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Hinds CC graduates nursing/allied health students
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Hinds CC graduates nursing/allied health students

 

Joseph Stephen Donnell Jr. of Brandon, left, and Lindsey Lynn of Vicksburg received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Joseph Stephen Donnell Jr. of Brandon, left, and Lindsey Lynn of Vicksburg received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Stephen Donnell, 47, of Brandon went from having his own trucking business to becoming a nurse. He graduated from Hinds Community College on July 30 with an Associate Degree in Nursing and has a job lined up at the Veteran’s Administration in Jackson.

“I always wanted to be a nurse. I finally stopped life to take time to go to school,” he said.

His wife and three kids “were all for it. They’re glad it’s over with but they were supportive.”

He was among 304 Hinds Community College graduates at two ceremonies on Thursday July 30 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates. Some graduates received more than one credential.

Of the total number of graduates, 23 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 42 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 73 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Dr. Lynn Weathersby, left, and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse speak briefly before Thursday afternoon's graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates for this summer's ceremonies

Dr. Lynn Weathersby, left, and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse speak briefly before Thursday afternoon’s graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates for this summer’s ceremonies

“Never before in the history of our world has education been more important than it is today. It provides an opportunity for possibly the first job, the beginning of a career,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “For others, it may mean a new start for a better life, and for others the first step toward a baccalaureate degree. Education is real important today. In fact 80 percent of all the jobs that are going to be available in the future require at least a high school diploma and some degree of higher education, not necessarily a baccalaureate.”

The speaker for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College on July 30 was Dr. Bryan Lantrip. Flanking him are, left, Christie Bokros, assistant dean for allied health programs, and, right, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health programs.

The speaker for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College on July 30 was Dr. Bryan Lantrip. Flanking him are, left, Christie Bokros, assistant dean for allied health programs, and, right, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health programs.

Dr. Bryan Lantrip, a Yazoo City native, Jackson physician and medical director of the college’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, spoke on “Life Lessons” for the nursing and allied health ceremony.

Lantrip said he grew up in a family that believed in hugging. He told graduates sometimes the human touch “can go a long way.”

“When seeking advice or treatment for health issues, patients are uncertain, anxious, even scared. Simple verbal reassurance can help alleviate many of these feelings, but the extra effort to place your hand onto a patient’s forearm or forehead can be more comforting in those times of uncertainty,” he said. “It can be a very powerful nonverbal way of saying, ‘I care’ or ‘I know you are frightened or worried.’ ”

He also said health care professionals should ask themselves, “What would you do if this patient were your Momma?”

“Remember that you are taking care of someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, spouse or whoever,” he said. “Remember that they are relying on you to provide them the best care, no matter who they are.”

Lantrip has been a staff radiologist with Lakeland Radiologists, PA since 2002 and has served as medical director of the sonography program at Hinds since 2012.

He earned a medical doctorate from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in May 1991 and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the university in biological sciences and pharmacy. His certifications are with the American Board of Diagnostic Radiology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Rankin County schools Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby, president of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees, spoke to academic, career and technical graduates at 2 p.m.

Weathersby, a Florence native, is a four-term superintendent of the Rankin County School District and member of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees since 2000.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s from Mississippi College and a doctorate from Mississippi State University. Previously, he earned an associate’s degree from Hinds Community College.

New retiree Hinds Community College George Thrash of Raymond was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the July 30 graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

New retiree Hinds Community College George Thrash of Raymond was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the July 30 graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

George Thrash, retired district locksmith and coordinator of janitorial services, was the grand marshal and mace bearer.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Helping hands of healthcare lead to career paths for Hinds CC summer graduates
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30 July

Helping hands of healthcare lead to career paths for Hinds CC summer graduates

PEARL – A typical 7-year-old girl would have been discovering coloring books and learning her “times tables” in school.

Instead, Brittany Thompson had the added challenge of managing Type I diabetes. Having earned what she needs to enter nursing school, the Utica native plans to draw on the care and advice she received years ago as she charts her career.

“The experience has made me want to go into nursing,” Thompson said, all smiles on Thursday with her mother, Jeanette Thompson, outside the main auditorium at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. “It made me want to give of myself.”

Brittney Thompson, right, gets a big hug from her mother, Jeanette Thompson, following Thursday's graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates for this summer's ceremonies.

Brittney Thompson, right, gets a big hug from her mother, Jeanette Thompson, following Thursday’s graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates for this summer’s ceremonies.

Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates in two ceremonies at the 75,000-square-foot multipurpose facility.

Of the total number of graduates, 23 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 42 are graduating magna cum laude, which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 73 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

For Angela Wilson, being a mom and mentor to her 4-year-old son, Christian, who is disabled, eventually built up the energy to make a career switch. The Jackson hairdresser wants to trade her hairbrush for a medical chart with the help of the career certificate she earned in occupational therapy.

“I want to get my specialization in pediatric disabilities,” Wilson said.

Michael Thompson, of Vicksburg, was among those who graduated cum laude, with an associate’s in general studies. It’s the start of a career switch from hairdressing to working in the mental health field.

“I’m going to Ole Miss to take advantage of my certification in the field,” Thompson said.

Angela Wilson, left, and Michael Thompson, right, enjoy a light moment before Thursday's afternoon's graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates for this summer's ceremonies

Angela Wilson, left, and Michael Thompson, right, enjoy a light moment before Thursday’s afternoon’s graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates for this summer’s ceremonies.

Dr. Lynn Weathersby, president of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees and superintendent of Rankin County School District, spoke to the academic and career-tech graduates at Thursday’s afternoon session.

“Be ambitious,” Weathersby told graduates. “Successful people have enthusiasm, commitment, pride and they don’t make excuses. Anyone can come up with an excuse for why they haven’t made it. Those who want to succeed don’t make excuses.”

Dr. Lynn Weathersby, left, and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse speak briefly before Thursday afternoon's graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates for this summer's ceremonies

Dr. Lynn Weathersby, left, and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse speak briefly before Thursday afternoon’s graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates for this summer’s ceremonies.

 

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Hinds CC nursing/allied health graduates
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30 July

Hinds CC nursing/allied health graduates

Hinds Community College graduated 302 students at two ceremonies on Thursday, July 30 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College conferred 443 degrees and certificates. Some graduates received more than one credential.

Of the total number of graduates, 23 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 42 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 73 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Nursing and allied health graduates participated in a ceremony at 10 a.m. For more information see www.hindscc.edu.

eceiving degrees as paramedics from Hinds Community College on July 30 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus were, from left, Curtis Bunch, Stephanie Jackson of Jackson, Andrew Nguyen of Flowood, Nahgee Sahleen Yeroozedek of Braxon and Stephen Anthony Brown of Clinton.

Receiving degrees as paramedics from Hinds Community College on July 30 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus were, from left, Curtis Bunch, Stephanie Jackson of Jackson, Andrew Nguyen of Flowood, Nahgee Sahleen Yeroozedek of Braxon and Stephen Anthony Brown of Clinton.

Elizabeth Jordan Dodson of Ridgeland gets ready to receive a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Elizabeth Jordan Dodson of Ridgeland gets ready to receive a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Jessica Shows of Clinton received a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Jessica Shows of Clinton received a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

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Victoria Scott of Vicksburg received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Victoria Scott of Vicksburg received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Stephanie Dunn of Madison received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Stephanie Dunn of Madison received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Kimberly Woods, 47, of Yazoo City received an Associate Degree in Nursing on July 30 from Hinds Community College. A cardiology nurse at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Woods has been a practical nurse for 17 years. “I just wanted to advance my degree and get more opportunities,” she said.

Kimberly Woods, 47, of Yazoo City received an Associate Degree in Nursing on July 30 from Hinds Community College. A cardiology nurse at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Woods has been a practical nurse for 17 years. “I just wanted to advance my degree and get more opportunities,” she said.

Joseph Stephen Donnell Jr. of Brandon, left, and Lindsey Lynn of Vicksburg received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Joseph Stephen Donnell Jr. of Brandon, left, and Lindsey Lynn of Vicksburg received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30 in a summer ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College Dental Assisting graduates said "we're done" at the July 30 graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College Dental Assisting graduates said “we’re done” at the July 30 graduation ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

The speaker for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College on July 30 was Dr. Bryan Lantrip. Flanking him are, left, Christie Bokros, assistant dean for allied health programs, and, right, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health programs.

The speaker for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College on July 30 was Dr. Bryan Lantrip. Flanking him are, left, Christie Bokros, assistant dean for allied health programs, and, right, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health programs.

The speaker for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College on July 30 was Dr. Bryan Lantrip. Flanking him are, left, Christie Bokros, assistant dean for allied health programs, and, right, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health programs.

The speaker for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College on July 30 was Dr. Bryan Lantrip. Flanking him are, left, Christie Bokros, assistant dean for allied health programs, and, right, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health programs.

Rev. Darren Miley, pastor of Pinelake Church in Brandon, left, and Dr. Norman Session, Hinds Community College vice president for the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center

Rev. Darren Miley, pastor of Pinelake Church in Brandon, left, and Dr. Norman Session, Hinds Community College vice president for the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center

Priscilla Burks, Hinds Community College, district director of Practical Nursing, left,  Valeria Winston, program chair, Dental Assisting Technology.

Priscilla Burks, Hinds Community College, district director of Practical Nursing, left,
Valeria Winston, program chair, Dental Assisting Technology.

New retiree Hinds Community College George Thrash of Raymond was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the July 30 graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

New retiree Hinds Community College George Thrash of Raymond was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the July 30 graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

David Thames of Brandon received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30. He is holding daughter Hartlee, 20 months.

David Thames of Brandon received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30. He is holding daughter Hartlee, 20 months.

Kerry Robinson of Ridgeland received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30. With her is her one-year-old son Jett.

Kerry Robinson of Ridgeland received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on July 30. With her is her one-year-old son Jett.

Cherrie Wells, left, surprised her cousin Danielle Cross of Clinton for her graduation from Hinds Community College on July 30 with a degree in dental assisting.

Cherrie Wells, left, surprised her cousin Danielle Cross of Clinton for her graduation from Hinds Community College on July 30 with a degree in dental assisting.

Megan Frith of Delhi, La., attended the Vicksburg-Warren Campus of Hinds Community College to work on her practical nursing degree. Despite giving birth to three-month-old Hadley, she was able to graduate on July 30.

Megan Frith of Delhi, La., attended the Vicksburg-Warren Campus of Hinds Community College to work on her practical nursing degree. Despite giving birth to three-month-old Hadley, she was able to graduate on July 30.

Calmesha Williams of Vaughn celebrates her July 30 graduation from Hinds Community College with a dental assisting degree with family members including cousin Trayriah Young.

Calmesha Williams of Vaughn celebrates her July 30 graduation from Hinds Community College with a dental assisting degree with family members including cousin Trayriah Young.

 

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Hinds CC hosts two summer graduation ceremonies at Rankin Campus
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29 July

Hinds CC hosts two summer graduation ceremonies at Rankin Campus

Hinds Community College is conferring 443 degrees and certificates to 304 graduates in two graduation ceremonies Thursday, July 30 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Of the total number of graduates, 23 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 42 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 73 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Jackson physician Dr. Bryan Lantrip speaks to nursing and allied health graduates at 10 a.m. Rankin County schools Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby, president of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees, speaks to academic, career and technical graduates at 2 p.m.

George Thrash, retired district locksmith and coordinator of janitorial services, is the grand marshal and mace bearer.3pm_Graduation4-(2)

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Retired Hinds CC VP Powell honored by Rankin County board
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29 July

Retired Hinds CC VP Powell honored by Rankin County board

RAYMONDThe Rankin County Board of Supervisors has honored the contributions of retired Hinds Community College Vice President Dr. Sue Powell, who worked at Hinds for 20 years. She now lives in Tupelo.

Powell retired on June 30 as vice president for the Rankin and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center and director of Occupational Programs for the district, positions she held for 12 years. She was commended by the county board July 16 for steering expansions and advancement of the college over her tenure at Hinds.

“Special recognition and commendation is due Dr. Sue Powell on the occasion of her retirement, recognizing her many outstanding professional accomplishments as well as her commitment to educational excellence in Rankin County,” read part of a resolution supervisors passed at their July 15 meeting. “We express sincere appreciation to Dr. Powell for a life of faithful and sacrificial service to the students of our community.”

Powell was a charter member of the Rankin Campus when it opened as a secondary career center in 1983 and spent six years as an instructor and marketing education coordinator. She returned to Hinds in 2001 and, under her leadership, career-tech and nursing programs expanded at the Rankin Campus as well as its physical footprint, with the construction of the Career Technical Building off Mississippi 18.

Rankin supervisors also lauded Powell for overseeing the construction of the 75,000 square-foot Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, completed in March 2011.

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Hinds CC assistant band director Mapes stays on state touring artist list
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Hinds CC assistant band director Mapes stays on state touring artist list

RAYMOND – The Hinds CC band’s top assistant will remain the group’s resident artist with the state.

Randy K. Mapes, of Clinton, has been approved by the Mississippi Arts Commission for renewed listing on the Mississippi Touring Artist Roster. Mapes, who began at Hinds in 1995, will be listed on the roster for the next three years along with many of the state’s finest musicians, artists, dancers, and actors.

Roster status allows local nonprofit organizations such as arts councils, museums, schools and libraries to apply for minigrants through the Mississippi Arts Commission.

For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov.

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New scholarship program at Hinds CC rewards top achievers in high school
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09 July

New scholarship program at Hinds CC rewards top achievers in high school

RAYMOND – Eligible high school seniors in five counties may take advantage of a new scholarship program at Hinds Community College for 2015-16.

The Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarship offers full tuition to first-time college freshmen who have earned diplomas from accredited high schools in Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Claiborne or Copiah counties. It covers full-time tuition for four consecutive fall and spring semesters. Applications for the new scholarship program are being accepted up until the first day of school Aug. 17, said Kathryn Cole, director of Enrollment Services.

“We are proud to recognize the achievements of valedictorians and salutatorians in our college district by offering eligible high school graduates a full tuition scholarship at Hinds for ranking at the top of their class,” Cole said.

Applicants for the scholarship must provide an official high school transcript verifying class rank. Also, they must enroll in at least 15 credit hours by the end of the drop/add period for the 16-week term. To maintain the scholarship, students must complete 12 or more credit hours during the semester in which they are receiving the funds and pull a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Eligibility also applies to freshmen who attend summer school prior to enrolling at Hinds CC as a full-time student and who participate in dual enrollment/dual credit classes before receiving a high school diploma.

Students may receive the scholarship in addition to other awards, such as the ACT scholarship, Hinds Foundation scholarship and more, Cole said.

Recipients of the funds must also abide by the Hinds Community College Scholarship Policies.

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Hinds CC announces speakers for summer graduation ceremony
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08 July

Hinds CC announces speakers for summer graduation ceremony

RAYMOND – Summer graduation ceremonies are set for July 30 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus as students earn associate’s degrees from Hinds Community College.

All nursing and allied health graduates will receive their degrees at 10 a.m., with commencement for academic and career-tech graduates to follow at 2 p.m.

Dr. Bryan Lantrip, a Jackson physician and director of the college’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, is the speaker for the morning ceremony. Hinds alumnus and president of the college’s board of trustees, Dr. Lynn Weathersby, speaks to graduates for the afternoon session.

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Dr. Bryan Lantrip

 

Lantrip, a Yazoo City native, has been a staff radiologist at St. Dominic Hospital since 2002 and directed the sonography program at the college since 2012. He has been named a radiologist of the year three times, in 2005 and 2011 at St. Dominic’s and in 2014 by River Region Medical Center.

He earned a medical doctorate from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in May 1991 and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the university in biological sciences and pharmacy. He is married to Connie Pierags. They have three children.

Weathersby, a Florence native, is a four-term superintendent of the Rankin County School District and member of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees since 2000.

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Dr. Lynn Weathersby

 

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s from Mississippi College and a doctorate from Mississippi State University. In addition to his work in education, which includes being an adjunct professor at Mississippi State from 2002-2004, he also served as a Rankin County supervisor from 1988 to 2000.

During Weathersby’s tenure as Rankin County schools chief, the district has implemented innovative enrichment programs including the Gateway to College program and the American School Counseling Association Model for all district schools and counselors. Gateway, a partnership with Hinds Community College, enables dropouts or those in danger of doing so to complete their K-12 education in a dual enrollment setting and earn college credit. The counseling model has allowed schools to gear the function to students’ social and emotional well-being.

Weathersby and his wife, Edie, have been married for nearly 47 years and have two children and six grandchildren.

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