Meridian Star


June 12, 2013

Excellence in education: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MERIDIAN —     • West Lauderdale Attendance Center student Jake Feist won third place in the Individual Category, Grades 4-5, at the Mississippi Department of Education's Annual State Reading Fair, which was held recently in Jackson.

    Jacob won second place at his school, first at the district reading fair and first place at the regional reading fair for his project on the book "I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001" by Lauren Tarshis.

    • Southeast High School student Taylor Johnson won first place in the State HOSA Competition in Natchez.

    Taylor was also chosen to attend the Mississippi Rural Medical Program at Mississippi State this summer. Only 20 students were selected from across the state.

    • CLINTON – Morgan Barber of Meridian was among 50 Mississippi College students recently inducted into the Mortar Board Cap and Gown Society for 2013-14. Mortar Board is the country's premier national honor society that spotlights college seniors for their achievement in scholarship, leadership and service projects.

    Barber is the daughter of Leigh Barber and Gary and Kim Barber of Meridian.

    • Nancy Walton, a fourth grade math and science teacher at Poplar Springs Elementary School, recently received a $1,000 graduate scholarship from the Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE).  

    A resident of Marion, Walton earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Millsaps College and her master’s degree in elementary education from Mississippi College. A member of MPE since 2011, she is currently working on her gifted certification at Mississippi University for Women.

    • Angela Holmes, Robyn Ruffin and Felicia Weir, all of Meridian, have been awarded a scholarship from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree in medical laboratory science.

    The Siemens-ASCP Scholarship was established to address the nation’s shortage of qualified medical laboratory personnel, defray education costs and promote the profession. Since 2003, more than $1.4 million in scholarships has been awarded to more than 1,200 qualified students nationwide.

     • STARKVILLE – Victoria Poole of Meridian, a sophomore majoring in elementary education at Mississippi State University, is one of 22 MSU students who have joined the university Alumni Association's student liaison group.

     The Alumni Delegates serve as liaisons between the 135-year-old land-grant institution and its more than 125,000 living graduates. Founded in 1980, one of the group's main missions is helping improve the student body's understanding of the Alumni Association's role and purpose.

     Over the years, this group of students has become invaluable in assisting with alumni-sponsored programs and activities, including football tailgate gatherings, class reunions and numerous other events, both on and off campus.

     Members are selected through a highly competitive interview process. This year's group was chosen from among more than 300 applicants and joins 23 returning delegates.

     Poole is the daughter of Ed and Rhonda Poole. She is a graduate of Lamar High School.

    • NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Monya Harris of Meridian was among more than 1,200 students from Tennessee State University who received undergraduate and graduate degrees during the University's Spring Commencement Exercise in May.

    Harris received a master of public administration degree in public administration.

    • HARRISONBURG, Va. – Suzanne Opel of Meridian was recognized as a member of the 2013 graduating class of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg in  April.

    Opel graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing.

    • PARKVILLE, Mo. – Norris Levon Croft Jr. of Sierra Vista, Ariz., formerly of Meridian, Miss., was among 580 students who participated in Park University's Spring 2013 Kansas City Area Commencement ceremony at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence.

    Croft, a cum laude graduate with double majors, received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a bachelor of science degree in social psychology.

    • COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Meridian Community College student was awarded a bachelor’s degree at a commencement ceremony in May. However, the degree awarded was not from Meridian Community College, but rather from Franklin University in Columbus.

    Victoria Liddell of Meridian completed her bachelor's degree in business administration by participating in a unique educational alliance between Meridian Community College and Franklin University. The bachelor’s degree completion program allows students in the U.S. to combine on campus coursework at their local community college with online classes through Franklin to complete their degree.

    Meridian Community College is one of more than nearly 270 community colleges across the U.S. that has formed an educational alliance with Franklin University. The Community College Alliance was established to provide students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree online while remaining in their community.

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