Two Jackson County first responders, Coty Peardon and Tyler Niblett, were named Acadian Ambulance Service’s Paramedic of the Year and EMT of the Year. Both came into the business though Explorer programs.
Gulfport High School teachers Patrick Wadsworth and Gerald "Dave" Huffman are one of the 10 finalists for the 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. As a finalist, the school and teachers received $30,000. Their students work collaboratively on projects that they choose, acquiring real-world experience in the process.
Burnham Drugs owner John McKinney’s wife, Wendy, died quickly after being diagnosed with cancer. As a lasting tribute, he established a scholarship at the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy where the two met.
Yvette Mulcahy has been working at the Biloxi Visitors Center for years, greeting tourists and making them feel at home. Visitors on the Coast drop in at the Biloxi Visitors Center year after year just to say hello to Mulcahy, said manager Bill Raymond.
Eleven-year-old Kalia McCray of D’Iberville discovered that she could say things in writing that she couldn’t express in words. She has collected the letters she has written to her mother and sister into a book, “Letters to My Loved Ones,” that she hopes will inspire other children to write.
Di Fillhart, owner of Starfish Cafe, came to South Mississippi to help after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. She fell in love with Bay St. Louis and opened a restaurant to help those in need learn a skill set they'll have for the rest of their lives.
Spiders Charity Golf Classic has provided financial support for people with terminal illness for over 22 years. The event has grown because the participants “believe in what we’re doing,” said committee member Rusty Ramage.
Ted Hearn, who started the Clean and Fresh program which allows homeless to shower and wash their clothes three days a week, talks about what inspired him to take a more direct approach in the lives of those struggling with housing.
Dental student Collin Peterson of Gulfport founded Kayaking for a Kause to raise money for children who can't afford needed dental care. Peterson has turned his favorite hobby into an event to help others.