Newbill, William Nickelson, Marquise Parker, John Payne, Kelvin Payne, Kirstopher Ricketts, Ernest Rudolph, and Calvin Spencer (Ambrose) Benejah Batten, James Boggan, Kieaira Bolen, Keyshaun Fullmore, Payton Haney, Trista Merrit, Ansley Spain, Jerrica Striping, Caleb Vickers, Jeremy Wood, and Melissa Wood (Ashburn) Christopher Johns, and Shea Noble (Axson) Curt Rodriguez, Lori Branch, Andrew Burch, Kayla Lott, Yaneli Mendoza, Zully Silva, John Smith, and Joshua Williams (Barney) Cathryn Donnelly (Barwick) Stephen Hobbs (Baxley) Yiesha Lewis (Blackshear) Jamie Grady, Toni Kirkland, and Steven Marcatos (Boston) Dalton McQueen (Broxton) Ariel Adams, Kaylee Carver, Dena Langen, Alyssa Lott, Amanda Lott, Jocelyn Maynard, Rickie Meeks, Kiara Nixon, DeAnna Railey, Chandra Silver-Howard, Brain Smith, Jada Smith, Philip Smith, and Tyana Smith (Cairo) Dewayne Brinson (Colquitt) Jarret Rahymes (Cordele) Barbara Forrest and Austin Powell (Cuthbert) Mantrell Cooper (Dalton) Joshua Burgess (Dixie) Harlie Wall, (Douglas) Rhonda Anderson, Christian Arceo, Brad Barber, Alena Bassett, Suzanna Bassett, James Benson, Kevin Brown, Anna Calderon, Nathan Clough, Brienna Coney, Cameron Davis, Jamie Day, Craig Diamond, Kourtney Evins, Jasmine Gonzalez, Devante Grady, Galen Griffis, Laura Harvell, Nicholus Henkel, William Hursey, Corbin Lewis, Jhoan Lopez, Kayla McVeigh, Granger Mizell, James Park, Kayla Perry, Matthew Roberts, Cecilia Rojas, Tamika Rozier, Katiria Sanchez, Jamiria Sims, Horace Studstill, Michael Taft, Craig Thomas, Lawton Thomas, Cristal Toledo, Demetria Toombs, Becky Trowell, Sharikca Watts, Lewis Weldon, Phyllis Wesley, Adrieana Wilcox, Brittany Williams, Quincy Wright, Kristen Adams, Jonathan Barrett, Daryl Bettis, Willie Bivens, Kaimrhon Bonaventure, Alana Braggs, Ameralis Brantley, Aazierra Carter, Joshua Carver, Alejandro Castro-Ortega, Jose Castaro-Ortega, Jeffery Chambers, Brittany Chaney, Landry Courson, Michael Cumbass, Bradley Dailey, Cody Dean, Ashlee Deen, Asia Denning, Ty’Zyion Dennis , Demyra Ellis, Noah Enrriquez, Lilibeth Escobar, Amanda Fann, Ruthia Flanagan- Thompson, Alexandria Gonzalez, Iridian Gomez, Kacie Griffin, Galen Griffis, Davin Harper, Lorenzo Harrell, Sandrell Hobbs, Seth Hulett, Mercedes Jenkins, Brenda Lamy, Destini Lane, Chad Lewis, Brandon Manning, Vannessa Martinez, Kelly Mashburn, Johnny McFatten, Tyler McNeese, Samantha McNulty, Alyssa McPeak, Lakrya McTear, Milyn Medders, Nichole Merritt, Yasha Merritt, Shane Metz, William Miller, Granger Mizell, Jesse Music, Vanessa Nelson, Baldemar Ontiveros, James Parks, Kayla Park, ShaNauta Powell, Octavia Reed, Caitlin Roberts, Tarus Roe, Zykia Ross, James Shelton, Willie Sims, Siejdra Small, Angelique Smith, Shadrick Spencer, James Spivey, Danielle Swain, Kintiyana Swinson, Amber Tarver, Larry Thomas, Cristal Toledo, Fredjahque Toombs, Alejandra Torres, Holly Vaughn, Jose Venturo, Maci Vickers, Vanessa Villarreal, Robert Watkins, Creasie Watson, Taylor Watson, Lain Weathers, Aubrey Wheatley, Amanda Whitley, Jaybrionne Wilkerson, Jayla Wilkins, N’kira Williams, Brittany Williams, Simon Wilson, James Wise, Joyce Wooten, Samuel Worth, Chandra Wright, and Nikerra Young (DuPont) Nicholas Rafield (Eastman) Steve Eady, Vic Mizell, and Willis Tanner (Enigma) Christopher Buchanan, Williams Case, Kaitlyn Hunt, and Rori Wright (Fairburn) Jeannie Adham (Fargo) Summer Smith (Fitzgerald) Clinton Anderson, Bernardina Araiza, Ebony Baker, Deidre Baldwin, Gregory Brown, Storm Bowden, Ann Brown, Haley Bullock, Whitney Carter, Michelle Coney, Deirdre Davis, Brianna Dixon, Chargmaine Easom, Katelynn Fish, Justin Fletcher, Jarkata Fuller, Nicholas Hair, Marternisha Harris, Jamie Hinks, Brittany Jackson, Michael Jones, Kelsie King, Brantley Lawson, Kendra Lundy, Chelsea Mathis, Ashley Moore, Rachel Parker, Monica Paulk, Xavier Powell, Melissa Raszeja, Shelby Reese, Charles Robinson, Ariel Roe, Ashley Rutherford, Matthew Sandiford, Melisa Sandiford, Kharseona Shavers, Darrel Sinclair, Antavius Smith, Kristen Smith, Keitha Spivey, Damian Stinchcomb, Mengmeng Stubbs, Jared Sumner, Austin Trantham, Brett Troupe, Angelique Tucker, Thomas Vafias, Taylor Wade, Chelsie Walker, Nikki Walker, Jacob Wall, and Vanessa Webb (Folkston) Mary Carter (Hahira) Yalonda Blacks, Ben Burns, John Chitwood, Christie Clevenger, Kehli Crews, Ciera Dinkins, Eugene Emilien, John Ference, Barry Fuller, Inda Gilbert, Olivia Gilliland, Ciera Dinkins, Jami Duncan, Sumer Eason, Owen Eldridge, Eugene Emilien, Cheyenne Fender, William Hammack, Dusty Hill, James Hilton, Logan Holtzclaw, Monique Jones, Velma Jones, Stephanie Kinneman, Rudolph Mithcell, Adriona Newbern, Arther Rogers, Hannah Rogers, Angela Price, Coleman Rigdon, Areda Sermons, Linda Ray, Coleman Rigdon, Shannon Rochester Courtney Steedley, Logan Stringer, Monica Sutton, Catherine Traxler, Gary Thomas, Richard Wells, and Edward Wright (Hamilton) Hunter Morgan (Hazelhurst) Rene Oriciaga, Elizabeth Pickren, and Jessica Tyree (Homerville) Chad Flintroyal, Carleigh Guess, Reno Hodges, Gemel Butler, Amber Elliott, and Danny Strickland (Jacksonville) Autresa Walker (Jesup) Sarah Vazquez (Lake Park) Cam Alley, Satish Chellani, Jacob Cortez, Lauren Cothron, Lindsay Coggins, Brittany Dasher, David Estrada, Ismael Estrada, Seth Evans, Brandy Gaskins, Ricardo Gonzalez, Sergio Gonzalez, Jennifer Hall, Tiffany Johnson, Kristin Kohr, Anthony Lambert, Paul Mathieu, Shawdey McDowell, Bethany Phillips, Sarah Reynolds, Kayla Sanders, Araceli Segundo, Emily Selph, Emilie Simpson, Cynthia Turner, Kyle Watkins, and Telly Williams (Lakeland) Getfa Amburgey, Ramon Anchondo, Alayney Beck, Mary Burton, Justice Calhoun, Scott Centobene, John Harnage, Sidney Helmintoller, Billy Hogue, Karina Lopez, Kermit Mancil, Torey Miley, Andrew Olsen, and Matthew Register (Lenox) Tiffany Harris, Michael Marlow, Savannah Matthews, Ryan Williams, and Johnathan Wolfe (Milan) Kyle Jones (Millwood) Kaylei Byrd (McRae) Tasha McLean, and Tommy Thigpen (Morven) Christina Roskilly, and Gregory Exum (Moultrie) Richardo Bodiford, Elijah Hemingway, Ivan Hightower, and Maria Macias (Nashville) Brittany Behrens, Matthew Edwards, Marly Garner, Hannah Morris, Chelsie Powell, Barbara Rosales, McKenzie Royals, Donnie Spivey, Tammy Sutton, Erin Turner, Kenyatta West, Jessica Willis, Jamie Bailey, Rachel Blount, Michael Boggs, Jimmy Dampier, Victoria DeMaso, Marjorie Golden, Matthew Golden, Spencer Johnson, Erik Mack, Andrew Melton, Brandon Morton, Allyson Padgett, Isabella Rossy, Abbigail Sirmans, Rhonda Spruill, Tristan Stalvey, Joshua Walker, James Webb, and John Thomas Wynn (Naylor) April Frazier, Joseph Johnson, Jonathon Ramirez, Alfredo Martinez, Rosena Roberts, Becky Roe, Angie Watson and Richard Wells (Nicholls) Caitlin Kirkland, Deborah Massey, Peter Simmons, Christopher Anthony, Gary Chastain, Julian Coleman, Malcom Conner, Kenneth Conti, Mya Darby, Jessica Davis, Bobby Day, Steven Easton, Tedmond Elmore, Kenneth Forsythe, Daniel Foster, Rhonda Grady, Russell Hawthorne, Madison Johnson, Juraze, Jones, Mark Jones, Caleb Mancil, Deborah Massey, James Piotter, Gisell Reyes, Robert Sandman, Peter Simmons, Jason Thompson, Alonzo Triplett, Ray Wallin, Davis Wilcox, Cameron Wildes, Corey Willis, Ulyssee Worthy, Eric Wrinn, and Brandon Zanders (Norman Park) Julia Sellers, and Courtney Russell (Ochlocknee) Jason Scites (Ocilla) Chad Breese, Abigail Chaney, Adrienne Escobar, Andriannea Freeman,Brenda Goolsby, Danielle Griffin, Chasidy Howell, Alexandra Hunter, Jahleel McCutchen, Melissa Newton, Geneva Pitts, Freddie Walker, Shundra Wells, Corrie Wilcox, and Jamie Wilcox (Pearson) Jose Castillo Rivera, Omar Diaz, Dorian Dunlap, Crystal Gillis, Anna Gonzalez, and Feliciana Jimenez, Amber Chaney, Cameron Davis, James Dillingham, Dante Griffin, Gavin Hall, Jimmy Metts, Karina Perez, Yolanda Perez, and Kayla Spires (Poulan) Miranda Bennett (Quitman) Ashley Browning, Robby Christian, Jake Getz, McKaler Larkins, Megan Reeve, Betty Woodward, Mashonte Brown, April Daniels, Jasmine Davis, Anthony Denson, Leslieane Harris, Brianna Kilpatrick, Tabatha Martin, Anthonette Morris, Megan Reeves, Amber Reynolds, Skylar Ruff, Jasmine Shelton, Dejanik Stewart, Macie Taylor, Justin Wade, and Destiny Ware (Ray City) Melissa Baxter, John Dion, Jaime Faircloth, Teresa Kitlasz, Walker Knight, Michelle Clark, Maverick Engan, Carrie Harris, Jason McClellan, Shaun Moylan, Christine Smith, and Tiffany Worthy (Rebecca) Kaitlin Cameron, and Katherine Sturdevan (Remerton) Bruce Poole (Ridgeville) Madison Eadie (Rochelle) Jeremy Gibbs, and April Grace (Sparks) Richard Baldree, Amber Brown, Emma Dewberry, Jessie Faulkner, Adrian Johnson, Lesha Lee, Candace Moore, Flor Pineda-Pineda, Alexia Taunton, and Nicholas Truett (Statenville) Kaylon Odom, Nicole Scott, and Lauren Ward (Stockton) Melissa Bryant (Sycamore) Antonio Gibson, Timothy Owen, and Tracey Owens (Sylvester) Natalie Purifoy (Thomasville) Grant Latmore, Kamesha Miley, Rboin Owens, Clinton Roberts, and Felicia Turner (Tifton) Graciela Arzola, Linsey Barnes, Rhonda Burch, Ariel Hart, Luis Hernandez Viruegas, La’Chelsea King, Jessica Loveless, Jamie Mallard, Michael Ricks, Heather Scott, Charice Taylor, Amanda Vice, Madison Walker, and Taylor Wood (Uvalda) Celeste Hernandez Gonzalez (Valdosta) Leroy Aikens, Michael Allen, Cam Alley, Edgar Alvarez-Concepcion, Tamia Anderson, Peggy Jo Archer, Michael Arndt, Karl Ash, Megan Aspinwall, Howard Baker, Michael Beggs, Chelsea Bell, Georgia Bennett, Samuel Bennett, Christopher Bius, Yolonda Blacks, James Blanton, Brandy Bolme, April Bradford, Melvin Bradley, Shaterria Bradley, Andrew Braswell, Krystal Brinson, Angela Brown, Cedric Brown, Charity Brown, Shakenya Bronw, Jacob Brown, Victoria Bynum, Darian Caldwell, Robert Calloway, Chad Carter, Monica Carter, William Carter, Sophia Carvin, Calvin Chambers, Benjamin Chandler, Rod Clark, Ron Clark, Ricquita Collins, Mahaley Commander, Anqelique, Jessica Cooper-White, Mark Coppage, Rossie Cowart, Kaitlin Crecelius, Lacey Crews, Brain Cudney, Kimberly Dale, LaTonya Daniels, Ellisia Davis, Justin Davis, Lindsey Davis, Shaquela Dawson, Mae Dean, Melinda DeCoste, Akria Dennis, Luke Dentson, Sierra Derico, Trinity Dianat, Ciera Dinkins, Ame’rra Dix, Jacob Downward,Tristan Duplissis, Katherin Duren,Denton Dye, Kimberly Eakin, Sumer Eason, Paul Ellis, Ashley Emery, Anthony Evans, Treyzen Ewings, Samuel Felder, Whitney Ferrell, Kevin Finnisee, Chad Fletcher, Patrick Fletcher, Redemer Flowers, Devontae Foster, Williams Fricks, Amanda Fulton, Jose Gallegos, Tracy Gifford, Justin Gilbert, Keonie Gilbert, Lawrence Goddard, Tatsharai Golden, Aleksa Gonzalez, Keefer Guilbault, Coretta Haddin, Dwayne Hall, Kenneth Hammack, Gretchen Hansen, Shelia Harbinson, John Harrison, Ty Harwell, David Heeter, Yasmeen Herman, Marcus Herring, Jada Hill, John Hoffman, Cameron Hornbuckle, Sam Horne, Vincent Houston, Kyrin Howard, Kendall Hudson, Neshelby Hudson, Hannah Hulsey, O’Oderick Hunt, Sheryl Hunt, Jacob Hutflies, Nikcolas Jennings, Daniel Jernigan, Caralyn Johnson, Chardae Johnson, Remer Johnson, David Jones, Rochelle Kaniaupio, Ashley King, Adrienne Knighton, Da-Velya Lane, Nicole Lane, Sachem Lane, LaTonya Lee, Brandon Leong, Annie Livingston, Shanyn Lock, Brooke Logue, Jacqueline Lucas, Marissa Lucas, Christan Lundy, Rebecca Lupinek, Danda Mace, Cheyenne Martin, Alfredo Martinez, Jessica Martinez, Isobel Matthews, Jerome McBurrough, James McClain, Audrey McCoy, Nicole McDuffie, Tiffany McKinney, Davis McKeon, Kalsi McLendon, Brittany McLeod, Eli Metts, Aallyah Mikell, Jennifer Miller, Courtney Mincy, Luana Mitchell, Jamie Mize, Christopher Mizell, Sarah Moman, Margaret Moore, Justin Morton, Tatianna Morton, Darrell Mungin, Eugenia Osei, Benjamin Owens, Kayla Owsley, Shikha Patel, DeAundra Patrick, Thomas Patterson, Patricia Payton, Stephanie Palmer, John Pellicone, James Perdue, Michael Pickett, Steven Portela, Lisa Pough-Wilson, Samantha Proctor, Kenneth Pruett, Jennifer Quiroz, Demetry Randall, Jeffrey Rassatt, Shelly Ray, Jaime Rea, Chateris Reed, Cedreka Reynolds, Rodney Richardson, Joshua Register, Shanah Riley, Tristin Rodgers, Joseph Ross, Sharquez Rozier, Olivia Ryan, John Samaras, Shacora Sams, Jonathan Sanders, Kayla Sanders, Larry Scarborough, Thomas Sheppard, James Shinpaugh, Luke Sigmon, Kathleene Sixberry, Tynesha Slaughter, Destiny Smart, Kelse Smith, LaToya Smith, Tameka Smith, Theodus Smith, William Smith, Derrick Spry, Ashley Spurlin, John Squardo, Katelyn Standford, Kortney Steel, Candace Stokes, Justin Sutton, Shannon Tabor, Chelsi Taylor, Curtis Taylor, Terry Taylor, Kimberly Templin, David Terrell, Gretchen Terrell, Monchez Thomas, Xavier Thomas, Nathan Thompson, Shawn Tillman, Anthony Tippins, Jorge Tomas, Ta-Tiana Townsend, Dalton Valdez, Jamie Walker, Ridge Wallce, Jordan Warren, Semaj Washington, Kayla Webber, Carson Williams, Chasity Williams, Isaiah Williams, Latoya Williams, Jessica Williamson, Sonny Williamson, Hannah Willis, Rachel Wilsey, Lataunia Wilson, Joshua Worley, Quante Wright, Tamiyah Wright, ZeQuishia Wright, Elizabeth Yeager, Heather Young, and Candace Zakar (Waverly) Patrick Taylor (West Green) Gibson Taylor, and Allie Smith (Willacoochee) Larissa Dennis, Roy Davis, Devonte Dennis, Oscar Mcready, RaJunee Wesley, William Denby, Alberto Tinajero-Saenz, and Victoria Whitehead (Wray) Shanna Shelton (Florida) Eryn Alderman, Taylor Hudson, Ryan Mathis, Jeffrey Morgan, Sarah Morse, Brooke Simmons, and Jana Wojcik (Virginia) Stephanie Palmer .