Meridian Star

January 2, 2014

Excellence in education: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     • Eight Meridian Community College students have been selected to receive the Meridian Kiwanis Club Scholarships. They are Savannah D. Cooper, Morgan L. Ratcliff, Wal’Darius Q. Silliman, Ayla Porter, Andrew Black, Jessica Jackson, Adam C. Clark and Jamie Matthews.

    These $550 awards, designated for books, are funded by the local civic organization. Students maintaining academic excellence receive this scholarship for four semesters.

    Cooper is a 2012 valedictorian graduate of Russell Christian Academy. A Presidents List scholar, she is in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. Cooper's goal is to achieve a bachelor of science degree in nursing and become a neonatal nurse.

    Ratcliff, a 2012 valedictorian graduate of Calvary Christian School, is in the Dental Hygiene Technology Program at MCC and is a Dean’s List scholar. She plans to continue her education at Mississippi State University.

    Silliman, a 2012 graduate of Meridian High School, is in the University Transfer Program at MCC.  He plans to continue his education and attain a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. He is undecided on his university choice.

    Porter is a 2013 honors graduate of West Lauderdale High School, where she was a member of Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society. She is a starting freshman in the University Transfer Program at MCC. Her goal is to attain a bachelor’s degree in the field of elementary education.

     Black is a 2013 honors graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School, where he was a member of the Beta Club. He is in the University Transfer Program at MCC and will continue his education after MCC majoring in secondary education. He teaches Bible Study at his church. 

     Jackson is a 2012 honors graduate of Clarkdale Attendance Center, where she was a member of the National Honor Society for High Schools, HOSA and Spanish Club. A Dean’s List scholar, Jackson is in the University Transfer Program. She plans to continue her education and receive a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

    Clark is a 2013 graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School, where he was a member of Skills USA. A starting freshman in the University Transfer Program at MCC, his interests are in engineering.  He is undecided which university he would like to attend. Clark volunteers at Peoples Charity Clinic of East Mississippi

    Matthews is a 2013 honors graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School, where she was a member of the National Honors Society and Health Occupation Students of America for High School students. Matthews is a starting freshman in the University Transfer Program and will also be a part-time work study student in the Production Center at MCC. She plans to continue her education at Mississippi State University, receive a bachelor’s degree in biology and enter veterinarian school.