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Chelsea lyons

C Lyons HawklightChelsea Lyons achieves as many goals in the classroom as she does on the softball field. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and has made the President’s List and Dean’s List, all because of her commitment to her academic growth. On the softball field, she finished 6th in the nation for stolen bases with 56 steals in the 2015-2016 season and was also nominated for All-American. This season, she has reached a milestone of earning her 100th stolen base and she is still going strong.

Chelsea says, “Growing up in Jesup, Ga., I played softball from the time I was old enough to play t-ball. It was a natural fit for me to want to play in high school and then at the collegiate level. I received an offer to play softball at SGSC during my junior year of high school.” After much consideration and multiple offers from other schools, she felt spending her first two years here would be beneficial to her. She continues, “My grandfather attended South Georgia for his first two years of college and I was excited I had made the decision to follow in his footsteps.”

As she graduates in May after studying pre-allied health, she will attend Presbyterian College in South Carolina on a softball scholarship. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology and eventually attend school to become a physician assistant.

Get to know Chelsea:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
-The ability to fly

What’s your favorite food?
-My mom’s broccoli casserole

What’s your favorite color?
-Pink

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
-Rocky Road

If you had to be stuck in an elevator, what three people would you choose to be stuck with you?
-Carrie Underwood because she is my favorite singer. Channing Tatum because I’ve always wanted to take a picture with him. Chipper Jones because he is my favorite baseball player.

What’s your favorite historical time period or era?
-The Roaring Twenties

What’s a fun fact about you?
-My dad, my brother, my sister and I all have the same initials, C.A.L.

What’s your favorite kind of music?
-Country

FRANCHESCA COLLINS

Franchesca Collins arrived at South Georgia State College after graduating from North Paulding High School in 2015. After living in Dallas, Georgia, Collins decided she wanted a smaller class setting in college so she could feel comfortable. Her choice was the Douglas Campus at SGSC. 

Collins is majoring in Early Childhood Education and plans to graduate from SGSC and continue her studies at Valdosta State University. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, she will move on to a graduate school to major in Educational Leadership. She wants to be a kindergarten teacher, but after a few years, she plans to become an elementary school principal.

While at SGSC, she is actively involved in the Student Government Association (SGA) and hopes to serve as President. She has a goal keeping her grades up so she can become a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on campus.
 
Her favorite classes are Biology 1010, English 1102, and Education 2110. She enjoys many activities on campus but her favorites include Battle of the Sexes, Laser Tag, SGA Forums, and events put on by RA’s. She says, “I have many favorite staff members and teachers here at this school, but the ones who have really put themselves out there to help me include Jerome Danner, Sandra Adams, and Bekah Glosson. These individuals have impacted my time here at South Georgia. Their constant support and willingness to be there when I have questions and their willingness to help make me so thankful for all they do. Everyone needs a support a system, and I can truly say that these people are here for me and I am forever grateful.“

Aside from her studies and college activities, she has a passion for doing community service and participating in church volunteer work.  She also fits in some time to hang out with friends and family.

Get to know Franchesca:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
If could have one superpower, it would be the power to heal. So many people are hurting today and I wish I could take their pain away.

What’s your favorite food?
Japanese

What’s your favorite color?
Black

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint Chocolate Chip

If you had to be stuck in an elevator, what three people would you choose to be stuck with you?
I would be stuck in the elevator with Kari Jobe, contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter because her music inspires me and would keep me distracted from thinking about being stuck. I would also bring Kenarin Kellogg because we always have good conversations and we never run out of things to say. Lastly, I would bring Alyse Henry, my best friend because we make the dream team to figure out how to get out of the elevator.

What’s your favorite historical time period or era?
My favorite historical time period would be the 1920’s.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I have always liked to cook and am always making new things at home.

What’s your favorite kind of music?
Christian. I enjoy listening to Hillsong United, Elevation Worship, Kari Jobe, and Kalley Heiligenthal from Bethel Music.

Zaquavian smith

After graduating from Statesboro High School in 2014, Zaquavian Smith enrolled at another institution in Georgia with plans to run track. Following his first semester, Smith realized that track wasn’t his true passion – it was basketball. Smith enrolled at SGSC in the fall of 2015, joined SGSC’s men’s basketball team, and has been a vital part of the Hawks’ success this season.

A middle grades education major, Smith said SGSC’s Waycross Campus has a family-type atmosphere that has allowed him to focus on his classes. His favorite classes thus far have been biology, diversity, and literature. Following his time at SGSC, Smith plans to attend a four-year college or university to earn his bachelor’s degree, and he will be the first in his family to ever do so. His desire is to teach either English or math in a bigger city such as Atlanta. When asked if he would also try his hand at coaching, Smith said teaching would be his sole focus.

When Smith is not in the classroom or on the basketball court, he likes to play paintball and ride four-wheelers. He also said he has been given the role of cook by the basketball team for his abilities in the kitchen. Smith’s fried fish is a team favorite.

Get to know Zaquavian:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
-To be invisible

What’s your favorite food?
-Fried tilapia

What’s your favorite color?
-Green

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
-Vanilla

If you had to be stuck in an elevator, what three people would you choose to be stuck with you?
-Shaquille O’Neal, because he could get us out of the top of the elevator; Coach (Cory) Baldwin, because he can strategize; and Mister Fantastic from the Fantastic Four.

What’s your favorite historical time period or era?
-The 1990’s, because of the box cuts that people like Will Smith used to wear.

What’s a fun fact about you?
-I’m a good cook.

What’s your favorite kind of music?
-Rap and Hip Hop

Brittney Keith

Brittney Keith

Brittney Keith is a Special Education major from Macon. She is expanding her studies by also taking classes that involve Mass Communication. Upon graduation from South Georgia State College (SGSC) in 2016 with an Associate’s degree in Education, she wants to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Education as well as a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications at either Georgia State University or the University of Georgia.

When considering where she wanted to go for college, Ms. Keith hardly even considered SGSC, but she then decided to attend for a semester and give it a try. Once she began to get involved on campus and to attend her classes, she quickly realized that it was exactly the kind of place where she wanted to be. Ms. Keith attributes her fondness of SGSC to being able to have one-on-one time with her professors, the pleasant, enjoyable environment of the Douglas Campus and to the admiration of the people that she has been able to meet during her time here. These three elements have made Ms. Keith’s SGSC experience something that she will not only cherish, but also miss as she moves on.

She feels that SGSC has prepared her for the future by allowing her to develop independence and grow as a person. SGSC has also opened many doors for her and allowed her to have experiences that she would not have been able to have elsewhere. Her time here has also taught her to “think outside the box” as she says, and step out of her comfort zone whenever possible.

Ms. Keith is currently the President of the Student Government Association on the Douglas Campus. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an academic honor society, and an active member of the dance team and the Environmental Science Club.

When she is not busy with classwork or other on-campus activities, Ms. Keith enjoys spending time with the many friends she has made here at SGSC, and simply having fun. She tries to live her life to the absolute fullest. In her words, “Life is short, so I try to enjoy it the best way I can at all times.”

Get to know Brittney:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
-To fly

What’s your favorite food?
-Mashed potatoes, especially from Ruby Tuesdays!

What’s your favorite color?
-Pink

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
-Cookie Dough

If you had to be stuck in an elevator, what three people would you choose to be stuck with you?
-Trey Songz, Keke Palmer and Oprah Winfrey

What’s your favorite historical time period or era?
-1920s

What’s a fun fact about you?
-I have met and hung out with several celebrities and too hope to be famous one day 

What’s your favorite kind of music?
-Don't really have a specific favorite kind, I pretty much listen to all kinds of music.
 

 

Chas Pridgen: Joint-Enrollment Biology Major

Chas Pridgen

Chas Pridgen may be a junior in high school, but he is also a sophomore in college who will graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Biology before he graduates with his high school diploma. Chas is a joint-enrollment student from Broxton, GA, who started out taking a college class or two in addition to attending his local high school, Citizens Christian Academy. Now, however, he takes one hundred percent of his classes at South Georgia State College’s Douglas Campus and earns both high school and college credit.

Chas first learned about the possibility of joint enrollment a couple of years ago when another CCA student graduated high school, but few people recognized her, because she’d taken her junior and senior credits as a full-time college student. Chas realized that if he did that, too, he could be finished with school a lot sooner and would be able to become a pediatrician that much faster.

Even though Chas wants to be a pediatrician, he’s not a pre-med student: biology allows him to take the same courses, but also offers flexibility if he does decide to change his major to another field of science later on. 

While at South Georgia State College, Chas is involved with the Theatre Company; he’s a member of the academic honors society Phi Theta Kappa; he’s the Vice President of the Environmental Awareness Club; and he participates in the Science Café, a group that meets to discuss and demonstrate practical science. In addition to the college activities, Chas will be directing a one-act play at his high school over the summer.

After he finishes his associate’s, Chas isn’t sure where he’s headed to get his bachelor’s. He likes the idea of staying at SGSC to complete a BS in Biological Sciences, but has also thought about the pre-med programs at UGA and Mercer. He hopes to attend Emory for med school.

As a college student, Chas has learned how to work with other people on a level playing field: he’s treated as an equal, and not as a college student. At a more intimate college like SGSC, he knows everyone in the science department, and so he gets to work with all of them regularly. This has also taught him how to be professional. To him, the best part of SGSC is the small campus: it allows him to get to know all of his professors and interact with them outside of class. Chas also likes that the school is made up of diverse students who all come together for a common interest. It’s a much different environment than high school, but Chas suggests that other high school students to consider SGSC, whether for joint enrollment or for after high school graduation.

 

Get to know Chas:


If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
-Invisibility

What’s your favorite food?
-Fried chicken

What’s your favorite color?
-Red

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
-Chocolate

If you had to be stuck in an elevator, what three people would you choose to be stuck with you?
-Amy Poehler, Helena Bonham Carter, and David Tennant

What’s your favorite historical time period or era?
-the 1920s

What’s a fun fact about you?
-I’ve been a competitive dancer for four years

What’s your favorite kind of music?
-anything with meaning

Is there anything else you want people to know?
-Take time to actually look into SGSC. It ended up being a wonderful experience for me.

LOgan Carpenter: "SGSC is the perfect fit for me."

Logan Carpenter

Hailing from Claxton, GA, Logan is a sophomore English major at SGSC. Being interested in theatre, he feels that English is the best fit for him so he can learn the history of theatre, and English classes also provide an opportunity to study some of the classic plays and dramas.

Initially, Logan had planned to go to a big school to complete his college career, but he received a letter from SGSC his senior year of high school and decided to look more into it. After doing a little bit of research, Logan decided that SGSC was the perfect fit for him: it offered a quality education at a fraction of the cost and would allow him to keep the small-town-feel he was used to while pursuing his education. Now that he’s here, he wouldn’t change a thing. He says that the faculty and staff are always willing to answer any questions he may have, and professors love to help when he asks.

Logan has taken time at SGSC to be involved with numerous organizations on campus. He loves going to the soccer games and studying in the library, he’s the vice president of the Student Government Association on the Douglas campus, he’s a Resident Assistant in the residence halls, he’s an active member of the African American Male Initiative, and also holds a leadership position in the Theatre Company. While serving in SGA, Logan saw that there was a need for a women’s organization on campus where female students can go to get career advice, peer mentorship, learn about school skills, and connect with other women on campus, so he and a friend founded Women Helping Women, an organization to meet that need.

While serving in all of these roles, Logan has learned leadership skills, has learned how to manage his time in order to fit in all of the many organizations and events he’s a part of, has learned study skills to help him succeed in his academics. Plus, he’s also learned some housekeeping and cleaning skills so he can keep his living quarters spic and span. He says that the biggest lesson he’s learned while at SGSC , though, is that while things may not go the way you initially plan, if you keep working hard at it, it will happen the way it’s supposed to.

Logan plans to take his experiences and education from SGSC and pursue the study of theatre at a bigger institution once he graduates with his Associate of Arts in English in spring 2015. He’s looking into UGA, Georgia Southern, or perhaps Florida to get the bachelor’s degree needed to pursue acting, whether it be on stage or teaching eager young hopefuls. Whatever Logan decides, South Georgia State College has given him the foundation he needs to be successful in what he decides to accomplish.

Get to know Logan:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
-To fly. Then I wouldn’t need a car.

What’s your favorite food?
-Pepperoni Pizza

What’s your favorite color?
-Orange

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
-Strawberry

If you had to be stuck in an elevator, what three people would you choose to be stuck with you?
- Spiderman and two of my favorite actors: Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Downey, Jr

What’s your favorite time period or era?
-World War II because of the early aircraft, or the 17th century because of the art.

What’s a fun fact about you?
-I’m a very goofy person. Also, in 2012, I became state weightlifting champion.

What’s your favorite kind of music?
-Rock-n-Roll or pop. I love One Republic and their song “Good Life”.

Is there anything else you want people to know?
-I’m available to talk or answer questions at any time, and I’m graduating in 2015!

Quinton Cummings: Douglas SGA President

Quinton CummingsQuinton is a sophomore communications major from Watley, Georgia. Encouraged by a friend to look up SGSC, he decided to give it a try. When he arrived for Residential Orientation And Registration (ROAR), Quinton knew this was exactly where he needs to be.

Quinton aspires to become a TV news anchor, and his communications degree from SGSC will be the perfect springboard for him to be able to accomplish his dream. Outside of class, he knows that being involved with campus life is an important way to make new friends, get connected, and make a difference on campus. Being amid all the happenings on campus is helping him prepare to be in the middle of news events later in life.

He currently serves as Student Government Association President of the Douglas campus, is a peer mentor with the African American Male Initiative, is a Resident Assistant in the dorm, has participated in student debates and forums, and knows almost everyone on campus because of these opportunities.

Quinton appreciates the leadership opportunities that SGSC provides him. He has gotten to meet members of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, as well as members of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and these opportunities have provided him a means of getting the student voice heard. As SGA president, he enjoys the opportunities to listen to the voice of the students in order to help them get involved as well.

Aside from the knowledge and experiences learned from his classes, Quinton believes that these leadership skills are invaluable and will stay with him as he transfers to earn his bachelor’s degree, and on through his career. SGSC is the perfect opportunity for his leadership skills to shine.

Get to know Quinton:

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
-To make objects materialize when I think about them

 

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
-Butter pecan

 

What’s your favorite color?
-Blue

 

If you had to be trapped in an elevator with three people, who would you choose?
-Caleb and Cayden (my nephews) and Bekah Glosson (SGSC’s Student Engagement Coordinator)

 

What’s your favorite time period in history?
-The 1970s: The time of the Afro

 

What’s your favorite style of music?
-Gospel, like William Murphy

 

What’s a fun fact about you?
-I like to practice my speeches using a microphone at church to an empty room

 

Anything else you want us to know about you?
-I like church, I love life and I enjoy being around people who love life. I also enjoy debating and discussing thought-provoking, deep questions.

 

Nathan DukesNathan Dukes: Cross Country Runner

Nathan is a freshman pre-engineering/physics major originally hailing from San Antonio, Texas.  Engineering runs in his family: his grandfather is a civil engineer, and his father is a computer engineer, so a career in engineering is the logical choice for him, as well. He intends to go toward the architect or construction engineer route, though, because he enjoys seeing how houses are designed. Whether it be out of Lego bricks or bricks and mortar, Nathan just likes building things, and he chose South Georgia State College because of the Associate of Science degree offered in his chosen major.

He also chose SGSC because of the cross country team. Nathan is currently second on the Men’s Cross Country team. Although he has participated in track and field since middle school, it wasn’t until junior year of high school that he picked up cross country. But those two years of hard work were enough to get him a scholarship to SGSC to run cross country, along with two of his friends from his high school team.

While here at SGSC, Nathan has learned how to manage his time wisely, while still being involved in extracurricular activities, such as intramural flag football, and attending sporting events like soccer and baseball. He wants to do well in conference for cross country while maintaining a good GPA.

After earning his Associate’s from SGSC, Nathan hopes to transfer to a Division 1 school in Georgia so he can continue running cross country, or to the University of Texas in San Antonio. The patience he has learned from running cross country has also taught him how to be intense when he needs to be, and these are things he can take with him from SGSC to anywhere he goes in the future.

Get to Know Nathan:
 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
-To be able to instantly teleport, or “jump” anywhere I can think of

 

What’s your favorite kind of food?
-Oriental food

 

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
-French Vanilla

 

What’s your favorite color?
- Sky blue

 

If you had to be trapped in an elevator with three people, who would you choose?
-Janna Clarey, Megan Fox, and Rosie Jones

 

What’s your favorite time period in history?
-The 1980s

 

What’s your favorite style of music?
-Classic rock

 

What’s a fun fact about you?
-I’ve been called the Energizer Bunny because I always have too much energy

ANGIE PALMER

Angie Palmer is a wife, mother of five, full-time nurse at Dodge County Hospital, and a student earning her Bachelors of Nursing here at South Georgia State College. She may be busy, but deciding to return to school ten years after high school was one of the best decisions she made for herself and her family.

Now a junior in the BSN program, Angie can look back and say that going back to school was a smooth and easy process, but at the time, she was apprehensive: Was she going to be the only “older” student in her classes? Would she have to quit her job? Would she have time for both her family and schoolwork without neglecting either? Even with these questions in her mind, she decided to reach out to SGSC, a college she chose because of its affordability as well as its proximity to her already-established life.

After deciding to take that first step and contact the admissions office, Angie felt right at home. The admissions staff went above and beyond to answer any and all questions she had about the process of applying to college. Since Angie had not sat in school for ten years, she took the learning support courses to refresh all that she had learned in order to make the transition to college even easier.

When she first enrolled at SGSC, Angie was an early childhood education major, but it just didn’t feel like the right fit. She had always enjoyed caring for people and had a natural maternal instinct, but teaching wasn’t where she needed to be. She transferred into the nursing program, and there, Angie found her calling.

After she graduated as a Registered Nurse with her Associate of Nursing degree form SGSC, Angie decided to begin working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and found it to be an easy transition: the BSN focuses on hands-on learning experiences and only meets for class a few times a semester, which fits very nicely alongside her nursing career. As an RN, she’s working at Dodge County Hospital on the medical/surgical floor, where she’s not the only SGSC-trained nurse: of the seven recent hires at Dodge County, six were from Angie’s graduating SGSC class. She and her classmates all agree that South Georgia State College more than prepared them for their careers as nurses.

Angie’s hard work, dedication to learning, and great experience in the nursing program has inspired her husband to go back to school at SGSC to finish his degree as well. Angie’s easy transition back to being a student has started her down a path of even higher learning: after she graduates with her BSN, she plans to start on her Master of Science in Nursing, after which she hopes to stay local to Dodge County, as South Georgia is where she, her husband, and her kids call home.

 

Get to know Angie:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
-The ability to be in more than one place at a time

What’s your favorite food?
-Tacos. Well, any Mexican food.

What’s your favorite color?
-Blue

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
-Butter pecan

If you had to be stuck in an elevator, what three people would you choose to be stuck with you?
-My father-in-law because of his humor, my husband because of his resourcefulness (he’d get us out!) and my best friend Dusty because she’s funny.

What’s your favorite historical time period or era?
-1980s

What’s a fun fact about you?
-I love to refinish and redo furniture

What’s your favorite kind of music?
-Everything, but especially 80s and 90s

Is there anything else you want people to know?
-If I can go through the ASN and BSN program, married with five kids, working full-time, anyone can do it.

Callan Smith: SGSC Waycross Campus SGA President

Callan Smith is president of SGSC’s Waycross Campus Student Government Association. Hailing from Blackshear, GA, she originally chose SGSC for its proximity to home as well as its ability to offer a great, high quality education. Callan says that SGSC provides her with support from professors to be a good leader and to excel in her educational goals.

As a sophomore psychology student, Callan enjoys the study of the human brain, and her classes here at SGSC help her to better understand the human mind. She has her sights set on taking her Associate of Science degree from SGSC and transferring to possibly Coastal College of Georgia, but definitely wants to earn her Master’s so she can become a clinical psychologist in order to help people.

Her time as SGA president has taught her responsibility, but has also led her to feel like SGSC is one big family. Callan has a hand in helping to plan campus activities that get her fellow students involved in that family, both on campus and off. On Constitution Day, Waycross SGA hosted a tie-dye event. For Hispanic Heritage Month, they are planning a fiesta that includes bringing in a mechanical bull for students to test their rodeo skills. They are also planning visits to volunteer at the Magnolia House: the Waycross Area Shelter for Abused Persons.

Callan has enjoyed her time at South Georgia State College, and it has given her the opportunity to get a jumpstart on her education while being able to stay close to home. She is earning a high-quality education while maintaining that family feel. Callan has a bright future ahead of her, and it began here.

Get to know Callan:

 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
-To fly

 

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
-Cookie dough

 

What’s your favorite color?
-Blue

 

If you had to be trapped in an elevator with three people, who would you choose?
-Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and Zach Galifianakis

 

What’s your favorite time period in history?
-The 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s

 

What’s your favorite style of music?
-Rock

 

What’s a fun fact about you?
-I’ve been skydiving, and I own a motorcycle