Meridian Star


August 29, 2012

Excellence in Education


MERIDIAN —     • MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Gail Sims of Meridian earned a master of health administration degree in health administration from the University of Memphis during May 5 commencement ceremonies.

    • OXFORD – Brock Mardis of Enterprise was among 59 students from around the state who attended the second of three sessions of Summer Academy at the University of Mississippi.

    Summer Academy offers students entering grades 8, 9 and 10 this fall the opportunity to experience college life.

    The three, three-week sessions allow the students to make new friends and contacts, learn time management, improve study habits and earn high school credit that may count toward high school graduation requirements.

    • LIVINGSTON, Ala.— Thomas Webb was recently awarded a $5,000 Trustees Scholarship to attend the University of West Alabama. This award, which is based on academic achievement and proven leadership potential, comes from the UWA Office of Admissions.

    The Meridian Community College student plans to major in athletic training.

    • Natalie P. Matthews has been selected to receive the AlJean Young Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $500 award is funded through the MCC Foundation. Young retired from Meridian Community College as an Allied Health counselor.

     Matthews, a 1999 graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School, is president of the Medical Laboratory Technology Student Organization and belongs to the Health Occupation Students of America. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in medical technology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    • Angela Ellen Holmes and Randall Scott Barnes have been selected to receive the Anderson Support and Development Foundation Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    These $2,000 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation by the local non-profit corporation. The Board of Anderson Support and Development Foundation believe that financial support for medical educational is the key to a successful medical community.

    Holmes is a 1999 graduate of Harding Academy of Memphis in Tennessee. A President’s List scholar she is in the third semester of the Medical Laboratory Technology at MCC. She is a member of the Student Association of Medical Laboratory Technology, Health Occupation Students of America and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students.  Her plans are to work in the laboratory at one of Meridian’s hospitals.

     Barnes is a 2003 graduate of Kemper Academy.  A President’s List scholar, he is entering his second year in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at MCC. Barnes is a member of the Health Occupation Students of America and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students.  After graduating, he plans to work as a physical therapist assistant in a nursing home.

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