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September 19, 2012

Excellence in Education

MERIDIAN —     • OXFORD – David Scott May of Collinsville is recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda at the University of Mississippi.

    SAL is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

    • Lauderdale 4-H Club and Clarkdale High School Future Farmers of America member Blake Mollett attended 4-H Club Congress at Mississippi State University this summer.

    While attending the congress, Blake competed and placed first in the Agricultural Engineering/Welding event. He not only designed and completed a welding project, but also conducted a presentation, took a knowledge test and performed multiple welding procedures on site.

    Blake will represent the state at the National 4-H Engineering Challenge Event, Sept. 24-25, at the University of Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. As he prepares for the event, he is sponsored by Henderson Steel.

    • Brett Myers Scruggs of Meridian graduated with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi School of Nursing in May.

    Scruggs received several awards and recognitions, including National Collegiate Nursing Award, Sigma Theta Tau, international honor society of nursing, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

    Scruggs is the son of Marvin and Milli Floyd of Meridian

    • OXFORD – Quitman High School seniors Katelin Davis and Mallory Slay attended the 2012 Apex Leadership Summit at the University of Mississippi. Selection to attend Apex is very competitive; Katelin and Mallory were selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants. The leadership training program is offered to high school students in the summer, between their junior and senior years. Summit participants experience leadership development seminars, team building exercises, and sessions on ethics issues and social responsibility.

    Apex students participate in the Rebel Challenge Ropes Course and community service efforts in the Oxford area. Community service projects are also conducted to benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Students also have the chance to interact with University professionals, Ole Miss student leaders, and student from across Mississippi.

    • TUNICA – East Mississippi Community College trustee Rupert L. “Rudy” Johnson has been elected treasurer for the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College Trustees, putting him in line to serve each office up to and including chairman.

    Under the rules governing MACJCT officers, Johnson will serve two years as treasurer before moving on to serve two years as secretary, two years as vice chairman and two years as chairman. He was elected treasurer by the combined trustees of all Mississippi community colleges during the MACJCT annual meeting in July in Tunica. His term began immediately upon election.

    Johnson has represented Oktibbeha County on the EMCC Board of Trustees since 2010. He is former associate director of EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus from 1980-1990 and currently serves as executive director of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District.

    Johnson is the second EMCC trustee elected to hold an MACJCT office. Jeff Jolly, who represented Noxubee County on EMCC’s Board of Trustees, held office in the 1990s.

    Johnson joins fellow MACJCT officers Chairman Johnny McGlown of Coahoma Community College, Vice Chairman David Gardner of Jones County Junior College and Secretary Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth of East Central Community College.

    • DECATUR – Jenna H. Wright has been selected mathematics instructor at East Central Community College. She officially joined the ECCC faculty in August.

    Wright, a native of Banks, Ala., previously served as a graduate assistant in the mathematics department at Mississippi State University-Starkville, where she taught college algebra and worked in several math labs as a tutor. She has also served as seventh through 12th grade math intern.

    A graduate of Pike Liberal Arts High School in Troy, Ala.,  Wright received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education at Troy University in 2009 and earned a master’s degree in statistics from Mississippi State University-Starkville in August 2012.

    She is married to Eric Wright, a federal land surveyor. They reside in the Laurel Hill Community and serve as Youth Group Leaders at First Assembly of God in Carthage.

    • Brandon Lee McClure has been selected to receive the Marshall and Miriam Deonier Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,600 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by the late Thomas Roberson of Toomsuba and Virginia Stevens of Hattiesburg. The Deniers’ were the parents of Mrs. Roberson and Mrs. Stevens.

    McClure, a 2011 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is president of the Baptist Student Union and the leader for Bible study at MCC. He is a sophomore in the University Transfer Program.  McClure plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and major in religious studies

    • Megan Kami May has been selected to receive the Lee Anne Smith Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,800 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by a bequest from Shirley Wansley Smith. Mrs. Smith requested that the funds be used for scholarships as a memorial tribute to her daughter, Lee Anne.

    May, a 2011 graduate of Warren Central High School, is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. She is a Dean’s List Scholar and is the “Eagle Mascot” at MCC. Her plans are to continue her education at Mississippi University for Women and major in speech pathology

    • Jessica C. Griffin has been selected to receive the Howard Barnett Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by Ann Hall Barnett of New Orleans.  Mr. Barnett, a former resident of Meridian, was a strong advocate for education and a generous patron of the College. He established the Barnett All-America City Scholarship Endowment to fund scholarships for City of Meridian employees.

    Griffin is a 2011 honors graduate of West Lauderdale High School. A President’s Scholar, she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. Griffin is a business major in the University Transfer Program at MCC. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in business and one day open her own business.

    •  Zane Matthew Williams has been selected to receive the Gloria Nuckolls Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,300 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by the Nuckolls Family. The award is designated for a student in one of the healthcare programs at MCC.

    Williams, a 2007 graduate of Neshoba Central High School, is a sophomore in the Radiologic Technology Program at MCC. A President’s List scholar, he is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students and the Ivy League. His plan is to enter the workforce as a radiologic technologist.

    • Kimberley Marie Yates and Debbie Alene Ward have been selected to receive the Glen Deweese Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    These awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Deweese as part of the “Time is Now” capital campaign for the College in 1992. Deweese is remembered as a Mississippi State Senator, successful businessman, philanthropist, and advocate for education. He started with one store and grew it to one of the largest convenience store chains in the southeast.

    Yates, a 1997 graduate of Milton High School in Milton, Fla., is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. She will graduate in May 2013 with an associate of arts degree and then work towards a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in math. 

    Ward is a 1984 graduate of Quitman High School. A Dean’s List scholar, she graduated from the Surgical Technology Program and the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. Ward is currently in the University Transfer Program, with an emphasis in business administration. Her goal is to open her own home health business.

    • Trinity Shauntea Glenn has been selected to receive the Emma Ruth Corban Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Corban on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Corban’s teaching career spanned 43 years, 36 of those years at Meridian Community College.

    Glenn, a 2011 graduate of Meridian High School, is a sophomore in the University Transfer Program at MCC. She has been named to the Dean’s List and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. Her plans are to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

    • Tabitha Paige Gibson has been selected to receive the Dr. Lloyd Wilton Marsalis Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College.

    This $1,000 award is funded by the MCC Foundation. Marsalis retired as professor and head of the Department of Psychology at Mississippi University for Women after a distinguished career in education. He and his wife, Dr. Sula Marsalis, were instrumental in building the Walter and Cora Thompson Johnson Scholarship Endowment at MCC.

    Gibson, a 2012 high honors graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is a member of the Health Occupation Students of America, and the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. She plans to enter the work force upon graduation.

    • Vickie R. Duty and Brittany Robinson have been selected to receive the Elizabeth Welsh Riley Memorial Nursing Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    These $1,100 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established with memorial gifts from Betty Young, Gail Price and Sandra Jones, all nurses who cared for Mrs. Riley during her lengthy illness. Dr. William G. Riley completed the endowment. Family members continue to make annual gifts in support of these nursing scholarships.

    Duty, a 1979 graduate of Kendrick High School, is entering the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students, the Organization of Student Nurses (OSN) and the Mississippi Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (MOADN). Duty plans to work as a flight nurse while pursuing her Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) license.

    Robinson, a 2010 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is also entering her third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  A Dean’s list scholar, Robinson is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students, the Organization of Student Nurses (OSN) and the Mississippi Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (MOADN). She works in the nursery at Rush Foundation Hospital and plans to continue to work with newborns while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

    • Senera Q. Triplett and Erin R. Adcock have been selected to receive the Dr. Lemann and Wilma Bounds Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    These $1,500 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Wilma Bounds as a tribute to her husband. Dr. Bounds had an ENT practice in Meridian for many years. Scholarship recipients are chosen from one of the healthcare programs.

    Triplett, a 2010 honors graduate of Louisville High School, is in the third semester of the Health-Care Data Technology Program. She is a member of the MCC Gospel Choir, Phi Beta Lambda, a postsecondary division of Future business Leaders of America and the College Activities Board. She plans to enter the workforce after graduation.

    Adcock, a 2010 graduate of Clarkdale High School, is a member of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the Baptist Student Organization. She is a volunteer for LOVE’s Kitchen and her church. Adcock plans to continue her education through the bachelor of science degree in nursing at Mississippi University for Women. Her career goal is to be a nurse practitioner.

    • Clifford Odell Pulliam has been selected to receive the Chuck Nicholson Community Bank Veterans Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award, which is funded through the MCC Foundation, was initiated by Community Bank to honor Nicholson, who served on the MCC Foundation Board of Directors. It is given to an individual who has served in one of the branches of the United States military.

    Pulliam is a 1985 graduate of West Lauderdale High School. He is a Navy veteran. A President’s List scholar, Pulliam is studying computer networking at MCC. He plans to work toward a bachelor’s degree in computer    science.

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