August 6, 2009

CHIPOLA’S ACE LAB RECERTIFIED BY CRLA

            MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) has received a three-year renewal on tutoring certification through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). 

            CRLA is an association of over 1,200 postsecondary learning assistance colleagues. These include: tutor trainers; faculty; learning center administrators; developmental educators; and other academic support professionals.

            Chipola’s (ACE) is a full-service lab which offers individual tutoring, test-prep sessions for specific courses, study group organization, study skills development and high-speed computers with course software.

            ACE now provides Chipola Supplemental Instruction (CSI) for students in high risk courses. These regularly scheduled sessions offer clarification of concepts and assist students in developing the proper skills for success in class.  Test reviews also are part of the services provided at ACE. 

            Chipola faculty members, Bonnie Smith, Academic Center for Excellence Coordinator/Honors Advisor and reading instructor Angie Tyler coordinate the ACE lab.

            ACE employs a staff of 16–20 students in the Fall and Spring semesters.  Tutors are paid through a federal Title III grant.  Tutors complete a training session prior to beginning work in the lab and participate in ongoing training to earn Level I CRLA certification. 

           Student tutor Marshall Hilton says, “The ACE is an easy-going place to work. You get to help a lot of people and learn a lot. If you can explain something to someone else, you really learn it.”

            Returning student Donna Kent, says, “I think this is an excellent center for students.  It is a comfortable environment to study in.  I can count on someone being there for me when I need assistance.  Everyone is friendly and shows enthusiasm for teaching. I actually earned an “A” in the class I was most concerned about”

            Tutors also work closely with Chipola faculty to ensure proper communication of course content.  Several of Chipola’s faculty members also meet some of their regularly scheduled office hours in the ACE. Chipola Honors Program students and Phi Theta Kappa members also volunteer in the ACE.

            A total of 937 students visited ACE during the 2008-09 school year. In the fall, the ACE averaged almost 450 visits per week and up to 700 visits during final exam week.

            One anonymous student expressed appreciation for ACE on the annual student survey, commenting “ACE is the most resourceful and helpful place that I have used on campus. The atmosphere in ACE enables me to study and work diligently on homework, on-line case studies and reading for my nursing classes.”

The ACE is located in Building L.  Fall and Spring semester hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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August 6, 2009

LEADERS SPEAK OF THE LATE “BIG SAM” MITCHELL

 

            MARIANNA—The late “Big Sam” Mitchell will be honored at a ceremony, dinner and dance celebrating his life Aug. 29 at the National Guard Armory in Marianna.

            A host of friends and fellow politicians have high praise for the former coach, principal and member of the Florida House of Representatives.        

            Jerry Tyre, retired Washington County Superintendent of Schools, worked for Big Sam during much of his career in education. Tyre recalled Mitchell’s veracity and competitive spirit in sports. He pointed out that while Big Sam was a legendary leader, like Abe Lincoln, he had lost several political races, including bids for superintendent, state senate, the state house, and even sheriff. “Big Sam was a straight-up guy.  He was like a Timex watch. He might take a licking, but he didn’t quit ticking. If you beat him, he was ready to whip you the next time,” Tyre said.

            U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida), “During his 20 years in the legislature, Big Sam became one of the most powerful and well-respected leaders in our state, but he never forgot his rural roots or his down-home values. He led the North Florida Democrats when I was elected to the State House in 1989, and he held our coalition together during some difficult times.  I learned a lot about legislating from Big Sam – lessons that I’ve recalled throughout my years in public service.  Big Sam was a friend and a mentor, and a scholarship in his name is perfect way for us to honor his legacy.”

            H.T. Waller, one of Mitchell’s former Vernon High players, credits Mitchell for much of his success. “He took me and developed me into an All State baseball and football player.” Waller, who went on to a successful football career at FSU, returned to Washington County later where he played alongside Mitchell on a traveling softball team. Waller said it was always clear who was in charge of the team. “If you played for Sam, you ‘played for Sam.”

            Florida Sen. Al Lawson, said, “I was privileged to serve alongside Big Sam. He was well-respected by his colleagues and by the people of Northwest Florida. He was a no-nonsense kind of guy who fought hard for the people in his district and in the state of Florida.”

            The Aug. 29 event will pay tribute to the former Florida legislator’s legacy while raising funds to create a perpetual scholarship in his name at Chipola, where he played on the college’s first football and basketball teams in 1947. Mitchell was a life-long friend of the late Chipola coach Milton H. Johnson. Both attended Livingston College in the late 1940’s.

            Mitchell coached at Campbellton High in 1952-53 with a first-year season record of 24-2 before being called into service in the U.S. Army.
            Returning home from the military, Mitchell established himself at Vernon High, where he compiled a 396-59 record in basketball and won the 1957 state championship.
 As a football coach, he amassed a 113-17 record.      

            Mitchell was principal of Vernon High from 1967 until 1977. He was served on the Board of the Florida High School Activities Association from 1968-1975, and was elected vice-president for 1975-1977.
            Mitchell served in the Florida Legislature for more than 20 years, receiving numerous awards. He completed his term as speaker pro tempore during the 1988-1990 sessions. After retiring in 1994, he worked with the Florida Lakes Department for three years.
            Mitchell was born in Chipley in 1929. He married Nellie Henders on Sept. 4, 1951, and they had two children, Brenda and Sammie Jean. After retirement he settled in Vernon, where he ran a small seafood business as a hobby, which allowed him to make new friends until his death in 2003.

The Aug. 29 event will begin with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.  Entertainment will begin at 8 p.m., featuring the world-famous Embers, the Raleigh, NC, band. Also appearing will be a 1960’s era band, the Villagers, which includes several Chipola alumni. 

Tickets are $75 per person which includes a smoked-steak dinner and social hour.

For ticket information on the event, call Lillie Hamil at 718-2375.                                   

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August 6, 2009

CHIPOLA FALL REGISTRATION AUG. 19-21

 

            MARIANNA—Registration for Fall semester classes at Chipola College is Aug. 19-21 with classes beginning Aug. 24.

            Returning student registration and new student testing is Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration for new and returning students continues Aug. 20 and 21. Late registration will continue through noon on Aug. 28.  

            During the Fall 2009 semester, students may choose from three different terms. Terms A and B both begin Aug. 24. Term A runs Aug. 24 through Dec. 16.  Term B classes are Aug. 24 through Oct. 15. Term C runs Oct. 16 through Dec 16.  

            Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions and Records, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript.

            College officials recently announced the addition of two condensed terms to help students in scheduling. Terms A and B both begin Aug. 24. Term A runs Aug. 24 through Dec. 16.  Term B classes are Aug. 24 through Oct. 15. Term C runs Oct. 16 through Dec 16.  

            In addition to new terms, the college will continue to offer most courses on a four day schedule with Fridays off.  Friday-only classes also are scheduled which meet only one day per week. The college also has added a dozen new online courses.

            Chipola offers day and evening courses, as well as independent study and online courses. Chipola has expanded its offerings to include more than 40 individual programs, including BS, AA, AS, AAS, Workforce Certificates and Continuing Education programs. 

            The college offers eight Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, including: Business Management, Elementary Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), Exceptional Student Education and RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field. 

            The majority of Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree program designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work at Chipola and then transfer to a four year program at Chipola or another college or university. Credits earned are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Curriculum guides which outline requirements for specific majors are available from Student Services and are located on the college website at www.chipola.edu.

Workforce Development Certificate programs, include: Automotive Service Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Computer Systems Technology, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Corrections, Firefighting and Law Enforcement. Some workforce and certificate programs feature open enrollment which allows students to enroll whenever the college is in session.

            Chipola offers more than a dozen Associate in Science (AS) degrees which provide professional training associated with specific careers. These include: Business Administration, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Corrections/Law Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigation), Culinary Management, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Networking Services Technology, Nursing (RN and LPN) and Recreation Technology. One Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program in Criminal Justice Technology is available.

            Three College Credit Certificate programs are offered in Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.

            A variety of continuing education programs are available on campus in areas ranging from Child Care to Real Estate. Through partnerships with www.ed2go.com and www.gatlineducation.com, Chipola offers online courses in courses such as health care, internet graphics/web design, business and law. 

            For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311.

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August 6, 2009

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES SEASON TICKETS ON SALE

 

            MARIANNA—Season tickets for the 2009-10 Chipola Artist Series go on sale Monday, Aug. 17.

            The highly-acclaimed four-event series opens Sept. 10 with “An American Portrait: On Wings of Freedom” at 7 p.m.  An American Portrait celebrates two centuries of American milestones as our country’s story is told through the songs that united and inspired its people. From songs celebrating the joy of newfound independence to the laments that expressed our pain, the show features the battle cries that tore us apart and the inspirational songs that reconciled us.  Audience members will be treated to our nation’s diverse regions through the music that captures their essence. The finale is pure patriotism as America’s most beloved anthems are performed with eloquence and majesty.  

            This stirring, evocative homage to our homeland comes alive through the legendary piano work of Mac Frampton and the powerful voices of Sam Hagan and Dawn Marie. 

            “Celebrating the Season,” is Thursday, Dec. 10. Perfect for the holiday season, the show features Chipola music faculty who will delight the audience with their musicianship, skill, and showmanship. Featuring Dr. Josh Martin, piano; Dr. Daniel Powell, saxophone; Dr. Christine Yoshikawa, piano; Bethany Kiral and Angie White, voice; and Andrew Stroud, guitar, the performers will present classical to modern literature and music of the season. 

            “Cantus” one of America’s finest professional male vocal ensembles will perform Feb. 1, 2010.  Cantus maintains a vigorous schedule of national tours, subscription concerts in its home of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, as well as educational outreach programs and recording.  The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power,” and refers to their music-making as “spontaneous grace.” The ensemble is known for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folk, spirituals, world music and pop.

            Sarah Geller, violinist, will perform March 18, 2010. Geller is described as possessing “the simple, poised, confident stage presence of a seasoned performer,” is highly regarded from coast to coast for captivating audiences with her intriguing programming. As a winner of the Artists’ International Special Presentation Award, Geller made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2002 and in 2004 presented a recital on their Alumni Series at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. Geller performs a wide variety of music from Latin American and flamenco treasures to traditional favorites and unknown gems of mainstream composers. She serves as artist-in-residence at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute and as guest artist at Georgetown University.

            The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

            Season tickets—$40 for all four events—include same seat reserved seats and "Meet The Artist" receptions sponsored by Tyndall Federal Credit Union, Bank of Bonifay, First Capital Bank and Regions Bank. Season ticket holders also get a subscription to the CRAA arts calendar.

            A limited number of individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—will be available prior to each performance at the Chipola Business Office. 

            For performance information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or stadsklevj@chipola.edu.

            Tickets are available in the college Business Office, located in the Student Services Building, or by phoning 850-718-2220.       

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August 6, 2009

CHIPOLA MEN’S BASKETBALL NAMED TOP TEAM OF THE 2000’S

 

            MARIANNA—The honors of the Chipola College Men’s Basketball program continue to pour in from across the country.

            After a storied season, in which the Indians finished 35-2 overall and advanced to the NJCAA Final Four, Basketball Times magazine has selected Chipola as the top junior college program of the 2000’s.

            Editor Tony Jimenez, long considered one of the leading experts in JUCO basketball, compiled a list of the top 50 NJCAA Division I and California schools from the 2000 through the 2009 season. Jimenez used a variety of criteria, including team records, championships, tradition, and an informal survey of two and four-year coaches to formulate the rankings.

            “It is a great accomplishment for our program to be selected as the premier program of the 2000’s,” said new Chipola men’s coach Jake Headrick. “There are countless individuals, coaches, administrators, faculty, and boosters that have helped our college achieve this honor.”

With five appearances in the national tournament since 2000, the Indians have placed second, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh while amassing an overall record of 276-63 and an 81.4 winning percentage.

The past five years—2005-2009—has been the most successful for the Indians with a 164-15 record and a top-10 ranking in the NJCAA poll for 76 consecutive weeks.  Since 2005, Chipola has had two NJCAA Player of the Year winners—Jamarcus Ellis and Casey Mitchell. The Chipola program also had an excellent graduation rate with 40 of 42 sophomores graduating and 40 moving on to Division 1 colleges.

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August 6, 2009

CHIPOLA FALL REGISTRATION AUG. 19-21

 

            MARIANNA—Registration for Fall semester classes at Chipola College is Aug. 19-21 with classes beginning Aug. 24.

            Returning student registration and new student testing is Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration for new and returning students continues Aug. 20 and 21. Late registration will continue through noon on Aug. 28.  

            During the Fall 2009 semester, students may choose from three different terms. Terms A and B both begin Aug. 24. Term A runs Aug. 24 through Dec. 16.  Term B classes are Aug. 24 through Oct. 15. Term C runs Oct. 16 through Dec 16.  

            Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions and Records, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript.

            College officials recently announced the addition of two condensed terms to help students in scheduling. Terms A and B both begin Aug. 24. Term A runs Aug. 24 through Dec. 16.  Term B classes are Aug. 24 through Oct. 15. Term C runs Oct. 16 through Dec 16.  

            In addition to new terms, the college will continue to offer most courses on a four day schedule with Fridays off.  Friday-only classes also are scheduled which meet only one day per week. The college also has added a dozen new online courses.

            Chipola offers day and evening courses, as well as independent study and online courses. Chipola has expanded its offerings to include more than 40 individual programs, including BS, AA, AS, AAS, Workforce Certificates and Continuing Education programs. 

            The college offers eight Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, including: Business Management, Elementary Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), Exceptional Student Education and RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field. 

            The majority of Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree program designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work at Chipola and then transfer to a four year program at Chipola or another college or university. Credits earned are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Curriculum guides which outline requirements for specific majors are available from Student Services and are located on the college website at www.chipola.edu.

Workforce Development Certificate programs, include: Automotive Service Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Computer Systems Technology, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Corrections, Firefighting and Law Enforcement. Some workforce and certificate programs feature open enrollment which allows students to enroll whenever the college is in session.

            Chipola offers more than a dozen Associate in Science (AS) degrees which provide professional training associated with specific careers. These include: Business Administration, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Corrections/Law Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigation), Culinary Management, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Networking Services Technology, Nursing (RN and LPN) and Recreation Technology. One Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program in Criminal Justice Technology is available.

            Three College Credit Certificate programs are offered in Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.

            A variety of continuing education programs are available on campus in areas ranging from Child Care to Real Estate. Through partnerships with www.ed2go.com and www.gatlineducation.com, Chipola offers online courses in courses such as health care, internet graphics/web design, business and law. 

            For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311.

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August 6, 2009

CHIPOLA MEN’S BASKETBALL NAMED TOP TEAM OF THE 2000’S

 

            MARIANNA—The honors of the Chipola College Men’s Basketball program continue to pour in from across the country.

            After a storied season, in which the Indians finished 35-2 overall and advanced to the NJCAA Final Four, Basketball Times magazine has selected Chipola as the top junior college program of the 2000’s.

            Editor Tony Jimenez, long considered one of the leading experts in JUCO basketball, compiled a list of the top 50 NJCAA Division I and California schools from the 2000 through the 2009 season. Jimenez used a variety of criteria, including team records, championships, tradition, and an informal survey of two and four-year coaches to formulate the rankings.

            “It is a great accomplishment for our program to be selected as the premier program of the 2000’s,” said new Chipola men’s coach Jake Headrick. “There are countless individuals, coaches, administrators, faculty, and boosters that have helped our college achieve this honor.”

With five appearances in the national tournament since 2000, the Indians have placed second, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh while amassing an overall record of 276-63 and an 81.4 winning percentage.

The past five years—2005-2009—has been the most successful for the Indians with a 164-15 record and a top-10 ranking in the NJCAA poll for 76 consecutive weeks.  Since 2005, Chipola has had two NJCAA Player of the Year winners—Jamarcus Ellis and Casey Mitchell. The Chipola program also had an excellent graduation rate with 40 of 42 sophomores graduating and 40 moving on to Division 1 colleges.

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CHIPOLA MEN’S BASKETBALL NAMED TOP TEAM OF THE 2000’SChipola’s Casey Mitchell was one of two NJCAA Players of the Year from Chipola in the last five years. Basketball Times magazine has selected Chipola as the top junior college program of the 2000’s.

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August 12, 2009

GOVERNOR APPOINTS THREE TO CHIPOLA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist on Aug. 3 announced the following reappointments and appointment to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees, pending confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Dr. Leisa H. Bailey, 48, of Bonifay, self-employed physician, succeeding Brenda Taylor, appointed for a term beginning August 3, 2009, and ending May 31, 2013.

Daniel E. Ryals III, 57, of Altha, self-employed real estate broker, reappointed for a term beginning August 3, 2009, and ending May 31, 2013.

Virginia “Gina” Stuart, 65, of Marianna, self-employed real estate broker, reappointed for a term beginning August 3, 2009, and ending May 31, 2013.  

Nine trustees—appointed by the Florida Governor—represent Chipola’s five-county district on the board. They include: John Padgett, Gina Stuart and Jeff Crawford of Jackson County, Gary Clark and Jan Page of Washington County, Dr. Leisa Bailey and Bob Jones of Holmes County, Danny Ryals of Calhoun County and Mark Plummer of Liberty County.

The board meets on the third Tuesday of each month to set policy for the college.

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August 20, 2009

LATE REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Fall semester classes at Chipola College begin Aug. 24 with late registration continuing through noon on Friday, Aug. 28. 

            Students who missed regular registration also may choose to enroll in Fall Term C which begins Oct. 15.

            Three different terms are offered during the Fall semester. Terms A and B both begin Aug. 24. Term A runs Aug. 24 through Dec. 16.  Term B classes are Aug. 24 through Oct. 15. Term C runs Oct. 16 through Dec 16.  

            Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions and Records, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript.

            Chipola offers day and evening courses, as well as independent study and online courses. Chipola has expanded its offerings to include more than 40 individual programs, including BS, AA, AS, AAS, Workforce Certificates and Continuing Education programs. 

            The college offers eight Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, including: Business Management, Elementary Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), Exceptional Student Education and RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field. 

            The majority of Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree program designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work at Chipola and then transfer to a four year program at Chipola or another college. Credits earned are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic plans for specific majors are available on the college website at www.chipola.edu.

Registration continues throughout the Fall semester for several Workforce Development Certificate programs. These include: Automotive Service Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Computer Systems Technology, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Corrections, Firefighting and Law Enforcement.

            Chipola offers more than a dozen Associate in Science (AS) degrees which provide professional training associated with specific careers, including: Business Administration, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Corrections/Law Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigation), Culinary Management, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Networking Services Technology, Nursing (RN and LPN) and Recreation Technology. One Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program in Criminal Justice Technology is available.

            Three College Credit Certificate programs are offered in Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.

            A variety of continuing education programs are available on campus in areas ranging from Child Care to Real Estate. Through partnerships with www.ed2go.com and www.gatlineducation.com, Chipola offers online courses in courses such as health care, internet graphics/web design, business and law. 

            For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311.

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 August 20, 2009

CHIPOLA’S SUMMER I AND SUMMER II DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

 

MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, vice president of Instructional and Student Services at Chipola College, commends the 214 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Summer I and Summer II Semester 2009.

                To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must take 6 or more semester hours of courses and make an average of 3.25 (B+) to 4.0 (A) in all courses.

                Students who made perfect averages of 4.0—straight A’s—and their hometowns are:

Alford—Stephanie E. McIntosh, Desiree M. Rhodes, Casey A. Speers.

Altha—Carla D. Daniels, Harlea A. Perdue, Cindy F. Porter Tonya L. Rowe, Stephanie C. Shelton, Taylor A. Shelton.

Bascom—Wendy N. Calloway, Karen J. Dunaway, Kacee C. Floyd.

Blountstown—Dana K. Clark, Charmian R. Register, Mary L. Webb, Shannon P. White.

Bonifay—Mary L. Atwell, Nicholas G. Hobbs, Jamarious D. Johns, Debra J. Miles, Anna E. Parmer, Virginia E. Swindle.

Bristol—Lori A. Cunningham, Jonetta D. Dawson, Alicia M. Jackson.

Chipley—Mark E. Bynum, Laci G. Abbott, Garratt K. Collins, Brittany M. Gainey, Kristen E. Garney, Angela K. Henderson, Alan C. Moss, Gina L. Page, Jenna N. Peel, Maria K. Showalter, Kayla E. Stewart.

Clarksville—Sean M. Alday, Lindsay H. Miller.

Cottondale—Samantha R. Ashmead, Timra S. Cloud, Eboni N. Garner, John P. Pettis, Kimberly D. Sloan.

Graceville—Robert J. Hawkins, Kara L. Jumper, Shelley D. Jurgonski, Harry W. Sherman III, Lakisha M. Young.

Grand Ridge—Marissa D. Chason.

Greenwood—Kristy A. Chambliss, Dwight A. Cockerham, Princess L. Cockerham, Sarranda Hall.

                Kinard—Samantha J. Spivey.

                Marianna—Tiffany L. Anderson, Johnni N. Barfield, Megan D. Blount, Kestra S. Brown, Alexandra G. Christopher, Kimberlynn A. Cook, Kaela S. Davis, Shondel M. Frear, Sherri T. Godwin, Hannah N. Hill, Amy B. Johnson, Chequita R. Jones, Gregg B. Legarda, Shannan L. Lowery, Larry N. Malphurs, Patricia J. Milliser, Cindy D. Mitchell, Katie E. Mitchell, Cameron D. Morgan, Lorelei J. Nicholson, Philip D. Pippin, Troy M. Rackley, Chirag P. Shah, Tiffany T. Smith, Joyce K. Solomon, Brittni J. Spires, John W. White, Angela M. Williams.

                Sneads—Lawanda L. Jackson, Cassie L. Mitchell, Jeffrey D. Peak, Caitlin M. Wilson.

Vernon—Wendy J. Bailey, Jessica M. Lee.

                Out of District—Joshua P. Thompson of Chattahoochee, Marvin Thigpen of Chicago, Ill., William K. Futch and Karla M. McBryar of Cottonwood, Ala., Maria L. Kenyon of Donalsonville, Ga., Elizabeth L. Mayes of Dothan, Ala., Monica S. Kennedy of Flomaton, Ala., Sharla L. Grantham of Geneva Ala., Kaylee C. Hatcher of Lexington, Ky., Nikki L. Cobb of Live Oak, Melissa S. Walker of Panama City, Jordan S. Lucas of Port Charlotte, Mitchell A. Hines of Quincy, Delwan Graham of Snellville, Ga., William G. Brock of Southport, Debra A. Elert and Jeri L. Roberts of Tallahassee.

Students who earned grade point averages ranging from 3.25(B+) to 3.99 (A) and their hometowns are:

                Altha—Devon N. Fowler, Colton A. Moore.

                Bascom—Kacee C. Floyd.

                Blountstown—Amelia E. Carder, Melissa L. Howland.

                Bonifay—Jordan L. Goodson, Michael W. Janik, Allen W. McWaters, Mindy L. Myers, Nina H. Patel, Nicole C. Seley, Temara J. Thomas.

Bristol— Elijah L. Bentley, Karey E. Gautier, Casey J. Lathem, Kelly N. Lathem, Jody M. Parish, Jennifer D. Shiver, John A. Summers, Leigh A. Summers.

Campbellton—David A. Hitchcock, Sonya M. Pittman.

                Chipley—Basia R. Alderman, Robert W. Brown, Jr., Justin T. Cauley, Michelle J. Daniels, Allen M. Ellis, Brittany M. Gainey, Micaela J. Goines, Matthew R. Park, Hunter J. Park, Alexander C. Poole, Amanda N. Williams.

                Clarksville—Cathy J. Mazerac, Kristina A. Rickman McGill.

                Cottondale—Chad M. Dawkins, Wanda S. Herrington, Shonda L. Jones, Caitlin W. Miller, Mary A. Trolard, Nicholas A. Zolnoor.

                Cypress—Chasity M. Tharp.

                Graceville—Jessica D. Baxley, Rebekah L. Carnley, Michael J. McHan, Kimberly C. Wood.

                Grand Ridge—Tabitha L. Allen, Jennifer N. Goodwin, Dixie L. Hamilton, Richard C. Joyner, Christopher W. Justiss, Kendra F. Wright.

Greenwood—Paul E. Gilley, Laci L. Keihn, Trivia S. Richardson, Andrew L. Sherman, Josef J. Stackowicz.

Malone—Lakeesha L. Gibson, Crissie A. Rogers, Geriann E. Thompson.

                Marianna—Margaret I. Andem, Brittany A. Baxter, Karen E. Beasley, Daniel W. Beeler, Megan D. Blount, Jennifer L. Bocchino, Kestra S. Brown, Rebecca L. Cappleman, Disiree A. Curry, James P. Efurd, Rhyne L. Elliott, Amber L. Gullett, Taylor D. Guy, Jean J. Jovin, James C. Krieger II , Lesli B. Longbottom, Stephanie B. Mathis, Stephanie A. Mayo, Patricia A. Mount, Karina A. Sanford, Karmen K. Sellers, Lisa D. Smith, Joyce K. Solomon, Stacia L. Springer, Zachery D. Spurlock, Crystal L. Spurlock, Cora Ann L. Thomas, Wayne K. Turnmire, Starla K. Ward, Jessica L. Ward.

                Ponce De Leon—Thomas R. Rhodes.

                Sneads—Lawanda L. Jackson, Terri L. Johnson, Gretchen K. Kinsinger, Wendy N. McClurg, Kevin L. Mooneyham.

                Vernon—Tracy A. Scott.

                Wausau—Mandie M. Carter.

                Westville—Kayla M. Baker, Lisa M. Ellenburg.

Out of District— Adrian D. Carr and Margaret E. Hamilton of Chattahoochee, Mary C. Wilson Copper of Cottonwood, Ala., Lashay Page of Dillon, S.C., Michelle L. Calano of Gordon, Ala., Edmond R. Sparks of Hampton, Ga., Amanda L. Hines of Quincy, Justin D. Brownlee of Tifton, Ga., Ariell C. Van Hook of Whittier, Calif.

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August 20, 2009

GOVERNOR APPOINTS THREE TO CHIPOLA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist on Aug. 3 announced the following reappointments and appointment to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees, pending confirmation by the Florida Senate.

                Dr. Leisa H. Bailey, 48, of Bonifay, self-employed physician, succeeding Brenda Taylor, appointed for a term beginning August 3, 2009, and ending May 31, 2013.

                Daniel E. Ryals III, 57, of Altha, self-employed real estate broker, reappointed for a term beginning August 3, 2009, and ending May 31, 2013.

                Virginia “Gina” Stuart, 65, of Marianna, self-employed real estate broker, reappointed for a term beginning August 3, 2009, and ending May 31, 2013.

               Nine trustees—appointed by the Florida Governor—represent Chipola’s five-county district on the board. They include: John Padgett, Gina Stuart and Jeff Crawford of Jackson County, Gary Clark and Jan Page of Washington County, Dr. Leisa Bailey and Bob Jones of Holmes County, Danny Ryals of Calhoun County and Mark Plummer of Liberty County.

The board meets on the third Tuesday of each month to set policy for the college.

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August 20, 2009

CHIPOLA’S ‘BIG SAM’ MITCHELL EVENT SOLD OUT

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the Aug. 29 fundraiser in honor of the late “Big Sam” Mitchell are sold out.

Some 500 tickets have been sold for the ceremony, dinner and dance celebrating the former Florida legislator’s legacy on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Marianna National Guard Armory.

            The event will honor Mitchell's life and contributions to the people of this area while helping to endow a scholarship in his memory at the school that gave him his start. Mitchell played on Chipola’s first football and basketball teams in 1947.
            The event is hosted by “Friends of Sam Mitchell" and sponsored by the Chipola Appreciation Club. College president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “Big Sam loved Chipola and he gave the college credit for providing him the opportunity to earn an education. He would be proud that we are establishing this scholarship in his name to insure that other people have the same opportunity that he had.”

The event will begin with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.   Entertainment will begin at 8 p.m., featuring the world-famous Embers, the Raleigh, NC, band renowned for its exciting renditions of nostalgic "beach music.” The Villagers, a 1960’s era band which includes several Chipola alumni, is also slated to perform.  

            “Big Sam,” developed a larger than life persona during his 40-year career as a coach, principal and father figure to thousands of children in Vernon and Washington County. He began coaching at Campbellton High in 1952 where he had a 24-2 basketball record in his first season.

            Upon returning home from military duty, Mitchell established himself at Vernon High, where he compiled a 396-59 career basketball record. In football, Mitchell compiled an impressive record of 113 wins and only 17 losses. Mitchell’s basketball team won the state championship in 1957. He was chosen basketball coach of the year in 1957, and football coach of the year in 1961. He was appointed principal of Vernon High School in 1967 and served until 1977.
            Mitchell was elected by the people of this area to serve in the Florida Legislature. He served for more than 20 years, receiving many legislative awards. He completed his term as speaker pro tempore during the 1988-1990 sessions. At the time of his retirement from the Florida House, Mitchell was one of the longest serving and most respected members in the history of the Florida legislature.

            Former Rep. Robert Trammell, who served alongside Mitchell in the Florida House for many years, said, “Big Sam was very proud of his rural beginnings, he never forgot who he was or where he came from. Even though he was one of the most powerful and influential leaders in the state of Florida, he always preferred the simple things in life and was always a friend to the little man.”

After retiring in 1994, he worked with the Florida Lakes Department for three years. Mitchell was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Chipley. He married Nellie Henders on Sept. 4, 1951, and they had two children, Brenda and Sammie Jean. After retirement he settled down in Vernon, where he ran a small seafood business as a hobby, which allowed him to make new friends until his death in November 2003.

For information on the event, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375.

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 August 20, 2009

Chipola Employees Awarded For Service

           

            Marianna-Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service during the first staff meeting of the school year on August 17.

            Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments.  The following were recognized:

            Five years: Christen Bennett, Glenda Bethel, Kathy Dunaway, Mark Ebel, Terri Fowler, Lillie Hamil, Belinda Hendrix, Renee Hopkins, Robert Martin, Amie Myers, John Tracy Spikes, Cherry Ward, Matthew White, Stan Young.

            Ten years: Richard Hinson, Bill Ingram, Vickie Jones, Charles Sirmon.

            Fifteen years: Julie A. Fuqua, Vicki Mathis, Shanda O’Bryan.

            Twenty years: Kim B. Collins, Mary B. Hamilton, Sandra Harrell, Lisa Shores, Angela V. Tyler.

            Twenty-five years: Dennis F. Everett, Wayne Hill.

            Thirty years: Sarah M. Clemmons.

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August 20, 2009

CHIPOLA AUDITIONS SET FOR ‘MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940’

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre will hold open auditions, Sept. 8 and 9, for “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Auditions begin at 6 p.m. each night in the college theatre. 

            Performances of the show are set for Nov. 5-9. 

            This ingenious and wildly comic romp enjoyed a long and critically-hailed run both on and Off-Broadway. Poking fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slasher."

            As the actors and director prepare their performance, a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. The bumbling police inspector snowshoes in to investigate and the mystery is solved in the nick of time. The “Slasher” is unmasked, but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit. 

             For information, call Theatre director Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227, or email sirmons@chipola.edu

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August 20, 2009

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EQUIVALENCY TRAINING CLASSEighteen candidates recently completed the Equivalency of Training Class at Chipola College. Graduates are, from left: (front) Tara Uvett Bryant of Chattahoochee; Latesha Yvonne Hubbard of Panama City; Rachel Joanna Huckeba of Apalachicola; Allen Lamar Johnson of Monroeville, Ala.; Erin Marilyn McKenzie of Louisville, Ky.; Tiffany Jene’ Norwood of Valdosta, Ga.;  Lorenzo Williams of Williston; (middle) Dominic Joseph Arcuri of Largo; Eric Bobbie Bemben of Queens, N.Y. ; Jason Allen Davis of Panama City; Gary Michael Demetreon of Pensacola; Vicki Lynn Posey of Cookeville, Tenn.; John Christopher Quinley of DeFuniak Springs; (back) Jonathan Christopher Senter of Atlanta, Ga.; Andrea Lynn Skrabal of Bristol; Bryan Keith Waid of Washington, D.C.;  Jodi Patricia Walsh of Panama City; Thomas Alen Willbanks of Calloway.

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August 20, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

             A Child Growth and Development course will meet Mondays, Aug. 24 through Dec. 7 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $210.  An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Aug. 25 through Dec. 8 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $210.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Aug. 27 through Dec. 10 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $210.      

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

            Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                          

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August 27, 2009

LATE REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Fall semester academic classes at Chipola College began Aug. 24; however, students may enroll in Fall Term C which begins Oct. 15.

            Three terms are offered during the Fall semester. Term A runs Aug. 24 through Dec. 16.  Term B is Aug. 24 through Oct. 15. Term C runs Oct. 16 through Dec 16.   

            Registration continues throughout the Fall semester for several Workforce Development Certificate programs. These include: Automotive Service Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Computer Systems Technology, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Corrections, Firefighting and Law Enforcement.

            Chipola offers day and evening courses, as well as independent study and online courses. Chipola has expanded its offerings to include more than 40 individual programs, including BS, AA, AS, AAS, Workforce Certificates and Continuing Education programs. 

            Eight Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs are offered, including: Business Management, Elementary Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), Exceptional Student Education and RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field. 

            The majority of Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree program designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work at Chipola and then transfer to a four year program at Chipola or another college.

            Chipola offers more than a dozen Associate in Science (AS) degrees which provide professional training associated with specific careers, including: Business Administration, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Corrections/Law Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigation), Culinary Management, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Networking Services Technology, Nursing (RN and LPN) and Recreation Technology. One Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program in Criminal Justice Technology is available.

            Three College Credit Certificate programs are offered in Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.

            A variety of continuing education programs are available on campus in areas ranging from Child Care to Real Estate. Through partnerships with www.ed2go.com and www.gatlineducation.com, Chipola offers online courses in courses such as health care, internet graphics/web design, business and law. 

            For information, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311.

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August 27, 2009

WARD IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

 

            MARIANNA—Patricia Ward has been named Chipola College’s Career Employee of the Year for 2009.

            Ward has served as a custodian in the college’s Physical Plant Department since since 2005.

            She says, “I really enjoy working here at the college. I like everything about it, especially the students.”

            Ward’s supervisor Edward Mount, says, “Mrs. Ward is very dependable, honest and hard-working. She’s on time and never misses a day. She is very courteous to the students, staff and faculty. She tries to help students whenever she can, helping them to find their way around campus. She’s just an all-around outstanding employee.”

            Ward is a member of Chipola’s chapter of Florida Association of Community Colleges and the Chipola’s Career Employees Association.

            Ward has five children, 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  She is active in the Ever Increasing Word of Faith Church.

The Employee of the Year award recognizes the exceptional work of Chipola's career service employees. Candidates are nominated by fellow employees for exhibiting courtesy, motivation and professionalism.  Annual winners receive a $1,000 bonus, reserved parking for a year, a one-year membership in FACC, and a $100 gift certificate from the college Book Store. 

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WARD IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR—Patricia Ward (center) accepts the Chipola College Career Employee of the Year award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough (left) and college board member Gina Stuart.

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 August 27, 2009

‘AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT’ OPENS CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the Sept. 10 Chipola Artist Series event, “An American Portrait: On Wings of Freedom,” are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.

            Season Tickets for all four Artist Series events also are available through Sept. 10.

            An American Portrait celebrates two centuries of American milestones as our country’s story is told through the songs that united and inspired its people.                      

            From songs celebrating the joy of newfound independence to the laments that expressed our pain, the show features the battle cries that tore us apart and the inspirational songs that reconciled us.  Audience members will be treated to our nation’s diverse regions through the music that captures their essence. The finale is pure patriotism as America’s most beloved anthems are performed with eloquence and majesty.  

            This stirring, evocative homage to our homeland comes alive through the legendary piano work of Mac Frampton and the powerful voices of Sam Hagan and Dawn Marie. 

            Three other events are scheduled in the 2009-10 Artist Series. “Celebrating the Season,” is Thursday, Dec. 10. Perfect for the holiday season, the show features Chipola music faculty who will delight the audience with their musicianship, skill, and showmanship.

            “Cantus” one of America’s finest professional male vocal ensembles performs Feb. 1, 2010. The ensemble is known for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folk, spirituals, world music and pop.

            Violinist Sarah Geller will perform March 18, 2010. As a winner of the Artists’ International Special Presentation Award, Geller made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2002. Geller performs a variety of music from Latin American and flamenco treasures to traditional favorites and unknown gems of mainstream composers.

            The Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

            Season tickets—$40 for all four events—include same seat reserved seats and "Meet The Artist" receptions sponsored by Tyndall Federal Credit Union, Bank of Bonifay, First Capital Bank and Regions Bank. Season ticket holders also receive the quarterly CRAA arts calendar.  

            For performance information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or stadsklevj@chipola.edu.

            For ticket information, call the Chipola Business Office at 850-718-2220.        

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‘AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT’ OPENS CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES--Tickets for the Sept. 10 Chipola Artist Series event, “An American Portrait: On Wings of Freedom,” are on sale in the Chipola Business Office. Pictured from left, are performers: Dawn Marie, Mac Frampton and Sam Hagan.

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August 27, 2009

PERSONAL TRAINER TO PRESENT FREE PROGRAM AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Athletic Department will host a free program featuring Professional Personal Trainer Tony Cress, Wednesday Sept. 2, at 6 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Cress will present a program on sport-specific workouts that include cardio, plyometrics, and/or weight training.  Cress has designed workouts for numerous sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, track, etc. 

            Cress develops programs for teams and individuals to meet their desired goals.  He will be available after the presentation to answer questions. 

            Coaches and individuals who would like to attend, or who have questions, should contact Lady Indians basketball coach David Lane at 850-718-2234.

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August 27, 2009

PERSONAL TRAINER TO PRESENT FREE PROGRAM AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Athletic Department will host a free program featuring Professional Personal Trainer Tony Cress, Wednesday Sept. 2, at 6 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Cress will present a program on sport-specific workouts that include cardio, plyometrics, and/or weight training.  Cress has designed workouts for numerous sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, track, etc. 

            Cress develops programs for teams and individuals to meet their desired goals.  He will be available after the presentation to answer questions. 

            Coaches and individuals who would like to attend, or who have questions, should contact Lady Indians basketball coach David Lane at 850-718-2234.

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August 31, 2009

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SAM MITCHELL EVENT RAISES $30,000—Some 500 donors attended a fundraiser in honor of the late Rep. Sam Mitchell on Saturday, Aug. 29. More than $30,000 was raised to endow a scholarship in memory of the former state legislator who played on Chipola College’s first football and basketball teams in 1947. Here, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough presents a bouquet of flowers to Sam’s wife Nellie. The event was hosted by “Friends of Sam Mitchell" and sponsored by the Chipola Appreciation Club.

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