Meridian Star

Education

November 6, 2013

Excellence in education: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

MERIDIAN —     • Cory Gibbs of Meridian and Ryan Johnson of Quitman have been selected to receive The Radio People Scholarships at Meridian Community College. These $1,700 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation by Mr. Clay Holladay, owner of the regional broadcast organization.

     Gibbs, a 2003 graduate of Enterprise High School, is a sophomore in the Broadcast Communication Technology Program at MCC. He is a member of the Student Association of Broadcasters and works part-time for The Radio People. Gibbs plans to enter the workforce upon graduating from MCC.

    Johnson, a 2007 graduate of Thomasville High School, is a sophomore in the MCC Broadcast Communication Technology Program, Dean’s List scholar and a member of the Student Association of Broadcasters. He works part-time for The Radio People, as well as co-hosts the MCC Morning Show on 106.9 The Eagle. Johnson plans to enter the radio industry after graduation.

    • Shelby Peavy has been selected to receive the Thomas and Norma Bourdeaux Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,400 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Mrs. Bourdeaux. The first president of the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Bourdeaux had a distinguished career in law. Mrs. Bourdeaux is a former member of the Mississippi State House of Representatives and an accomplished artist. She also served on the Board of Directors of the MCC Foundation.

     Peavy, a 2013 graduate of Brookhaven High School in Brookhaven, is a freshman in the University Transfer Program at MCC studying pre-law. She volunteers for Brookhaven’s little league baseball program. Her plans are to continue her education at Mississippi College and then enter law school.    

    • Austin Braddock has been selected to receive the Ralph E. Young Sr. Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $2,400 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Mrs. Nell Ison Young and her sons, R. James Young of Jackson and Ralph E. Young Jr. of Meridian. An active community leader, Young Sr. served as president and CEO of Merchants & Farmers Bank.

     Braddock, a 2012 graduate of West Lauderdale High School. He is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. Austin is a member of the Air National Guard and works part-time as a life guard.  He plans to continue his education at Mississippi State University and major in civil engineering.

    • LaTisha Hoskin of Louisville has been selected to receive the WTOK TV Broadcast Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by the local television affiliate.

    Hoskin is a 1994 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. A Dean’s List scholar, she is a sophomore in the Broadcast Communication Technology Program at MCC. Hoskins is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year college students. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting at Mississippi State University

     • Four Meridian Community College students have been selected to receive the Structural Steel Services Scholarships: Kattie Smith, Heather Fitzgerald, Merry Driver and Jacob Fitzgerald. 

    These $1,000 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Mr. Tommy Dulaney, CEO and President of SSSI.  Employees of Structural Steel have received assistance with college expenses for many years. Dulaney, a strong advocate for education, wanted to extend that benefit to the families of employees as well. In the 20 years since its inception, 68 scholarships have been awarded.

     Smith, a 2010 honors graduate of Neshoba Central High School, is a sophomore in the Radiologic Technology Program at MCC. A Dean’s List scholar, she has participated in Cancer Awareness, Wesley House and Loves Kitchen fundraisers at MCC. After graduating with an associate’s degree in radiologic technology, she plans to complete her bachelor’s in radiologic sciences and receive her certification in mammography and computed tomography. She is the daughter of David Smith.

     Heather Fitzgerald, a 2008 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC She is a member of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and Health Occupation Students of America. Her goal is to graduate from MCC and pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is the daughter of Brent Fitzgerald.

     Driver, a 2012 graduate of Quitman High School, is a sophomore in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. She works part-time at Anderson Regional Medical Center in the Admissions/ER department. Her plans are to continue her education in the medical field. She is the daughter of Bill Driver.

     Jacob Fitzgerald, a 2013 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, is a freshman in the Broadcast Communication Technology Program at MCC. After graduating from MCC, he will join the workforce as a broadcaster and one day would like to work for CNN. He is the son of Brent Fitzgerald.

     • Corey Robinette has been selected to receive the Eddie Holladay Broadcast Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,400 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established to honor Holladay for his many contributions to the broadcast industry.

     Robinette, a 2011 honors graduate of Meridian High School, is a sophomore in the Broadcast Communication Technology Program. A President’s List scholar, Robinette is a member of the Student Association of Broadcasters and does play-by-play announcing for MCC Sports (baseball, basketball, soccer) and is also the President of BCT Club. He plans to continue his education in broadcasting at the University of Southern Mississippi while working at a local news center or production office.

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