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At the college level

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 11:11 am

The Messenger 05.13.09
Deryk Bellew of Union City recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro with a bachelor of science degree in biology/physiology, with a chemistry minor.
He has been a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, which he served as community service chair, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society and National Honors Scholar Society.
He plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy in the spring of 2010.
Bellew, a 2002 graduate of Union City High School, is the son of Christi Blackley of Union City and grandson of Bobby and Norma  Blackley of Union City.
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D.J. Bondurant of Mayfield, Ky., a student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, Ky., is set to receive an honors stole and graduate from the college.
He is the son of Dan and Barbara Bondurant of Mayfield and James and Jo Edging of Fulton. He is the grandson of Betty Bondurant of South Fulton and the late Marshal Bondurant.
Bondurant will receive an honors stole from Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society of which he is a member, on May 14. He will graduate May 15 at 7 p.m. with an associate’s degree in applied sciences in Computer Aided Drafting and Designs (CADD).
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Jennifer Harper of Union City was recently recognized as an honor student during the annual Honors Day service at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.
Honor recognition is given to students who attain a minimum 3.70 grade point average.
Ms. Harper is a communication arts major.
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Nathan Sampson of Troy recently graduated from RoadRunner Academy in Sharon, earning a certificate of completion and a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
Sampson selected the transportation industry after a number of events. He served nearly two years in Iraq with the U.S. Army and was working locally when he was dislocated.
He began researching in-demand occupations in the area and found truck driving to be somewhat stable in the volatile market. The Tennessee Career Center at Union City awarded Sampson a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Needs-Based Scholarship to enroll in the 160-hour rigorous training course to earn his CDL and land a job in the transportation industry.
Sampson completed 40 hours of classroom training, focusing on safety and rules of the road and another 120 hours of obstacle and road training.
Sampson began driving for TransAm Trucking, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.
Sampson resides in Troy with his wife, Jennie, and their two children, Uther and Erik.

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