February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA RANKED IN TOP 150 U.S. COMMUNITY COLLEGES

 

Eligible For $1 Million Aspen Institute Prize

 

                Washington, DC – Chipola College has been named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute.

                Chipola is among 14 Florida College System institutions eligible to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize money. Florida colleges named to the list, are: Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida SouthWestern State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Indian River State College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Saint Johns River State College, South Florida State College and Tallahassee Community College.

                The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years since 2011, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Chipola has been nominated for all four of the Aspen Award cycles—2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

                Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, says, “We are proud to be nominated for the Aspen Prize for a fourth time. This nomination affirms that Chipola College is committed to improving our educational programs to ensure student success.”

                The Aspen Prize recognizes exceptional student outcomes in persistence, completion, and transfer; consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success, the Aspen Institute identified the top community colleges through an assessment of institutional performance measures.

                Chipola was named among the top 150 colleges from a national pool of over 1,166 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes.  In First-Year Retention rate, Chipola ranked 23rd in the nation. In three-year graduation rate, Chipola ranked 28th. In Credentials Awarded per 100 Full Time Equivalent, Chipola ranked 20th, and in Credentials Awarded per 100 Minority Students, Chipola ranked 14th in the nation.”    

                The 150 eligible community colleges have been invited to submit applications to Aspen containing detailed data on degree/certificate completion, labor market outcomes, and student learning outcomes. Colleges must demonstrate that they deliver exceptional student results for all students – including those from racial minority and/or low-income backgrounds – and, that they use data to inform decisions and continually improve over time.

                Ten finalists will be named in Fall 2016. Aspen will conduct site visits to finalist colleges to collect additional data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2017.

                Nearly half of America’s college students attend community colleges, with more than seven million students – youth and adult learners – working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country.

                Chipola is designated as a state college in the Florida College System. Established in 1947, Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

                For information about Chipola College, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-526-2761.

 

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Chipola College has been named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute. Chipola is among 14 Florida College System institutions eligible to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize money.  Here, Chipola student Madison Baker works in the lab with Science Professor Terolyn Lay.

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February 4, 2016

 

CORRECTION CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer a daytime Corrections class beginning Feb. 24. Application deadline is Deadline is Feb. 22.

                Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30 – 4:30 p.m.

                Completion of this program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a Correctional agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

 

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February 4, 2016

 

Chipola to host Financial Aid Day FEB. 20

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Financial Aid Day, Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Student Services Building.

                Prospective students can get free, expert help applying, registering and paying for college. Participants may use college computers for online forms, and receive one-on-one assistance. Academic counselors will be available to help new and returning students and their parents through the admissions and registration steps.

                Participants also will get help in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a mandatory first step to receiving financial aid. To expedite processing of the FAFSA form, students and parents should apply for a federal FSA ID # at www.fsaid.ed.gov.

                To complete FAFSA, please bring: FSA ID number, the legal electronic signature to access the federal student aid on-line system; 2015 IRS Tax returns and W-2 statements; Social Security Number; Driver’s License or other valid photo ID; Alien Registration card. Participants should also bring Untaxed Income records for 2015, which may consist of payments to tax-deferred pensions or retirement savings, child support paid or received, housing or food or living allowance (assistance from government agencies: Florida Department of Children and families), Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, WIC and/or HUD, Veterans non-education benefits (disability compensation).

                For more information, call Beverly Hambright at 850-718-2223.

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

                The Chipola Foundation Scholarship list for Fall 2016 will be available the first week of March. 

                The McLendon Educational Trust applications for Summer I and Summer II are available online at www.chipola.edu and in the Foundation office.  Application deadlines are: Summer I, March 15 and Summer II, May 16. Summer II applications should include Spring 2016 semester grades if student is enrolled in Spring 2016 classes.

                For information, call the Chipola Foundation at 718-2404. 

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA FUTURE EDUCATORS HOST ANNUAL TEACHERS WORKSHOP

 

The Chipola Future Educators Club will host its Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Sessions will include resources and strategies in Math, Science, Reading, English, ESOL and ESE. The free workshop will be held in Literature/Language (Building Z). Registration is at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:30 a.m.  RSVP to Casey Dowgul at dowgulc@chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2449.

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA ACE OFFERING TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAM REVIEW

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College ACE Lab is offering review sessions for the General Knowledge Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

                Review sessions for the various tests are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on the following dates: Reading/Writing, March 14 and 16; Mathematics, March 15 and 17. 

                For information, 850-718-2312.

 

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February 4, 2016

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CHIPOLA’S ADDAMS FAMILY TICKETS—The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs Feb. 24-28. Here, main characters pose during rehearsal. Tickets go on sale Feb. 10 at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. Play tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under. A Sunday Brunch and show is set for Feb. 28. Tickets ($30) include brunch and play admission. Brunch show tickets go on sale Feb. 3. For brunch tickets, contact Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2257 or warde@chipola.edu. For the Box Office, call 718-2420.

 

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February 4, 2016

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CHIPOLA FUTURE EDUCATORS WIN AT STATE—Members of Chipola College’s Future Educators Club (FEC) won five major awards at the recent Future Florida Educators of America (FFEA) Annual State Conference. Students attended workshops and competed with other post-secondary schools in state-wide competitions. Chipola FEC winners are, from left: (front) Rena O’Bryan (second place in speech), Olivia Howell (first place in public service announcement), (back) Niki Ferguson (first place in lesson plan) and Katherine Waller (first place in essay). The Chipola group also won first place in the chapter display competition. Chipola’s FEC Advisor is Casey Dowgul.

 

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February 4, 2016

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—The Chipola College Homecoming Court will be presented during the halftime of the Chipola vs Gulf Coast game on Saturday, Feb. 6.  Pictured from left, are: (front) freshman Cianna Harris of Marianna, freshman Maddy Christmas of Marianna, sophomore Keionna Mitchell of Marianna, sophomore Aaliyah Raines of Sneads, sophomore Olivia Saunders of Chipley, (back) freshman Tripp Taylor of Blountstown, freshman Anthony Severson of Graceville, sophomore Andrew Bennett of Blountstown, sophomore Edward Arroyo of Marianna and sophomore Patrick Spires of Malone.  The Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be selected from the sophomore candidates.

 

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February 4, 2016

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RENTZ RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE TO PTK—Dr. Pam Rentz, Dean of the School of Education at Chipola College, was recently recognizes for 10 years of service as adviser to the college chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Here, Dr. Rentz receives a pin from Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK TO HOST NIGHT-TIME 5K

 

                MARIANNA—All runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Ignite the Night 5K Fun Run/Walk, Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m., at Citizens Lodge.

                The Jackson County Take Stock in Children Program along with the Lighting the Way for Kids Foundation of Jackson County are the co-hosts.

                Mary Helen Smith, Take Stock Program Manager, says, “Come get your glow on and help us raise dollars for scholars. The race is meant for everyone, not just avid runners. If you can run, jump, walk, skip, or even crawl, we’d love for you join us wearing your glow-in-the-dark gear.” The entire race will be run inside the Citizens Lodge Park to ensure safety. Award medals will be given for first, second and third places overall and in each age division.

                All money raised will go to Chipola scholarships to help low-income/at risk students in Jackson County.

                Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for kids under five. Participants who register by Feb. 26 get a long sleeve t-shirt. Registration will also be held at the race.

                For information, contact Smith at (850)718-2428 or email: smithm@chipola.edu. Visit www.chipola.edu/tsic or on Facebook at Take Stock in Children-Chipola College.

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND IS FEB. 5-6

 

                MARIANNA— The annual Chipola College Baseball Alumni Weekend is set for Feb. 5-6.

                Major league baseball stars and other former Chipola players will return to their alma mater for the weekend which will include live college baseball action, a Homerun Derby, great food and the chance to rub elbows with the pros, including two-time MLB Homerun champ Jose Bautista and his Toronto Blue Jays teammate, All-Star catcher Russell Martin. Honorary Chipola alumnus Jeff Mathis of the Marlins, Braves catcher Tyler Flowers and Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin also are expected to attend.

                An Alumni Dinner and Auction is set for Friday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Big-leaguers have donated thousands in memorabilia for the auction. Tickets are $100, with table sponsorships available for $1,000. Sponsors earn recognition at the dinner, 8 tickets, an autographed baseball and a group photo with MLB players.

                A full day of activities is set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at Chipola Field. At 10 a.m., the Chipola Indians will face Walters State. An MLB Alumni Homerun Derby starts at 12:30 p.m. with guest prizes and MLB memorabilia for sale.

                The MLB autograph and photo session runs from 2:30 to 3:30. For $10, fans can get one item signed by each professional. Player photos and MLB baseballs will be available for purchase.

                Passes to the day’s events are $10 per person for all ages. Fans are also invited to purchase fresh grouper lunch plates for $10.

                For information about alumni happenings, email Nathan Marks at nathan@marksinsurance.com, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2237.

 

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February 4, 2016

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CHIPOLA HOSTS GULF COAST FOR HOMECOMING

 

                MARIANNA—Both Chipola basketball teams host arch-rival Gulf Coast, Saturday, Feb. 6, for Homecoming. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

                The Indians made it two in a row Feb. 2 with a hard-fought 75-73 win over Pensacola. Chipola overcame an 11-point halftime deficit led by Junior Saintel with 14 points. Eric Turner scored 13. Patrick Rooks had 11. Cletrell Pope added 10. With the win, Chipola improves to 15-11 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

                Chipola pulled off a stunning 98-92 overtime upset of top-ranked Northwest Florida on Jan. 30.  Antwain Johnson hit a game-tying shot with .8 seconds to go in regulation. He led Chipola with 26 points. Junior Saintel scored 21. Mehdy Ngouama scored 16. Patrick Rooks added 13. 

                The Indians suffered a 73-71 loss to Tallahassee on Jan. 26. Rooks led Chipola with 19 points. Turner had 11. Taevon Ashmeade scored 10.

                Chipola suffered a narrow 100-97 loss at Gulf Coast on Jan. 23. Rooks led Chipola with 22. Johnson scored 18. Turner had 15. Pope and Ashmeade scored 11 points apiece.

                As of Feb. 4, the men’s Panhandle standings are: Northwest (6-2), Tallahassee (6-2), Gulf Coast (4-4), Chipola (2-6) and Pensacola (2-6). 

                The Lady Indians are second in the Panhandle Conference race and still looking for their first victory over Gulf Coast. Chipola’s only two league losses came at the hands of Gulf Coast (76-68) on Jan. 23, and a (91-77) home loss to the Lady Commodores on Jan. 2.

                Chipola scored a big 57-34 win over Pensacola on Feb. 2. Chipola is in Chipola beat Northwest 63-58 on Jan. 30. Raven Baker led the Lady Indians with 18 points.  Cynthia Petke and Barbara Johnson each scored 13 points. Chipola scored a 91-40 win over Tallahassee on Jan. 26.

                As of Feb. 4, Gulf Coast (8-0) leads the women’s conference race. Chipola (6-2) is second.  Tallahassee (3-5) is third. Northwest (2-6) is fourth. Pensacola is (1-7).

                The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll behind top-ranked Gulf Coast and second ranked Daytona. Other Panhandle teams in the state ranking include: Northwest (4) and Tallahassee (6). Chipola is sixth in the NJCAA National Poll.

                Chipola’s Homecoming festivities include: a reunion of former Chipola cheerleaders set to begin at 4 p.m. in the Continuing Education Center on College Street. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst and his wife Alisa invite all alumni and friends of the college to an Alumni Reception beginning at 6 p.m. in the Ronnie Myers Hospitality Room. The Homecoming Court will presented during halftime of the men’s game.

                For information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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February 11, 2016

ADDAMS FAMILY TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs Feb. 24-28.

                Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—are on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office, and online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

                A Sunday Brunch and show is set for Feb. 28. Tickets ($30) include brunch and play admission

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently selected the cast of local actors which includes: Josiah Brooks as Gomez, Shayli Tharp as Morticia, Odra Chapman as Wednesday, Jared Standiford as Lucas, Chandler King as Pugsley, Chris Manasco as Fester, Elyn Sapp as Grandma, Keith Watford as Mal, Sarah Liffick as Alice and Saylor Novonglosky as Lurch. Ancestors include Austin Spears, Aaron Lane, Alex Ozbun, Stephanie Lane, Calen Masai, Gracie Wallace, Jill Berquist, Laura Lee Gause, Emily Childress, Nina Boyde, Kane Keefer, Karissa Mercer, Katelyn Cannady, Jamie Gibson and Tra’vaous Boyd. Monsters are William Crews and Catherine Lewis.

                The Addams Family was written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. In the kooky, upside-down Addams world, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. The Addams family still has to deal with the spookiest nightmare faced by every family: the kids are growing up.

            For brunch tickets, contact Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2257 or warde@chipola.edu. For the Box Office, call 718-2420.

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ADDAMS FAMILY TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA—The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs Feb. 24-28. Pictured from left, are: Chris Manasco as Fester, Chandler King as Pugsley, Shayli Tharp as Morticia, Odra Chapman as Wednesday, Josiah Brooks as Gomez, Saylor Novonglosky as Lurch and Elyn Sapp as Grandma. Tickets are on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office, and online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under. A Sunday Brunch and show is set for Feb. 28. For brunch tickets, contact Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2257 or warde@chipola.edu. For the Box Office, call 718-2420.

 

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February 11, 2016

 

CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND WINTER SYMPOSIUM

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College music majors recently attended the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) winter symposium at University of North Florida in Jacksonville. 

                Chipola students who attended the conference were: Hannah Alhalaseh, Emily Childress, and Summer Consalo, Daniel Clubb, George Kleinpeter, Kaitlyn Miller, Lindsay Miller, and Alex Ozbun.

                Also attending were Chipola faculty members, Dr. Josh Martin and Dr. Christina Villaverde, and Director of Fine and Performing Arts, Evelyn Ward.

                The Chipola students who attended interacted with students from state colleges throughout Florida and had the opportunity to work directly with the faculty at University of North Florida.  The attended master classes in their major study areas and performed in a statewide joint Chorus and Band.

                Evelyn Ward says, “Our students’ showing at the symposium is a testament to the fine music and arts programs we offer at Chipola.”

 

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CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND SYMPOSIUM—Chipola College music majors recently attended the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) winter symposium at University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Kaitlyn Miller, Alex Ozbun, Lindsay Miller, (middle row) Dr. Christina Villaverde, Summer Consalo, Hannah Alhalaseh, Emily Childress, (back) Dr. Josh Martin, George Kleinpeter and Daniel Clubb.

 

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February 11, 2016

 

Chipola to host Financial Aid Day FEB. 20

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Financial Aid Day, Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Student Services Building.

                Prospective students can get free, expert help applying, registering and paying for college. Participants may use college computers for online forms, and receive one-on-one assistance. Academic counselors will be available to help new and returning students and their parents through the admissions and registration steps.

                Participants also will get help in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a mandatory first step to receiving financial aid. To expedite processing of the FAFSA form, students and parents should apply for a federal FSA ID # at www.fsaid.ed.gov.

                To complete FAFSA, please bring: FSA ID number, the legal electronic signature to access the federal student aid on-line system; 2015 IRS Tax returns and W-2 statements; Social Security Number; Driver’s License or other valid photo ID; Alien Registration card. Participants should also bring Untaxed Income records for 2015, which may consist of payments to tax-deferred pensions or retirement savings, child support paid or received, housing or food or living allowance (assistance from government agencies: Florida Department of Children and families), Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, WIC and/or HUD, Veterans non-education benefits (disability compensation).

                For more information, call Beverly Hambright at 850-718-2223.

 

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February 11, 2016

 

CHIPOLA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

                The Chipola Foundation Scholarship list for Fall 2016 will be available the first week of March. 

                The McLendon Educational Trust applications for Summer I and Summer II are available online at www.chipola.edu and in the Foundation office.  Application deadlines are: Summer I, March 15 and Summer II, May 16. Summer II applications should include Spring 2016 semester grades if student is enrolled in Spring 2016 classes.

                For information, call the Chipola Foundation at 718-2404. 

 

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February 11, 2016

 

CORRECTION CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer a daytime Corrections class beginning Feb. 24. Application deadline is Deadline is Feb. 22.

                Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30 – 4:30 p.m.

                Completion of this program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a Correctional agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

 

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February 11, 2016

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THE BOYS CHOIR OF TALLAHASSEE TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA— The nationally acclaimed Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee will perform Friday, March 11, 2016, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts, Chipola College.

                The Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee (BCT) is a community outreach program for males, ages eight to 18, enrolled in schools throughout Tallahassee and the surrounding area. BCT works to help young men meet their developmental needs and realize their full potential by proactively reducing risky behavior, restoring self-esteem and promoting academic success. Strategies include creating a safe, supportive afterschool setting which includes adult and peer mentoring for both academic and social skills.

                The Choir strives to help members develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance. Members are challenged to sing well, stand tall, stay on schedule, take pride in their appearance, respect those in charge and tap into the best part of whom he is and what he can accomplish. The key to the success of the Choir is its emphasis on discipline, hard work, responsibility and respect for oneself and others. BCT reaches out to youth to give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment through music instruction and the encouragement of a positive adult role model.

                The choir has performed for Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and more.

                The director, Dr. Earle Lee says, "It's a safe haven, a place where guys can come and make good music and don't have to worry about getting in trouble. At the same time, it's a big self-esteem booster. They get to go on wonderful trips and just really see what the world has to offer them."

                Spring and Summer 2015 concerts included: Washington DC, New York, Boston, MA, Columbia, SC, Richmond, VA, Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and several Florida Cities.

                The concert is begin sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Chipola College Fine Arts Department.

                Open seating tickets for the March 11 performance will be on sale for $10 each beginning Monday, February 15 at the Chipola Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.   Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. 

                For more information, call 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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February 11, 2016

 

CHIPOLA ACE OFFERING TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAM REVIEW

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College ACE Lab is offering review sessions for the General Knowledge Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

                Review sessions for the various tests are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on the following dates: Reading/Writing, March 14 and 16; Mathematics, March 15 and 17. 

                For information, 850-718-2312.

 

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 February 11, 2016

 

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM SET FOR FEB. 19

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Black History Month Program, Friday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Chipola College Cultural Center. Dinner will be served.

                The theme for the program is “Celebrating the Life, Legacy and Contributions of

African Americans and Charting the Path to Full Liberation.” The guest speaker is Elder Emeritus William McCray.  Other speakers include: Salvation Army Victim’s Advocate Lindsey McCrary; Domestic Violence Advocate Felicia Gibson.

                Performances will include: The Riverside Beaver Chorus; Singer Daniel Marks; Dance routines by the Girls of Pearls and the Omega Lamplighters; and Poetry reading with Barrone Evans.

                For information about the event, contact Dr. Willie Spires at 718-2232.

 

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February 11, 2016

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ANDERSON LECTURES AT CHIPOLA—Dr. Loran Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Biological Science and former Curator of the Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University, was a guest lecturer for Chipola College environmental science students.  His presentation on botanical biodiversity was second in a program of study designed by Billy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist to move students from visualizing environmental science to living it.  Anderson’s lecture connected botany with careers in forensic science, surveys, pharmacy, engineering, environmental consulting and agriculture.  Anderson served as a member of the Florida Endangered Plant Advisory Council for over 30 years and remains active in field surveys and herbarium studies, describing several species for the first time, updating and adding species to a list of over 600 at the Florida Caverns State Park.

 

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February 11, 2016

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SMITH IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Connie Smith, Director of Technical Theatre, is the Chipola College Faculty/Other Professional/Administrator of the Month. Here, Smith receives a plaque from Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst and Evelyn Ward, Director of Fine Arts with members of the cast and crew of the Chipola spring musical, The Addams Family.

 

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February 11, 2016

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—Olivia Saunders of Chipley was crowned Chipola College Homecoming Queen, and Andrew Bennett of Blountstown was crowned Mr. Chipola 2016 on Feb. 6. The Chipola College Homecoming Court is, from left: Anthony Severson of Graceville, Maddy Christmas of Marianna, Edward Arroyo of Marianna, Aaliyah Raines of Sneads, 2015 Queen Sara Kaye Compton of Chipley, 2016 Queen Olivia Saunders of Chipley, 2016 Mr. Chipola Andrew Bennett of Blountstown, 2015 Mr. Chipola Trey White of Marianna, Keionna Mitchell of Marianna, Patrick Spires of Malone, Cianna Harris of Marianna and Tripp Taylor of Blountstown.

 

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February 11, 2016

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND IS A HOMERUN

 

                MARIANNA— The annual Chipola College Baseball Alumni Weekend was nothing short of a homerun. Major league baseball stars who played at Chipola joined dozens of other former players for the weekend’s events which included a Homerun Derby, Celebrity Dinner and Auction and MLB Autograph session.

                Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays was the headliner for the event. The two-time MLB Homerun champ signed autographs and posed for photos for two full days to help raise money for the Chipola program. Bautista said, “It really feels like a family here. These people have known me since I came to school at Chipola. They’ve kept up with me and I’ve come back, so we’ve had that continuing relationship.  This is a close-knit group; not only the baseball guys, but also the local community.”

                Baseball coach Jeff Johnson said, “I’m grateful to have so many alumni take time out of their busy schedules to come spend time with us to help our program. It’s very humbling.”

                More than 100 fans waited for up to two hours for the chance to get an autograph from several MLB players, including Bautista, honorary Chipola alumnus Jeff Mathis of the Marlins, his brother-in-law Cory Rasmus of the Angels, Marianna’s own Michael Mader of the Marlins, Phillies pitcher David Buchanan, Jaye Chapman of the Brewers, Isaiah Gilliam of the Yankees and former Milwaukee Brewer Mat Gamel. 

                Isaiah Gilliam won the Homerun Derby with 15 four-baggers in the finals against two other former draft picks Blake Balkom and Jordan Poole.

                Some 200 former players and fans attended an Alumni Dinner and Auction which raised thousands for the baseball program. James and Shealyn Estes were the winning bidders for a Jose Bautista Blue Jays Game Experience which includes VIP tickets to a Jays game, luxury hotel, and on-field passes for batting practice. 

                Former Chipola player Nathan Marks was the event organizer. Alumni are encouraged to contact him at nathan@marksinsurance.com to stay involved with the group.

For more information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com

 

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BAUTISTA WITH FANS AT CHIPOLA— Some 200 former Chipola baseball players and fans attended a Baseball Alumni Dinner and Auction which raised thousands for the baseball program. James and Shealyn Estes were the winning bidders for a Jose Bautista Blue Jays Game Experience which includes VIP tickets to a Jays game, luxury hotel, and on-field passes for batting practice.  The Estes are pictured here with Bautista (center).

 

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CHIPOLA 1965 BASEBALL TEAM RETURNS—Nearly every member of Chipola College’s 1965 baseball team returned to their alma mater for the college’s annual Baseball Alumni Weekend. Former player Mike Crawford coordinated the 1965 reunion for the group whose mantra was "We Lit It Up," as they were the first Chipola team to play with lights on the field. The team had a 22-8 record under Coach Jim Duncan who also returned for the reunion. Team members included Marvin Lassiter, Mike Johnson, Luther Farmer, Charlie McPherson, John Veasey, Kent Retting, Tommy Ayers, Jack Toole, Charles Doggett, Butch Haynes, Mike Nutt, Mike Crawford, Buddy Smith, Lonnie Mathis, Ronnie Hicks, Ronnie Hatton.

 

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February 11, 2016

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CHIPOLA TO HOST NORTHWEST IN FINAL HOME GAMES

EDWARDS IS STATE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

                MARIANNA— Both Chipola basketball teams host Northwest in the final home games of the season, Tuesday, Feb. 16. The teams close out the regular season Feb. 20 at Pensacola.

                The Lady Indians (20-4) handed formerly undefeated Gulf Coast their first loss of the season, in a 78-64 win on Feb. 6. Aisha Edwards scored a career-high 32 points in Chipola’s 14-point win over Gulf Coast State. She was named Region 8 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. The freshman guard from Boca Raton averaged 24.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in two games during the voting period. She shot 42.2 percent (19-of-45) from the field, 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from the three-point line and 75 percent (6-of-8) in free throws.

                As of Feb. 11, Gulf Coast (9-1) leads the women’s conference race. Chipola (7-2) is second.  Tallahassee (4-6) is third. Northwest (3-6) is fourth. Pensacola is (1-9).

                The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll behind top-ranked Gulf Coast and second ranked Daytona. Other Panhandle teams in the state ranking include: Northwest (4) and Tallahassee (6). Chipola is sixth in the NJCAA National Poll.

                The Chipola men’s team (16-11) made it three in a row with a 94-72 Homecoming win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 6. Mehdy Ngouama, Cletrell Pope and Eric Turner each scored 15 points for Chipola. Eric Lockett had 14. With the win, Chipola improves to 16-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play.

                Chipola scored a hard-fought 75-73 win over Pensacola, Feb. 2 The Indians overcame an 11-point halftime deficit led by Junior Saintel with 14 points. Eric Turner scored 13. Patrick Rooks had 11. Cletrell Pope added 10.

                Chipola pulled off a stunning 98-92 overtime upset of top-ranked Northwest Florida on Jan. 30.  Antwain Johnson hit a game-tying shot with .8 seconds to go in regulation. He led Chipola with 26 points.

                As of Feb. 11, the men’s Panhandle standings are: Tallahassee (7-3), Northwest (6-3), Gulf Coast (5-5), Chipola (3-6) and Pensacola (3-7). 

                For information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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February 18, 2016

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CHIPOLA’S ADDAMS FAMILY OPENS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical opens a five-day run, Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Center for the Arts. The show runs at 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27, with a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee on Feb. 28. 

                Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—are on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office, and online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

                A special Sunday Brunch show is set for Feb. 28. Tickets ($20, and $15 for ACT Fund members) include brunch at noon and play admission. Deadline to purchase brunch tickets is Feb. 22.    

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon selected the cast of local actors which includes: Josiah Brooks as Gomez, Shayli Tharp as Morticia, Odra Chapman as Wednesday, Jared Standiford as Lucas, Chandler King as Pugsley, Chris Manasco as Fester, Elyn Sapp as Grandma, Keith Watford as Mal, Sarah Liffick as Alice and Saylor Novonglosky as Lurch. Ancestors include Austin Spears, Aaron Lane, Alex Ozbun, Stephanie Lane, Calen Masai, Gracie Wallace, Jill Berquist, Laura Lee Gause, Emily Childress, Nina Boyde, Kane Keefer, Karissa Mercer, Katelyn Cannady, Jamie Gibson and Tra’vaous Boyd. Monsters are William Crews and Catherine Lewis.

                The Addams Family was written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. In the kooky, upside-down Addams world, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. The Addams family still has to deal with the spookiest nightmare faced by every family: the kids are growing up.

                For brunch tickets, contact Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2257 or warde@chipola.edu. For the Box Office, call 718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu

 

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February 18, 2016

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ADDAMS FAMILY TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA—The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs Feb. 24-28. Pictured are:  Shayli Tharp as Morticia (left) and Josiah Brooks as Gomez. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—are on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office, and online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. For information, call 718-2420.

 

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February 18, 2016

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ADDAMS FAMILY VISITS CRAA

 

                MARIANNA—The cast of Chipola College’s The Addams Family performed excerpts from the musical at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association.    

                Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 24-28 performances.  The weird and wonderful comes to devilishly delightful life in the Addams Family. This magnificently macabre musical comedy features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Everything will change on the fateful night the Addams host a dinner for Wednesday’s normal boyfriend and his parents.

                Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—may be purchased online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice or in person at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call 850-718-2420.

                For information on becoming a season contributor to the ACT Fund, call Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, at 718-2227 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu.   

 

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February 18, 2016

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ADDAMS FAMILY VISITS CRAA—The cast of Chipola College’s The Addams Family performed excerpts from the musical at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association.  Pictured from left, are: Josiah Brooks, Dr. Josh Martin, Shayli Tharp, Charles Sirmon, Odra Chapman, Jared Standiford and Saylor Novonglosky.

 

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February 18, 2016

President Reading Award-Lauren Drake Bethlehem

CHIPOLA’S LITERATURE/LANGUAGE WINNERS

 

                MARIANNA—Some 115 students from 12 area high schools competed in writing, reading, speech, oral interpretation, literature, humanities, grammar, and Spanish contests at Chipola College on Feb. 12.

                The occasion was the Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival hosted by Chipola’s Letters Department.  The purpose of the festival is to recognize and encourage academic excellence.

                Prizes were awarded to first, second and third places, as well as two honorable mentions, in each category.  The winner of the President’s Reading Contest received a special medallion as well as a cash award.

                Contest winners from participating schools are listed below.

                President’s Reading AwardLauren Drake of Bethlehem High School.

                Writing: first—Jonce Palmer of Holmes County High School; second—Hayden Church of Graceville High School; third—Carley Kirk of Vernon High School; honorable Mentions—Hunter Davis of Cottondale High School and Alex Gong of Marianna High School.

                 Speech: first—Alyssa McCardle of Altha Public School; second—Elizabeth Fleener of Chipley High School; third—Kazarieya Williams of Malone High School; honorable Mentions—Madison Daniels of Marianna High School and Ziah White of Graceville High School.

                Oral Interpretation: first—Gracie Wallace of Marianna High School; second—Cassidy Smith of Vernon High School; third—Ashley Wesley of Graceville High School; honorable Mentions—Skyler Leonberger of Chipley High School and Hannah Murray of Liberty County High School.

                Literature: first—Hunter Davis of Cottondale High School; second—Madison Martin of Marianna High School; third—Justin Moore of Altha High School; honorable Mentions—Mallory Beauchamp of Sneads High School and Hannah Hall of Cottondale High School.  

                Humanities: first—Alex Tharp of Cottondale High School; second—Katie Everett of Marianna High School; third—Sierra Ennis of Graceville High School; honorable Mentions—Jonce Palmer of Holmes County High School and Kyle Silsby of Blountstown High School.

                Grammar: first—Alex Gong of Marianna High School; second—Chandra Cooper of Holmes County High School; third—Deidre Walton of Bethlehem High School; honorable Mentions—Hayden Church of Graceville High School and Cassidy Trammell of Bethlehem High School.

                Spanish Language Contest: first—Rosio Martinez of Chipley High School; second—Kyhla Bodie of Marianna High School; third—Maria Martinez of Liberty County High School; honorable Mentions—Rachel Nandho of Blountstown High School and Perla Valdovinos of Chipley High School.

 

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February 18, 2016

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PRESIDENT’S READING WINNER—Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College’s Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Here, (left) Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst presents award to Lauren Drake of Bethlehem High School.

 

TOP WRITERS—Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College’s Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Writing award winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Hunter Davis of Cottondale HS and Alex Gong of Marianna HS; third, Carley Kirk of Vernon HS, second, Hayden Church of Graceville HS and first, Jonce Palmer of Holmes County HS. 

 

BEST SPEAKERS—Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College’s Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Speech award winners are, from left: honorable mentions, from left: honorable mentions, Madison Daniels of Marianna HS and Ziah White of Graceville HS; third, Kazarieya Williams of Malone HS, second, Elizabeth Fleener of Chipley HS and first, Alyssa McCardle of Altha Public School. 

 

INTERPRETATION WINNERS— Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College’s Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Oral Interpretation winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Hannah Murray of Liberty County HS and Skyler Leonberger of Chipley HS; third, Ashley Wesley of Graceville HS; second, Cassidy Smith of Vernon HS; first, Gracie Wallace of Marianna HS.

 

LITERATURE WINNERS— Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College’s Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Literature winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Hannah Hall of Cottondale HS and Mallory Beauchamp of Sneads HS; third, Justin Moore of Altha HS; second, Madison Martin of Marianna HS; first, Hunter Davis of Cottondale HS.

 

HUMANITIES WINNERS—Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College’s Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Humanities winners are, from left; honorable mentions, Jonce Palmer of Holmes County HS and Kyle Silsby of Blountstown HS; third, Sierra Ennis of Graceville HS; second, Katie Everett of Marianna HS, first, Alex Tharp of Cottondale HS. 

 

GRAMMAR WINNERS—Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College’s Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Grammar winners are, from left: honorable mentions Hayden Church of Graceville HS and Cassidy Trammell of Bethlehem HS; third, Deidre Walton of Bethlehem HS; second, Chandra Cooper of Holmes County HS; first Alex Gong of Marianna of Sneads HS.

 

Spanish WINNERS—Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College’s Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Spanish winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Perla Valdovinos of Chipley HS and Rachel Nandho of Blountstown HS; third, Maria Martinez of Liberty County HS; second, Kyhla Bodie of Marianna HS; first, Rosio Martinez of Chipley HS.

 

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  February 18, 2016

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM SET FOR FEB. 19

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Black History Month Program, Friday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Chipola College Cultural Center. Dinner will be served.

                The theme for the program is “Celebrating the Life, Legacy and Contributions of

African Americans and Charting the Path to Full Liberation.” The guest speaker is Elder Emeritus William McCray.  Other speakers include: Salvation Army Victim’s Advocate Lindsey McCrary; Domestic Violence Advocate Felicia Gibson.

                Performances will include: The Riverside Beaver Chorus; Singer Daniel Marks; Dance routines by the Girls of Pearls and the Omega Lamplighters; and Poetry reading with Barrone Evans.

                For information about the event, contact Dr. Willie Spires at 718-2232.

 

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February 18, 2016

Chipola to host Financial Aid Day FEB. 20

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Financial Aid Day, Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Student Services Building.

                Prospective students can get free, expert help applying, registering and paying for college. Participants may use college computers for online forms, and receive one-on-one assistance. Academic counselors will be available to help new and returning students and their parents through the admissions and registration steps.

                Participants also will get help in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a mandatory first step to receiving financial aid. To expedite processing of the FAFSA form, students and parents should apply for a federal FSA ID # at www.fsaid.ed.gov.

                To complete FAFSA, please bring: FSA ID number, the legal electronic signature to access the federal student aid on-line system; 2015 IRS Tax returns and W-2 statements; Social Security Number; Driver’s License or other valid photo ID; Alien Registration card. Participants should also bring Untaxed Income records for 2015, which may consist of payments to tax-deferred pensions or retirement savings, child support paid or received, housing or food or living allowance (assistance from government agencies: Florida Department of Children and families), Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, WIC and/or HUD, Veterans non-education benefits (disability compensation).

                For more information, call Beverly Hambright at 850-718-2223.

 

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 February 18, 2016

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THE BOYS CHOIR OF TALLAHASSEE TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA— The nationally acclaimed Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee will perform Friday, March 11, 2016, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts, Chipola College.

                The Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee (BCT) is a community outreach program for males, ages eight to 18, enrolled in schools throughout Tallahassee and the surrounding area. BCT works to help young men meet their developmental needs and realize their full potential by proactively reducing risky behavior, restoring self-esteem and promoting academic success. Strategies include creating a safe, supportive afterschool setting which includes adult and peer mentoring for both academic and social skills.

                The Choir strives to help members develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance. Members are challenged to sing well, stand tall, stay on schedule, take pride in their appearance, respect those in charge and tap into the best part of whom he is and what he can accomplish. The key to the success of the Choir is its emphasis on discipline, hard work, responsibility and respect for oneself and others. BCT reaches out to youth to give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment through music instruction and the encouragement of a positive adult role model.

                The choir has performed for Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and more.

                The director, Dr. Earle Lee says, "It's a safe haven, a place where guys can come and make good music and don't have to worry about getting in trouble. At the same time, it's a big self-esteem booster. They get to go on wonderful trips and just really see what the world has to offer them."

                Spring and Summer 2015 concerts included: Washington DC, New York, Boston, MA, Columbia, SC, Richmond, VA, Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and several Florida Cities.

                The concert is begin sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Chipola College Fine Arts Department.

                Open seating tickets for the March 11 performance will be on sale for $10 each beginning Monday, February 15 at the Chipola Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.   Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. 

                For more information, call 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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February 18, 2016

CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK TO HOST NIGHT-TIME 5K

 

                MARIANNA—All runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Ignite the Night 5K Fun Run/Walk, Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m., at Citizens Lodge.

                The Jackson County Take Stock in Children Program along with the Lighting the Way for Kids Foundation of Jackson County are the co-hosts.

                Mary Helen Smith, Take Stock Program Manager, says, “Come get your glow on and help us raise dollars for scholars. The race is meant for everyone, not just avid runners. If you can run, jump, walk, skip, or even crawl, we’d love for you join us wearing your glow-in-the-dark gear.” The entire race will be run inside the Citizens Lodge Park to ensure safety. Award medals will be given for first, second and third places overall and in each age division.

                All money raised will go to Chipola scholarships to help low-income/at risk students in Jackson County.

                Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for kids under five. Participants who register by Feb. 26 get a long sleeve t-shirt. Registration will also be held at the race.

                For information, contact Smith at (850)718-2428 or email: smithm@chipola.edu. Visit www.chipola.edu/tsic or on Facebook at Take Stock in Children-Chipola College.

 

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February 18, 2016

CHIPOLA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

                The Chipola Foundation Scholarship list for Fall 2016 will be available the first week of March. 

                The McLendon Educational Trust applications for Summer I and Summer II are available online at www.chipola.edu and in the Foundation office.  Application deadlines are: Summer I, March 15 and Summer II, May 16. Summer II applications should include Spring 2016 semester grades if student is enrolled in Spring 2016 classes.

                For information, call the Chipola Foundation at 718-2404. 

 

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February 18, 2016

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CHIPOLA COSMETOLOGY HELPS NIGHT TO SHINE—Students in the Chipola College Cosmetology program provided salon services for several of the students who attended the Feb. 12 “Night to Shine” prom. The national night out for people with special needs was founded by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Here, cosmetology instructor Paige Vanderwerf (left) and student Audrey Eubanks, style a prom-goer’s hair.

 

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February 18, 2016

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KEIHN IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Shawn Keihn is Chipola College’s Career Employee for February.  Keihn serves as a Departmental Staff Assistant in the Education department and has worked at the college since 2008.  Pictured from left, are: Dr. Pam Rentz, Dean of the School of Education, Shawn Keihn and Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

 

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February 18, 2016

LADY INDIANS HEADED TO STATE BASKETBALL TOURNEY

 

                MARIANNA— The Chipola Lady Indians are headed to the FCSAA/Region VIII women’s basketball tournament for the fourth straight year under head coach Greg Franklin.

                Gulf Coast (11-1) is the women’s conference champion. Chipola (9-2) finished second.  Tallahassee (4-7) is third. Northwest (3-8) is fourth. Pensacola is (1-10).

                The Lady Indians will play the Southern Conference Champion, Thursday, March 3, at 5 p.m. CST, in the first round of the state tournament. The brackets are set up for a rematch of Chipola vs. Gulf Coast if both teams advance to the finals.

                The Lady Indians (22-4) improved to 9-2 in league play with an 81-59 win over Northwest in the final home games of the season, Feb. 16. Chipola closes out the regular season Feb. 20 at Pensacola.

                Chipola scored a 77-67 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 13. Chipola (8-2) and Gulf Coast (10-1) have both clinched berths for the FCSAA State Tournament set for March 2-6 in Ocala. A third team from the Panhandle also gets a berth in this year’s tourney. 

                Chipola handed formerly undefeated Gulf Coast its first loss of the season, in a 78-64 win on Feb. 6. Aisha Edwards scored a career-high 32 points in Chipola’s 14-point win over Gulf.

                The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll behind top-ranked Gulf Coast and second ranked Daytona. Chipola is sixth in the NJCAA National Poll.

                The Chipola men’s team (16-13) lost a tough-fought battle with Northwest 82-70 in the final home game of the season, Feb. 16.

                The Indians dropped a road game at Tallahassee, 96-81, on Feb. 13. The Indians scored a big 94-72 Homecoming win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 6. Mehdy Ngouama, Cletrell Pope and Eric Turner each scored 15 points for Chipola. Eric Lockett had 14.  

                Chipola scored a hard-fought 75-73 victory over Pensacola, Feb. 2. The Indians overcame an 11-point halftime deficit led by Junior Saintel with 14 points. Eric Turner scored 13. Patrick Rooks had 11. Cletrell Pope added 10.

                Chipola pulled off a big 98-92 overtime upset of top-ranked Northwest on Jan. 30.  Antwain Johnson hit a game-tying shot with .8 seconds to go in regulation. He led Chipola with 26 points.

                As of Feb. 18, Northwest (8-3) and Tallahassee (8-3) have clinched berths in the men’s state tournament, March 2-5. The other league records are: Gulf Coast (5-7), Pensacola (4-7) and Chipola (3-8). 

                For information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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 February 18, 2016

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL PICKED TO GO DEEP IN 2016

 

                COLORADO SPRINGS, CO–The Chipola Indians baseball team is expected to go deep into the 2016 post-season according to a Season Preview issued by the NJCAA on Jan. 26.

                Chipola is picked to finish among the top four teams in Region 8 along with Northwest, Palm Beach and State College of Florida.

                The Indians are currently ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll behind top-ranked Tallahassee and second-ranked Northwest.

                Chipola also has three of the top incoming freshman in the region, including Michael Hickman, a center-fielder from Katy, Texas; shortstop Jose Caballero from the country of Panama, and Tek’Waan Whyte from Stone Mountain, Georgia.

                The Indians finished the 2015 season with a 40-12 record. Chipola captured a second straight Panhandle Conference Championship by winning 12 of their final 13 league games. Chipola came up short in the 2016 FCSAA State Tournament in Lakeland going 1-2 in three games.

                Chipola coach Jeff Johnson’s Indians have made the FCSAA State Tournament 14 straight years with seven appearances in the title game.  He has guided the Indians to three state championships, finished second four times and among the top four eight times.  Chipola has made three trips to the NJCAA National Tournament in the last seven years including a 2007 national title.

                The Indians host a spate of home games beginning with Gordon State, Friday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m., and again, Saturday, Feb. 20, at noon. Chipola hosts Columbia State in a double-header, Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. Home games continue Friday, Feb. 26, with Wallace at 2 p.m., and a double-header with Darton College, Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 and 4 p.m.

                For more information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

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CHIPOLA’S ADDAMS FAMILY RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY—The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27, with a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee on Feb. 28.  Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—are on sale at the Center Box Office one hour before each show and online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice or call 718-2420.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

THE BOYS CHOIR OF TALLAHASSEE TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA— The nationally acclaimed Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee will perform Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts, Chipola College.

                The Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee (BCT) is a community outreach program for males, ages eight to 18, enrolled in schools throughout Tallahassee and the surrounding area. BCT works to help young men meet their developmental needs and realize their full potential by proactively reducing risky behavior, restoring self-esteem and promoting academic success. Strategies include creating a safe, supportive afterschool setting which includes adult and peer mentoring for both academic and social skills.

                The Choir strives to help members develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance. Members are challenged to sing well, stand tall, stay on schedule, take pride in their appearance, respect those in charge and tap into the best part of whom he is and what he can accomplish. The key to the success of the Choir is its emphasis on discipline, hard work, responsibility and respect for oneself and others. BCT reaches out to youth to give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment through music instruction and the encouragement of a positive adult role model.

                Director, Dr. Earle Lee says, "It's a safe haven, a place where guys can come and make good music and don't have to worry about getting in trouble. At the same time, it's a big self-esteem booster. They get to go on wonderful trips and just really see what the world has to offer them."

                The choir has performed for Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama and more.

Spring and Summer 2015 concerts included: Washington DC, New York, Boston, Columbia, SC, Richmond, VA, Morehouse College in Atlanta, and several Florida cities.

                The concert is sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Chipola College Fine Arts Department.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

PEEL TO SHARE ARTIFACT COLLECTION AT CHIPOLA HONORS

 

                MARIANNA—History enthusiast Doyle Peel will share his love of North Florida Native American history in a meeting of the Chipola College Honors program, Wednesday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m., in Jackson Hall of the Literature/Language Building.

                A reception will follow in the college Library.  The public is invited to the lecture and reception.

                Peel has loaned a significant collection of Native American artifacts to the Chipola Library. Dozens of rare points and tools found in Jackson County are included in the display which is available for viewing weekday afternoons.

                For information, contact Librarian Renee Hopkins at 718-2372.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

PORTER AWARDED EFURD SCHOLARSHIP AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Leigh Porter of Sneads has been awarded the Railey Efurd Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Chipola College. Porter is a second semester nursing student.

                The scholarship is dedicated in memory of Railey Efurd, the late son of Sammy and Marthe Efurd of Marianna. The scholarship will next be awarded in the Fall 2016 semester.  Applicants must either be enrolled in, or accepted to, the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Chipola. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester.

                More than $16,500 has been donated to the Efurd Scholarship Endowment. Marthe Efurd has offered to bake one of her famous homemade, 12-layer chocolate or coconut cakes for anyone making at least a $100 donation to the fund. Those wishing to make contributions, may send checks to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL, 32446.

                For information, call 850-718-2445.

 

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PORTER AWARDED EFURD SCHOLARSHIP AT CHIPOLA—Leigh Porter of Sneads has been awarded the Railey Efurd Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Chipola College. Porter is a second semester nursing student. Here, Marthe Efurd (right), presents the scholarship to Porter.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a free small business Seminar "Introduction to Federal Government Contracting," Friday, March 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

                Laura Subel, Government Contracting Specialist, will lead the seminar which will cover topics such as: doing business with the government, growing sales, and government contract business for long-term growth.  

                The seminar is sponsored by the Small Business Development Council (SBDC) at UWF in Panama City. There is no cost for the seminar.  Pre-registration is recommended.  Participants may register online at www.sbdc.uwf.eduby clicking on Training Opportunities (Panama City). 

                At Chipola, contact Katrina Griffin at 718-2441 or email griffink@chipola.edu.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA SSS VISITS FAMU

 

                TALLAHASSEE—Students in the Chipola College Student Support Services (SSS) program recently toured the Florida A&M University.

                During Fall, SSS students visited FSU and UF. SSS also provides workshops on college transfer requirements and financial aid guidelines.

                On Wednesday, March 23, Chipola SSS will host their annual Admissions and Transfer Day in front of the Social Science building. Representatives from regional universities will be on campus to assist graduating sophomores and perspective students on the transfer requirements.

                SSS is a TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist first generation and students with varying social-economic classifications succeed academically in college. The Chipola SSS program is funded to serve 140 students.  

                High school or Chipola students interested in the SSS program should call 850-718-2417. For more information, visit the Chipola SSS website at chipola.edu/SSS.

 

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 February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA ACE OFFERING TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAM REVIEW

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College ACE Lab is offering review sessions for the General Knowledge Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

                Review sessions for the various tests are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on the following dates: Reading/Writing, March 14 and 16; Mathematics, March 15 and 17. 

                For information, 850-718-2312.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

RiverWay South Agritourism CONFERENCE march 2-3

 

                MARIANNA—RiverWay South Apalachicola Choctawhatchee (RWSAC) will host an Agri-Tourism Seminar, March 2 and 3.

                Jane Eckert, world renowned agricultural tourism expert, will lead off the seminar at Chipola College at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 2.  Eckert, a sixth generation farmer's daughter was the presenter at the RWSAC 2014 seminar, an event given to a standing-room only audience of interests from across north Florida.

                The second day, to begin at 8 a.m. on March 3, will be a drive-through of acreage fronting U.S. 231, south of Campbellton.  The land, owned by Ladd and Meredith Tharpe, will enable Eckert to reveal the potential for development of tourism attractions, ranging from corn mazes and U-Pick opportunities to gift shops, petting zoos and exploration trails. The seminar will end at noon. It is anticipated that the University of Florida's IFAS staff will be on hand to discuss specialty crops.

                For more information, contact Homer Hirt at 850-272-0643, hirttam@gmail.com or P. 0. Box 506, Sneads, Fl. 32460.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST ACT TEST PREP MARCH 19

 

                Chipola College will host an Attack ACT test prep session, Saturday, March 19. The event will focus on test-taking strategies for the ACT. 

                Students may register for one or all three sessions:  Reading, 8:30 a.m.; Math, 10:15 a.m. and Writing, 12 noon. Cost is $30 per session or $75 for all three. 

                Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Chipola Literature/Language Building-Z. Limited seating is available. For information, call Dianne Walker at 718-2295.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

                The Chipola Foundation Scholarship list for Fall 2016 will be available the first week of March. 

                The McLendon Educational Trust applications for Summer I and Summer II are available online at www.chipola.edu and in the Foundation office.  Application deadlines are: Summer I, March 15 and Summer II, May 16. Summer II applications should include Spring 2016 semester grades if student is enrolled in Spring 2016 classes.

                For information, call the Chipola Foundation at 718-2404. 

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TO FEATURE CHINESE ACROBATS MARCH 22

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series will present a return performance of the Golden Dragon Acrobats on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

                Returning from their Broadway run, Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats continue their relentless, 30+ year US touring schedule of centuries-old Chinese art form. "Cirque Zíva", the newest, unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.

                Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “The Golden Dragon Acrobats were a complete sellout the last time they performed on Chipola’s stage. Tickets are expected to go quickly, so don’t miss out.”

                A Meet the Artist Reception for season ticket holders will be hosted by First Federal Bank of Florida after the event.

                Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.  Tickets may be purchased at the Chipola Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice beginning Feb. 29. For more information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420. Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

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CHIPOLA SCIENCE STUDENTS STUDY CONSERVATION—Billy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist, and Diana Sue Bryant, Wildlife Rehabilitator, recently made presentations to Chipola College environmental science students concerning the protection and preservation of Florida wildlife. Both speakers discussed the importance to biodiversity and the maintenance of ecosystems through interactive zoological presentations.  Dozens of fossils which included Loggerhead, Eastern Box and Aquatic turtles, and the Gopher Tortoise were brought from Caverns Park. Bryant brought live animals, including Ceytan Magi, the Red Tailed Hawk; Greta the Great Horned Owl; and Bard and Screech Owls from her Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class beginning May 3.  Classes will meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

                Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination, and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  The cost of the test is $45.  The deadline for all applications will be Wednesday, April 27th.

                Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

                For information regarding the application process contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 850-718-2286.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK TO HOST NIGHT-TIME 5K

 

                MARIANNA—All runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Ignite the Night 5K Fun Run/Walk, Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m., at Citizens Lodge.

                The Jackson County Take Stock in Children Program along with the Lighting the Way for Kids Foundation of Jackson County are the co-hosts.

                Mary Helen Smith, Take Stock Program Manager, says, “Come get your glow on and help us raise dollars for scholars. The race is meant for everyone, not just avid runners. If you can run, jump, walk, skip, or even crawl, we’d love for you join us wearing your glow-in-the-dark gear.” The entire race will be run inside the Citizens Lodge Park to ensure safety. Award medals will be given for first, second and third places overall and in each age division.

                All money raised will go to Chipola scholarships to help low-income/at risk students in Jackson County.

                Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for kids under five. Participants who register by Feb. 26 get a long sleeve t-shirt. Registration will also be held at the race.

                For information, contact Smith at (850)718-2428 or email: smithm@chipola.edu. Visit www.chipola.edu/tsic or on Facebook at Take Stock in Children-Chipola College.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS NAMED NJCAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

 

                MARIANNA—Three members of the Chipola College women’s cross country team have been named Scholar All-American athletes by the NJCAA.  

                Recipients and their GPA’s, are: sophomore Margaret Wiedeman of Wakulla County (4.0), freshmen Jayde Smelcer of Chipley (4.0) and Lydia Wiedeman of Wakulla County (3.5). Only those athletes with a 3.5 GPA or higher earn the Scholar All-American award for the semester in which they compete in their sport.

                The Chipola Women's Cross Country team offers scholarships up to full tuition and board.

                For information, contact Coach Rance Massengill at 850-718-2420, or email massengillr@chipola.edu

 

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS NAMED SCHOLAR-ATHLETES--Three members of the Chipola College women’s cross country team have been named Scholar All-American athletes by the NJCAA.  Recipients and their GPA’s, are from left: sophomore Margaret Wiedeman of Wakulla County (4.0), freshmen Jayde Smelcer of Chipley (4.0) and Lydia Wiedeman of Wakulla County (3.5).

 

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February 25, 2016

 

LADY INDIANS PLAY MARCH 3 IN STATE BASKETBALL TOURNEY

 

                MARIANNA— The Chipola Lady Indians are headed to the FCSAA/Region VIII Florida State basketball tournament for the fourth straight year under head coach Greg Franklin.

                The defending state and national champion Lady Indians (22-4) will play Eastern Florida State College (20-9) Thursday, March 3, at 5 p.m. CST, in the tournament at the College of Central Florida in Ocala. The brackets are set up for a possible rematch of Chipola vs. Gulf Coast (24-1) if both teams advance to the finals. Chipola handed formerly undefeated Gulf Coast its only loss of the season, in a 78-64 win on Feb. 6.

                The Lady Indians’ state tournament games will be broadcast on WJAQ Radio (100.9) with a live webcast on www.youtube.com/channel/UCh4ZLsoE41xmeAZbJbDZnug/featured

                Chipola (10-2) finished second in the league after conference champion Gulf Coast (11-1).  Northwest (5-8) defeated Tallahassee (4-9) in a Feb. 24 playoff game to send the Lady Raiders to the tournament as the third seed from the Panhandle.

                The Lady Indians finished the season with a 75-42 win over Pensacola in the final game of the season. Aisha Edwards led Chipola with 19 points. Raven Baker had 13. Chipola scored an 81-59 win on Feb. 16.

                The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll behind top-ranked Gulf Coast and second ranked Daytona (28-1). Chipola is sixth in the NJCAA National Poll.

                The Chipola men’s team finished the season at (17-13) overall with a 90-84 win over Pensacola in the final game of the season.  Patrick Rooks led Chipola with 25 points. Antwain Johnson and Mehdy Ngouama each scored 10 points.

                Men’s Panhandle Conference champion Northwest (9-3) and runner-up Tallahassee (8-4) will represent the Panhandle in the state tournament, March 2-5. Other league records are: Gulf Coast (5-7), Pensacola (4-8) and Chipola (4-8). 

                For information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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