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Wallace-Dothan Announces 2016-2017 Student Leadership Cohort


Dothan, Ala. – Wallace Community College-Dothan recently selected the 2016-2017 Student Leadership Cohort for the Wallace and Sparks campuses. The cohort serves as the official student representative for Wallace Community College and is designed to recognize outstanding students who exemplify leadership qualities. And it’s one of the hardest volunteer opportunities that students seek out at WCCD. Students selected include upcoming sophomores and freshman, including former dual enrollment students.

In addition to serving in volunteer slots during College events, Cohort members must participate in a for-credit course to develop their own philosophies of leadership, attend a statewide leadership institute, and establish mentoring relationships with WCCD faculty and staff. Cohort members represent the College when the community attends an on-campus event as well as off-campus volunteerism, such as IMPACT Alabama’s Focus First project.

WCCD Leadership Development Advisor Ryan Spry is looking forward to a productive year with the new cohort. “Our leadership development program is a rigorous one, but I am confident this particular cohort will be able to exceed the lofty expectations we have set for them. They are eager to serve, and I look forward to seeing the impact they will make on Wallace Community College and the surrounding communities this upcoming year,” he said.

After a summer of training and orientation, the 18 members of the cohort, also called diplomats, will begin their duties in the fall.

Megan Brafort is a sophomore in Criminal Justice from Clayton, Alabama, who attends classes on the Sparks Campus in Eufaula. Of the three concentrations in Criminal Justice, she has completed Forensic Investigation and will be studying the Law Enforcement and Cyber Security concentrations in the upcoming school year. Megan has also been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. This is her second year as a Wallace diplomat. After graduating from WCCD, Megan plans to work in the juvenile system counseling troubled teenagers and would like to start her own organization to provide homes for juveniles.

Tuffy Casey is an incoming freshman from Ariton, Alabama. Tuffy plans to take basic academic courses at Wallace and transfer to Auburn University, where he will pursue a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on construction management. His goal is to join SSD, Inc., the construction company his father works for, where he plans to learn the business and eventually run his own company.

Paige DeShazo is an incoming freshman from Headland, Alabama. She plans on completing her core courses at Wallace and transfer to Auburn University where she will pursue a master’s degree in Elementary Education. Paige plans on becoming a teacher in the Wiregrass area.

Alex Griffin is an incoming freshman from Headland, Alabama. She intends to major in history and transfer to the University of Alabama after spending a year at Wallace Community College. Alex also plans to attend law school at Alabama. She is a graduate of Headland High School, former Miss Headland 2015, Student Leadership University ambassador, and a member of Wallace Community College’s Diamond Dolls Club. She began her classes at WCCD as a dual enrollment student.

Jessi Helms is a sophomore Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) major from Donalsonville, Georgia. Jessi graduated from WCCD in the spring with an Associate in Science. She has applied to the PTA program and will begin in the fall upon acceptance. After completing the PTA program, she plans to work at a sports rehabilitation facility and eventually work for an athletic program. Jessi will also be serving as president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in the upcoming academic year.

Delaney Howell is an incoming freshman from Webb, Alabama, who is considering a degree in business. After completing her core courses, she plans to transfer to the University of Alabama where she will finish her bachelor's degree. She plans to use the skills she acquired in college to be a company representative or work in sales. She is very involved with Kiwanis and also enjoys a good hike.

Celeste Jones is a freshman business major from Eufaula, Alabama, who attends classes on the Sparks Campus in Eufaula. During her first year at Wallace, she was involved in TRiO and Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Society. Celeste plans to complete her Associate in Science from Wallace and transfer to a four-year university, where she plans on pursuing a double major in music and business. Celeste dreams of becoming a business leader in the music industry.

Zachary Loyed is a freshman business major from Dothan, Alabama. In his first year at Wallace, he was a member of the Leadership Development Program, Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, and the WCCD Rotaract Club. After completing at Wallace, Zachary plans on transferring to Auburn University, where he will pursue a bachelor's degree in business. Zachary plans to attend law school after completing at Auburn.

Kaley Mills is an incoming freshman from Geneva, Alabama. She intends to enroll in the Physical Therapy Assistant program, completing all of her studies at WCCD. She is involved in many community service activities such as Relay for Life, River Festival, Church Mission Groups, and others. Kaley is focusing her studies to gain admission to the PTA program. She plans on working for Hospice Home Health in her hometown.

Dallas Nowell is an incoming freshman from Abbeville, Alabama, who attends classes on the Sparks Campus in Eufaula. He intends to major in psychology at Wallace Community College and obtain an associate degree. Dallas is contemplating the university he will attend to obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His goal is to pursue a career in professional sports psychology or be a psychiatrist for a hospital emergency room.

Kierra Pitt is an incoming freshman from Ozark, Alabama. While attending Carroll High School, Kierra was a part of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and Captain of the Lady Eagles softball team. She intends to complete a two year transfer degree at Wallace, then transfer to the University of South Alabama and obtain a degree in biology. Kierra will then pursue a Doctorate in Orthopedics at the University of South Alabama’s School of Medicine. Her professional goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Andrew Quattlebaum is an incoming full time freshmen who has been involved in the dual enrollment program for two years. He is from Dothan, and he actively serves in his church and community. He was recently inducted into the Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Society and the American Christian Honor Society. He is seeking a major in business administration. He plans to transfer to study Pastoral Ministry and Christian Family Counseling.  

Gabbi Santora is an incoming freshman from Slocomb, Alabama. She intends to obtain her Associate in Science at Wallace prior to transferring to a university and obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Her professional goal is to become a Licensed Professional Engineer and open a consulting firm. Gabbi will also be serving as president of the Student Government Association for the upcoming academic year.

Taylor Skipper in an incoming freshman from Ashford, Alabama. She intends to major in nursing at Wallace. She will complete her associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing before attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham to become a nurse anesthetist. Her professional goal is to achieve a critical care certification and work in an operating room.

Hannah Smith is a sophomore at Wallace Community College. Last year she was a Wallace Community College Diplomat, member of the Diamond Dolls, Wallace Reach, and TRiO. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2017 with an Associate in Science and transfer to a four-year institution, where she will eventually receive a master’s degree in social work. Her ultimate goal is to use her career to make a difference in the lives of others as a social worker.  

Larry Pate Smith is an incoming freshman from Skipperville, Alabama. He plans to major in social services and receive an associate degree at Wallace. After completing at Wallace, Larry's goals are to become a firefighter with either the Dothan or Ozark fire departments.

Miles Turney is an incoming Freshman from Rehobeth, Alabama. He intends on taking his core courses at Wallace, then transfer to the University of Alabama in Huntsville to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He plans to work for a local company in Huntsville.

McKayla Williams is a sophomore from Dothan, Alabama. A member of the Dean's List at WCCD, she plans to remain at Wallace Community College for an additional year then transfer to a four-year university. McKayla is pursuing a degree in the medical field, and her ultimate career goal is to become a nurse practitioner.

For more information go to www.wallace.edu/leadership.

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