PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College President Ronnie L. Booth began his remarks to the College's 2015 outstanding students by directing them and their guests to the back page of the event program which outlined the College's Mission, Vision and Values Statements, the College's guiding principles.

Although not a requirement to publish them in an awards program, Dr. Booth said it was by choice.  The Mission Statement reads:  "Tri-County Technical College, a public community college, focuses on teaching, learning, and helping students reach their goals."  The Vision Statement is "Passionate people transforming lives and building strong communities one student at a time."

    "They are an outline of why the College is in existence - to assist students to get from where they are to where they need to be in life. It's appropriate to include them here because it directs us in what we do.  These statements matter to us. It's why we do what we do," he said. 

"Building strong communities is our job. We are here to help you reach your goals and to make the community better," he said.

"Develop Mission, Vision and Values Statements of your own. They serve as a purpose and a plan for your life," he advised the students.  "It's important for everyone to have a personal mission statement and well-articulated values in your lives," he told the group being honored as the College's top students.  

It's equally important to develop a Vision Statement, he said.  "What will your life look like?" he asked. 

"Our Values Statement outlines how we do business.  An example is 'Integrity:  to be our ideal selves, doing right, and upholding and demonstrating high ethical standards at all time.'" 

"Goals are different for everyone in life," he said.  "It's easy to get lost in the big stuff.  Use your statements as a reminder of what you can take control of in your lives and fine tune who you will be.  It's important to find your place in life.  Figure out what matters to you." 

Following his remarks, the following Outstanding Student Awards were presented:

Associate in Arts - Robyn Marie Lloyd, of Fair Play

Associate in Science - Michael David Johnson, of Anderson

English - Jacques William Bowker, of Anderson

Humanities - Robyn Marie Lloyd, of Fair Play

Mathematics - Matthew William Schaller, of Greenville

Science - Jonathan Bustamante, of Seneca

Social Science - Rose Marie Tapp, of Pickens

Accounting - Rebecca Danielle Newton, of Sunset

Administrative Office Technology - Tara Victoria Williams, of Walhalla

Computer and Information Technology - Keith A. Elrod, of Seneca

Criminal Justice Technology - Bennett W. Hendricks, of Easley

Early Childhood Development - Alexis Jean Bryant, of Anderson

Management - Shawn Kistler Johnson, of Westminster

Media Technology and Arts - Shane Donovan Whitner, of Anderson

Comprehensive Studies - Lisa Yvonne Evatt, of Williamston

Automotive Technology - William Tyler Swaney, of Townville

CNC Programming and Operations - Adam Anthony Merck, of Central

Engineering Graphics Technology - Brandon Thomas Wood, of Pickens

General Engineering Technology - Brittiny Kay Turner, of Anderson

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology - Robert Roy Meears, of Seneca

Industrial Electronics Technology - Michael Allen Corron, of Anderson

Manufacturing Management and Leadership - James Lamar Beal, Jr., of Anderson

Mechatronics Technology - Jessica Rachel Foltz, of Anderson

Welding Technology - Quinton Everett Setzer, of Pickens

Brian Ferguson Memorial Welding Award - Branson Wilson Metz, of Williamston

Associate Degree Nursing - Jennifer Lynn Grimes, of Clemson

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting - Stephanie Laura Mulkey, of Pickens

Medical Assisting - Cheri Elizabeth Christensen, of Walhalla

Medical Laboratory Technology - Irina Vsevolodovna Bein, of Clemson

Practical Nursing - Marina Gennadyevna Polk, of Anderson

Pre-Pharmacy  -- Christi Lynn Smith, of Seneca

Surgical Technology - Melissa Kay Boomhower, of Walhalla

Veterinary Technology - Belinda Brushwood, of Easley

Student Government - Selena Valdizon, of Walhalla

Phi Theta Kappa - Tracy Leigh Dodson, of Central