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Distinguished Alumni Recipients


Mr. Fred Ketchem, Class of 1978

2016 Distinguished Alumni

Fred Ketchem, 1978 graduate of Northwest Florida State College (formerly Okaloosa-Walton Junior College) joined the Navy after a brief stent at Florida State University. After his Navy enlistment, he served in more than 100 countries as a member of the Department of State, Diplomatic Security Services (DSS). Several years of which were as Chief Agent in Charge of the protective detail for ...

 Jacob Woodhams 2016

 Mr. Jacob Woodhams, class of 2009

 2016 Against the Odds 

“Against the Odds” is a phrase created for people like Jacob Woodhams, a 2009 graduate of Northwest Florida State College. Traveling Highway 98 on his way home from the Panama City zoo, his SUV began to barrel roll and flipped approximately five times. Miraculously, Jacob suffered ... 

 Jessica Tuznik 2016  

Ms. Jessica Tuznik, class of 2012

2016 Rising Star

Jessica Tuznik was born into a military family and spent much of her life traveling from base to base, but settled in Niceville where she graduated from Niceville High School in 2001. She went on to graduate from Florida State University with honors, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority in which she served as Vice President, Chair of the Scholarship Committee and Chair of the Philanthropy Committee. She returned home after graduation and ...


Elvira Chiccarelli, Class of 2008

2015 Rising Star

2nd Lt Elvira N. Chiccarelli is a graduate of Northwest Florida State College and the NWFSC Collegiate High School. Following graduation, Chicarrelli was offered an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy ...


David Lambert, Class of 1984

2015 Against the Odds

Dr. David E. Lambert was recently named Chief Scientist of the Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base. Dr. Lambert, credits hard work, determination and Northwest Florida State College for putting him ...


Sam McCall, Class of 1966

2015 Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Sam M. McCall, a graduate of the charter class of Okaloosa Walton Community College, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida and Master and Doctoral Degrees in ...



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