Meridian Star

Education

October 17, 2012

Excellence in Education

MERIDIAN —     • Meridian native Jabrina Clayton is a May 2012 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. Attorney Clayton passed the July 2012 Mississippi Bar and was sworn in as a licensed attorney to practice law on Sept. 25, 2012.

    Clayton is the daughter of Johnny and Judge Bridgett McDade Clayton.

    • TUPELO — Mallory Pace of Meridian was among participants in North Mississippi Medical Center’s recent Physician Shadowing Program. Pace is a student at Mississippi State University.

    The program is funded by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi through the P.K. Thomas Jr., M.D., Endowed Scholarship Fund.

    • KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kandi Scott of DeKalb graduated from Grantham University on July 2, 2012. Scott, a cum laude graduate, earned an associate of applied science in medical coding and billing.

    • Meridian Community College students Ashley Brooke Morrison, Kattie Brianna Smith, Andrew Currie and Caleb Alawine have each been selected to receive the Structural Steel Services Scholarship.These $1,000 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Tommy Dulaney, CEO and president of SSSI. Employees of Structural Steel have received assistance with college expenses for many years. Dulaney, a strong advocate for education, wanted to extend that benefit to the families of employees as well. In the 20 years since its inception, 68 scholarships have been awarded.

    Morrison is a 2012 honors graduate of Clarkdale Attendance Center, where she was a member of the Future Farmers of America and was on the track team. Morrison is in the first semester of the University Transfer Program at MCC.  After graduating with an associate’s degree, she plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in animal science and attend veterinary school. Morrison is the daughter of Billy Morrison.

    Smith, a 2010 graduate of Neshoba Central High School, is in the first semester the Radiologic Technician Program at MCC. A Dean’s List scholar, Smith is a member of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA). She plans to continue her education in radiology and earn her bachelor’s degree. Smith is the daughter of David Smith.

    Currie is a 2012 graduate of Meridian High School, where he was a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and Meridian Wildcats Swim Team. Currie will start his first semester in the University Transfer Program at MCC. His future plans include attending Delta State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in aviation/engineering and later join the military. Currie is the son of Donna Currie.

    Alawine, a 2011 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is a sophomore in the University Transfer Program at MCC. Alawine is a member of Dimensions, MCC Choir and also the MCC Guitar Ensemble. After graduating from MCC, he plans to continue his education at the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in music education. His goal is to attain his doctorate in music education and teach at the university level. Alawine is the son of Kevin Alawine.

    • Haley R. James has been selected to receive the Mitchell Companies Scholarship at Meridian Community College.

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by the local business conglomerate.

    James, a 2012 Home School graduate with of Meridian Christian Home Educators, is starting her first year in the University Transfer Program at MCC. She is a member of Midway Baptist Church and participates in mission trips and Midway’s youth group.

    • Five students have been selected to receive the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Scholarships at Meridian Community College: Amber D. Wood, Courtney Shareese Davis, Aysia Cymone Houston, Steven C. Williams and Tyler James Bye. 

    These $1,000 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation by the Board of Trustees of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Foundation.  They believe they are “Carrying the Legacy Forward” by continuing Congressman Montgomery’s fervent commitment to education.

    Wood, a 2011 of West Lauderdale High School, is in the University Transfer Program with a concentration in elementary education at MCC. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges and The Ivy League Recruiters. Wood plans to continue her education at Mississippi State University and receive a degree in elementary education.

    Davis, a 2012 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is taking prep courses to enter the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at MCC. She is a member of the Gospel Choir at MCC. Her future plans include continuing her education in physical therapy and owning her own physical therapy practice.

    Houston is a 2012 honors graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded the Allied Health Student of the Year for 2010-11. Houston is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. Her future plans are to continue on her career path in pre-medical biology and attend optometry school.

    Williams, a 2012 honors graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School, is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. He plans to continue his education at Mississippi State University and graduate with a degree in electrical engineering.

    Bye, a 2012 graduate of Clarkdale Attendance Center, is an emergency medical responder and a volunteer firefighter for the South Lauderdale Fire Department. He is entering the Emergency Medical Technician Program at MCC. Bye plans to complete his associate’s degree and become a paramedic.

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