From Charlotte County, Aliyyah Westry graduated from Southside Virginia Community College in May 2015, earning her Associate of Arts and Sciences in science. During her tenure at SVCC, she was a Student Ambassador, a member of the Campus Activities Team, a student work-study and served as vice-president of the Minority Awareness Programming Club.
Jeremy, a 2011 graduate of Randolph-Henry High School, took dual enrollment classes at Randolph-Henry during his junior and senior years. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in meteorology and a Bachelor of Arts in geography from the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
Daniel Garrett grew up in Emporia, Virginia, and graduated from Greensville County High School. While serving as a National Guardsman, he attended SVCC as a full-time evening student, earning an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Education in 2000. Garrett remembers, ““I appreciated all of the teachers who supported me as a full time evening student. The counselors and advisors always had time to help me.”
Keisha Jackson is the Nurse Manager for the General Surgery/Pediatrics/Orthopedics/Oncology Unit at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. She graduated from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and transferred to Liberty University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently enrolled in Liberty’s Master of Science in Nursing program.
Shirley Madison grew up in Charlotte County, Virginia, and graduated from Prince Edward Academy in Farmville, Virginia. She began her college career at Southside Virginia Community College, earning an Associate of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1975. While attending SVCC, she vividly remembers a friendly and enthusiastic faculty who were very student-oriented.
Lewis Jones, a Randolph Henry High School graduate, grew up in Red Oak, VA on a local tobacco farm. After high school, he worked for a year at Cardinal Homes in Wylliesburg, VA. Lewis was then afforded the opportunity to attend college at the newly opened, close to home, Southside Virginia Community College.
Martessia Hill serves as the Training Specialist for JEB Little Creek/Fort Story Child & Youth Programs with the Department of Navy in VA Beach, VA. She’s responsible for providing in-service trainings to staff and ensuring that the programs are inspection ready at all times. In this position, she has the opportunity to travel with her team to several Naval Bases throughout the U.S. providing training, updates on safety policies/procedures and best practices.
John Davis serves as senior vice president and market executive at Citizens Community Bank (CCB). He primarily services the bank’s Virginia market with business banking, commercial lending services and agricultural lending. CCB is headquartered in South Hill and operates branches in south central Virginia and northern North Carolina.
Paliden L. Blakeney graduated from Eastern Senior High School located in Northeast, DC in 1991. After completing a short career in the military and having two children he moved to Virginia.
Eric Whitmore graduated from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Drafting and Design Technology (1977). He grew up in Crewe (Nottoway County) and graduated from Nottoway Senior High School. After SVCC, he joined the Virginia State Highway Department in Richmond as a drafter and helped develop designs for highways and bridges.