Education Notebook for South Mississippi

July 12, 2014 

Kesler receives scholarship from MS Society chapter

The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has announced this year's recipients of its annual scholarship program.

The chapter provided scholarships to 27 high school seniors, including Annalee Kesler of Gulfport.

The program helps students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. It is open to high school seniors who live with MS or have a parent who does, or anybody living with MS who has not yet been to a post-secondary school.

D'Angelo completes ROTC program at Southern Miss

Nolan D'Angelo of Gulfport received a second lieutenant commission into the U.S. Army after completing the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Southern Mississippi.

ROTC helps train college students to become an officer in a branch of the U.S. military.

D'Angelo graduated with honors from Southern Miss this year with a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies, and will serve with the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps at Schoffield Barracks in Hawaii.

He is the son of Tommy and Kathy D'Angelo of Gulfport and Cynthia D'Angelo of Statesboro, Ga.

Resurrection presents awards to 2014 graduates

Resurrection Catholic School celebrated the graduating class of 2014 in a senior class awards night on May 13.

This year's RCS graduating class has been awarded scholarships totaling over $4.5 million dollars. Several universities and local clubs and businesses attended the event to present scholarships.

The Pope Saint John Paul II Award was presented to graduating seniors Kelsey Stone and Jonathan Swint. The award is for two graduating seniors who display the qualities of exemplary Catholic faith.

RCS presents GPA, citizenship awards Resurrection Catholic School recently honored students during an Awards Night.

Two students from each grade received a citizenship award. The students were chosen by their teachers for this honor.

Hayleigh Sparkman and Jack Sisson received the citizenship award for the seventh grade; Vivian Summerlin and Caden Hinman for the eighth grade; Lillie Boland and Justice Sharp for ninth grade; Chandrea Williams and Zachary Pierce for 10th grade; and Carly Bond and Alex Gonzalez for 11th grade.

The student with the highest overall average for each grade was honored.

Emma Landry received the highest average award for seventh grade, Becht Rowell for eighth grade, Barron Freeman for ninth grade, Rebecca Dikum for 10th grade, and Reid Bond for 11th grade.

Students who had the top two highest averages for each subject area were also honored, and students were awarded plaques for outstanding community and school service.

RCS celebrates Million Word Readers

Resurrection Catholic School recently held the annual Million Word Reader Breakfast to honor those students who read a million words or more during this school year. Students complete quizzes through the Accelerated Reader computerized program, and the program keeps a tally of the number of words each students reads. All million word readers received a certificate. The top three received gold, silver or bronze medals.

Eighteen RCS students reached a million words or more. The top honor was awarded to Emma Campbell, a seventh-grader who read 2.7 million words; second place was Isabelle Millette, an eighth-grader with 2.3 million words; and third place was Rebecca Dikum, a 10th-grader with 1.9 million words.

The following students reached the million word goal: Jade Barlow, Lillie Boland, Brianna Bosarge, Elizabeth Burrow, Emma Campbell, Amelia Cothran, Rebecca Dikum, Brice Gordon, Marielle Harkey, Caden Hinman, Kelsey Hofheinz, Savana Jackson, Emma Landry, Patrick Larsen, Sam Miller, Isabelle Millette, Jacob Scott and Kayla Washington.

Huey is OLA valedictorian; Schloemer is salutatorian

The top two students of Our Lady Academy's class of 2014 were announced by Tiffany Lindmark, principal.

They are Taylor Huey, valedictorian, and Sarah Anne Schloemer, salutatorian.

Huey is the daughter of Patrick and Rachelle Huey of Long Beach.

She has been on the All A's Honor Roll for her entire six years at Our Lady Academy. She received an Academic Achievement Award in science her junior year. She was a two-time winner of Pepsi Student of the Month. She was recognized as Top Ten Percent in biology and placed third in the Quiz Bowl at the Math/Science Competition at Millsaps College in Jackson.

Huey has held several leadership positions at OLA, including National Honor Society president, Spanish Honor Society treasurer, volleyball captain and softball captain. She was named a UCA All-American cheerleader.

During her time at OLA, Huey participated in the Youth Legislature, the March for Life, the Student Ministry and SEARCH. Huey also participated on the KAIROS retreat team.

She is a member of St. Thomas Church in Long Beach.

In the fall, Huey will be accepting the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Scholarship at the University of Mississippi, where she intends to pursue a degree in education.

Schloemer is the daughter of Doug and Anne Schloemer of Long Beach.

She has been on the All A's Honor Roll for all four of her high school years at Our Lady Academy. She has been recognized with Academic Achievement Awards in both English and Spanish. She was chosen as Kiwanis Student of the Week and attended Mississippi Governor's School.

Schloemer served as treasurer of her class for the past two years. She is also an active member of the National Honor Society, the Student Ministry, the KAIROS retreat team, the Spanish Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, cross country and the OLA volleyball team.

Schloemer is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport.

In the fall, she will be accepting the Presidential Scholarship at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she intends to major in computer science.

Ladner named to Hall of Fame at Mississippi College

Michelle Ladner, was selected to the Mississippi College Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1960 and honors four senior students for outstanding leadership ability, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, contributions to student life and dedication to the serving of God and fellowman.

Ladner is the daughter of Col. Scott and Kathie Ladner of Gulfport. She recently graduated with a B.S. in history.

She has been on the president's or dean's list all four years at Mississippi College and was a trustee scholar. She has served as secretary for the Student Government Association Executive Council and served two years as a class senator.

Ladner served the Nenamoosha Social Tribe as president and has been actively involved in NT all four years. She was voted by the student body for the 2013-14 homecoming queen and served as a homecoming maid her sophomore and junior years.

She was principle oboist for the Mississippi College Symphonic Winds and was the drum major for the Choctaw Marching Band.

Ladner also participated in the London Study Abroad Program. She was selected for the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 2013.

She has been inducted into Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Lambda Delta. She also served as an orientation leader and MC scout. This year, Ladner was voted by the student body as Miss MC.

West Harrison seniors attend Project Graduation

West Harrison High School held its third annual Project Graduation, an alcohol-free and drug-free party to help protect the lives of graduating seniors.

Twenty-nine seniors attended the event, which included giveaways such as a laptop, Apple iPad Mini, a dorm refrigerator, DVD player, microwave, gift cards and T-shirts.

The students enjoyed watching movies and playing video, relay, board and sporting games. They also had pizza, hot dogs, cake, candy, chips and beverages.

Freeman is valedictorian, Hong salutatorian at DHS

Andrew Franklin Freeman, the son of Arthur and Candi Freeman of D'Iberville, is the 2014 valedictorian of D'Iberville High School with a GPA of 4.45.

He has received several scholarship offers and plans to pursue a career in nursing.

James Hong graduated with a GPA of 4.27 as D'Iberville High School's 2014 salutatorian.

He plans to study engineering at the University of Alabama.

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