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May 17, 2014

Five grads garner top scholarships at MCC commencement

MERIDIAN —     With an all-time record number of spring term graduates receiving their associate degrees and certificates, five Meridian Community College graduates received special recognitions as they were recipients of two prestigious scholarships during the College’s commencement ceremonies held Friday in the Evangel Temple.

     Jennifer Josette St. Clair of Collinsville, Kevin Goodrich Millet of Brandon and Deidre Leigh Johnson of Meridian, were tapped as recipients of the H.M. Ivy Scholarship. The scholarship is named after Dr. H. M. Ivy, the founding father of Meridian Community College. Ivy Scholars are selected on the basis of academic excellence, extra-curricular participation, financial need and faculty appraisals.  All three scholars will receive $1,500 for their junior year of study at senior institutions, and provided their academic excellence continues, $1,500 awards for their senior year of study.

    St. Clair, a student in the University Transfer Program, is a chemical engineering major with plans to attend Mississippi State University. She has a 4.0 grade point average (gpa), on a 4.0 scale, and is a member of the MCC Honors College, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) academic honor society and Ivy League Recruiters. While at MCC, this President’s List Scholar received the Margaret Dulaney Memorial Scholarship and the Winwright Scholarship funded through the MCC Foundation.

    Also a University Transfer Program student, Millet is a mechanical engineering major who plans to attend the University of Texas of the Permion Basin. He has a 4.0 gpa and is a President’s Scholar.  He is a member of PTK and the MCC varsity tennis team where he serves as captain.  Millet also was awarded the Sue Key Excellence in Mathematics Award.

    Johnson, of Meridian, an Associate Degree Nursing Program student, plans to attend the University of Mississippi and aspires to become a nurse practitioner. A President’s List Scholar with a 3.89 gpa, is also a member of PTK. She received the Earl G. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship awarded through the MCC Foundation.

    Two other MCC graduates, Luiza dos Santos of Quitman, and Blake Cameron Stewart of Meridian were tapped as Phil Hardin Foundation Scholars. The scholarships come with a $5,000 grant for each to attend the college of their choice. The two were selected on academic excellence, financial need and passion to attain a higher education. This scholarship pays tribute to the former Meridian entrepreneur and his philanthropic endeavors in support of education.

    Dos Santos is graduating with a 3.94 gpa from the University Transfer Program and plans to attend Mississippi State University-Meridian and major in accounting. She is a member of PTK where she served as co-vice president for services; a member of the Honors College and is an Ivy League Recruiter. She received the Thomas Minniece and the Austin and Alice James Accounting scholarships that are both funded through the MCC Foundation.

    Stewart, also a University Transfer Program student, is majoring in mechanical engineering with a 3.68 gpa. He plans to attend Mississippi State University. He is a member of PTK where he also serves as co-vice president for services. He is a member of the MCC Honors College and received the Mabel and Carl Merritt Scholarship funded through the MCC Foundation.

    In addition to the scholarships given, additional MCC students were tapped for inclusion in the Circle of Excellence. These graduates were chosen on the basis of scholarship, leadership, community service and spirit.

    Circle of Excellence honorees and their areas of student include: Jennifer St. Clair of Collinsville, chemical engineering; Kevin Millet of Brandon, mechanical engineering; Dylan Ray Boyd of Meridian, computer science; Cody Lewis of Meridian, kinesiology; Paige Davis of Meridian, pre-pharmacy; Luiza dos Santos of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, accounting; Emily Nester of Meridian, speech and language pathology; Jacob Welborn of Meridian, wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture; Amanda Satcher of Enterprise, pre-pharmacy; Timothy “TJ” Carter of Brandon, kinesiology; Karli Swearingen of Meridian, pre-medicine; Mallory Davis of Oxford, speech therapy; Haley Parker of Meridian, microbiology; Kelly Cobler of Meridian, accounting; William Grant Hill of Meridian, kinesiology; Aysia Cymone Houston of Meridian, microbiology (pre-optometry); Jacob Follin of Meridian, structural engineering; Tyler Vick of Meridian, secondary education/social studies;

    Breana Cook of Montgomery, Ala., psychology; Blake Stewart of Meridian, mechanical engineering; Lori Hollingsworth of Meridian, physical therapy assistant; Candace Sizemore of Meridian, health care data technology; Paul R. Woodruff of Meridian, computer programming; Jason Barker of Bailey, radiologic technology; Corey Robinette of Meridian, broadcast communications; Kevin May of York, Ala., radiologic technology; T’Keyah Clark of Meridian, criminal justice; Zane Williams of Philadelphia, radiologic technology; Heather Wood of Meridian, biological science; Casey Bolton of Russellville, Ala., criminal justice; Zach Gibson of Meridian, criminal justice; Kevin A. Hall of Collinsville, civil engineering; Will T. Sheriff Jr. of Terry, physical therapy; Kristen Morris of Yazoo City, kinesiology; Richard “Dylan” Miles of Meridian, secondary education, English and history; Kelsey Ward of Magnolia, Texas, elementary education; Alexis Langston of Meridian, accounting; Jessica Leach of Conehatta, nurse anesthetist; Deidre Johnson of Meridian, nurse practitioner; Auburn Berry of Quitman, nurse practitioner; and Madison Gillette of Meridian, elementary education.

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