Education Notebook for South Mississippi

JA awards $10,000 in Ann Wesson Scholarships

Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs awarded $10,000 in scholarships to 23 high school graduates. Students received the scholarships in memory of Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs past president and national scholarship committee member, Ann Wesson.

Wesson and her husband, Dr. Ray Wesson, died in a plane crash in Poland while traveling with the United States Boxing Team. Ann Wesson was a tireless volunteer for the Mississippi Gulf Coast and an advocate for the children in our community.

Scholarship winners: Madeline Clare Andrews, Biloxi High School; Sharon Jeanna Byas, Vancleave High School; Ellen Michaela Cannon, Vancleave High School; Chelsea Taylor Cole, Ocean Springs High School; Hunter Eugene Cooper, St. Patrick Catholic High School; Kattie Thao Dao, D'Iberville High School; Monica Duenas, Biloxi High School; Macey Darlene Forehand, St. Martin High School; Taylor Bailey George, Vancleave High School; Emily Glynn, Vancleave High School; Lauren Elizabeth Green, Ocean Springs High School; Krystal Nicole Kearns, D'Iberville High School; Michelle Quyen Le, St. Martin High School; Aisha Nicole Lyle, Ocean Springs High School; Brandi Raquel Mann, D'Iberville High School; Kashama Sydonnas Miller, Biloxi High School; Melynda Ngoc Trinh Nguyen, D'Iberville High School; Hayley Marie Orman, St. Patrick Catholic High School; Chloe Payne, D'Iberville High School; Douglas Preston-Centonzio, Biloxi High School; Alyssa Tanner, Vancleave High School; Krystal Leanne Triplett, Ocean Springs High School; and Miranda Charnell Williams, Biloxi High School.

Winners received scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000.

To be eligible to receive the scholarship, students must live in the Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs service area and attend one of thee schools: Biloxi High School, D'Iberville High School, Ocean Springs High School, St. Martin High School, St. Patrick Catholic High School or Vancleave High School.

Junior Auxiliary is a national nonprofit organization that encourages members to render charitable services that are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children.

Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs is a part of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 with headquarters in Greenville.

NAJA has 101 chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

Alford participates in science academy

Moss Point High School sophomore Samiya Alford participated in Howard University's Center of Excellence High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy. The six-week summer program is designed to strengthen and enhance the academic potential and internship/volunteer experiences of students focusing on a career in the health professions.

Alford was one of 20 high school students selected across the United States who demonstrated an interest in the sciences. In addition to her exhibiting the necessary leadership skills, she scored high on the aptitude for science/mathematics and technology.

Lett awarded scholarship from resource officers group

Moss Point senior Jada Lett received the Mississippi Association of School Resource Officers Scholarship, a $500 scholarship.

Requirements for the scholarship included a recommendation from the school's resource officer, a minimum of 40 hours of community service, a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a 300-word personal statement.

Supervisors award scholarships to 12

The Mississippi Association of Supervisors has awarded $300 scholarships to three freshmen from each county in Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's four-county district.

Recipients are Wyatt Gray, Deidra Foster and Keldon D. Pope, all of Lucedale; Stephanie McIntyre and Katherine Schroeder, both of Vancleave; Kevin Le of Ocean Springs; Haley Free of Perkinston; Aaron Holmes of Wiggins; LeighAnne Howe of Lumberton; Joseph Hamner of Gulfport; Brandon Beckstein of D'Iberville; and Maylin Faye Dabbs of Long Beach.

Johnson honored as MC scholar-athlete of year

Meredith Jordan Johnson of Vancleave was named one of the Alpha Chi Scholar Athletes of the Year at Mississippi College. This award is presented to the junior or senior male and female athlete with at least a 3.5 GPA and who have provided outstanding service to their athletic and academic careers at Mississippi College.

Quigley receives doctorate of medicine from Ole Miss

Rae Quigley, daughter of Keith and Jimmie Quigley of Biloxi, was granted a doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She will has begun a three-year residency in pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

She received her bachelor's degree in microbiology from Mississippi State University in 2011.

She is also the granddaughter of Elvira (Betty) Menard and Claudette Quigley, both of Biloxi.

Blye named to national scholars group

Roosevelt A. Blye III of Biloxi High School has been selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, which recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

Reaux participates in science-technology program

Timothy Reaux of Stone High School of Wiggins was a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Reaux was nominated by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, science director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Mississippi based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

Saul a Sigma Alpha Lambda member at USM

Molly Robin Saul of Ocean Springs has become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

Men of Moss Point group honors senior Lett

Men of Moss Point, an organization aimed at serving the young males of their community, awarded Moss Point High senior Jontavious Lett, a $500 scholarship sponsored by Stewart Sneed Hewes Insurance.

Requirements for the scholarship included a recommendation from the school's counselor.

Lett attends Pearl River Community College and pursuing a career in criminal justice. He plans to attend Mississippi State University.

Gulfport student receives honors scholarship to The W

Jasmyn Crain of Gulfport was accepted into the Ina E. Gordy Honors College and offered a scholarship to attend Mississippi University for Women. The competitive honors scholarship is only awarded to five students every year. To be considered for the scholarship, interested individuals participate in either the fall or the spring Award Recognition Day where they are interviewed by faculty of The W.

The Ina E. Gordy Honors College supports students with a track record of academic excellence and intellectual motivation as they seek to take their accomplishments to the next level. Members of the Honors College have the opportunity to study abroad, graduate with honors, participate in lecture series that host distinguished speakers on campus and live in Grossnickle honors residential hall.

Busby, Williams join Rural Medical Scholars

Rural Medical Scholars students Henry Busby of Diamondhead and Gabriel Williams of Gulfport were among 24 students enrolled in the five-week program at Mississippi State University to encourage high school students to pursue medical careers in rural areas of the state.

MSU's Extension Service directed and funded the program with assistance from the State Office of Rural Health at the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Ruffin named to dean's list at Stephen F. Austin

Forestry student Matthew Ruffin of Gautier was named to the dean's list at Stephen F. Austin State University for the spring semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5.

MGCCC students win at PBL, SkillsUSA competitions

Eight Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College students won national recognition at SkillsUSA competitions in Louisville, Ky., and at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago.

MGCCC winners at the PBL conference include Maddy Groue and Alyssa Miller, first place, desktop publishing; Tyler Johnson, second place, desktop publishing, and ninth place, mobile application development; Cabrina Oliver and Joy Tyler, sixth place, business sustainability; and Alexis Bounds, seventh place, business law. These students competed against 1,600 students from across the nation in business-related events.

Thomas Koch won first place in technical computer applications, and Wendell Thomas won 10th place in architectural drafting at the SkillsUSA competitions. These students competed against more than 6,000 state winners in skills-related events.

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business, career-related and skills areas.

Wypyski, Foster selected to leadership institute

Madison Wypyski of Pass Christian and Kaylee Foster of Ocean Springs were part of a select group of students chosen to participate in the University of Mississippi's Trent Lott Leadership Institute for rising ninth-graders on the Oxford campus. The program is designed to develop critical thinking and leadership skills.

Stanford earns rural physicians scholarship

Casey Stanford, a graduate of the University of Mississippi and Gautier native, was awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for his medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson.

He is the son of David and Sheri Stanford of Gautier. His grandparents are Paul and Alpha Stanford and Paul and Lynn Stauter of Gautier.

Created in 2007, the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP) is designed to provide more primary care physicians in rural areas of Mississippi. During medical school, each MRPSP scholar receives $30,000 per year based on available funding.

Other benefits include personalized mentoring from practicing rural physicians and academic support.

Upon completion of medical training, MRPSP scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics. The MRPSP Scholar must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community of 20,000 or fewer population located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

MRPSP provides a means for rural Mississippi students to earn a seat in medical school and to earn a $120,000 medical school scholarship in return for four years of service and learn the art of healing from practicing rural physicians.

Attipoe attends MDOT training program

Long Beach Middle School teacher Trena Attipoe joined other teachers from across Mississippi to attend the state Department of Transportation's Transportation and Civil Engineering, or TRAC, program training. The training was led by National Board Certified teachers who are using the TRAC program at their school.

MDOT's TRAC program introduces students to a wide variety of career opportunities in the field of engineering and teaches students how to apply math and science concepts to help identify and resolve engineering barriers in the transportation system. The program uses two modules, SimCity and Bridge Builder, to help students put these abstract concepts into real-word application.

McCracken awarded $5,000 fellowship

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Stephanie Lane McCracken of D'Iberville has been awarded a fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

An Honors College graduate, McCracken earned a bachelor's degree in geography from Southern Miss in December 2014. She graduated summa cum laude (highest honors). As a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, she will pursue a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan.

McCracken is among 57 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.

In 2014, McCracken was selected as a recipient of the Truman Scholarship, the only student chosen from a Mississippi institution that year. McCracken was also among 17 Southern Miss Gulf Park campus students selected for the 2014-15 Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Parkerson is DeLisle Elementary's Teacher of Year

Third-grade teacher Kera Parkerson was elected DeLisle Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

Parkerson, a Pass Christian High School graduate, received a bachelor's in elementary education from the University of Southern Mississippi and is certified to teach elementary school (K-6), remedial reading (K-12), and social studies (7-12).

After completing her master's degree in gifted and talented education from Arkansas State University in December 2015, she plans to pursue a specialist degree in gifted and talented education.

Parkerson began her career in education as a third-grade teacher at DeLisle Elementary School in 2013. In addition to her teaching duties, she serves on the school's STEAM Committee, Science Fair Committee and Health and Wellness Committee.

Moss Point center receives a $200,000 grant

Moss Point Career & Technical Education Center was selected as one of five schools in the state to receive a $200,000 grant to establish an engineering/robotics program.

The grant, funded by the Mississippi Department of Education, will allow the school to further its engineering platform by buying equipment needed to start the program and help students at robotics competitions.

The program will be a part of the Moss Point Career & Technical Education Center under the leadership of Durand Payton, who has been the head of the Career & Technical Education Center since 2013 and the author of the engineering grant.

Although students will engage in some building of robots, the program's primary function is to serve as a pre-engineering curriculum with an emphasis on mechanical engineering.

Payton also said the center will be working with Mississippi State University on a collaborative project.