Meridian Star

Education

October 10, 2012

Excellence in Education

MERIDIAN —     • Haley Samantha Mercer has been selected to receive the L.J. Davis Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $500 award is funded from an endowment established by Winifred Davis of Enterprise. Mr. Davis served as football coach and classroom instructor for 29 years with Enterprise High School.

    Mercer is a 2012 graduate of Enterprise High School.  A President’s list scholar, she was a member of the EHS cheer squad, year book editor, Beta president and on the honor roll. Mercer is taking prerequisite classes to pursue an associate’s degree in nursing and will continue her education through the master’s level in nursing.

    • LaQuanda S. Harvey has been selected to receive the Upward Bound Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from a fund established by Mr. and Mrs. Maurice F. Kahlmus in 1998. Students are recommended for these scholarships by the Boys and Girls Club.

    Harvey is a 2012 graduate of Meridian High School, where she was a member of the MHS Concert Choir, Gospel Choir and Drama Club. She is in the University Transfer Program working toward a degree in elementary education. Harvey is a member of the MCC Concert Choir. In addition to her college studies, she works at the East Mississippi Boys and Girls Club of America and sings in the Abundant Life Tabernacle Adult and Youth Choir. She plans to transfer to the University of Southern Mississippi to obtain her teaching degree.         

    • Jennifer J. St. Clair, Hailey Barrett and Cody Lewis have been selected to receive the Charles and Jean Winright Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    These $2,000 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by a $145,000 bequest from the estate of Mrs. Winright in 1999. Charles Winright was an MCC graduate, as was his mother, Mrs. Pearl Winright, who became a registered nurse. It was the largest bequest ever made to the Foundation at that time.

    St. Clair, salutatorian of the 2012 graduating class of West Lauderdale High School, is in the first semester of the University Transfer Program at MCC. She was a member of the National Honor Society for high school students and awarded top 20 percent in mathematics in the Math and Science Competition for 2012. St. Clair plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

    Barrett, a 2012 graduate of Northeast High School, is in the first semester of the Associates Degree Nursing Program at MCC. She was a member of the Debs Social Service Club. Barrett’s career goal is to complete her education and become a nurse practitioner.

    Lewis is a 2012 valedictorian of Southeast High School. He is a member of the Leadership Lauderdale Youth and the Boy Scouts of America. Lewis is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. He plans to continue his education at Mississippi State University with a concentration in physical therapy and sports medicine.                              

    • Edward Harrison Warren and Conner Murphy McKee have been selected to receive the Sara and Sam Niemetz Math Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    These $1,500 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Mrs. Niemetz in 1990. The Niemetz family emigrated from Russia and adopted Meridian as their home in 1938. For 35 years, they owned and operated one of the premiere ladies apparel shops in Meridian, The Vogue. Mr. and Mrs. Niemetz were actively involved in Temple Beth Israel as well as civic activities in the community; education was a primary interest of theirs. The MCC Foundation also received a generous bequest from Mrs. Niemetz’ estate.

    Warren, a 2011 salutatorian graduate of Starkville Academy, is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. He is a member of the MCC Eagles Tennis Team and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. After completing his associate degree, his plans are to attend Mississippi State University and pursue a degree in mechanical/electrical engineering.

    McKee, a 2011 honors graduate of Starkville Academy, is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. A Mississippi Scholar, McKee is a member of the MCC Eagles Baseball Team, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity through the Catholic Youth Organization, and is tapped for Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. After completing his associate’s degree at MCC, he plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in electrical engineering. McKee’s goal is to become CEO of a large engineering firm.           

    • Catherine Scarlett Monsour has been selected to receive the Linda and Marty Davidson Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,530 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by Mr. and Mrs. Davidson who are strong supporters of education and advocates for the arts in our community.

    Monsour, a 1996 graduate of the Southeast High School, is a MCC high honors marketing graduate and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. She has been accepted in the associate degree nursing program at MCC and plans to continue her education and work towards a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

    • Felicia Aanelle Ball has been selected to receive the Susie Short Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College.  

    This $1,500 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by Dr. Ronnye Purvis.

    Ball completed her GED in 1997 from East Central Community College and received an associated of arts degree, University Transfer also from ECCC. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. She is in the first semester of the Practical Nursing Program at MCC. After she completes the PN program, Ball plans to continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

    • Rachel N. Wilson received the Jerry Greene Hotel and Restaurant Supply Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    These awards are funded through the MCC Foundation by the local food service equipment dealer. A member of the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, Greene is a recipient of the prestigious Hartley D. Peavey Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Students in the Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology Program are chosen for these scholarships.

    Wilson, a 2011 graduate of Grace Christian School, is a sophomore in the Hotel and Restaurant Technology Program at MCC. She is a member of the Distributive Education Clubs of America.  After graduating, she plans to work as a restaurant manager.

    • Julie Smythe Little has been selected to receive the Dr. George Howell Nursing Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,150 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Mathilde Howell in memory of his husband. Dr. Howell, who had a distinguished career in medicine for over 40 years, was the first board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in Meridian.

    Little, a 2007 honors graduate of Simpson County Academy, is in the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. She is a member of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and works part-time at Rush Foundation Hospital in the Critical Care Unit. Her career goal is to continue her education through the master’s level in nursing and also receive a critical care nurse certification.     

    • Richard Dylan Miles has been selected as the recipient of the Meridian Rotary Club Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by the local civic organization.

    Miles is a 2012 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, where he was a member of the varsity baseball team, awarded the Mr. Hustle Baseball Award and chosen for the Who’s Who Among the Most Talented. Miles entered the University Transfer Program at MCC with plans to pursue a degree secondary education.

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