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TEF in Partnership with GCCA Announces Quarterly Dave Dollar Recipients

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Seniors Tiejah Darby, Shayla Pope and Michell Flores-Simon receive recognition for their community service.

Greensboro, GA — Thillen Education Foundation, in collaboration with Greene College & Career Academy, proudly revealed the latest recipients of the Dave Dollar awards during its quarterly reception on Tuesday, November 14. The event, hosted at the Greene College and Career Academy, brought together Career Coaches, parents, family members, friends, and school staff to commend students for their exceptional efforts during the past quarter.

The Dave Dollars Award program is a distinctive program designed to reward students attending Greene College & Career Academy for their hard work throughout their four years of high school. These Dave Dollars transition into real dollars upon the students' graduation from Greene County High School. The primary objective of this program is to provide financial assistance for the over 400 students actively participating in the career coaching program.

Students who earn Dave Dollars have the flexibility to utilize their funds based on their chosen path post-graduation. For those pursuing further education, the earned funds can be applied to expenses associated with starting college or a certification program. For those entering the workforce immediately, the funds can be employed to acquire professional supplies essential for initiating their careers. Additionally, students opting for military service can use their earned funds to purchase necessary supplies for the commencement of their service or allocate them towards continuing education or career startup expenses, either during or after completing military service.

A man talks to a group of students.
Dave Thillen, Thillen Education Foundation welcomes all to the first award reception held at the Greene College & Career Academy

Thillen Education Foundation and Greene College & Career Academy remain committed to recognizing and supporting the hard work and dedication of students, empowering them to achieve their academic and career goals. The Dave Dollar program stands as a testament to this commitment, providing tangible support and encouragement for the students' future endeavors.

Career Coach Recognition – $50 Dave Dollars

Seniors: JaQuavious Burdette Keiasia Cummings Christopher Global-Soto Tyler Green My'lilrea Grimsley Jaxson Lawrence Lamar Lowe Pedro Moreno Ry'yunnah Parrish Devin Porter Rodrick Smith Ja'Quon Stembridge Amauria West Jarian Wright

Juniors: Emani Alexander Tiana Brockington Laryous Burt Ryder Eschbach Armani Durham Treveon Jackson Shelby Lewis India Mapp Aleyah Redd Kayla Sigman Adrian Tirado-Rocha Jayla Turner Tavarius Turner MaRyah West


Idalia Aguilar-Cardona

Jospeh Brown

A'ziah Dolzin

Carla Dunn

Joselyn Esquivel Vaca

Nicolle Garcia Trujillo

Travez Gibson

Natanya Grier

Sierra Heath

Jorquez Kilpatrick

Merela Bertina Mendez Vicente

Xavier Moss

Isaac Porter

Markecia Reid

Taylor Waller

Jarmarion Wynn


Charles Bowman

Jameriea Dunn

Emily Floyd

Nayeli Garcia-Ochoa

Tirajai Heath

Joshua Jernigan

JaMari Johnson

Ja'Niyah Jones

Carmen Peaks

Arrissa Robinson

Torriah Stinson

Jaylah Thompson

Abbigail Webb

A teacher and student
Junior MaRyah West pictured with Career Coach Rosie Herrmann.

Teacher Recognition – Student of the Month – $50 Dave Dollars


Ina Gutierrez Palomo

Elijah Charley


Rodricus Monford

Ka'Darius Andrews


May-Lynn Watson

Jailen Ruff


Arrissa Robinson

Levny Rene Castillo Chavez

Community Service – $50 Dave Dollars


Tiejah Darby

Michell Flores-Simon

Shayla Pope


Bobby Porter

Kayla Sigman

Jayla Turner


Brockton Evans

Idalia Aguilar-Cardona

Yasmin Escutia-Garcia


Melvin Lawrence

Talacia Wright

Abbigail Webb

A student and her father
Junior Kayla Sigman pictured with her father.

Attendance (Drawing) – $25 Dave Dollars


Zahara Bell

Jainya Brown

Kayla Heath

Keshawn Jernigan

Alisha Mapp

Jania Y Rios Ramos

Jada Walker


Chakira Brown

Stephen Miller

Melvin Tiller

Terence Wright

Jamar Willoughby

Kevin Wynn


Ashanti Brown

Jade Garcia

Chassidy Gordon

Armari Kilpatrick

Briana Smith

James Marshall


Madison Hobes

Braylen Hurt

Ana Medina

Emmanuel Porter

Gabriell Wilson

Joshua Yearwood

Principal Most Improved – $50 Dave Dollars

Gonnie Armstrong (Class of 2026)

Tiger of the Month – $100 Dave Dollars

Zahara Bell (Class of 2024)

Jania Yubisela Rios Ramos (Class of 2024)

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Based in Greensboro, GA, the 501(c)(3) Thillen Education Foundation (TEF) is a distinguished community-based earned financial assistance program based on personal coaching and committed to honoring the achievements of 450+ students participating in Greene College & Career Academy at Greene County High School, a Title I school. Through business sponsorships and funding support, TEF strives to end generational poverty by financially enabling post-secondary education and skills training for hardworking students.

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