Christy Henry

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) celebrated the accomplishments of students on Thursday, April 9 during the 14th annual Honors Night program on its Mayo campus.

Students from the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society for two-year colleges, as well as presidents list, deans list, All USA Academic Team and Whos Who in American Junior Colleges were recognized for their accomplishments.

Dr. Charles V. Chrestman, interim president and CEO of BSCTC, told students to relish in the moment of their accomplishments and recognize those who helped them get to this point.

For all of us, it takes a little help, he said. Be sure to thank those who have helped you along the way your family, your friends, your instructors and others.

Olivia Colvin, of Paintsville, a first-year Honors Program student and member of Phi Theta Kappa, spoke of her journey thus far in higher education.

When I was a senior in high school, I wasnt sure what I wanted to be, said Colvin, who graduated in the top 10 in her class at Paintsville High School in 2014. Halfway through my senior year, I learned about the Honors Program at Big Sandy. I was convinced that the best way for me to start college was at a smaller school. Little did I know that filling out the application [for the honors Program] would set the pathway for my future.

During her first year at BSCTC, she has developed a love for public speaking and plans to continue her education and complete a degree in international commerce with an emphasis in marketing.

Ive always had big dreams, she added. I know they are attainable.

Jacob Hatfield, of Pinsonfork, is a second year Honors Program student and member of Phi Theta Kappa. He will graduate in May with an Associate in Arts degree from BSCTC and plans to attend Morehead State University where he will major in small business management and entrepreneurship.

I like to look at challenges two ways, said Hatfield, who works at his familys used car dealership in Pike County. You can either see it as an opportunity or a test that can tear you down.

Hatfield encouraged students to hit challenges head on and stay calm and collective.

Christy Henry, owner of Sandy Valley Fastners, was the keynote speaker. A former student at Mayo State Vocational School (now the Mayo campus of BSCTC), Henry turned an idea to open a small business into a global company.

With perseverance, dedication and determination, you can do anything you want to do, Henry told students. Dont be afraid to take a risk and try, because if you dont try you will never succeed.

BSCTC will hold commencement ceremonies on May 8-9 at the Mountain Arts Center.