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Fall 2017 Commencement Photo Galleries posted

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 9:49am

Congratulations to all Fall 2017 Panola College graduates. In addition to the photos posted here, additional photos may be found on the Panola College Facebook page. You may also access the photos in the 5 p.m. Fall 2017 Commencement Photo Gallery.  The 7:30 p.m. Panola College Fall Commencement Photo Gallery has additional photos from the event.

Honor Graduates, Dean’s List and President’s List students will be announced in January.

Fall Commencement set Thursday, Dec. 14

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:51pm

Panola College will hold two Fall 2017 Commencement ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the A.J. Johnson Gymnasium. Approximately 70 students will participate in the first Commencement, beginning at 5 p.m. A second ceremony for an additional 60 graduates will begin at 7:30 p.m.

In both ceremonies, Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, will present the graduating class. Sandra Bauer, music professor, will lead singers from the Music Department in The Alma Mater. Don Cocklin, psychology professor, will give the invocation. Dr. Adams will provide opening remarks and introduce the Panola College Board of Trustees. Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President, will welcome guests and confer degrees and certificates. Earnest Spencer, School of Energy professor, will provide the benediction.

Dr. Kathy Watlington, foreign language professor, will read the names of the graduates. Participating in the pinning for health science graduates will be Ashley Brewster, RN, Associate Degree Nursing professor; Sharon Peace, RN, Vocational Nursing instructor; Lynn Davis, RHIT, CCS, chair-instructor, Medical Assistant program; and JoEllen Russell, MBA, MT, RHIT, RMA, chair-professor, Medical Lab Technician and Health Information Technician.

For Fall 2017 graduation, 209 students qualified by earning degrees or certificates. Among those candidates, 152 are female and 57 are male, 198 are from Texas, nine from Louisiana, one from Arkansas, and one from Nigeria.

Degrees and certificates to be awarded include 100 certificates of completion, 68 associate of applied science degrees, 61 associate of science degrees, and eight associate of arts in teaching.

“These numbers are from our last tally on November 29, and may change slightly by December 14,” said Jeremy Dorman, Panola College Registrar. “We congratulate all our Fall 2017 graduates.”

Fillies take down Blinn 54-44

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:33am

EDITOR’S NOTE: Story to come. In the meantime, enjoy the Photo Gallery of photos from Kraig Cain.

The Fillies will play at home against Coastal Bend College at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9.

Fillies finish 1-3 on the road

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:20am

The Fillies began the week of November 27-December 2 at Southern- Shreveport displaying a solid offensive stance. Every Fillies scored in the 105-39 rout. Sophomore Nailah Blount led the charge with 22 points as Daria Eremeeva posted yet another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebound.

On Wednesday November 29, the Fillies continued conference play as they headed to Lufkin to play Angelina College. The Fillies found themselves going into the break with a 9 point lead. A third quarter scoring drought would allow Angelina to outscore the Fillies come within 1 point at 51-50.

Neither team could score the ball much as the fourth quarter progressed. The Fillies would secure a stop and the ball with under 10 seconds left. Eremeeva would secure a crucial offensive rebound with .92 seconds left. With the game sitting at 60-61 with Angelina up, Ereemeva would step to the line and make 1 of 2. This would allow the Fillies five more minutes in overtime.

In overtime the Fillies found themselves down 7. With under 2 minutes the Fillies would step to the free throw line to tie or take the lead. Sophomore Patience Okpe would make 1 of 2. With the game tied, Angelina would secure an offensive rebound and make a 1 of the 1 and 1 free throws as they drew the foul. The Fillies would have an empty possession that would lead to a basket by Angelina. With 1 second left the Fillies were unable to connect on the last second shot, falling 70-73.

The Fillies would have a quick turnaround as they headed to Houston to face the ladies of San Jacinto. The Fillies would not produce the best shooting night, as they shot 14% from deep and only 50% from the floor. After being down 14 heading into the third quarter, the Fillies would fight back, coming within three points.

The fight would not be enough as they would fall 73-77. Okpe led the Fillies with 27 points and dished out a game high 8 assist. Ekaterina Karchevskya would come off the bench to pour in season best 15 points. Ereveema posted another double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.

Fillies remain undefeated after road test

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:17am

Athens, TX- The Panola Fillies battled the weekend of Nov. 24-25 and found themselves victorious after putting together two back to back wins. The Fillies defeated #17 Northeastern Oklahoma (NEO) 84-41 and McLennan 76-71.

On Friday night, the Fillies faced their first ranked opponent in NEO. The Fillies jumped out to a 26- 8 first quarter lead and did not look back. The Fillies would capitalize off the 25 turnovers they forced. Eight of nine players for the Fillies scored.

On Saturday the Lady Highlassies of McLennan jumped out to a 9-0 run from the tip. The Fillies were forced to call a timeout and regroup. After the timeout, the Fillies would go on to make their own run and finish the quarter with a 17-11 lead.  The game remained tight and low scoring, but the Fillies went to the break with a 29-26 lead.

The third quarter would be tough as starting point guard Patience Okpe stayed on the bench with three fouls. The Fillies would get a good showing from freshman Weronika Nowakowska as she went four of five from the floor and had 12 of the fillies 22 points of the quarter.

Foul trouble would become an Achilles heel for the Fillies as 2 starters would prepare to start the fourth with 4 fouls. The Highlassies would outscore the Fillies that quarter 28-24. The Fillies and Highlassies would battle the final period all the way down to the end. This period would see 5 ties and 6 lead changes within the final four minutes.

With under two minutes remaining the Fillies would go up 71-68. Solid defense would not be enough as the Highlassies would score a three pointer to tie the game 71-71. In the final minutes, it would be a battle at the free throw line. Freshman Maryia Adachshyk would go 1 for 2 at the line to put the Fillies up 72-71 with 1:19 remaining in the ball game.

The Fillies were able to get a defensive stop as sophomore Nailah Blount would block a shot and Daria Eremeeva would rebound. This would lead to a one on one fast break where Adachshyk would score putting the Fillies up 74-71. After a quick timeout, the Highlassies would advance the ball and the Fillies would look to get another defensive with 1 minute left.

After a missed three pointer by the Highlassies with 50.2 seconds left the Fillies would inbound the ball to go full length of the court. Although the Fillies were able to break the press, they would find themselves in a jump ball situation. Luckily the Fillies would retain possession of the ball. On the following play Adachshyk would miss a layup, but Eremeeva would get an offensive rebound and force a foul with 20.8 seconds left.

Eremeeva would sink both free throws putting the Fillies up 76-71.  With 14.1 seconds remaining, Stefany Lorenco would get a steal, but loose it out of bounds. The Fillies would have another stance on defense. They were able to force a turnover and call timeout to advance the ball.

The Fillies would inbound the ball but the Highlassies would get a steal. Quick transition defensive and a rebound secured by Lorenco allowed the Fillies to secure the victory.

The Fillies will have a quick turnaround as they play three games on the road in the next six days. The Fillies take on SU- Shreveport Monday, November 27th at 6pm. They then return to conference action at Angelina Wednesday, November 29th  at 630pm and finish up their road stint at San Jacinto Saturday, December 2nd at 2 pm.


Fillies move to 4-0

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:11am

Carthage, TX-The Panola Fillies went undefeated after beating Our Lady of the Lake (92-43) and Murray State College (74-50) in the Panola Classic Friday and Saturday.

Against Our Lady of the Lake, the Fillies found themselves tied at the end of the first quarter after a rocky start. Early foul trouble and turnovers forced Head Coach Eddie Kite to go to the bench early. Sophomore guard, Patience Opke, and her tenacious defense sparked the team enabling the Fillies to close out the period on a 26-11 run. The Fillies once again had evenly distributed scoring efforts from the team as everyone scored. Stefany Lorenco and Daria Eremeeva led the charge with 15 apiece, while Okpe (14) and Maria Adashchyk (11) rounded out double digit scoring for the Fillies. Sophomore Jaye Cage and Ekaterina Karchevskya poured in 9 points off the bench.

The Fillies put together a good half effort both defensively and offensively solid program in Murray State College. The Fillies were able to force and capitalize on turnovers and get out to a 42- 18 half time lead. Okpe once again would lead a mid-game surge going four for four from deep in one quarter while recording a game high 20 points. Cage would lead the Fillies in assist with a game high 5. Both Okpe and Nailah Blount would grab 8 boards apiece.



Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:56am

Jacksonville, TX- Panola College Women’s Basketball traveled to Jacksonville to open the season on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4. The Fillies won both contests beating Southern University Shreveport 91-56 and East Baptist University Junior Varsity 93-27. The Fillies move to 2-0 on the season.

Against Southern, the team put together a great team effort offensively as five players scored in double digits while having scoring contribution from eight different players. Sophomores Nailah Blount and Patience Okpe led the charge with 18 points apiece. Blount also recorded her first double-double of the season with a game high 14 boards. Sophomore Daria Eremeeva (10) and Ekaterina Karchevskaya (15), and Freshman Maria Adashchyk (13) rounded out double digit scoring for the Fillies.

The Fillies completed the weekend against ETBU JV with a good defensive stance holding their opponent to 27 points. The Fillies jumped out to a 12-0 start and never looked back. The Fillies tallied 19 steals on the game. Sophomores Okpe and Stefany Lorenco led the charge with 6 steals each. Eremeeva posted her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Weronika Nowakowska dished out a team high seven assist.

Dasha compares Russian, American holiday celebrations

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 9:12am

Christmas is coming! So it is time to talk about winter holidays. Christmas is a great holiday in America. Students are free from the school and nobody is working. Most of the people spend Christmas break with their families. Everybody prepares presents for each other, decorates the Christmas tree and house with the lights, and just enjoys every minute of this magic time. But what do you know about how people celebrate Christmas on the other side of the ocean?

I would like to tell how Russians celebrate this amazing holiday. First, all countries in Europe celebrate Christmas on the night from January 6 to 7. It’s Orthodox Christmas. Some people go to the church (most of them with children) to attend a Christmas liturgy. Some people stay home with family and eat duck with orange sauce. Also, people visit relatives and friends and having a dinner all together. On Christmas Eve young women like to tell fortunes by using candles and mirrors and invoke the image of their future husband.

Similar to how Americans celebrate Christmas, Russians celebrate New Year. It is a greater holiday in Russia than Christmas. People start to prepare for this beginning at the end of November. We have traditional food for New Year, for example, salad Olivier (ham, potato, small kosher dill pickles, dill, carrots, mayonnaise, peas, and boiled eggs). In addition, irreplaceable fruit for this holiday is mandarins. Also, Russians cook so much food which names, actually, hard to explain because it might seem very weird for Americans, but it is very delicious for Russians. Also, we decorate a New Year tree. Under the tree, parents put the gifts for the children and say that Santa Claus (Grandfather Frost in Russian) brought them. So, on December 31 when the time nears midnight everyone goes to fill their glasses with champagne and prepares to make a wish. Then people drink, eat, exchange presents, make fireworks and enjoy this amazing time. Usually, everybody is hanging out all night long.

The next morning, some people wake up at about 1-3 p.m. (some people do not wake up at all this day because they drank too much the night before) and go to visit their friends. Every street in the center of the city is decorated with New Year lights. Also, you can meet the New Year deer or snowman on the streets. Some people dress up as Grandfather Frost (Santa Claus) and go to amuse children (sometimes adult people too) to the public places. People play snow fight, ride from the ice slides and have fun. New Year holidays are the most interesting time of the year. All Russian people love it and look forward to it. Usually, Russian Christmas break or New Year break is from December 30 till January 10.

I do not know why Americans do not celebrate New Year as much as Russians. I miss the Russian New Year. On the other hand, I knew how Americans celebrate Christmas and I think it’s very nice. It seems to me so warm, family, and wonderful time. I love Christmas in the USA. Russia and America are very different countries, but, as you can see, our traditions of celebrating holidays are similar. It is all about family, love, having fun and enjoying every minute of this time.

Student art, photography on display

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:45pm

Artwork and photography created by Panola College students is on display in the Fay Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library at Panola College through Friday, Dec. 15. The end-of-semester exhibit showcases drawings, acrylics, oil, sculpture and ceramics, as well as photographs in black and white and color.

Professors Amanda Clements, art, and Teresa Beasley, photography, collaborate on the exhibit at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. On Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 4-5, the library will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. The library will have special late hours during final exams including staying open until midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 6, until 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, and until 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11. On Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 12-14, the library will close at 5 p.m.

The Panola College campus will close for the Christmas Holidays at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2.


Choir, Band present Christmas in Carthage

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:14am

Panola College continued its holiday tradition on Tuesday, Dec. 5, with a 30th anniversary presentation of Christmas in Carthage at the Civic Center. In addition to the Panola College Chorale, Pipers, and Band, the extravaganza featured performances by the Carthage Primary Choir, Rowe Performing Arts dancers, Project Stringpower, and Bro. Freddy Mason.

The program included “We All Need a Little Christmas,” “Grown Up Christmas List,” “White Christmas,” “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,” “Waltz of the Flowers,” “I’d Rather Have My Baby Here for Christmas,” “Christmas Bits and Pieces,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “There’s Still My Joy,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling,” “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “One Solitary Life,” and “A Christmas Festival.”

“Christmas in Carthage was conceived by the late Larry Brumley, who led the Panola College Choral Department for many years,” said Sandra Bauer, Vocal Music Professor and director of the Panola College Chorale and Pipers.

Originally, Christmas in Carthage was a dinner event followed by a performance by the Panola College Pipers. Under the direction of Bauer and Dwaine Hubbard, Panola College band director, Christmas in Carthage has expanded to involve fine arts organizations from the community.

“For many Carthage residents, this was the highlight of the Christmas season. We are excited to be able to present this programa 30 years after the debut of the original Christmas in Carthage and hope to continue the legacy of excellence that was begun by those who came before us,” Hubbard said.

The Carthage Primary Choir was under the directiion of Debbie Miller. The Project Stringpower performance was directed by Leonard Kacenjar.

Shannon James, a journalism student and member of the Panola Pipers, produced the Christmas Humor video featuring vocal music students. The journalism department produced the welcome video featuring Dr. Greg Powell.

Band members participating included Esmeralda Acosta, Ma’Kayla Campbell, Jessica Coats, Maricruz Gonzalez, Savana Hanaway, Julie Hernandez, Alexandria Lavender, Mallory Sims and Madison Youngblood, all on flute. Playing clarinet were Jazmin Alvarado, Emily Averitt, Chelsea Ener, Taylor Hughes, Marissa Jones, Kirsten Mayfield, Perla Perez, Kaci Griffin, Samantha Stilley, and Megan Gilley. On bassoon was Whitney Thomas.

Saxophone players included Kassi Orbaugh, Elijah Johnson and James Lilly. Playing trumpet were Kaleb Baker, Alexis Barlow, America Cabriales, Michael Harding, Sheldon Holt, Casey McMullen, Vincent Raybon, Scott Rogers, Maggie Sims, and Josh Wood. French horn performers included Sarah Allen, Tarsheanna Bauer, Tessa Griego, and Alexis Salas. On trombone were Jaime Gonzalez, Matthew Hardding, Brandon Harris, Carrie Hudman, Tressie Key, Akesh Patel, and Urias Quetzala.

Baritone players include Jaqui Alejaldre, Cole Donald, Andres Leon, Vanessa Rodriguez, Lirio Rodriguez, Shantanell Stephens, Colby Taylor, Delaina Truitt, and William Yaws. On tuba were A.J. Bowers, Aaron Nolan, Ty Osborn, Daniel Quetzala, and Derrick Wade Weaver. Percussion players are Godwin Adewale, Michael Isalesin, Israel Keshinro, Valarie Kirkwood, Emmauel Ogunfuwa, Tya Roberts, Nicklaus Powell, Moses Sangowoye, Benjamin Smith, and Hunter Stilley. On piano was Rachel Mukueyi, and on bass guitar was Branton Reeves.

The Panola College Chorale members include Oluwaseyi Adedayo, Susan Adewale, Ronke Ajoniloju, Funminiyo Alabi, Lily Allphin, Emily Averitt, Michael Awotula, Tarsheanna Bauer, Meosha Brown, Shelby Brown, Destiny Buffin, Ahmadreion Casel, Loren Caserta, Zakayla Cooper, Hannah Cortinas, Kaitlyn Cox, Kassidee Cox, Afrikina Dotson, Charles Felix, Brittany Fendall, Jamya Gossett, Emma Harden, Lauren Harris, Tyesha High, Dwaine Hubbard, Carrie Hudman, Madison Hudson, Shannon James, Kacia Johnson, Whiteny Kenani, Jenna King, Valarie Kirkwood, Hunter Moon, Samantha Murphey, Aaron Nolan, Bamise “Esther” Oderinde, Kassi Orbaugh, Osamudiamen Oriakhi, Walker Pahlman, Pamela Painter, Kyana Reagan, Tya Roberts, Autumn Romine, Mia Sartor, Maggie Sims, Ahna Stacy, Christion Taylor, Jamecia Taylor, Sydnee Taylor, Whitney Thomas, De’Andra Traylor, Keairra Ware, and Kaitlyn Westbrook.

In addition to the photos included in the Pony Express, another gallery is available at 2017 Panola College Christmas in Carthage.


OTA sponsors prom for Community Health Core

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:30pm

Panola College Occupational Therapy Assistant students hosted an end-of-semester prom for adults in the Community Health Core Group at the Carthage Civic Center on Friday, Nov. 17.

“We have worked with this group every Wednesday this semester in our Artisan’s Way Program,” said Professor Joy Moreland. “Our students had formed bonds with them and wanted to do something special for them. It was really a collective effort among all my students and myself.”

The OTA students decorated the Civic Center in a “Winter Wonderland Masquerade Ball” theme with Christmas trees, twinkling lights, snow white ornaments, and a disco ball of revolving multi-colored lights. The students provided a buffet of snacks, including hot dogs and nachos, along with a hot chocolate bar.

The prom started at 5 p.m., but Panola College Cosmetology students arrived much earlier to work their magic with hair and makeup for the Community Health Core participants. Professor Bobbie Smith said her students enjoyed helping with the prom.

“This event was so rewarding to myself and the students,” Smith said. “It was the first time to collaborate with the OTA program, and we hope not the last! I have participated in other special needs dances and proms and cannot fully explain the joy and happiness I feel making these special ladies beautiful. They are truly a blessing and I end up feeling like I have received way more than I have provided.”

“Every week, one of the things we do consistently in the classroom is dance. They love the music and it’s a great way to promote physical activity and social interaction,” Moreland said.

She praised community volunteers who donated their time and services to making the prom possible. These include Rusty Evans, who chauffeured prom-goers on free limo rides; Drew’s Entertainment, who provided DJ services; Curly Q’s; James Wood Constructions; Strozier Railcar Maintenance; Kimberly Cadena-El Mexicano: Taqueria and Custom Cakes; Texas Home Health; Therapy Group of Texas; Marshall Police Officers Association; Theron and Sheryl Tate; and Little Shop of Vinyl.

“Patricia Taylor directs the Community Health Core Group, and we have enjoyed working with them all semester. I was so proud that all of my OTA students participated. This was a good way for my students to do something to serve others, and to learn how to interact therapeutically with special needs adults,” Moreland added.

OTA students involved in this project include Gloria Arellano, Carthage; Lani Blohm, Marshall; Erica Booth, Marshall; Madi Brown, Carthage; Vanessa Cox, Waskom; Caitlin Elliott, Long Branch; Chelsea Elliott, Troup; Jessica Fernandez, Wallis; Kallie Forman, Buna; Ashley Gentry, Carthage; Ellie Holloway, Henderson; Kailon Jackson, Jefferson; Kristen LeBlanc, Marshall; Lacy Miles, Marshall; Leah Montandon, Hallsville; Waldina Moran, Lufkin; Keather Nichols, Buna; Alyissa Riddle, Waskom; Emily Smith, Jasper; Rialie Taylor, Garrison; Graciela Villanueva, Henderson; Darian Wood, Nacogdoches, and Crystal Zapata, Longview.

Cosmetology students who helped with hair and makeup include Talon Chambers, Gary; Karlee Corhorst, Carthage; Ashley Crawford, Timpson; Kelly Davis, Marshall; Destiney Divine, Gary; Kirstyn Jacks, Carthage; Katherine “Kay” Johnson, Carthage; Liberty Moser, Carthage; Jasmine Walton, Carthage; and Dana Young, Gary.

“I went into the event thinking it would just be fun and I would make them happy and beautiful,” said student Kirstyn Jacks. “What I didn’t realize is I would be the one that would receive the most out of this experience. I would do it again in a hearbeat!”




IT: Movie Review

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:12pm

To say this movie left me feeling unsettled after watching would be an understatement.

Now, do not get me wrong, it was a great watch as well as refreshing to see a horror movie with a good plot for a change.

The movie stars seven children who live in Derry, Maine during the 80s. The “Losers Club,” as everyone calls them, is a group of misfits who constantly face bullying and abuse in school and home.

Mysterious disappearances take place in the seemingly quiet and peaceful town, including the disappearance of one of the children’s little brother. The “Losers Club” starts experiencing paranormal and terrifying episodes that seem to be all linked to the terrifying character, meanwhile the adults of the town seem to be oblivious to the fact and somewhat indifferent. So the solitary characters will now have to face against the clown Pennywise, a shape-shifting monster who takes the shape of their worst nightmares. After investigating the story behind this dark and mysterious figure, the children realize they are up against a great evil and will have to come together if they ever hope to defeat it.

The way the movie portrays the clown Pennywise is very accurate according to the book by Stephen King, upon which the movie is based. The movie is not only a horror flick, IT also falls under the category of psychological thriller. One of the most frightening aspects of the film was not the appearance of the clown, (although it was scary at times) but a feeling of helplessness from the children as they seem to be alone against this evil entity. As I mentioned before, the adults have little to no clue about what is happening, and the clown seems to be invisible to them.

Needless to say, the film brilliantly portrays King’s novel. The children’s acting is very professional, and Bill Skarsgard brings the nightmarish clown to life in a superb way. With a few omissions, IT stays true to the source material and makes a good use of special effects to bring to life the world of Stephen King. It is also noteworthy to mention the movie received high praise from Stephen King himself who said it was “a good adaptation based on his book.”

IT has been one of the best horror movies I have watched in some time, and truly is worth watching.

I’ll have to admit, never being afraid of clowns before, I can relate to that phobia a little bit now after watching the film.

The perks of being a Substitute Teacher

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:55pm

Being a teacher might not be the best paid job, but certainly makes you happy. That is what most of my family who are teachers tell me. You would think that only being a graduate in education would get you the work experience in the field, but in fact you can have it right now.

Every time I attend my job I get a different classroom to cover for, I get to pick what days to work each week, and I can honestly say there is never a dull day because kids fill it up with laughter and spontaneity. This is my job, being a substitute teacher.

This is how it works: I get a job proposal from the Substitute Alert app on my phone, and decide if I should take it depending on the day, the campus and the person I have to sub for. If I do accept it I usually come in at 7:15 a.m. I walk in to the school wearing causal clothing but not really a uniform, sign in, greet everyone in the office and check my schedule for the day. On past occasions, I have been a regular classroom teacher from pre-k to elementary grades, because I do not like to sub for kids who are taller than me, which is pretty much everyone over the age of 7. I have also been a nurse,  coach, science teacher, teacher aid, art teacher, counselor, computer lab teacher and accidentally a high school teacher, but that is a scary story I haven’t gotten over yet.

During the day you basically interact with just the kids, some adults but for the most part kids. It is different but very funny everyday I go to work not only because I change who I am but kids just make it hilarious, sweet and…challenging. But being surrounded with young students is also a factor of why this job is so amazing, it is creates a friendly and easy-going environment, the adults obviously keep a nice moral and manner at all times and it makes you feel comfortable. At the end of the day, you might come out a bit tired from the routine but you also get appreciation from the students through letters, hugs and smiles. It definitely makes you feel happy at the end of the day.

And if you are pursuing a career in education it is an excellent job because it gives you a taste of how a regular day would go for you, excluding the planning of course. Another advantage is the job is only from Monday to Friday, you have weekends free and also the whole Summer, Winter, Fall and school holidays.

The counterpart, comes from the good news stated before. During the Summer and Winter which are the longest free periods of the year you have to find another job if you want to keep making money.  It is hard to find a job that will hire you especially if they know you are going to quit after that period of time, but it is not impossible.

Another bad thing about being a sub is that as I said in the beginning you are not going to earn what you would get in a bank as a part-time worker for example. As a substitute teacher you get paid every month, the pay depends on how many days you worked, and if  it was full or part time. It’s not a lot, but it is enough to help you pay gasoline and some food expenses, even going out every now and then.

Every district has its own way of signing up for getting into the program of substitutes, I work at Center ISD. What I had to do was to fill out the online application, submit reference letters, and present a clean criminal record and fingerprints,  but nothing like a certification. In fact, in order to be a substitute you only need a GED or high school diploma. Then, before the year starts, you attend to an annual workshop, and when the school beings you start receiving job offerings and decide whether to book or  not. You can ask in your local school district for the job, which is also a plus, because it means you do not have to travel too much since there is a district in every town.

This is in fact, a great work option. Even if you do not plan to go for a career in education it is very flexible for a part-time college student. However, I have worked with people before who have been subs and then they got hired by the district as teacher aids. It has many opportunities, and also many ways to be worked around. It gives you free times, free laughs, and free smiles. That is why I love my job.

Christmas is Coming to Carthage Dec. 5

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:14pm

Christmas is coming to Carthage! Panola College will present Christmas in Carthage on December 5 at the Carthage Civic Center. The doors will open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00 pm. Performing will be the Panola College Chorale, Concert Band, Jazz Band, the Pipers and the Panola College Chamber Singers. Special guests are the Carthage Primary Choir, Carthage High School Bulldog Bells, Project Stringpower Supergroup, and Rowe Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Panola faculty and students are free!

We’d like to thank our sponsors; First State Bank, Bauer Furniture, First Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Central Baptist Church, Golden EYe Associates, Pippen Motor Company, Cross Medical, and Kay and Dwaine Hubbard. We hope you will enjoy us on December 5th for Christmas in Carthage!

Panola, Sam Houston sign articulation agreement

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:15am

Panola College signed an articulation agreement with Sam Houston State University on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center on the campus of Panola College.  Dr. Christopher Maynard, Associate Vice Provost for SHSU, and PC President Gregory Powell signed the agreement that streamlines the transfer process for students from PC to SHSU.

“Panola College anticipates a growing relationship with our friends at Sam Houston,” Dr. Powell commented. “This articulation agreement provides our students with a seamless transfer pathway as they continue their education towards bachelors’ degrees.”

“The heart of everything is student success, and we believe this articulation agreement provides the best opportunity for students to complete their degrees on time and at the most reasonable cost,” said Dr. Maynard.

SHSU offers more than 80 bachelor’s degree programs, more than 50 master’s degree options, and six doctoral programs. Among these offerings is a bachelor of applied arts and sciences (BAAS) degree.

“The BAAS degree at Sam Houston State University merges perfectly with our Associate of Applied Science degrees,” said Dr. Bubba Adams, Panola College Vice President of Instruction. “This will benefit students across many disciplines, from the health sciences to business and computer information technology.”

Students who have majored in a career and technology, vocational or technical program at Panola College and want to seek a baccalaureate degree at SHSU must have completed and received an Associate of Applied Science degree in a technical area and at least 36 hours of coursework must be in the technical area. The approved AAS degree programs include, but are not limited to, accounting, agricultural mechanization, automotive technology, biotechnology, child development and family studies, computer graphics arts technology, computer information technology, cosmetology, diagnostic medical imaging, early childhood development, emergency medical services professions, engineering technology, general business administration, geographical information systems, health information technology, human services, HVAC & R technology, interactive media, interior design technology, interpreter training technology, management, marketing, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, paralegal studies, physical therapist assistant, professional office technology, respiratory care, veterinary technology and welding technology.

Sam Houston State University, celebrating 137 years in higher education, currently serves more than 18,000 students in seven colleges. With its main campus in Huntsville, SHSU offers easy access to the vibrant economy of the greater Houston area. While embracing its legacy of exceptional teaching, SHSU meets the needs of contemporary students through traditional and online undergraduate and graduate degrees, and certificates.

“Panola College transfer students are high valued at Sam Houston State University,” said Dr. David Burris, SHSU Articulation Coordinator. “We encourage transfer students to complete the associate degree. If they come to SHSU prior to graduation, we will do everything possible to help them complete the associate degree via reverse transfer.” In reverse transfer, the credit hours taken would count toward the associate degree, allowing the students to have completion of both associate and bachelor’s degrees on their transcripts.

The agreement with SHSU also includes an opportunity to participate in a “Time Compressed Degree Plan.” Through this program, students who maximize dual credit hours at Panola can complete the high school diploma, associate degree, and baccalaureate degree in six years or less in most fields. This can save families as much as 40 percent off a traditional university degree. Generally, traditional students require four years to obtain a high school diploma, and a minimum of four additional years for college and university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Online articulation maximizes the amount of course work that will apply to the bachelor’s degree program. Articulation information is accessible by students, parents, and counselors at .

“We are so pleased to be able to work with Sam Houston State University,” said Dr. Powell. “The university’s proximity to the greater Houston area offers students the opportunity to apply for internships and co-op educational options with many corporate and industrial facilities in the region.”




International students weather the storm

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:13pm

As the spring semester ended, I, Esther Oderinde, along with Omotayo Amidu, and Demola Akande decided to go spend our summer in Houston. We had fun because, for the first time since we have been in the United States, we were able to live and experience a big city. We were supposed to spend just three months in Houston but we ended up spending three month and two weeks because of  Hurricane Harvey. We are three who experienced this terrifying experience: TY, De and I.

In TY’s words, “It was a terrifying experience as I never experienced such before. I was informed earlier by a friend but I felt indifferent; it took me a short while to prepare. It started with a heavy storm and rained for days, there was a power outage for two days and there was no means of communication because the network was down. But one thing I made sure I did was to stock the house with water and food.  Hurricane Harvey affected me because everywhere was flooded and all the highways and major roads were blocked. I could not make it back to Carthage until two weeks after.”

De says, “I was a bit terrified about the prospect of a tropical storm. The hurricane really did take me by surprise; I was not expecting it; it was the first I would ever experience. I prepared for it by stocking the house with groceries such as water, bread, eggs and other things like candles in case of power outage, which occurred. The hurricane affected me in a major way because it was difficult to move around and I was also stuck in Houston.”

In my own case I was not terrified at all, even though I did not hear anything about it until two days before it started. I was anxious to experience it. I wanted to know how it was going to feel like. It also affected me because I was stuck, too, in Houston and the restriction of movement did not help at all.

Fillies wrap up season at National Tournament

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 9:41am

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Panola College Fillies capped the season in winning fashion on Saturday, Nov. 18, rolling to a 25-18, 25-19, 25-21 sweep of Laramie County Community College at the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Sophomore Kaitlyn Adams was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts throughout the week.

Panola finishes the season with a 28-7 record, and the Fillies finish ninth nationally after opening the tournament with a loss and then battling back for three straight wins.

Jaqueline da Silva hammered home 16 kills for the Fillies, with Kaitlyn Adams (Longview) and Daphinie Correa adding seven apiece, Melanie Casteel five, Rebecca Rabius four, Barbara Sabino three and Hannah Ramirez and Cayman Sutton (White Oak) two apiece.

Casteel added four blocks, Sabino three, Correa two and Rabius one. Ramirez finished with a team-leading 11 digs, while Casteel added six, Rabius five, Sutton and da Silva four apiece, Camie Copeland (Spring Hill) and Casteel two each and Sabino one.

Sutton dished out 25 assists, Molly Harris 10, Ramirez four, da Silva two and Casteel one.

After opening with a loss on Thursday, the Panola College Fillies stormed back with a pair of wins on Friday at the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament — earning a spot in the tournament’s ninth-place game.

Panola (26-7) swept Wallace State (25-16, 25-14, 25-22) and rallied for a 16-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-21 win over Western Nebraska on Friday.

Against Western Nebraska, Jaqueline da Silva had 10 kills, Barbara Sabino nine, Daphinie Correa eight and Kaitlyn Adams seven. Hannah Ramirez recorded 22 digs, Rebecca Rabius 17 and Cayman Sutton, Molly Harris and da Silva all added eight.

Sutton led with 19 assists, and Harris finished with 18.

Adams led with 10 kills against Wallace State, with da Silva adding seven, Melanie Casteel six and Rabius five. Sutton had 19 assists and Kinly Carter 10.

Ramirez finished with 14 digs, Rabius nine, Sutton eight and da Silva seven, and Sabino recorded five block assists.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to Kraig Cain for sharing his photos with the Pony Express! See more at the Fillies National Tournament – Hutchinson, Kansas photo gallery online.

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa set Wednesday, Nov. 29

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:03pm

The weather outside may be frightful on Wednesday, Nov. 29, but inside it will be delightful for people who come to “Cookies and Cocoa with Santa” at Panola College from 4 to 7 p.m. Santa will make a special trip from the North Pole to be on hand to greet children and adults alike in the foyer of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center to kick off the Spirit of Christmas.

KTBS 3 Meteorologist will accompany Santa and will do the weather forecast live from Panola College every half hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the three-hour visit, Santa will be available to hear children’s Christmas wish lists and to pose for photos. Complimentary cookies and cocoa will be available.

Panola College band students, performing in ensembles, will add to the holiday atmosphere by playing Christmas favorites. The band and choir are preparing for the annual Christmas in Carthage extravaganza, set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Carthage Civic Center.

Basketball fans may want to stay on campus until 7:30 p.m. when the Panola College Men’s Basketball team faces Blinn in the adjacent A.J. Johnson Gymnasium.

“We invite everyone to come out and join us on November 29 as we usher in the Christmas season,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President.

History Club Announces Officers for 2018

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 2:22pm

It has been a great semester for the History Club! Throughout the Fall, the club held several meetings, participated in social and educational events, and participated in a field trip to Shreveport.

On Monday, Nov. 20,  the History Club members gathered to have their last meeting of the year where they would vote for officers.

In a democratic vote it was decided that the new officers would be: President Wendy Correa, Vice President Clista Thomas, and Secretary Chris Williams.

The club also selected Professor Gayle McFarland as the new Co-Sponsor, who will be supporting the Club throughout this upcoming year.

“This semester’s officers Elyse Hanna, Ryan Florence, and Alexandria Lavender will be very missed and we thank them for their commitment and dedication to the History Club,” said Bill Offer, Panola College History Professor and faculty sponsor.

Offer invites all students interested in history to join the club for the spring semester.

Student Spotlight: Stefany Lourenco

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 2:18pm

Stefany Lourenco is a Panola College student from Brazil who came to Carthage last fall semester to start her college studies in physical education and to play on the Panola Women’s Basketball Team.

Brazil is a very rich country, according to Stefany. “The government of Brazil gives importance to education,” says Stefany. “The culture of Brazil is very interesting and different.”

Stefany wants to play basketball professionally in her home country of Brazil. “It is my dream to learn and train in professional basketball here in America and return to my country with professional skills,” she says.

According to her, “I know it would be a good experience for me to learn in another country,” Stefany says. “It will help me learn to speak another language, understand culture, and gain life experience.” She added that the professors here are very friendly and kind. They help her with her English because her English is not that fluent. She also likes her teammates, the students, and her room in the residence hall.

Stefany said the culture of Brazil is very different such as food, celebrations and work, but some things are the same. “We have lots of the same holidays like Valentine’s Day, New Year, Christmas and Easter. One big difference is that in Brazil you are not eligible to drive until 18.”

Stefany said the people here are very understanding and always want to help —  the professors, students and her basketball teammates, who are like family to her.