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William Jayson Allen Crum

Local students named to LaGrange College VPAA’s list

LAGRANGE —The following Valdosta-area students were recently named to the LaGrange College Spring Semester Vice President of Academic Affairs’ List: Laine Fletcher, Joely Peterman, and Tyler Richards.

To be eligible for this honor, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 while taking a minimum course load of 12 hours.


Hegener earns degree from Southern College of Optometry

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– Courtney Hegener, O.D., of Valdosta,  was among 130 students recently awarded the Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

Hegener graduated Summa Cum Laude and Beta Sigma Kappa, a designation for students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement.

A native of Valdosta, Hegener is the daughter of Gracie and Dave Hegener. She is a graduate of Lowndes High School and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Optometrists are independent, primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases/disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures, as well as the diagnosis of related systemic conditions.

 Crum graduates from University

of Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. — William Jayson Allen Crum recently graduated in May 2019 with a masters degree in cardiovascular perfusion science from the University of Nebraska Medical School.

 Crum was among 14 students accepted in this program. He maintained a 3.7 GPA throughout his study.

For the program, Crum rotated every eight weeks to various university medical centers including the University of Minnesota Medical Center, University of Alabama Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital at the University of Arkansas Medical Center. 

A perfusionist is responsible operating the heart and lung machine which keeps patients alive during a patients heart procedure.

Crum attended Valdosta State University for his undergraduate work. 

He is the son of John and Beth Crum of Valdosta.

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