Meridian Star


May 22, 2013

Excellence in education: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

MERIDIAN —     • An area resident attending the Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) was among literary arts students who received awards in the prestigious Regional Scholastic Creative Writing Competition. The event is hosted by The Eudora Welty House, in conjunction with the Eudora Welty Foundation. 

    Rita Albert, a junior from Collinsville, received a Gold Key for her personal essay. MSA students received one American Voices Nomination/Best in Show, three Senior Portfolio winners, nine Gold Keys, 10 Silver Keys and 23 honorable mentions.

    Writing entries represented diverse categories, including dramatic script, humor, journalism, personal essay/memoir, short story, poetry, science fiction/fantasy, as well as general fiction and non-fiction portfolios.

    Entries receiving American Voices nominations and Gold Key awards, which are the highest level of achievement, will be sent to New York City where they will compete in the national competition among 80 other regions.

      • 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.”

    • Erin Adcock has been selected to receive the Kelley Elizabeth Humphreys Nursing Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $500 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment with the CREATE Foundation in Tupelo  Mr. and Mrs. Ray Humphreys are the parents of Miss Humphreys. Just as Kelley was beginning her career as a registered nurse in the oncology unit at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, her life ended tragically in an automobile accident. This scholarship is a tribute to her memory.

    Adcock, a 2010 valedictorian graduate of Clarkdale High School, is vice president of Meridian Community College’s Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. A President’s List scholar, she is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year college students and MCC Baptist Student Organization. Adcock is an active member in her community as well as volunteering at LOVE's Kitchen, Wesley House Community Center and at her church. 

    Adcock will continue her education through the bachelor of science degree in nursing at Mississippi University for Women. She plans to be a nurse practitioner.

    • LIVINGSTON, Ala. — The University of West Alabama recently recognized outstanding students for their academic achievements and leadership roles at the institution’s annual Honors Day. Honorees and their guests were treated to a luncheon at the Bell Conference Center before the Honors Day Convocation in Bibb Graves Auditorium.

    Ashley Betts of Toomsuba was recognized Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. The senior accounting major is the daughter of Zachariah and Jeanette Betts.

    Jallena Coffman of Meridian was inducted into the Cardinal Key honor society. The sophomore chemistry major is the daughter of Darrin and Linda Coffman.

    Dylan Cooper of Meridian was inducted into Blue Key and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. The junior integrated marketing communications major is the son of Lisa West.

    Alyse Green of Meridian was inducted into the Iota Tau Alpha honor society. The junior athletic training major is the daughter of Fred and D’Lee Hutchison and Jay Green.

    Paige Ip of Meridian was inducted into the Beta Beta Beta honor society. The freshman biology comprehensive major is the daughter of James and Kim Pearsell and Garrett Ip.

    Deshauna Johnson of Meridian was inducted into the Beta Beta Beta honor society. The sophomore marine biology major is the daughter of Katerina Weddington.

    Lilli Martin of Meridian was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma honor society. The junior nursing major is the daughter of Harley Martin and Tommy and Stacy Jenkins.

    Sydney Matthews of Meridian was inducted into Beta Beta Beta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. The freshman biology major is the daughter of James and Machelle Matthews.

    Lindsey Nicklas of Collinsville was inducted into Alpha Chi, Alpha Epsilon Delta, andCardinal Key honor societies. The junior pre-pharmacy major is the daughter of Debbie and Bobby Fason and Chester and Gloria Nicklas.

    Avery Smith of Lauderdale received the Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholar Award. The sophomorebiology major is the daughter of Paul and Lori Smith.

    In addition to recognizing student honorees, the University inducted three graduates, Sylvia Burkhalter Homan of Demopolis, Ala., Glenda Sue Moore of Choctaw County, Ala. and Dr. Charles C. Woods of Birmingham, Ala., into the Society of the Golden Key. Induction into the Society is the highest honor bestowed upon a UWA graduate or professor.

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