Meridian Star


November 14, 2012

Excellence in Education

MERIDIAN —     • Jermaine Harris of Meridian 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.

     Harris is a 2012 graduate of Meridian High School, where he was a member of the MHS Basketball Team. Harris is in the University Transfer Program at MCC and is working toward a degree in athletic training.

    • SaKeria Fielder has been selected to receive the Charles L. Young Sr. Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,100 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from the Charles L. Young Sr. Foundation directed by Charles L. Young Jr. Mr. Young Sr. was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and served District 82 for 29 years.  He was a strong advocate for education and a loyal friend to MCC.

     Fielder is a 2012 high honors graduate of West Lauderdale High School, where she was a member the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) and placed first in the state HOSA competition. Fielder is currently in the LPN Program at MCC as a dual-enrollment student.   Her plans are to continue her education in the nursing field and become a registered nurse. 

    • Dr. Julia Porter, associate dean of the Division of Education at the Mississippi State University College Park Campus at Meridian, received the 2012 Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) Service Award. 

    Porter was presented the award during the ACC Awards Luncheon at the 2012 ACC Conference in Memphis, Tenn. Her service to ACC currently includes serving as a trustee on the ACC Board and as co-chair for the 2012 ACC Conference. She completed a two year term as chair of the ACC Membership Committee in July 2012.

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