Angelina College Sonography Students Earn Dual Specialties


A total of seven students from Angelina College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program passed their national certification exams and graduated recently as Registered Diagnostic Sonographers.

Those students made program history by earning registration in two specialties: Abdomen and OB/GYN specialties. Program director Casey Davis said she has never before had a class take both specialty exams before graduating.

Sonography-Students-1-SeatedThe students are Esmeralda Payan (Nacogdoches), Bridget Bass (Timpson), Shelbie Courvelle (Moscow), Hannah Herrington (Lufkin), Britni Cooper (Shelbyville), Karina Jacobo (Central) and Irene Acevedo (Lufkin).

AC’s Sonography program offers a cooperative program with area hospitals that is designed to provide understanding, proficiency, and skill in diagnostic medical sonography.

Upon completion of the program, the successful student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree and meets the requirements set by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) to apply for their licensure examination.

The program curriculum provides a balance of didactic and technical courses which affords each student individual opportunities for educational development and clinical competence.

For further information, contact Casey Davis at

Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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