Distinguished Alumni Recipients



Edgar Omar Lara

Mr. Edgar Omar Lara, Class of 2012

2017 Against the Odds

Edgar is the epitome of the American dream – a toddler from Mexico escaping a life of poverty, working his way picking crops across America until he and his family settled in Defuniak. After struggling in school ...

Ramon Maldonado

Mr. Ramon Antonio Maldonado, Class of 2005

2017 Rising Star

Ramon was a non-traditional student, obtaining his degree from OWC while on active duty with the United States Navy. He was a member of the first class of students receiving the BAS in Acquisition and Project ...

Jillian Marie Schoenfeld Davis  

Ms. Jillian Marie Davis, Class of 2004

2017 Hometown Hero

Jillian was part of the first Collegiate High School graduating class. A terrible accident that left her wheelchair bound in her junior year did not derail her studies. She graduated with her A.A. and high school ...




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 ...

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 ... 

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 ...



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 ...


Gary Dietzen

Gary Dietzen, Class of 1976

2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Dietzen, son of an Air Force pilot, found his way to the Emerald Coast via his dad's military transfer, but lost his dad to cancer when he was a Niceville High School junior. Almost overnight, his mother became a ...

 Ian Wallace


Ian Wallace, Class of 2006

2014 Rising Star

Northwest Florida State College chose Ian as its 2014 nominee for the Rising Star Award. The Rising Star award is presented to a Florida college alumnus who has begun the process of significant achievement while ...


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