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SNHU announces president’s list

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Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) recently congratulated several students from Polk County on being named to the Winter 2022 President’s List.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 and above are named to the President’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits; undergraduate day students must earn 12 credits in the fall or spring semester and online students must earn 12 credits over two consecutive terms.

Local students making the president’s list include: Mercedes Rogers, Susanne Hayes and Emily Radloff of Livingston and Nevea Mathis of Corrigan.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 89-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 165,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers approximately 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH. Recognized as the “Most Innovative” regional university by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner. Learn more at www.snhu.edu.

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Angelina College releases president’s, dean’s lists

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Angelina College LogoFrom Enterprise Staff

Angelina College officials and faculty members recently released the names of students named to the President’s Honor List and the Dean’s Honor List for the Spring 2022 semester and numerous local students made the list.

To qualify for the President’s Honor List, students must have enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of college-level work and have attained a grade point average of 4.0. The names of students who make the President’s Honor List are posted at the end of each long semester.

Livingston students making the President’s Honor List include Erica M. Baker, Jenny M. Clark, Ashley M. Fletcher, Holly M. Lenox, Austin C. Pena, Kassidy B. Valderez and Ryan A. Williams.

To qualify for the Dean’s Honor List, students must have enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of college-level work and have attained a grade point average of 3.5 with no grade lower than a “C”. The names of students who make the Dean’s Honor Lists are posted at the end of each long semester.

Local students making the Dean’s Honor List include Madison L. Winsch of Goodrich and the following students from Livingston: Haley M. Bernoir, Macy S. Hancock, Brittany A. Johns, Baili A. Mitchell, Gavin J. Tardy and Chelsea J. Truitt.

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AC releases list of graduates

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Angelina College LogoFrom Enterprise Staff

Angelina College recently released the list of graduates for the Class of 2022, with more than 500 students receiving their degrees and/or certifications in various fields of study. These conferred degrees and certifications encompass all graduates from summer and fall semesters (2021) and the Spring 2022 semester.

Following is the list divided by hometown of record and including the appropriate degree and/or certification:


Brandi Michelle Gulley, AA, General Studies; Billy Wayne Watts, AA, General Studies; Christopher M. Cobb, AAS, Nursing; Deaven Wayne Fussell, AAS, Emergency Medical Services; Ricardo Martinez, AAS, Pharmacy Technology; Diana Mercado, AAS, LDN to ADN Transitions Track; Alex Villafuerte, AAS, Criminal Justice; Lawrence Lee Jolly, AAS, Welding Technology; Starla Renee McKay, AAT, Teaching; Patricia D. Frankens, AS, Leading to BBA; April Nicole Kennebrew, CERT-1, Child and Family Development-Administrative; Gerardo Ochoa, CERT-1 Automotive Technology; and Hillary Ann Bookman, CERT-2, Vocational Nursing. 


Adrianna Nicole Richardson, AAS, Radiologic Technology. 


Tyler Reid Abbey, AA, General Studies; Bailey McKenzie Bowers, AA, General Studies; William Emmet Handy, AA, Business Administration and Management; Paul D. Holley, AA, General Studies; Candi L. Kenyon, AA, Health and Physical Education; Alexander A. Kermani, AA, General Studies; Laney Nichole Rustin, AA, General Studies; Edith Celeste Sheffield, AA, General Studies; Joshua Weldon Turner, AA, General Studies; Kailee B. Whisenhunt, AA, General Studies; Shawn Lorraine Boone, AAS, Business Management Development; Heather M. Eaton, AAS, Business Management Development; Kara Peace Gardner, AAS, LVN to ADN Transitions Track; Maghen Haynes, AAS, Human Services-Case Management; Halie Nichole Hill, AAS, Criminal Justice; Austin Carl Cabuyadao Pena, Design and Applied Arts-Graphic Arts; Makayla Lyn Placker, AAS, Radiologic Technology; Shoney Dylan Tenney, AAS, Nursing; Selena Marisela Villasenor, AAS, Nursing; Brittny Elaine Walters, AAS, Radiologic Technology; Summer Leona Wilson, AAS, Diagnostic Medical Sonography; Stephanie Lynn Trevino, AAS, Nursing; Klarissa Evette Casas, AAT, Teaching; Maria Escalante, AAT, Teaching; Alexandra Brena’ Gray, AAT, Teaching; Kristal Nicole Welsh, AAT, Teaching; Tracy Criswell, CERT-1, Child and Family Development-CDA Level 1; Tessah Marie Tipton, CERT-1, Criminal Justice Core; Kristen Leigh Lofton, CERT-2, Vocational Nursing; Lani Rose Timm, CERT-2, Vocational Nursing; and David Aaron Wolf, CERT-2, Vocational Nursing. 


Leonel Castro, AAS, EMT-Electrical Technician Specialty. 


Boravy M. Adkison, AAS, Respiratory Care; John David Peavy, CERT-1, Electronics Technology-Computer Maintenance; and Payton Ponder, CERT-1, Business Management Development. 

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Almost time for new teacher bags

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bags graphicFrom Enterprise Staff

It will soon be time to compile goodie bags for the new teachers in conjunction with an annual project of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

“It is almost that time again for new teacher bags. Don’t forget to set aside or get goodies to go in the new teacher bags. We’ll soon have a number of the amount we’ll need,” Chamber President/CEO Yvonne L. King said.

It’s an opportunity to promote your business or service as a variety of promotional products are placed in the bags, including pens, pencils, rulers, nail files, notepads, coupons, flyers and other information.

The chamber will host a Business After Hours at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Blue Duck Kitchen & Bar featuring refreshments, door prizes and the opportunity for networking. After networking, stay for dinner for $11 with a choice of two selected entrees.

Power Hour with the chamber is slated for 8-9 a.m. June 7 at The Bull Shack. Enjoy a cup of coffee, bring your business cards and mix and mingle.

There are two upcoming ribbon cutting ceremonies that will be held at the chamber office. One for Sheri Clamon Allstate Insurance is slated for 1:30 p.m. June 8 and one for Worthy Soft Wash is slated for 10:30 a.m. June 9.

A quarterly membership luncheon is slated for June 28 at Cho-Yeh Camp & Conference Center. Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator Courtney Comstock will be the guest speaker. Reserve a seat by contacting the chamber at 936-327-4929 or by making a reservation on the chamber’s website at polkchamber.com. Door prizes will be available.

“Please check out the chamber’s calendar on our website for upcoming events and activities. It is free to add all your events to the calendar,” King said, adding, “I ask you, ‘What can the chamber do for you today?’”

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GISD swears in elected board members

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Goodrich ISD Hornet Facing LeftFrom Enterprise Staff

The Goodrich ISD Board of Trustees acknowledged extracurricular excellence, swore in a new member and heard an update on the preparations for the 2022-23 year in Thursday’s meeting for May. 

Newly elected board members for Positions 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 were sworn in. Rigoberto Reyes, Rosalie Blackstock, Thomas Finger and Brenda Bennett all retain their seats. Finger and Blackstock both took over existing terms. Finger’s was contested, winning a 36-20 decision over Berenice Merino. Bobby Bridwell, a new member, won a 34-25 decision over Lidia Merino. All board members were reminded that the date for requirements for continuing education has been reset with the election. 

Among those receiving recognition Thursday for extracurriculars was the bi-district finalist volleyball team and cross country, which had both the boys and girls finish as state qualifiers. Basketball was also acknowledged, with the girls bi-district finalists. Tennis girls were district champions this year, while the boys finished second.

In FFA, two girls received participation for meat rabbits at the Trinity-Neches show, one girl made sale with her meat rabbit and another entered the showmanship for meat rabbits.

The board’s District Investment Policy and Strategies received its scheduled yearly review. 

Preparations for the 2022-23 school year are well underway, with new textbooks ordered and professional development already on the schedule.

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