Education Notebook

July 5, 2014 

Students earn awards at PRCC Forrest County

Students from South Mississippi received honors during Awards Day at Pearl River Community College's Forrest County Center.

Rebecca Hopper of Long Beach received the Outstanding Student Award. Tim Pulver, director of occupational therapy assistant technology at Pearl River Community College, presented the honor.

Nhi Le of D'Iberville received the Outstanding Student Award. Shana Allen, director of the dental hygiene technology program at the Pearl River Community College's Forrest County Center, presented the honor.

Among those to receive Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities honors: Jeri Hebert of Saucier, Nhi Le of D'Iberville, Cindy Nguyen of Ocean Springs, Stephanie Rivas of Carriere, Debra Thompson of Picayune, Michelle Thorpe of Kiln and Abby Williams of Poplarville.

Moss Point High seniors named to Hall of Fame

Teachers and staff at Moss Point High School selected nine seniors for the 2014-15 Hall of Fame. These students were chosen based on excellence in one or more fields such as academics, athletics or fine arts.

Students selected for the honor were Christian Bilbrew, Devin Booker, Terance Bradley, Briauna Brown, Jordan Brown, Trenlon Harris, Billy Stokes, Maury Thompson and Trinity Webb.

Radiologic Technology students graduate

Students from South Mississippi were among 17 graduates of the Radiologic Technology program at Pearl River Community College's Forrest County Center to receive pins in a ceremony at the Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center.

They are Hailey Fischer of Poplarville, Aimee Moore of Wiggins, and Amber Goss and Keith Martin, both of Picayune.

Edgewater Rotary donates $500 to robotics team

Students from the St. Patrick High School Robotics Team received a $500 donation from the Rotary Club of Edgewater to help the team in its robot-building competitions in the region.

The Rotary Club of Edgewater helps support school clubs such as the Robotics Clubs and Interact Clubs.

Jackson County MSU alumni name scholarship winners

The Mississippi State University Alumni Association Jackson County chapter presented three high school graduates with extra funds for college this fall.

The entering MSU freshmen receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship toward their future education at Mississippi State University. Scholarships, established through the MSU Foundation, are funded through donations and the Jackson County Alumni Association's annual drawdown held each May.

Bianca Thomas is the recipient of the Joe D. Cole Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Shelby Christian and Laura Freeman are recipients of the Jackson County MSU Alumni Association scholarship.

Thomas is the Gautier High School valedictorian and daughter of Octavia Thomas. During her senior year, she was president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of the Key Club and treasurer of the Beta Club. Thomas was also captain of the varsity cheer squad her senior year and an honor roll student all four years of high school. She will study chemical engineering in the fall.

Christian, daughter of Richard and Lark Christian, is a Vancleave High School graduate. The future Famous Maroon band member graduated with highest honors and received Superintendent Honor Roll all four years of high school. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Vancleave High School band and the Mississippi State University honor band. Christian is also a member of the Vancleave First Baptist Church praise team and a vacation bible school teacher. She is majoring in architecture.

Freeman is Miss Gautier High School and the daughter of Greg and Patricia Freeman. The Gautier High graduate and class president was the soccer team captain, student council treasurer. the yearbook editor and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Freeman was a member of the tennis team and St. Mary's Catholic Church Catholic Youth Organization. She will study business finance in the fall.

Young to attend Brown on academic scholarship

Franklin Young, grandson of June Straight of Ocean Springs and the late Turner Straight Sr., graduated fifth in his class at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Fla. He is a candidate for an International Baccalaureate diploma. He will attend Brown University this fall on an academic scholarship.

Dunnells graduates from MC School of Law

Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson announces that Christopher Dunnells of Biloxi graduated with a juris doctorate in May.

He is the son of Michael Dunnells and Laura House of Biloxi. Dunnells is married to Caylan Devine of Jackson. He is a graduate of the Biloxi High School Class of 2007 and the Mississippi University for Women Class of 2011.

Dunnells worked for the Capital Defense Counsel, the Office of the State Public Defender and numerous civil law firms during his three years of law school. He was the recipient of several awards in law school, including Latin graduation honors, Dean's List multiple times and numerous advocacy awards for trial competitions.

Goff receives Nightingale Scholar honor at Carey

Hannah Goff of Vancleave received the Nightingale Scholar Award for the Class of May 2014 at William Carey University in Hattiesburg.

The honors convocation was held in Smith Auditorium.

RCS students receive athletic scholarships

Resurrection Catholic School students have received athletic scholarships.

Emma Foster, RCS junior, was awarded the William E. Feidt Memorial Soccer Scholarship. This scholarship is presented to an RCS junior soccer player who demonstrates athletic excellence, sportsmanship and strong academic performance. It is given in memory of Bill Feidt, who coached soccer for more than 30 years in local school systems. The recipient receives a $500 scholarship for RCS tuition.

Jonathan Swint and Madison Frazier, both graduating seniors of RCS, received the Murphy-Patrick Award for a multi-sport athlete and honor student who shows leadership on and off the field.

The award is named in honor of Glen Murphy and Leslie Patrick. Murphy and Patrick were the pitcher-catcher battery on Spring Hill College's baseball team more than 50 years ago, and they coached high school basketball and football, respectively, at Resurrection Catholic School for more than 50 years collectively.

Both coaches are remembered fondly by former students and athletes.

Criddle is valedictorian, Frazier salutatorian at RCS

Margaret Criddle, the daughter of David and Renee Criddle, is the valedictorian for the 2014 graduating class of Resurrection Catholic School.

Criddle is the granddaughter of Buddy and Vivian Criddle and Charles and Carol Curet. She will attend the University of Mississippi, where she plans to major in biochemistry.

Criddle has received $1.6 million in scholarships. She was in the Top 20 STAR Scholars in Mississippi and was recently named a National Merit Finalist.

Madison Frazier, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Frazier, is the RCS salutatorian for 2014.

She is the granddaughter of George and Patricia Ellis and Martha and James E. Frazier. She will attend Mississippi College, where she plans to major in pharmacy.

Frazier has received $250,000 in scholarships. She was the No. 1 volleyball hitter in Mississippi and was No. 4 in the nation. She finishes her high school career never having made anything less than an A.

Victoria Burrow, the daughter of Stephen and Mary Burrow, finished third in the RCS class of 2014.

She is the granddaughter of Mary Phillips and the late Louis "Skip" Phillips, and Harry Burrow and the late Jackie Burrow. She will attend the University of Mississippi, where she will be enrolled in the Croft Institute for International Studies.

Burrow has received $279,000 in scholarships. She was student body president as a junior and class favorite as a senior.

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