Ross Collins students gain real world experience while still in school

Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star

Dominic Norrington, left, and Antonio Bender work with robots at Ross Collins Career and Technical Center.

CROWNS TO PROFILE CONTRIBUTORS: Thank you to all the government, education, business, medical, military, arts and civic leaders who participated in helping us produce our annual Profile sections by either contributing guest articles and photos or talking with our reporters and allowing us into your worlds.

Thank you, too, for the kind people who took time out to nominate this year’s group of inspiring Unsung Heroes. You are heroes in your own right for recognizing the good people around us.

If you haven’t done so yet, please take the time to read our Profile sections. There are four sections in The Meridian Star this weekend to complement the four sections we published last weekend – 50 pages in all.

This is a good opportunity to read about the people who make things happen in our community, the success and challenges they’ve faced over the last year and their vision for the future. Agree or disagree with their viewpoints, the knowledge is good to have.

If you don’t have time to read them this busy weekend, set them aside for future review. We think you will find these reports useful.

A CROWN TO THE ROSS COLLINS CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER: Director Rob Smith this week in a report by Bianca Moorman said that in the past there was a stigma associated with career and technical training. That clearly is no longer the case.

Students have an opportunity to learn and practice a wide range of skills, ranging from the traditional trades to computer science, sports medicine, engineering, culinary arts, education and more.

Some of these students will go on to college, some will enter the workforce, all benefitting from this good base provided by Meridian Public School District.

A CROWN TO THE STATE CHAMPIONS: Congratulations to the Lamar boys soccer team for your 2-0 victory over Hatfield at the MAIS State Soccer Championships last weekend in Jackson.

Good luck to regional basketball teams from Meridian, Newton and Choctaw as you pursue state titles in the week ahead.

A CROWN TO LAMAR’S SARAH PASHA, who was profiled by Sports Editor Drew Kerekes on Thursday. Her grade point average is above 4, her ACT score is 34, but her basketball contribution isn’t measured in points but rather in heart and attitude.

If you haven’t read Drew’s piece, please check it out. Sarah’s example of her contribution in a support role for the Raiders is a great lesson for us role players of the world.

A CROWN TO THE CAST AND CREW OF PETER PAN: The sports teams tend to get all the glory, but there are hardworking teams on the stage and behind the scenes that deserve recognition and all the applause we can muster.

From all accounts the musical Peter Pan as put on by Lauderdale County School District and Meridian Community College students is a smash success and that takes much effort and teamwork, too.

You have two more opportunities to see the show, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at MCC’s McCain Theater.

A CROWN TO THE DOWNTOWN OPTIMIST CLUB, which served 2,700 people to all the pancakes they could eat on Tuesday at the Temple Theatre Ballroom during its 71st Pancake Jubilee.

Money raised will go toward the many youth programs supported by the Downtown Optimist Club, which receives an extra crown for those efforts.

A CROWN TO MACK VANDERMERWE for bringing Pasquale’s restaurant back to Meridian, staring Wednesday. Longtime locals say they’ve been missing this venue and its recipes.

A CROWN TO THE MANY PEOPLE working for the city, The Max,  the Meridian Symphony Orchestra and the MSU Riley Center for providing a full weekend of Mardi Gras events. If you can’t find a place to have a good time this weekend in Meridian, you’re not trying.

WHAT, NO FROWNS? Hey, it’s Mardi Gras, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!” We’ll point out the sins another day.

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