Meridian Star

February 6, 2013

Excellence in education


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     • FAIRFAX, Va. –Neshoba Central High School student Elias Jimmie of Choctaw has been nominated to represent Mississippi as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2013 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

    Elias has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media. He was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

    National Youth Correspondents participate in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media. The experiential portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are well-known leaders in the media community. Presenters include prominent journalists, CEO's of major media outlets, researchers, and recent college graduates successfully entering the field. Last year's conference included Hoda Kotb, Chuck Todd, Brian Lamb and Neil Leifer.

    With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Journalism and Media conference offers aspiring journalists an unparalleled experience. The week-long program, held at George Mason University's state-of-the-art campus, encourages and inspires young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

    The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be held July 7-12.

    • OXFORD – Two students from Meridian are among 139 University of Mississippi students who have chosen to enrich their Ole Miss experience by studying in another country during the 2012-13 academic year.

    Thomas Chalk of Meridian, a senior history major, studied in Russia in fall 2012.

    Alexandra White of Meridian, a senior international studies major, is currently studying in Germany.

    The group comprises six students scheduled to study abroad both semesters, 56 for the fall semester and 77 for spring.  

    • CLINTON – Several Meridian residents were among more than 400 students who received diplomas during Mississippi College's fall commencement. Diplomas were presented during the three exercises held on campus.

    Local students receiving degrees: Rhonda Deanne Brooks, bachelor of science degree; Callie Amanda Covington, bachelor of science degree in nursing; Sarah Elizabeth Fouts, bachelor of science; Kristen Marie Hermetz, master of education; and Ashton Laura Lamoreaux, bachelor of science.