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SCC inducts members into National Technical Honor Society

Last updated on December 10, 2021

SYLVA – Following a series of virtual induction ceremonies, Southwestern Community College returned to an in-person, indoor event to welcome the latest members of the National Technical Honor Society.

Held on Nov. 17 in Myers Auditorium on SCC’s Jackson Campus in Sylva, the fall NTHS ceremony was an opportunity to honor the accomplishments of 44 inductees. They all hold at least a 3.5 Grade Point Average, were nominated by a teaching faculty member and rank among the top 20 percent of active students in their respective programs.

“It takes a lot of hard work to gain entry into our chapter of the National Technical Honor Society, so these students and their families have a lot to feel good about,” said Dr. Thom Brooks, SCC’s Executive Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. “We’re extremely proud of every one of these students, and it was really nice to be able to celebrate their inductions together at an in-person ceremony.”

NTHS recognizes outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. It encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence and helps students find success in the workplace.

Following is a complete list of all inductees:


Asheville: Andrew Eastep, Physical Therapist Assistant; and Kenisha Short, Business Administration.

Weaverville: Jenice McKin, Paralegal Technology.


Canton: Deanne Schillo, Medical Sonography; and Kristin Farmer, Respiratory Therapy.

Clyde: Ashley Moore, Human Services Technology.

Waynesville: Trevor Queen, Cyber Crime Technology.

Cullowhee: Seth Couch, Welding; and Samara Salmond, Medical Sonography.

Sylva: Keaira Bryson, Phlebotomy; Erin Bumgardner, Cyber Crime Technology; Autumn Burnes, Associate in Arts – Early College; Sayumi De Silva, Associate in Arts – Early College; Jacob Eilers, Associate in Arts; Tosha Lee, Business Administration; Shoshoni Medina, Business Administration; Daniel Metz, Associate in Arts – Early College; Heather Parton, Associate in General Education – Nursing; Amanda Patterson, Associate Degree Nursing; Kaitlyn Putnam, Associate Degree Nursing; Kari Putnam, Associate Degree Nursing; Kelli Richmond, Accounting & Finance; Jasmine Robertson, Associate in Arts – Early College; Harley Smith, Medical Assisting; Keira Smith, Associate in Arts – Early College; and Blaine Steely, Associate in Arts – Early College.

Whittier: Wesley Burgess, Associate in Arts.


Franklin: Beverly Brendle, Accounting & Finance; BriAnna Campbell, Associate in Arts – Early College; Lucas Crisp, Radiography; Tina Cronberger, Health Information Technology; Brandon Forester, Business Administration; Jacqueline Holland, Paralegal Technology; Cadence Houser, Associate in Arts – Early College; Linzi Nicholson, Associate in Science; Zackary Pazar, Associate in Arts – Early College; and William Pritikin, Business Administration – Entrepreneurship.

Otto: Keri Ferrie, Medical Office Administration; Bo Kinsland, Associate in Arts – Early College; Dawson Post, Business Administration & Associate in Arts; and Duane Whitener, Cyber Crime Technology.


Bryson City: Christina Ortiz, Accounting & Finance; Dee Wilder, Business Administration – Entrepreneurship; and Noel Wolf, Associate in Science.

For more information about NTHS, visit

To learn more about SCC and the programs it offers, visit www., call 828.339.4000 or drop by your nearest SCC location.


For more than 55 years, Southwestern Community College has served Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties, and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina by providing a wide range of educational options for residents in all stages of life.

SCC has been ranked among the nation’s Top 10 community colleges six times in the last 15 years – including a No. 1 ranking in’s listing of the “Best Community Colleges & Trade Schools of 2020.”

Through a supportive learning environment, Southwestern offers more than 40 degree programs (including more than 90 credentialing options, 28 of which are offered online) in Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences/College Transfer and Career Technologies.

A variety of community resources – including the Small Business Center, Workforce Continuing Education and Career Services – are also available.

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