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CCC&TI Inducts 121 Middle and High School Students into Its TRIO/ETS Program

Pictured are CCC&TI’s 2015 TRIO/Educational Talent Search inductees who participated in the ceremony. These middle school and high school students were honored Nov. 16 at a special induction ceremony held at the college’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s TRIO/Educational Talent Search program hosted an induction ceremony Monday, Nov. 16 for new students at the college’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. The program officially welcomed 121 students from middle and high schools across Caldwell County as part of the event.

TRIO/ETS at CCC&TI is a federally funded program that works with middle and high school students, most of whom will be first-generation college students, to assist them with all aspects of college enrollment. Through the program, specialists employed by the college make weekly visits to Caldwell County middle and high schools to serve students enrolled in the program. In addition, students are given the opportunity to visit colleges throughout the state and out of state, participate in various enrichment activities, and receive assistance from TRIO/ETS specialists with college applications, financial aid applications and other college-related issues.

Dena Holman, Vice-President of Student Services at CCC&TI, welcomed students and their family members to the ceremony, the 13th annual for TRIO/ETS. In addition to praising the partnerships with Caldwell County Schools that make the program possible, she praised the program’s ability to help students learn the importance of a college education.

Several members of the 2015 TRIO Youth Leadership League shared their experiences visiting colleges and universities in Nashville, Tenn. West Caldwell High School 11th-graders Gina Austin, Ahna Robbins and Madelyn Smith, as well as Caldwell Early College High School senior Freja Carlson each shared about the trip, as well as the benefits of visiting college campuses.

As is tradition at the TRIO/ETS induction ceremony, three new inductees to the program shared their TRIO First-Generation College Statements. The student speakers were: Michael Mesa from Hudson Middle School, who wants to be a veterinarian; Cierra Hollifield from Collettsville School, who wants to be a teacher; and Sara Pina from Granite Falls Middle School, who wants to be an architect.

TRIO ETS Specialists Dustin Ethridge, Julie Parsons and Jamison McIver recognized the new inductees in attendance, as well as the current TRIO/ETS seniors.

At the end of the program, each new TRIO/ETS inductee in attendance was recognized and given a certificate and a TRIO/ETS cinch bag. The closing remarks were given by new TRIO Programs Director Emily Garrison, who praised the new inductees and thanked CCC&TI administration, TRIO/ETS partners and students’ parents for their support.

“I want to commend these students for making the choice to be a part of TRIO/ETS,” Garrison said. “I look forward, students, to seeing what your future has in store for you.”


2015 TRIO/ETS Inductees include:


Granite Falls Middle School

Kaylee Borders
Bryan Carbajal
Connor Flannery
Tyler Flannery
Zaley Fox
Zoey Fox
Alisha Godfrey
Dylan Graybeal
Morgan Ingle
Talia Osborne
Sara Pina
Joshua Price
Chase Rozzelle
Charles Waters
London Wright
Hudson Middle SchoolJordan Andrews
Sarah Bonds
Katelyn Cannon
Paige Carswell
Colby Cook
Nicholas Everhart
Ashley Hernandez
Emma Jakab
Lana McCall
Michael Mesa
Addison Mudd
Nistelrooy Ordonez-Bolanos
Miguel Quinteros
Zachary St. Pierre
Michael Tramble, Jr.
Kylie Williams


 Gamewell Middle School
Dakadea Barrett
Ayden Carter
Zackary Combs
Caleb Cox
Tavien Dawson
Morgan Dula
Daegan Guy
Alexis Helton
Grace Huffman
Abigail Minton
Shaniya Patterson
Kylee Walker
William Lenoir Middle School
Chloe Bullington
Annahi Cirilo-Gonzalez
Christian Contreras-Gonzalez
Kathy Clark
Ayden Gilmore
Kylee Greene
Tyliah Hemphill
Durant Lipford
Samuel Oliva Mejia
Zackery Seagle
Landon Upchurch
Tygia Howell
Jessy Underwood
Erica Morris 
Collettsville School
Mackenzie Adams
Emma Beaver
Keyon Dula
Dylan Goins
McKinley Hagaman
Cierra Hollifield
Bryson Icard
Logun Main
Coleman PruittSavannah Setzer
Stephanie Tippins
Carson Rader 
Oak Hill School
Ian Anderson
MacKenzie Bentley
Madison Muniz
David Shore
Makayla Swafford 
Kings Creek School
Makayla Benfield
Bethannie Day
Nora Findley
Collin Grose
Evan Holder
Christine Laws
Harley Laws
Alexis Mitchell
Melanie Parsons
Garrett Smargian 
Happy Valley School
Murian Andrews
Arron Braswell
Madison Bryant
Nebraska Gragg
Harley Lugo
Thalia Martinez
Chelsie Sheppard
Dustin Burns
Megan Coffey
Hibriten High School
Noah Gambill
Elijah McLean
Jaziyah Stone
Abigail Earp
Katlin Gragg
Terry Clark
Monique Hemphill 
South Caldwell High School
Peyton Bristol
Matthew Dugger
Brooke Eaker
Preciosa Flores
Lauren Huffman
Renne Robles
Dylan Harbeson
Nathan Sigmon
Jaun Torres, Jr. 
West Caldwell High School
Lily Chandler
Marco Garcia Soto
Tyler Hedrick
Stephanie Martin
Tristian Carlton
Alicia Garcia
Rachael Mann
Luz Nunez
Manuel Enamorado
Aleah McKinney
Kiley Mendosa
Joseleen Romero