Meridian Star


November 13, 2013

Excellence in education: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

MERIDIAN —     • West Lauderdale Elementary second-grader Austin Clinton was a state winner in the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, which was held at the Mississippi Department of Education in Jackson. 

    Austin won first place in Division 1. His poster was forwarded to the national office in Albany, N.Y., where it competed against other students from across the country. Judging was held during the NAPT Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich., with the overall winner having the  chance to win $1,000 or any one of several other prizes.  Lauderdale County Schools and West

    • Anna Taylor has been selected to receive the Dr. Lloyd Wilton Marsalis Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded by the MCC Foundation. Marsalis retired as professor and head of the Department of Psychology at Mississippi University for Women after a distinguished career in education. He and his wife, Dr. Sula Marsalis, were instrumental in building the Walter and Cora Thompson Johnson Scholarship Endowment at MCC.

     Taylor, a 2013 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is a member of the Health Occupation Students of America 2012-13, the West Lauderdale Lady Nights Soccer team and volunteers for East Mississippi Animal Rescue. Taylor is a freshman in the University Transfer Program at MCC. She plans to transfer to Mississippi State University and receive a veterinary science degree, then go on to Mississippi State’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

    • MONTVALE, N.J. – Meridian native and Jackson State University doctoral student Edward Charles Randle has been awarded a $10,000 KPMG Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship to pursue his doctorate at Jackson State University for the 2013-14 academic year. The scholarship is renewable for the first five years of the recipient’s program.

     Before enrolling at Jackson State, Randle earned his bachelor in business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting from Mississippi State University-Meridian.

     Since 1994, the KPMG Foundation has awarded more than $15 million to 320 African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American scholars pursuing doctorate degrees, as part of its ongoing commitment to increase the representation of minority students and professors in business schools. Today, 213 of those scholarship recipients have successfully completed their doctoral programs and are professors at universities throughout the country.

     • East Central Community College staff member Virgie Thames was presented the 2013 Mississippi Small Business Development Center’s State Star Award  at America’s Small Business Development Center’s 33rd Annual Conference, which was held in Orlando, Fla.

    Thames received the prestigious honor for her “exemplary performance” in making significant contributions to the Mississippi Small Business Development program. She has served as executive assistant to ECCC Small Business Development Center Director Ronald B. Westbrook since 1995.

    • Neshoba Central Varsity Cheer Coach Melonie Washington has been named the National Federation Coaches Association Spirit/Cheer “Coach of the Year,” for Mississippi.

    • OXFORD – The following sophomores from Meridian and surrounding areas attending the University of Mississippi earned membership in the university's Phi Eta Sigma national honor society: Neel Ramesh Patel, Scotlynn Taylor Farmer, Susannah Rose Slimp and Yvonne Paula Zuchowski, all of Meridian; Joseph Wayne Bates, Anne Marie Delee and Savannah Marie Stockton, all of Collinsville; Brittany Allyson Harper of Pachuta; and Mariam Danielle Abunemeh and Hank Dylan Thomas, both of Philadelphia.

    Membership is based on their academic performance as freshmen. Requirements include a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 at the end of their first year, provided they have carried a normal academic load toward a bachelor's degree and rank in the upper 20 percent of their class.


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