Meridian Star


March 13, 2013

Excellence in Education

MERIDIAN —     • JACKSON – Jessica McKenzie of Collinsville will participate in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) team of Tougaloo College. The first-ever academic competition between students at America’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) will be held April 6-10 in Los Angeles, Calif.

    McKenzie is a freshman biology major at Tougaloo College. Team Tougaloo consists of four players.

    • Six Meridian Community College students have been selected to receive scholarships designated for education majors. 

    These $1,000 awards are funded by MCC alumnus and Hall of Fame honoree Frank Charles Winstead of Magnolia, Texas. Winstead travels the world espousing the teaching profession as the “Advocate for Excellence in America’s Classrooms.” He has chosen this means to honor former instructors who significantly impacted his life.

    Charles Nosco has been selected to receive the Reva Breckenridge Science Scholarship. A 2011 graduate of Lamar High School, Nosco is majoring in secondary education with an emphasis in science. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students and the Baptist Student Union. After graduation, Nosco will continue his education at Mississippi State University in Starkville to receive his bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

    Donna Raeshel Landrum has been selected to receive the Marguerite Jenkins English Scholarship. A 2011 graduate of Clarkdale High School, Landrum is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. A President’s List scholar, she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. Landrum will attend Mississippi State University-Meridian to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in English.

    Akeem Barfield has been selected to receive the Eli Pacetti Memorial Scholarship. A 2011 graduate of Meridian High School, Barfield plans to attain a degree in construction trades while pursuing his dream of one day playing in a band. At MCC, he is a member of the Gospel Choir. He plays the drums at West Mt. Mariah Church.   

    Jenae Marshall Hardy has been selected to receive the Maude Reid History Scholarship. A 1995 graduate of Natchez High School, she is in the University Transfer Program majoring in elementary education. A Dean’s List scholar, her plans are to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Mississippi State University-Meridian.

    Winnie Elizabeth Jones has been selected to receive the Mary Ann Bonney Riley Elementary Education Scholarship. A 2010 graduate of Northeast High School, Jones is a sophomore in the University Transfer Program. She is also a highest honors graduate from the Early Childhood Education Program at MCC. Jones plans to transfer to Mississippi State-Meridian branch and attain a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in science and social studies.

    Melissa Williams has been selected to receive the Jack Shank Scholarship. She is a 2011 graduate of Lamar High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and student government. At MCC, Williams is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. She plans to continue her studies at Mississippi State University in Starkville and major in elementary education.

    • OXFORD, Miss. – The following University of Mississippi freshmen from the Meridian area were awarded scholarship packages for the 2012-2013 academic year based on criteria that included academic and leadership credentials:

    Jessica Nichole Richardson of Meridian – Pass-It-Along Scholarship, $2,000; Aca Excel Housing Scholarship, $4,150; Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship, $1,000; Academic Excellence NMSF, $6,282; and UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500               

    Rebekah Elaine Fields of Meridian  – Academic Excellence, $1,000; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500               

    Neel Ramesh Patel of Meridian – Academic Excellence, $2,500; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500               

    Manpreet Singh of Meridian – Academic Excellence, $2,000; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500               

    Jesse Peyton Lang of Meridian – Academic Excellence, $2,500               

    Elizabeth Lee Faucette of Meridian – Griffin Scholarship, $2,000; Academic Excellence, $5,000; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $2,500               

    Yvonne Paula Zuchowski of Meridian  – UM Bledsoe Scholarship,$1,500                

    Sadie Elyse Wilkinson of Meridian – Academic Excellence, $2,500; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500; Academic Excellence, $1,250               

    Scotlynn Taylor Farmer of Meridian – UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500               

    Susannah Rose Slimp of Meridian – Academic Excellence, $4,000; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500               

    Kelly Ann Evans of Meridian – Meridian OM Club Scholarship, $1,000; Academic Excellence, $1,000; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500               

    Katelyn Lee of Bailey – Aca Excel Housing Scholarship, $4,150; Academic Excellence NMF, $6,282; Barnard Scholarship, $3,000, UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $2,094               

    Anne Marie Delee of Collinsville – Newman Scholarship, $10,000; Academic Excellence NMF, $3,776; Barnard Scholarship, $3,000               

    Lauren Elizabeth Hollingsworth of Collinsville – Academic Excellence, $1,000; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500               

    Joseph Wayne Bates of Collinsville – Academic Excellence, $2,500; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500                

    Savannah Marie Stockton of Collinsville – LuckyDay Success Scholarship, $5,000; Academic Excellence, $1,250; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500               

    Logan Dow Williams of Collinsville – Academic Excellence, $5,000               

    Hailey Nicole Barrett of Marion – Academic Excellence, $2,500; UM Bledsoe Scholarship, $1,500                

    • Rebecca Barrier of Noxapater was recognized as East Central Community College’s “Surgical Technology Student of the Year” at the program’s annual pinning ceremony in December 2012, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus.

    Barrier is among 14 graduates who completed the program. She received the honor “for her positive attitude and excellence in the classroom and clinical settings.” .

    •  MCKENZIE, Tenn. – Justin Michael Powell of Meridian graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Bethel University. Powell received his degree during Bethel’s fall 2012 commencement exercises.

    • OXFORD – Ronald Scott Brady of Shubuta was among 829 December 2012 candidates for degrees at the University of Mississippi.

    • DAPHNE, Ala. – Jay L. Crane of Meridian received a bachelor of sport sciences degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy.

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