Meridian Star

January 15, 2014

Excellence in education: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — • Caroline Dimmitt Compton of Meridian has been recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, national leadership and honors organization at the University of Mississippi.

    Sigma Alpha Lambda is dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional development.

    • Justin Williams of Enterprise recently attended the Mississippi Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminary. Williams was among more than 200 young leaders representing as many high schools from throughout Mississippi.

    HOBY Leadership Seminars bring together a select group of high school sophomores from public and private high schools to interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, media and non-profit to discuss current and future issues. The goal is to provide young leaders a stimulating forum for learning about critical issues while broadening their understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self development. After their HOBY program, ambassadors are challenged to return to their communities to perform at least 100 hours of volunteer community service within 12 months following the Leadership Seminar. To date, HOBY Ambassadors have performed more than 2.5 million hours of volunteer service.

    The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership was established in 1958 by actor Hugh O'Brian following a visit to Africa, where he was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a German – and later French – theologian, organist, physician and medical missionary in Africa, also known for his interpretive life of Jesus.

    Williams attends Enterprise High School. He is the son of Kevin and Karen Williams.

    • Jeremiah Tindol of Philadelphia has been granted the Kincannon award and an Alumni award in the amount of $4,600 to attend The W in the fall.

Tindol is currently a high school senior at Newton County Academy.

    • Daniele Brock was recently selected director of Housing and Student Activities at East Central Community College in Decatur.

    Brock, who officially began her new duties in December 2013, previously held the position on an interim basis since Aug. 12, 2013.

    Brock, who also serves as an adjunct instructor at ECCC, is a former elementary and secondary education teacher, serving in schools in Tennessee and Georgia. She is also a former high school choral director.

    Prior to joining the ECCC staff, Brock served as Worship Leader/Music Director at Folkston United Methodist Church in Folkston, Ga., from August 2010 to June 2013.

    Brock, a native of Mountain City, Tenn., received a bachelor’s degree in music from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., in 1991, and earned a master’s degree in post-secondary education from Troy University in Brunswick, Ga., in 2010. She completed an education specialist degree from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., in 2012.

    She is married to Scott Brock, who serves as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Warrior football team.

    They have a daughter, Makaeya, a 10th grader; and a son, Brooks, a seventh-grader, who both attend Newton County schools.

    • Michael “Eric” Williams of Bay Springs was recently selected director of the EMT-Paramedic Technology Program at East Central Community College in Decatur.

    Williams, who also serves as program instructor, began his new duties on Jan. 2.

    Prior to joining the ECCC faculty, Williams served the past year as an instructor of emergency medical technology at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson.

    He also has 10 years of experience in emergency medical services, having served as a field paramedic for AAA Ambulance Services from 2003-2011. He also served the past two years as a field paramedic and educational liaison to Copiah County for Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital.

    A 2002 graduate of Stringer High School, Williams received an associate of applied science degree at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville in 2008 and earned a bachelor of health science degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford in December 2013.  He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health science from Ole Miss.

    He is married to the former Jessica Cagle of Collins.

    Williams is the son of Carla and Jerry Moore of Bay Springs and the late Mike Williams, also of Bay Springs.

    • Brody Richardson of Louisville is the 2013-14 recipient of the Sylvia Graham Haywood Memorial Scholarship provided at East Central Community College in Decatur. Richardson is a freshman liberal arts major from Winston Academy.

    The scholarship was established by Mrs. Haywood’s husband, Dr. William Thomas Haywood, who served as ECCC business manager and accounting instructor from 1951-58. Mrs. Haywood, a member of the ECCC Class of 1954, served as editor of the Wo-He-Lo yearbook, performed with the Madrigals and was selected May Queen. She was an English teacher and later experienced a successful career as an attorney before losing her battle with cancer at age 48 in 1984.