Education: Georgia Northwestern’s drive-through commencement ceremony is Aug. 11. Coosa High, Unity students earn Burger King scholarships.

Education: Georgia Northwestern’s drive-through commencement ceremony is Aug. 11. Coosa High, Unity students earn Burger King scholarships.

Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s nine-county service area will participate in a drive-through commencement ceremony at the Floyd County Campus  Tuesday, Aug. 11, to safely celebrate their success in completing their program of study.

The 2020 Spring and Summer Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with a vehicle procession that will start behind the college on Hemlock St. Family members and friends may ride with the graduates through the ceremony but will be asked to not leave their vehicles during the event.

Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, will announce the names of the graduates and their awards during the ceremony. The graduates will then step out of their vehicles and walk the blue GNTC carpet to the center awarding area. Dr. Heidi Popham, president of GNTC, will greet graduates and present them with their award. Each student will have their photo taken with Popham as well as a ceremony portrait taken by a professional photographer.

There will be a car decoration contest prior to the start of the ceremony with the top three winners receiving gift cards.

GNTC would like to offer special thanks to Shaw Industries Group Inc. for donating the blue carpet, Allcove Industries, Inc. for cutting and binding the carpet, and Floyd Medical Center for providing emergency medical services personnel for the ceremony.

Listed are graduates that are participating in GNTC’s 2020 Spring and Summer  Commencement Ceremony showing (from left to right) the graduate’s name and program of study. This list does not include students that have graduated, but are not participating in the ceremony, or students that registered for the ceremony after the commencement program was printed:

Associate of Applied Science

  • Yakelin R. Alvarado, Medical Assisting
  • Amber L. Barnes, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Monica L. Burton, Criminal Justice
  • Abigayle M. Bynum, Business Management
  • Makayla B. Cervantes, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Caroline D. Daniels, Medical Assisting
  • Clair M. Davey, Culinary Arts
  • Tequila R. East, Business Management
  • Tatiana Renee Edwards, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Linda Elizabeth Gomez, Business Management
  • Miranda N. James, Respiratory Care
  • Stephany King, Business Management
  • Megan R. Kinsey, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Brittany Lynn Kirk, Marketing Management
  • Michaylia Lorindia Long, Business Technology
  • Matthew D. Lynch, Business Management
  • Deidra Mathis, Respiratory Care
  • Alyssa LeAnn McCollum, Business Management
  • Priscilla L. McConnell, Business Management
  • Amy M. McKinnie, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Myriam E. Moreno, Business Management
  • Gabriel Ochoa   , Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Stephanie Ortiz Martinez, Social Work Assistant
  • Kelly Marie Powell, Respiratory Care
  • Debra R. Roberson, Respiratory Care
  • Rebecca P. Saye, Networking Specialist
  • Juana Segura, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Vikramjit Singh, Marketing Management
  • Brittany N. Smith, Medical Assisting
  • Miriam Lizet Soria Cortez, Medical Assisting
  • Ryan Sullivan, Construction Management
  • Michael Tyler Vinson White, Networking Specialist
  • Colton Wilson, Web Site Design/Development 

Associate of Science in Nursing

  • Fabiola Escutia Cornejo
  • Jessica Johnson
  • Crystal Renee Mills
  • Maci Pickens


  • Kelley D. Abercrombie, Medical Assisting
  • Suni A. Allen, Medical Assisting
  • Tracy M. Anderson, Medical Assisting
  • Austin Blaine Ball, Auto Collision Repair
  • Yamirka Marie Cabrera Perez, Culinary Arts
  • Melissa Faith Clackum, Lactation Consultant
  • Lynleigh A. Cosper, Medical Assisting
  • Sonia S. Crawford, Business Healthcare Technology
  • Deshia Dew, Dental Assisting
  • Johana Gomez Bahena, Practical Nursing
  • Bennie B. Gorham, Electrical Systems Technology
  • Hannah Michelle Green, Cosmetology
  • Stephanie A. Henry, Cosmetology
  • Monique Lashone Hines, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Brookelynn Paige Hinson, Dental Assisting
  • Shanese Johnson, Cosmetology
  • Priya M. Jones, Medical Assisting
  • Keegan E. Justice, Medical Assisting
  • Elizabeth A. Keef, Business Technology
  • Guadalupe Lopez, Cosmetology
  • Breanna Luke, Business Technology
  • Jasmine L. Mcgill, Cosmetology
  • Christian A. Moore, Medical Assisting
  • June M. Noble, Business Healthcare Technology
  • Samantha Arlene Patterson, Cosmetology
  • Jessica A. Peinado Cruz, Medical Assisting
  • Katelyn Leeann Rickman, Cosmetology
  • Courtney Lee Ritter, Medical Assisting
  • Alexandria Denise Robertson, Cosmetology
  • Liliana R. Segura, Medical Assisting
  • Abbe L. Stoner, Cosmetology
  • Candace Sullivan, Medical Assisting
  • Kesha Dawn Tapp, Medical Assisting
  • Laura Teater, Practical Nursing
  • Michelene A. Thurman, Medical Assisting
  • Daniel Velasquez, Auto Collision Repair
  • Tamara Tyun Wofford, Culinary Arts
  • Felicia G. Wynn, Business Healthcare Technology 

Technical Certificate of Credit

  • Ashleigh Faith Boatner, Cosmetology for Licensure
  • Amber Nicole Conner, Early Child Care and Education Basics
  • Kaitlyn A. Hensley, Cosmetology for Licensure
  • Saul Miguel Martinez, Criminal Justice Specialist
  • Jaimison Lynn McClain, Administrative Support Assistant
  • Charity Michelle Pogue, School Age and Youth Care
  • Allison H. Streetman, Cosmetology for Licensure
  • Felica R. Watson, Cosmetology for Licensure
  • Breanna J. Young, Health Care Assistant

Anna Yadkowski, Unity Christian School.
Amilcar-Mendoza, Coosa High.

GPS Hospitality, a rapidly growing franchisee with nearly 400 Burger King restaurants, announced the Burger King McLamore Foundation scholarships have been awarded to 247 students in 13 states this graduation season. Since 2013, GPS Hospitality has supported 1,119 scholars. The Burger King Scholars selected for the 2020 program from Floyd County include:

  • Amilcar-Mendoza, Coosa High.
  • Anna Yadkowski, Unity Christian School.

“We are proud to award these scholarships in partnership with the McLAMORE Foundation,” said Tom Garrett, CEO of GPS Hospitality. “These scholarships are a testament not only to the determination of these deserving students but also the generosity of our guests and the hard work by our team members, who executed successful in-restaurant campaigns to fund the awards.”


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