Paul D. Camp Community College will graduate 18 dual enrollment students from four area high schools during the 44th annual commencement exercises on May 15. This is the largest number of dual enrollment students graduating at one time at PDCCC since the first five Suffolk students took advantage of the opportunity in 2010.
“It is wonderful to see these students reach the goals they’ve worked so hard to attain,” said PDCCC Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin. “It takes extreme time management skills and dedication to achieve this accomplishment.”
The Dual Enrollment Program at PDCCC allows high school students to simultaneously earn credits from their high school and college, putting them in the position to graduate from the college before receiving their high school diplomas.
Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken said, “This program is essential to those students who are focused on completing academic and career goals at a faster pace than the traditional student.”
The following students will have earned an associate’s degree and/or certificate from PDCCC before their high school commencement:
Franklin High School
- Shamar Ballard, 18, is vice president of the SGA and an Upward Bound student at PDCCC. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Drama Club, Spanish Club, DECA, Scholastic Bowl, Book Club, Yearbook staff and JROTC. He plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to earn his bachelor’s degree in Psychology before earning a master’s and doctorate degree. An honor graduate, he is the son of Chawanda Faltz of Franklin.
- Virginia Goode, 17, is graduating sixth out of 76 in her class at FHS. She is Senior Class Vice President; Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook; member of the Book Club, Prom Committee, DECA, SGA and PDCCC’s Upward Bound. Goode plans to attend Old Dominion University to major in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. She is seeking a career as a consultant. The honor graduate is the daughter of Janet Goode of Franklin and Kevin Goode of Glen Allen.
- Shadeejah Hunt, 18, is graduating fifth out of 76 at in her class at FHS. She is president of the SGA, and a member of HOSA and PDCCC’s Upward Bound Program. Hunt has completed the Certified Nursing Assistant program and participated in junior varsity and varsity cheerleading. She plans to attend PDCCC’s Registered Nursing Program and transfer to Old Dominion University to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing. The honor graduate is the daughter of Latoshia Evans of Franklin.
- Jacob Tatum, 17, will be graduating as valedictorian or salutatorian of FHS. He is a member of the Scholastic Bowl and Honor Roll. He plans to attend Virginia Tech and enlist in its Corps of Cadets program, where he will major in Computer Science. Tatum aspires to be a game designer. The honor graduate is the son of Anita Harris of Franklin and Trent Tatum of Brodnax.
- Nora Hathan, 17, is a member of the Future Problem Solvers, DECA (past vice president of Business Partnerships), Yearbook staff, school newspaper staff and the Student Council Association (treasurer, secretary), and Opportunity Inc. She is an Upward Bound student at PDCCC. Hathan plans to attend George Mason University to double major in Global Affairs and Economics with the ultimate goal of working at Amnesty International. An honor graduate, she is the daughter of Bothina Hassan and Raphat Hathan of Franklin.
Southampton High School
- Shaunye’ Burton, 17, serves as President of the National Honor Society and is a member of the Upward Bound Program at PDCCC. He will attend the University of Virginia to major in Psychology. The honor graduate is the son of Brenda Saunders of Capron.
- Rhema Johnson, 17, is a member of the Upward Bound Program at PDCCC. She serves as captain of the Varsity Football Cheerleading Squad and is a Southampton High School Student Ambassador. She is also Vice President of the National Honor Society and was selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Virginia Girls State, where she held the position of City Manager. She plans to attend Temple University this fall. The honor graduate is the daughter of Ricky L. Johnson Sr. and Rheila A. Johnson of Courtland.
- Malik Phillips, 18, is the recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. He serves as President of the National Beta Club and Treasurer of the National Honor Society. He was selected to attend the American Legion’s Boys State, where he held the position of Supreme Court Justice. He is a past President of the YMCA Young Black Achievers and is involved in numerous community service projects. He will attend the University of Virginia to major in Biology. The honor graduate plans to become a pediatrician and is the son of Chiquita Seaborne of Franklin.
- Nadia Purvis, 17, is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Future Farmers of America. She was a member of the Key Club and the Varsity Club and played Junior Varsity (Captain 10th grade) and Varsity volleyball. Purvis plans to attend Longwood University. She wants to major in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting with the goal of becoming a CPA. She will receive her Academic Honors Diploma in June and is the daughter of Chris and Dawn Purvis of Franklin.
Lakeland High School
- Reagan Colley, 17, will be attending Old Dominion University in the fall to pursue her Ph. D. in Pediatric Audiology. She benefitted from the dual enrollment courses because they gave her a head start on college. An honor graduate, she is the daughter of Michelle and Jeffrey Colley of Suffolk.
- Lexus Isom, 18, serves as President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s Rhoer Club (youth group) and Secretary of the FBLA. Isom is a member of DECA, Rho Kappa and PDCCC’s Upward Bound Program, as well as an active participant in the community. She will attend George Mason University and major in Health, Fitness and Recreation. She plans to be a physical therapist. An honor graduate, she is the daughter of Sheila Sears of Suffolk.
- Travis Jones, 18, is a member of the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. He performs volunteer work with the Salvation Army. Jones has been offered scholarships to Averett University, Ferrum College and Bridgewater College. He plans to major in Psychology and Pre-Law at one of these schools and ultimately, become a lawyer. The honor graduate is the son of Ronald and Trina Jones of Suffolk.
Nansemond River High School
- Rachel Hamilton, 18, is ranked in the top 13 percent of a class of 344. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She is a member of Fusion Dance Team and the Academy of Classical and Contemporary Dance. Hamilton is involved in numerous community service projects and is the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award (2012-present) for maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA. She will attend Old Dominion University in fall and major in Biology. She then plans to transfer to a dental school before pursuing a specialist degree in Orthodontics.
- Richard R. Hyman III, 18, will graduate from NRHS with an Advanced Diploma and is ranked in the top 10 in a class of 344. He is enrolled in Project Lead the Way: Pathways to Engineering; and member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Beta Club and FIRST Robotics team. Hyman plans to attend the University of Central Florida to study Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. He aspires to explore outer space with his own inventions, establish an engineering firm, and run for U.S. President. The honor graduate is the son of Estrella and Richard Hyman Jr.
- John T. “Tommy” Lowry, 18, is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers with Young Life organization. He will attend George Mason University to major in Computer Engineering. The honor graduate is the son of Keith and Noelle Lowry of Suffolk.
- Christine Pinell, 18, is involved in Project Lead the Way: Pathways to Engineering at NRHS, athletics and the FIRST Robotics team. She is a member and leader in Girl Scouts, where she was the recipient of the Silver Award. Her service to the community has included the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, Impact Hampton, Point Harbor Student Ministry and the Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts. Pinell will attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Architecture. The honor graduate is the daughter of Cindy and Adam Pinell of Suffolk.
- Trinity Torres, 18, will graduate from NRHS with an Advanced Diploma and is ranked in the top 10 percent of a class of 344. She is an active member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Student Council, and serves as Vice President of the FBLA. Torres has organized and led numerous initiatives, including River Revolution/B.O.L.D. and Fusion Youth Group. She plans to attend the College of William and Mary to major in International Relations and minor in Global Policy. She then wants to go to law school with the goal of working in International Business Law or Immigration Law. The honor graduate is the daughter of Estella and Angel Torres of Suffolk.
- Jordan West, 18, will graduate from NRHS with an Advanced Diploma. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She was selected to Virginia Girl’s State and to attend UVA Society of Women Engineers High School Visitation. West has received numerous academic awards, and has been offered scholarships from University of Alabama School of Engineering and University of South Carolina for full-tuition. She plans to attend the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to pursue a degree in Biological Engineering before applying to medical school. She wants to become a dermatologist. The honor graduate is the daughter of David and Ruth West.