Meridian Star

Education

January 23, 2013

Excellence in Education

MERIDIAN —     • Nykolas Scottrell Alford has been selected to receive the Eddie Smith Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation. The name “Eddie Smith” and “radio” in Meridian are synonymous. He literally was a “legend in his own time.” His legacy is the radio talk show with the call-in format. His station programming for WMOX Radio was always centered on Meridian, events in the area, and concerns regarding the county and state.

    Alford, a 2007 graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School, is a sophomore in the Broadcast Communication Technology Program. He is a member of the Student Association of Broadcasters. In February, Alford will attend the Disney Internship Program in Orlando, Florida and then attend the New York Film Academy in New York City.

    • Ronnie G. McPherson has been selected to receive the Jack Malone Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $2,200 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Sara Jo Malone and J. Robert Malone. Mr. Malone was owner of Acme Building Supply and Acme Realty, a Master Gardener, avid equestrian and philanthropist. 

    McPherson, a 2011 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is currently in the Industrial Maintenance Program at MCC. He works part-time for Construction Fasteners and was a member of the MCC 2011-12 Baseball Team. McPherson’s career goal is to work in the industrial maintenance field.

    • Ivanna Echezuria of Caracas, Venezuela, has been selected to receive the Marilyn Hampton Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This award is funded through the MCC Foundation by family and friends. Mrs. Hampton is fondly remembered as an avid tennis enthusiast.

    Echezuria, a 2007 graduate of Padre Machado “Fe y Alegria” High School in Venezuela, is in the University Transfer Program at MCC studying accounting. She is a member of the Eagle Women’s Tennis team. After graduating from MCC, Echezuria plans to attain her bachelor’s degree in accounting.

    • Chelsea Brooke Everett has been selected to receive the Maude Smith Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established from a bequest of the estate of Miss Smith. Beginning her teaching career at the age of eighteen with an equivalent of a doctorate from the University of Chicago, “Miss Maude” taught English for 51 years. She was head of the English Department at MCC when she retired at the age of 71.

    Everett, a 2011 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is a sophomore in the University Transfer Program at MCC. A Dean’s List scholar, Everett is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. She has three lead roles in MCC’s 2012 Fall Musical “Big River” and is a member of the MCC Chorus. Everett’s future plans include working towards a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and majoring in English and broadcast communications.

    • Caleb Matthew Wright has been selected to receive the Sarah Cox Moore and Nannie Moore Hudson Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1300 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by Mr. and Mrs. Rhen Pierce. Sarah Cox Moore was Mrs. Nell Pierce’s mother and Nannie Moore Hudson was Mrs. Pierce’s sister. Sarah Cox Moore loved music and passed that to her daughters through piano lessons. This scholarship endowment was established to pay tribute to their loved ones and help a student pursue an education.

    Wright, a 2010 honors graduate of Meridian Christian Home Educators, is a member of the MCC Concert Choir and Dimensions, the auditioned performance group on campus. Wright is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students and the Baptist Student Union. His church activities include being a song leader and musician. He plans to continue his education at Mississippi State University-Meridian and then transfer to Mississippi College-Clinton for Christian Studies.

    • Lauren Shea Massingill has been selected to receive the Mattie D. Hart-Emma Donald Matinee Philharmonic Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by the Matinee Philharmonic Music Club.  The group uses this means to encourage students who choose to study music at MCC.

    Lauren is a 2003 graduate of West Lauderdale High School where she was a member of the marching band.  She is a sophomore in the University Transfer Program preparing for a career in music education.  Lauren is a member of the MCC Chorus and Guitar Ensemble.  After completing her associate’s degree at MCC, Lauren will continue her education at the University of Southern Mississippi.

    • Maddie Constant of Houma Louisiana and Charlotte Ann Allard of Flora Mississippi have been selected to receive the William D. Mobley Dental Hygiene Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    These $2,000 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from a memorial endowment established by the Rev. Forrest C. Mobley of Destin, Fla. Mobley’s father, Dr. William D. Mobley, practiced dentistry in Meridian in the ‘30s and ‘40s.

    Constant, a 2008 honors graduate of Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma, is also a 2010 President’s List scholar graduate of Northwest Florida State College. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students and a member of the College Activities Board at MCC.  After graduation, she plans to move back to Louisiana and start her career as a dental hygienist.

    Allard, a 2007 honors graduate of Tri-County Academy,  is a Dean’s List scholar and a member of Health Occupation Students of America. She plans to seek employment in the dental hygiene field and also pursue a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. 

    • Nicholas H. Moore and Danielle E. Dunkerson have been selected to receive the Stennis “Judge” Little Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    These $650 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Kathryn Dale Little in memory of her husband. Mrs. Little stipulated that these scholarships be awarded to part-time students.

    Moore, a 2011 high honors graduate of Enterprise High School, is working towards an associate’s degree and plans to transfer to finish his bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in math. Eventually he would like to teach math at a local high school. Moore works part-time for the Mississippi Air National Guard at Key Field Air Force Base.

    Dunkerson, a 2007 high honors graduate of Meridian High School, is taking courses in preparation for the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. She graduated with high honors with an associate degree from MCC. Dunkerson is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year colleges. She plans to attain a bachelor’s degree in psychiatric nursing.

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