Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation’s Education Committee recently awarded their spring semester 2013 Head of the Class winners. The Head of the Class program is for high school students participating in technical and career education from each of the city and county schools, grades 10-12.
Students are nominated by their teachers for the award of either “Highest Overall Career and Technical Student” or “Most Improved Career and Technical Student.” The EMBDC then selects the top two winners from each school and presents them with a certificate and a gift card in each of their classrooms.
On May 14, all winners from fall and spring semesters were invited to a breakfast held at Mississippi Power Company. The students were asked to bring someone from their school that has made an impact on their education throughout the years. During the breakfast each student stood up and told who they brought and why. Many of the students brought their current career and technical teachers because they have helped them figure out what they want to do in the future.
"I chose my Health Occupations instructor, as well as HOSA advisor, Ms. Rhaly," said Haleigh Brown of West Lauderdale.
"She has helped me learned the different steps of going through the medical field and that's what I want to do when I get older. I thank her for that."
Other students were thankful for teachers and administrators who took an interest in them excelling in their education and in life. "I chose my principal Mr. Hubbard to come with me today," said DeQuon Anderson of Meridian High School. "I wasn't a very good student starting out, but he kept me on the right path and pushed me to the limit. Now I'm on going on to better things."
During the breakfast, EMBDC President Wade Jones spoke of his respect and admiration for students in the career and technical programs.
"One of the winners from Ross Collins is actually a West Lauderdale student who comes in for classes. During his award presentation, out of the 35-40 students, they all recognized that he was deserving of it," Jones said.
"This program speaks a lot about the cooperation between the city and county schools and everyone working together. My job is to bring in industry to Meridian. My job is to keep industry here. You are demonstrating that you are going to be a leader within these different vocations and I appreciate that," Jones said.
Following are the 2013 spring semester Head of the Class winners:
Clarkdale High School
• Highest Overall Career and Technical Student – Bo Stephens, Ag & Natural Resources II
• Most Improved Career and Technical Student – Courtney Turner, Health Science I
Southeast High School
• Highest Overall Career and Technical Student – Kate Sprabery, Business Fundamentals/Marketing
• Most Improved Career and Technical Student – Corbin Hawker, Carpentry
Northeast High School
• Highest Overall Career and Technical Student – Ebonee Spinks, Early Childhood Education II
• Most Improved Career and Technical Student – Christian Espino, Career Pathway Experience
West Lauderdale High School
• Highest Overall Career and Technical Student – Haleigh Brown, Health Occupations 1
• Most Improved Career and Technical Student – Blake Knight, Health Occupations 1
Meridian High School – Ross Collins
• Highest Overall Career and Technical Student – DeQuon Anderson, Health Sciences II
• Most Improved Career and Technical Student – Brandon Lee, Construction Technology