Paris Junior College Homecoming News

Paris Junior College has three days of activities planned for the 2023 Homecoming Celebrations, November 2-4, 2023. One highlight of the weekend will be the awarding of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and four alumni will be inducted into the PJC Hall of Honor for their outstanding achievements.

Receiving the 2023 PJC Distinguished Alumni Award are Richard “Stubby” Clapp and Joshua Northam, both Class of 1995. Slated to be inducted into the Hall of Honor are Richard “Dick” Boots, Chonda Hicks, Dr. Quitman Dillard and Becky Semple.

2023 Paris Junior College DA Winners
Photo cutline 1: Receiving the 2023 PJC Distinguished Alumni Awards this Saturday are (from left) Joshua Northam and Richard “Stubby” Clapp.
2023 Paris Junior College HoH Winners
Photo cutline 2: 2023 PJC Hall of Honor inductees include, from left, Chonda Hicks, Richard “Dick” Boots, Dr. Quitman Dillard, and Becky Semple.

Northam has had a stellar legal career, with many family law recognitions and in 2020 named a “Law Dragon Leading 500” in family law. Clapp left his native Canada to join the Dragons baseball team and has had a notable career in professional baseball. Currently he is first base coach for Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals team.

Baseball also drew Boots to PJC, when he received a scholarship to play. His municipal career brought him back to Paris and notable accomplishments as Director of Facilities include planning and construction of Farmers Market, Cox Field Airport Terminal, Oak Paris, and more.

Paris native Semple worked in Austin, returned to Paris, and eventually took a life-changing role as Tourism Director for the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, where she has welcomed thousands to the City in the past 18 years.

Another former Dragon athlete, Dillard came to PJC to play basketball where he earned numerous awards and went on to a career in education administration. He currently is associate principal in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He was named the 2004 Chicago Westside Branch NAACP Educator of the Year.

Hicks first worked in the medical field, then returned to college to become an educator. She currently teaches fourth grade at Thomas Justiss Elementary School in Paris and was recently recognized at the Texas Teacher of the Year celebration as Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

PJC’s Office of Student Life kicks off festivities on Thursday, November 2, with the annual Homecoming Parade. Starting at 4 p.m. at the Hunt Center on the PJC campus, the parade proceeds up Clarksville Street to 12th S.E. and north to Lamar Avenue where the floats and decorated vehicles will circle the Plaza and return down Clarksville Street to the Campus. After the parade, students, faculty, family, and friends will celebrate in the Hunt Center with a pep rally.

Friday, November 3, Dr. Pam Anglin will host alumni, guests and friends at the annual President’s Reception in the McLemore Student Center Ballroom from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The weekend is highlighted with the Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon, Saturday, November 4 at Love Civic Center which will begin at 12 p.m. Cost for the luncheon is $30.

The Hall of Honor ceremony, also on Saturday, begins at 2:30 p.m. in the McLemore Student Center Ballroom and the public is welcome to attend the free event. Refreshments will follow.

Homecoming basketball games kick off in the Hunt Center at 4 p.m. as the women play University of North Texas – Dallas and the men play Tribulation Prep. The crowning of the 2023 Homecoming Queen and King will take place at halftime of the men’s game.

Reservations for the luncheon may be made by calling Baleigh McCoin, Director, Institutional Advancement/Alumni Affairs, at (903) 782-0276 or email [email protected] to request a form. Deadline for registration is noon on Wednesday, November 1.

Paris Junior College — located in Paris, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas — has been a part of the Lamar County community since 1924.

Paris Junior College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates of Proficiency in technical/workforce fields. The college has expanded its academic curriculum through the years to encourage associate degree and university transfer candidates. Since establishing its first vocational program — jewelry and watchmaking in 1942 — the college has been aggressive in adding technical/workforce programs that will benefit students entering the workforce.

The campus of 54 tree-shaded acres includes 20 major buildings and residence halls and provides students a unique and pleasant environment for learning.

Paris Junior College also operates centers in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and in Greenville, Texas.


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Paris Junior College is a comprehensive community college serving the region’s educational and training needs while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of our diverse community.

Author: Matt Janson

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