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Durham Tech Alumni Spotlight

Syreeta Lynn, ’04
Senior Clinical Monitoring Associate, PAREXEL International

When Syreeta Lynn returned to campus as a guest speaker at the 10-year anniversary of the Clinical Trials Research Associate program at Durham Technical Community College, she told a story of struggle and determination.

“I was a single parent to two children, in school full-time, working full-time, and doing field work,” Lynn said. “There were times I didn’t think I was going to make it, but it all worked out in the end. I knew I was where I was supposed to be and doing what I was supposed to be doing.”

Prior to enrolling in the Clinical Trials program in 2001, Lynn was hired for an entry-level call center position at a pharmaceutical research organization. Just two weeks on the job, the supervisor recognized her potential and offered her a promotion as an In-House Clinical Research Associate. The position ensured compliance with FDA protocols during clinical trials and at that time, was typically filled by nurses.

“It was unheard of for someone with only a high school diploma to be offered that position,” Lynn said. “I started doing the work and I absolutely loved it. The first assignment paid $12/hour, but the second assignment paid $25/hour. I remember thinking, I’ve got to do this. I love it, possessed the key skills and personal qualities to be successful, and it’s a great way to make a lucrative living.”

As soon as Lynn started the new position, she began looking for educational opportunities to advance in the industry. She chose Durham Tech because it was the only school in the area that had a two-year program for clinical trials.

“Durham Tech gave me the clinical research foundation that I needed to hit the ground running,” Lynn said. “The Clinical Trials program was a life-changer. Though I was in the industry before I came to Durham Tech, I wouldn’t have been able to sustain a career in the industry without this degree.”

The program required students to do four field work internships to gain experience and Lynn’s third rotation was with PharmaLinkFHI, now Novella Clinical.

“Before I completed the rotation, they called me asking if I’d entertain the idea of permanent, full-time employment,” Lynn said.

Lynn had a full-time job before she graduated from the program and now has 17 years of experience in the industry. She attributes much of her success to Melissa Ockert, the dean and department head of health technologies at Durham Tech. In 2001, Ockert was the program director and taught Introduction to Clinical Trials.

Lynn said she didn’t know what to make of Ockert to start.

“The work she gave us was overwhelming and at times I didn’t think she wanted us to succeed, but it was actually the total opposite,” Lynn said. “Once I was able to sit back, listen and learn, I realized that Melissa was amazing. There was no better person to teach the class, if you didn’t embrace her you were selling yourself short. She knew a lot and she was willing to share what she knew. Melissa was instrumental in my success both in the program and after graduation.”

The road leading up to Lynn’s enrollment at Durham Tech was not an easy one, but she says it made her a stronger person. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Lynn moved to Durham when she was 10 years old and lived in a housing project with her mother.

“There are very few, if any, people in the projects who are aspiring to new heights in life,” Lynn said. “The struggle motivated me. As a child I couldn’t change my environment, but I knew when I was old enough to change it, I would. Once I had my son, shortly after high school, I kicked it into high gear. I watched my mom struggle all of our lives and I knew that was something I didn’t want for my children.”

Lynn, 42, is now married with four children, four step-children, and working from home as a Senior Clinical Monitoring Associate at PAREXEL International.

“You must have a willingness and a capability to learn to succeed,” Lynn said of her advice to future students. “You can’t be willing, but not be capable or be capable, but not be willing — you must have both.”

Eight years after graduation, Lynn earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Drexel University. Her daughter, 16, is currently enrolled in Middle College High School at Durham Tech, a program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and associate’s degree.

“Without this degree, my life would be a struggle,” Lynn said. “Durham Tech is a hidden treasure and the Clinical Trials program has totally changed my life. For those reasons, I will always be indebted to Durham Tech.”

Through 3-D printing, Durham Tech students create prosthetic hands for children

Seth Close demonstrates how the 3-D printed index finger connects to the palm of a prosthetic hand used by children in The Helping Hand Project.

Hannah Brown carefully clacked away at her keyboard on an April afternoon as she notched the outline of a knuckle.

A few moments later, Brown, a respiratory therapy student at Durham Tech, and Seth Close, a classmate and engineering student, watched the calculations morph the plastic filament into an index finger.

Brown, 20, and Close, 21, are among more than a half-dozen students participating in The Helping Hand Project’s Durham Tech chapter. The student-led initiative creates prosthetic hands for the Chapel Hill non-profit organization that serves children born with a rare condition that causes issues with limb development.

For children affected by the condition, temporary hands are often too pricey and children rapidly outgrow the prosthetics. But through The Helping Hand partnership, Durham Tech students are able to provide assistance while learning about the intricacies of 3-D-printing.

The Durham Tech chapter recently completed its first hand. The process took two weeks to print and assemble.

Brown said the on-campus project was a defining moment in her college experience.

“Before I knew this was a thing, I grew up wanting to build prosthetic hands for people with disabilities so this solidified that this was where I needed to be,” Brown said. “As soon as Jeff (Powell) started talking about it, I knew I wanted to be involved. I called my mom when I found out about it and she started crying, saying, ‘This is really what you’re supposed to do with your life.’ ”

Powell, the founder of The Helping Hand Project, came to Durham Tech in January to recruit students for help with the project.

Brown and Close were among the first to sign up. The chapter now has 10 students and is advised by Steve Leadon, a science coordinator and biology instructor at Durham Tech.

“You’re providing something for somebody who has a limb difference,” Leadon said. “That’s really the number one priority and that’s what I’ve told the students that they need to keep focused on. You’re doing this for the kids.”

The chapter received a $2,000 grant from the Durham Tech Foundation last fall to purchase its own 3-D printer. The group meets weekly during the fall and spring semesters to train on the printer, practice using the software, and test prototypes.

“From a practical perspective, it teaches the students a skill,” Leadon said. “And that skill could be both in terms of using the 3-D printer, but also the software, it teaches them something about joints, a little anatomy, and the function of how things work.”

Hannah Brown shows off a 3-D printed thumb on an April afternoon, the first complete piece created by The Helping Hand Project Durham Tech Chapter.

Brown, a co-president of the chapter, said diversity is a unique strength of the group.

“The cool thing about the Durham Tech chapter is that we have students from all walks of life, from respiratory therapy to engineering to occupational therapy,” Brown said. “We have different students with different majors working on it, which gives us all new perspectives.”

Close, the engineering student, has a 3-D printer at home, and serves as a de facto lead printer specialist. He said his involvement in the project could change his career trajectory.

“I might go into biomedical engineering and work with more advanced prosthetics that work with motors and nerve systems that attach to the base of these hands,” Close said. “It sounds so interesting.”

Several students remarked about the affordability of the 3-D printed limbs, during a brief demonstration in April.

“The coolest thing is that we can make a hand for $30,” Brown said. “It cost so little.”

The recently completed hand will be given to The Helping Hand Project as a demo to show the chapter’s ability to create a hand and then the chapter will be contacted when the next need arises. The Helping Hand Project provides the prostheses to children free of charge. The Durham Tech students are spending the summer fundraising to purchase more materials to be ready to print out a hand should they be assigned a child in need this fall.

“This is a nice challenge and I really enjoy it,” Close said. “It feels really awesome to know that someone is going to be using this.”

In addition to creating their first hand, the chapter also has taken on a side project to help a 17-year-old teenager who has struggled with braiding her hair. Brown said she met the teen, named Kait, during a Spring Family Get Together, which was put on by The Helping Hand Project earlier this spring.

“She’s 17, she’s had this her whole life, there’s so much she can do. It’s more of a question of what do you want help with at the point,” Brown said. “The only thing she has trouble with is braiding her hair. All the guys that were listening said, ‘That’s really difficult. We’re not sure how to fix that,’ and I was like, ‘I’m going to do it!’ ”

Since then, the chapter has been experimenting with methods of opening and closing a hair clip by wrist movement.

The Helping Hand Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill that is on a mission to use forward thinking and innovative technologies to provide useful prosthetic devices to those that are financially and medically in need at no cost to the patient or their family.

For more information about Durham Technical Community College, visit or call 919-536-7200.

Hannah Brown peers through the window of the 3-D printer while it creates an index finger out of plastic filament.

Phi Beta Lambda chapter at Durham Tech receives national recognition

(L to R, back to front) Eric Eales, Tyler Kempton, Chris McDuff, Chris Kenestrick, Emilia Arrington, Betina Huntwork, Michele Parrish

(L to R, back to front) Eric Eales, Tyler Kempton, Chris McDuff, Chris Kenestrick, Emilia Arrington, Betina Huntwork, Michele Parrish

Durham Tech’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter received Diamond Chapter distinction at the PBL National Leadership Conference held June 24-27 in Anaheim, California. Durham Tech was one of only 22 schools in the nation to receive this distinction, which they earned by participating in activities to increase recruitment, retention, and member involvement. Chapters from across the country attended the conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business-related competitive events.

Chapter members received the following honors at the Awards of Excellence Program:

  • Christopher McDuff: 3rd place in Help Desk
  • Christopher Kenestrick and Christopher McDuff: 3rd place in Network Design
  • Eric Eales: 6th place in Networking Concepts, 7th place in Cyber Security
  • Betina Huntwork: 7th place in Information Management, 8th place in Management Concepts
  • Emilia Arrington: 8th place in Client Services
  • Tyler Kempton: Competed in Contemporary Sports Issues and Networking Concepts
  • Betina Huntwork and Christopher McDuff were recognized as two of only 11 members in the nation to receive the Presidential level in the Career and Membership Achievement program (CMAP)
  • Emilia Arrington and Kim Green both achieved Director level in CMAP

Phi Beta Lambda is a national organization for business students at the college level, providing opportunities for students to develop competencies for business occupations through an extension of the classroom.

Those interested in joining Phi Beta Lambda may contact LaTonya Steele at 919-536-7200, ext. 8064 or Michele Parrish at 919-536-7235, ext. 8158.

(L to R) Tyler Kempton, Chris Kenestrick, Emilia Arrington, Michele Parrish, Betina Huntwork, Eric Eales, Christopher McDuff

(L to R) Tyler Kempton, Chris Kenestrick, Emilia Arrington, Michele Parrish, Betina Huntwork, Eric Eales, Christopher McDuff

Incoming Durham Tech student receives Centennial Scholars Award

(L to R) Alexandra Zagbayou - Executive Director, Student U; Holly Guss - College Adviser, Student U; Meg Solera, Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee, Durham Rotary Club; Laura Vasquez, recipient of the Century Scholarship; Blanca Vasquez, Laura’s mother, Dr. Bill Ingram

(Left to Right) Alexandra Zagbayou – Executive Director, Student U; Holly Guss – College Adviser, Student U; Meg Solera, Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee, Durham Rotary Club; Laura Vasquez; Blanca Vasquez, Laura’s mother, Dr. Bill Ingram

Laura Vasquez, recent graduate of Riverside High School and incoming student at Durham Tech, has received the Centennial Scholars Award from The Rotary Club of Durham. Every year the club awards this scholarship to Durham Public School graduates that have achieved academic excellence and need assistance to continue their education.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be active participants in Student U, a program that empowers students in Durham Public Schools to own their education by developing the academic skills and personal well-being necessary to succeed in college and beyond.

Vasquez will be attending Durham Tech this fall to study Computer Science. Her sister, Brenda Duran Velazquez, was a recipient of the Centennial Scholars Award last year and also attends Durham Tech.

Durham Tech partners with NASA, headed to the edge of space

Dan Daugherty, a Durham Tech alumnus, explains how a Bluetooth-enabled testing rig streams data to a laptop used in a NASA initiative during an on-campus testing day in May.

Dan Daugherty, a Durham Tech alumnus, explains how a Bluetooth-enabled testing rig streams data to a laptop used in a NASA initiative during an on-campus testing day in May.

As most Durham Technical Community College students head to their vehicles on Wednesday evenings, the geology lab inside the Harold K. Collins Building roars to life.

The GEL lab, as the group calls it, is home to a full NASA workstation, complete with multi-colored wires, power tools, makeshift gadgets, and 13 innovative minds. Their purpose: testing the edge of space.

Julie Hoover, a geology instructor in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department at Durham Tech, said the students’ involvement goes far beyond the classroom.

“They’ve had so many opportunities just from having this extra real world project management experience on their resumes,” Hoover said. “A few of the students have said to me they never thought they’d be able to do something like this, especially at a community college.”

Calling themselves ‘The Unacceptable Risks,’ the group is comprised of 10 current and former Durham Tech students and three students from other Triangle universities. They are participating in the High Altitude Student Platform flight program – or HASP as it’s commonly called. The program is designed to foster excitement in aerospace careers and to boost student excitement in the industry.

The Unacceptable Risks left July 9 for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland where they are conducting a mini-integration, or test run, of their payload for five days. Students will conduct vacuum and thermal testing to make sure the payload works before a full dress rehearsal in Texas later this month.

As a part of the project, the Durham Tech group will send a student payload on a massive 2,000 pound platform along with 11 other payloads to an altitude of more than 22 miles.

The group was notified in February that their two-part, 60-page application to participate in the HASP program had been approved. The Durham Tech group will join an impressive list of university programs, including: Arizona State University, University of Minnesota, University of Central Florida, University of Maryland, University of Houston, University of Colorado, University of North Florida/University of North Dakota, University of Bridgeport, College of the Canyons, Renert School, and McMaster University.

In partnership with the NASA Balloon Program Office and the Louisiana Space Consortium, HASP will carry the 12 payloads via the platform using an 11.8 million cubic foot high altitude balloon this fall.

Acceptance to the HASP program on a first try for four-year colleges is rare, Hoover said.

For community colleges, it’s nearly unheard of.

As first-time applicants, she said, the initiative has put Durham Tech on the aerospace map.

“When I saw all of our information on the HASP website it was really exciting,” Hoover said. “This is really happening.”

In September, students will travel to the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, where they will hand off their project to NASA and help launch the payloads into the upper atmosphere.

The platform will take 1.5 hours to ascend 122,000 feet, hold the floating altitude for 12-16 hours, and then descend for an hour, landing up to six hours away from the launch point.

Durham Tech student Dan Koris wires a sensor assembly to make sure it functions safely and reliably during thermal testing at the Durham Tech main campus in May.

Durham Tech student Dan Koris wires a sensor assembly to make sure it functions safely and reliably during thermal testing at the Durham Tech main campus in May.

The Durham Tech team’s contribution to the platform is the Greenhouse, Ozone and Atmospheric Trace Gas – or G.O.A.T. – project, which will collect sulfur dioxide and atmospheric gas in the stratosphere. Daniel Koris, head of the electrical and software engineer teams of The Unacceptable Risks, is most looking forward to the moment G.O.A.T. sends data to the ground from space.

“That’s the part I’m responsible for,” Koris said. “When it’s actually in space and sending data down I’ll be so happy and relieved. That’ll be exciting.”

In addition to full-time course loads and part-time jobs, the group works 20-30 hours per week on the project.

“This is a part-, if not full-time job on top of your workload,” said Jimmy Acevedo, a Durham Tech alumnus, student team lead of The Unacceptable Risks, and current student at North Carolina Central University. “I got a couple of B’s this semester that could have been A’s, but I made that choice consciously. I feel like this is actually more important than my academics because this is more valuable real world experience.”

For the second year, Acevedo was invited to intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland due to his involvement in the project. Acevedo said the internship is a vote of confidence and he hopes they’ll be hiring in 2018.

Koris, who moved from Greensboro to attend Durham Tech, said the project has helped him inside and out of the classroom.

“I took physics this semester, which is tied into so much of what we’re doing. This project reinforces my knowledge of physics,” Koris said. “You learn a lot of time management skills and real world applications. You have to balance your schoolwork and the work on the project. One is going to take priority over the other. It’s a level of commitment that’s not for everybody.”

The overtime hours and pressure students experience on the team is a huge undertaking, Acevedo said. But he sees a shot at NASA as well-worth the sacrifice.

“This has been an absolute life changer,” Acevedo said. “Going from college dropout to potential NASA engineer – this is the kind of stuff that makes those changes. I am deeply grateful and deeply fortunate to have these opportunities.”

Since November 2016, The Unacceptable Risks have raised more than $18,000 on their own to make the dream a reality. A $5,000 contribution from North Carolina Space Grant in addition to funding from T-shirt sales, networking, and a GoFundMe campaign have all been allocated to offset costs of travel expenses and project supplies.

Students will be traveling to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, July 9-13, for a mini-integration, or test run, of their payload. Three weeks later, students will travel to Texas for a full dress rehearsal at NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, one of two locations, where they will connect G.O.A.T. to a live fire version of the HASP gondola. Students must prove their payload works before the official launch in September.

Students will apply to participate in the HASP flight program again next year, Hoover said. Those interested in joining The Unacceptable Risks may contact Hoover at 919-536-7200, x8021 or, but requirements of student members are stringent.

“These students have the drive,” Hoover said. “If there’s something they don’t know, they’re going to dig it up and make sure they do know it. That passion, drive and willingness to overcome obstacles is what I’m looking for.”

Durham Tech alumnus Jimmy Acevedo, a project leader for a Durham Tech group involved in the High Altitude Student Platform flight program, connects a pump for a test exercise. The NASA-involved project will involve a dozen colleges and universities from across the country.

Durham Tech alumnus Jimmy Acevedo, a project leader for a Durham Tech group involved in the High Altitude Student Platform flight program, connects a pump for a test exercise. The NASA-involved project will involve a dozen colleges and universities from across the country.

Sparks fly in new class at Durham Tech

Patrick Bardin just completed his pelican welding art.

Patrick Bardin just completed his welded piece of art — a pelican.

With gloves on, helmet down, and fired torch in-hand, Patrick Bardin begins to morph a ¼” thick steel rod into the shape of a pelican through the art of welding. Bardin,18, is one of 10 students in the Sculptural Welding and Metalwork for Artists class, a new course offered at Durham Tech this summer that teaches an introduction to welding and metal working techniques with a focus on creating artworks.

“I recommend this class for almost anyone,” Bardin said. “I don’t want to be stuck in an office job and welding opens up a world of opportunities in the job market for those who are creatively-minded.”

Instructor, Ben Lock, has 25 years of experience welding and was thrilled to teach this course.

“It gives people an opportunity to work in a professional shop,” Lock said. “Students who typically do 2-dimensional art now have an opportunity to explore 3-D art and the different techniques and processes of working with metal.”

Eliza Murphy, an employee at Durham Tech, is taking the class with her husband.

“When I saw this new class posted online, I was really excited about trying it out,” Murphy said. “I do art on the side and I thought this would be a great way to broaden my skill set.”

This 8-week class meets on Saturday mornings and will be ending July 8, but Lock expects the class to be offered again in the spring. This course falls under the Construction Trades Continuing Education program at Durham Tech, which provides participants with training for entry-level positions in building construction. For more information about this program, please visit here.

For questions about this class, please contact Maryah Smith-Overman, Director of Construction Trades at Durham Tech, at 919-536-7200, ext. 4008 or

Terry Ford puts final touches on the horse he made.

Terry Ford puts final touches on a horse.

Nancy Hirsch puts final touches on the fish she is creating.

Nancy Hirsch puts final touches on a fish.

Issam El Betri assembles his welded flower art.

Issam El Betri assembles his flower.

Ben Lock shows Patrick Bardin how to put the feet on his pelican.

Ben Lock shows Patrick Bardin how to attach feet to his pelican.

Eliza Murphy is making an octopus-inspired piece of art.

Eliza Murphy is making an octopus-inspired piece of art.

Issam El Betri continues work on his flower.

Issam El Betri continues work on his flower.

Welding student creating a bicycle wheel.

 Juan Bedoya creating a bicycle wheel.

Welding student works on her diamond art.

Meredith Lewis puts final touches on a diamond.

Issam El Betri's work of art is almost complete.

Issam El Betri’s work of art is almost complete.

Durham Tech students present research to national audience

Michael Herrera and Roselyn Barahona present the Phage Hunters class poster entitled Phage Pharming: Characterization of Two Novel Phages, Kimchi and Glexan, Isolated in the Gardens of North Carolina.

Michael Herrera and Roselyn Barahona present the Phage Hunters class poster entitled Phage Pharming: Characterization of Two Novel Phages, Kimchi and Glexan, Isolated in the Gardens of North Carolina.

Two Durham Tech students were among 300 participants that presented their research at the 9th Annual SEA-PHAGES Symposium, June 9-11, at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia.

“I was excited to find out I would be representing Durham Tech at the SEA-PHAGES symposium,” Herrera said. “Durham Tech really has been a wonderful place to learn and continuously surprises me with the many amazing opportunities outside of the classroom it has provided.”

Michael Herrera, 31, and Roselyn Barahona, 18, presented the Phage Hunters class poster entitled Phage Pharming: Characterization of Two Novel Phages, Kimchi and Glexan, Isolated in the Gardens of North Carolina. They worked on this research project for two semesters and were mentored by Doctor Steve Leadon, a biology instructor at Durham Tech.

“This is a valuable and unique educational experience for our students because it is a discovery-based undergraduate research course that puts authentic research in the classroom,” Leadon said. “The culmination of the two-semester course is the opportunity to share their research findings with other students doing similar work at a national symposium. The course emphasizes the idea that research is a collaborative and interactive process, and that the students are adding to a body of knowledge that is helpful to others.”

This is the second year Durham Tech students have presented posters at the symposium, which is an end-of-academic-year meeting that brings together SEA-PHAGES students and faculty members from around the country to connect and share their research through poster sessions and talks.

After graduation this fall, Herrera plans to transfer to UNC, NC State, or Wilmington to pursue a degree in marine biology while Barahona will be transferring to UNC this fall.

For more information on SEA-PHAGES, visit here.


Durham Tech employees take on new roles

Durham Tech congratulates the following employees on their new roles:

Nathan Hardin – Director, Marketing and Communications

Jerry Oxendine – Coordinator/Instructor, LPN To ADN Program

Marcy Wynn – Content and Social Media Coordinator, Marketing and Communications

Janice Murphy – Program Director/Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacy Technology

Johanna Brown – Assistant Registrar, Student Information and Records

Julie Humphrey – Interim Director, Library & Educational Resources

Tracy Bennett – Interim Program Director, Opticianry

Janet Allspaugh – Interim Clinical Coordinator/Instructor, Opticianry

Sheryl Mccloud – Interim Clinical Coordinator, Practical Nursing

Penny Gluck – Executive Director, Community Affairs/Executive Dean, Orange County Campus

Tammie Davis – Instructor, Pharmacy Technology (title change)

Catina Hill-Wafula – Student Information Specialist (title change)

Let’s celebrate July anniversaries and birthdays!

July Anniversaries (Years)

Hyacinth Ingram (25); Cynthia Davis (18); Janice Stuart (18); Santosh Shonek (18); Susan Cheng (18); Melissa Ockert (17); Beth Payne (12); Wanda Sutton (11); Patrick Hines (10); Tracy Bennett (9); Deidre Lancaster (7); Jacquelyn McKeithan-Foster (7); Karen Mosley-Lyon (7); Charles Farrow (7); Clara Hawley (7); Lynn Unsworth (6); Brenda Wasson (6); Marshall Fuller (6); Heidi White (5); Jessica Vaughan (5); Pam Krakow (5); Toni Brown (4); Mark Hand (3); Antoine McClain (2); Cecil Outlaw (2); Dawn Stanley (2); Justin Bordeaux (2); Leslie Scott (2); Ta’Yonda Saunders (2); Jes Dormady (2); Monique Tuset (2); Patrick Morris (1); Christy Walker (1); Maryah Smith-Overman (1)

July Birthdays (Day)

Darlene Covington-Brown (1); Johanna Brown (1); Jonathan Cook (1); William Schuck (3); Tammy Nelson (4); Nikki Williams (5); Nathan Smith (7); Sasha Afanador (9); Dorothy Wood (9); Danyece Allen (12); Scott Stauble (13); Karin Abell (14); Patricia Gould (15); Steven Kerrigan (16); Naomi Feaste (18); Bonnie Tilson (18); Theresa McLaurin (18); Timothy Postell (18); Clara Hawley (18); Melissa Mitchell (19); Herman Taylor (19); Margaret Memory (19); Thomas Magrinat (20); James DePalma (26); Burnice Parker (26); Vanessa Spence (26); Gabby McCutchen (26); Marina DelVecchio (27); Dawn Tevepaugh (28); Janel Moore (28); Sherron McDonald (30); Emma Borynski (30); Ashley Hodges (30); Linda Chalmers (31); Meredith Lewis (31)