Meridian Star


August 22, 2012

Excellence in Education

MERIDIAN —     • COLUMBUS – The following Mississippi University for Women students were recognized on the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester: Ellen Bell and Danielle Pitre, both of Macon; Crystal Brown of Lauderdale; Carmel Crain, Shunda Hardaway and Britley White, all of Meridian; Kimberly Eldridge and Caitlin Sollie, both of Collinsville; David Fulton, Amber Madison and Kyndall Rushing, all of Philadelphia; Latoria Lewis of Toomsuba; Jacqueline Lowery and Terrisha Mayberry, both of Macon; Leif Miller and Emilee Smith, both of Union; Rachel Rigdon of Quitman; and Lindsey Seawright of Waynesboro.To qualify for the Dean’s List, the student must be enrolled full-time and have a quality point average of 3.5 to 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

    •   OXFORD – Meredith Leigh Wilson of Meridian is among 70 University of Mississippi students recently initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization in the liberal arts.

Wilson is an English major in the College of Liberal Arts. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Her other academic honors include membership in Phi Kappa Phi, the university’s highest academic honor across all disciplines, and she was presented with a Taylor Medal, the university’s highest academic award.

    Her parents are James and Rhonda Wilson.

    • CLINTON – The Office of Academic Affairs for Mississippi College has released its list of academic scholars for the 2012 spring semester. 

Named from the local area to the President’s List are Ellen Taylor Gressett, Kayla Michelle Allen and Taylor Joseph Mabry, all of Meridian.

To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must maintain a 4.0 grade point average, based on a 4.0 system. The student must take a full course load of at least 12 semester hours of undergraduate credit with all academic courses impacting their grade point average.

    Named from the local area to the Dean’s List are Briana M. Ricker, Morgan Elise Barber, Kristina Chambers, Sarah Elizabeth Fouts, John Ross McCarty, Andrew Nathaniel Sheely and Harrison Davis Thomas, all of Meridian; and Grant Collin Whittington of Collinsville.

    To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average, based on a 4.0 system. The student must take a full course load of at least 12 semester hours of undergraduate credit with all academic courses impacting their grade point average.

    • OXFORD – The following University of Mississippi students are listed on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll for the spring 2012 semester. For the honor, a grade-point average of from 3.75 through 4.0 is required of full-time students carrying at least 12 semester hours:

    Kaley Brooke Hull, Mary McCall White, Erika Rachel Watson, Meredith Leigh Wilson, William David McArthur, Allison Leigh Lucovich, Margaret Lowery Cady, Henry Ferrell Hooper, Matthew Todd Kiefer, Emily Teresa`Roland, Henry Ian Davis, Mary Lawrence Love, Mary Paige Griffin and Amber Mechelle James, all of Meridian; Jacob Blake Daniels and William Redmond Abbey, both of Bailey; David Scott May and Elijah Edward Allen, both of Collinsville; Heather Leigh Hasselle of Marion; Colton Jordan Herrington, of Enterprise; Michael Andrew Kennedy and Rebecca Jean Clark, both of Quitman; Sidney Jackson Williams and Samira Nadia Abunemeh, both of Philadelphia; Elizabeth Anne Bennett, Elizabeth Ann McNair and Shelby Hannah Smith, all of Union.

    The following University of Mississippi students are listed on the Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring 2012 semester. For the honor, a grade-point average of from 3.50 through 3.74 is required of full-time students carrying at least 12 semester hours:

Sunny Caliste Rush, Chad William Bounds, Brianna Charlee Adkins, Samra Blake Ward, Cody Scott Berrey, McKenzie Leigh Griffin, Caroline Dimmitt Compton, William Craig Dungan, all of Meridian; Mary Lela Valentine of Marion; Ellie Elizabeth Turner of Enterprise; Gerald  Waltman and Samuel David McDonald, both of Quitman; Thomas Andrew Webb, Jon  Hillman, Mollie Clair McKay, Brandi Mae Mathes, Rachel Elizabeth Thomas, Joshua Lamon Smith, Kaitlin Ida Manning and Bethany Rose Kinney, all of Philadelphia; Lacey Anne Gilmore, Adam G. Brooks, Jennifer Leigh McNair and James Merrill Cassel, all of Union.

    • COLUMBUS – The following students were among the 113 scholars who attended Mississippi Governor’s School (MGS) held on the campus of Mississippi University for Women this summer: Kimberly Sanford and Shurnita Shope, both of Clarke County; Timothy Davis, Ayla Porter and Emma Reeves, all of Lauderdale County; Terrence Curry, Andrew Dendis and Benjamin Killen, all of Newton County; and Holly Cochran of Wayne County.

    • DECATUR – Several area high school graduating seniors were awarded scholarships to East Central Community College at the annual AT&T Scholarship Awards Program held in Huff Auditorium. A luncheon was held in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria following the awards ceremony.

    During the 2012 event, 136 students received 111 endowed or annual scholarships totaling approximately $74,000 in value. Local honorees were: Kennedy Castleberry, a graduate of Clarkdale High School,  recipient of the Pleas Clayton and Nancy Breazeale Blount Scholarship; Colt Killen, a graduate of Neshoba Central High School, recipient of the Dan Harrison Rush Health Systems Memorial Scholarship; and Madison Herrington, a graduate of Union High School, recipient of the Wallace Strickland Rush Health Systems Scholarship

    • ATLANTA, Ga. – The following area residents graduated from Mercer University at the Mercer’s spring commencement ceremony on the University’s Atlanta Campus on May 12: Kimberly Knox of Meridian, Miss., bachelor of business administration degree from the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business & Economics; and Susan Goines of Butler, Ala., master of science degree from the College of Continuing & Professional Studies.

    • The University of Southern Mississippi has released its President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2012 spring semester.

The President’s List includes full-time students who earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average (all As). Dean’s List scholars are those with at least a 3.5 grade point average, but less than a 4.0.

    Students recognized from the local area include:

    Hattiesburg Campus

Elizabeth Ann Kiehn; Dean’s List: Kylie Breanna Rowell and Deondra Smith

    Collinsville – President’s List: Lydia Sue Burns, Holly M. Jones Thomas and Ashley Brooke Thrash; Dean’s List: Keri Beth Graham, Marcus  Martin and Chandra Renae Sumlin-Brown

    Daleville – Dean’s List: Matthew R. Griffin

    Decatur – President’s List: Kyle Leon Ethridge

    Hickory – President’s List: Dylan Matthew Harris

    Lauderdale – President’s List: Paul Judson Tate; Dean’s List: Marshall Lee Howse 

    Lawrence – President’s List: Timothy  Seibel

    Marion – Dean’s List: Kelvin Lewis Bramlett

    Meridian – President’s List: Amie Nicole Clayton, Elizabeth Harris Fisher, Kara Drew Irby, Kimberly Thompson Meador, Justin Allen Palmer, Trent Ross Patterson, Kathryn Elizabeth Rawlings, Erin Leigh Scruggs, Audrey Elizabeth Sollie and Cononiah Latrece Watson; Dean’s List: Cory Brown, Brandi Scarbrough Carmichael, Olivia Clair Chisolm, Sara Elizabeth Courtney, Amber Leigh Craven, Jessica L. Fielder, Kimberly L. Gaddis, Ryan Lamar Gressett, Kelsey Lynn Kern, Ashley Nicole Kyler, Nicholas Metts, Cady Alexander Pace, Benjamin Joseph Pearson, Rachel Katherine Reeves, James Slater, David A. Threatt, Baleigh Deanna Volking and Kristina B. Weil

    Newton – President’s List: Adrienne Elizabeth McDill;         Dean’s List:

Casey J. Sharp 

    Oxford – President’s List: Katherine Bonita Kramer;         Dean’s List:

Lauren Elaine Mistilis

    Toomsuba – President’s List: Aubree Ann Gaines and Dalton Allen Newell;

    Dean’s List: Ashlyn Nicole Newell and Dequarios Quazion Overstreet

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