Originally from Bristol, VA where she graduated from Virginia High School, Deanna Schwartz earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Education from Southside Virginia Community College. She then transferred to Randolph Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College), studied in England her junior year and received her Bachelor of Arts in English creative writing. She went on to attend Longwood University, completing a Master of Arts in English Literature.
Originally from San Angelo, TX, Kaid Moody’s family moved to Virginia when he was 10 years old, eventually settling in White Plains. He graduated from Brunswick Senior High School and served in the United States Army as a wheeled vehicle mechanic
A Brunswick County native, Angela Jackson is a Brunswick Senior High School graduate who earned her Associate of Applied Science in Office Systems Technology from Southside Virginia Community College. Angela chose SVCC to start her college journey for its small classes and family atmosphere, making it an easy transition from high school.
David Lipscomb grew up in Mecklenburg County and graduated from Bluestone Senior High School before attending Southside Virginia Community College. He earned two degrees from SVCC: an Associate of Applied Science in Drafting and Designing and an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics.
Tabitha Poore grew up in Lunenburg County and graduated from Central High School before attending Southside Virginia Community College, from where she earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Business Administration.
Carie Dalton Watters, a 1998 Nottoway High School graduate, first attended Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) as a dual-enrollment student. Once she graduated high school, she continued her studies at SVCC.
A Greensville County High School graduate, Lisa Anderson earned her Associate of Arts and Sciences in Education from Southside Virginia Community College. After completing the degree at SVCC, she transferred to St. Paul’s College, finishing her Bachelor’s degree with honors. After graduation, she began teaching third grade.
Born and raised in Nelson, Virginia, Brandy Morris graduated from Bluestone Senior High School before attending Southside Virginia Community College. Her work ethic developed early, as she managed to work two part-time jobs and was a member of the cheerleading squad while still in high school.
LaTonya Franklin, from Emporia, graduated from Greensville County High School. She earned two degrees from Southside Virginia Community College: an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services and an Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies/ Human Services, both of which she completed with high honors.
Meredith Colley grew up in Phenix in Charlotte County and graduated from Randolph Henry High School. After earning her Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies from Southside Virginia Community College, she transferred to the University of Virginia, completing a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.