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PJC Adult Education holds recognition ceremony

Published or Revised May 21, 2018

Adult Education Ceremony Spring 2018

Jill Jones (top) who was receiving her Certificate of High School Equivalency during the Spring 2018 ceremony, was also the speaker. Center, receiving special recognition during the evening were Erica Hinson of Paris (left), who was inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society, and Rylie Searles of Paris (right), who received a $500 Paris Outreach Scholarship. Not present but receiving a $250 United Way Scholarship was Tina Gundermann of Petty. Below, Chad McQueen of Pattonville received a Paris Outreach Scholarship to PJC for $500 at PJC’s adult education ceremony. Though unable to attend, he was later presented his scholarship by Adult Education Director Susan Sanchez and PJC Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Instructor Jenna Ormsbee at PJC. Chad has successfully transitioned into PJC’s heating and air conditioning program since obtaining his GED. See more photos at

Near the end of the spring semester at Paris Junior College, the PJC Adult Education program held a graduation ceremony for all those successfully achieving their Certificates of High School Equivalency during the preceding 12 months.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Jill Jones. She received her GED certificate this April after being out of school for 17 years. Jones has two daughters, and enjoys photography and spending spare time with family. She encouraged those attending to pursue their goals, and thanked her boyfriend for inspiring her to further her education.

As part of the ceremony, Erica Hinson of Paris was inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society. Tina Gundermann of Petty received the $250 United Way Scholarship, which is awarded to a Lamar County resident with the highest GED scores and participates in the PJC Adult Education Program.

Chad McQueen of Pattonville and Rylie Searles of Paris each were awarded the $500 Paris Outreach Scholarship presented by PJC Adult Education Director Susan Sanchez to participants of the program who completed a scholarship application including an essay and selected by a scholarship committee. The Paris Outreach scholarship is a new initiative, formed by a group of anonymous donors wishing to help adult learners achieve their goals.

Another significant milestone was the passage of the HiSET test by Adeline Clemens of Honey Grove. She is the first student in the PJC Adult Education Program to pass the HiSET test after the PJC Testing Center began offering it. HiSET has five sections, while a GED test is made up of four sections.

Those receiving their Certificate of High School Equivalency included:

Arthur City: Jill Little, Landien Shane Renfro
Avery Erica Milligan
Blossom: Michaela Copeland, Jill Jones, Payton Schuelke, Cassandra Stoll
Bogata: Matthew S. Mansfield
Brookston: Haley Thompson
Caddo Mills: Tyrell Hudson
Clarksville: Sandy Huerta-Flores, Allen Hines
Commerce: William Warrington
Cooper: Jenna Froitzheim, Jennifer Hinsley
Cumby: Adam Sanchez
Greenville: Coy Allison, Ruth Salinas, Sabrina Segroves
Honey Grove: Adeline Clemons, Frederick Unruh, Getruda Wiebe
Klondike: Dakota Parsons
Ladonia: Hannah Capehart
Little Elm: Kendrick Presley
Mt. Pleasant: Kiara Hudson
Mt. Vernon: Dylan Spain
Paris: Linda Andersson, Rockey Bradford Jr., Kaylynn Burkhalter, Victoria Copeland, Jennifer Farrar, Ryder Floyd, Sandy Fulk, Adalberto Garcia, Raina Green, Hector A. Gonzalez, Christopher Harrison, Erica Hinson, Caleb Hutchison, Brandon Jackson, Lydia Johannson-Malm, Jarrin Morin, Rylie Searles, Shelby Spears, Emma Wilson
Pattonville: Chad McQueen
Pecan Gap: Kaitlyn Shetler
Petty: Tina Gundermann
Powderly: James Rhett Kelley
Reno: James W. Phillips
Roxton: Lillian Borders
Sulphur Springs: Charity N. Cline, Mallory Morrisa, Dylan Odell, Mandi Stonaker, Kayla Williams, Hunter Williams
Sumner: Hunter Adams, Skyler Crain, Alfredo Doerksen

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