Stanislaus student Walk scores 36 on ACT

Mitchell Walk, son of Mary Kay and Wesley Walk of Diamondhead and a rising senior at St. Stanislaus, earned a top composite score of 36 on the Feb. 7 ACT test. Mitchell has achieved either alpha or president's honor roll every quarter since the seventh grade.

He is a member of the Brother Peter Basso Chapter of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and is the Student Council 2015-16 Student Council vice president. As a three-sport varsity athlete, Mitchell has earned varsity letters in football, basketball and tennis.

Nationally, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score of 36. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.

MGCCC graduate awarded Hites Transfer Scholarship

Rachael Nelson, a 2015 graduate of MGCCC's Jackson County campus, received the The Hites Transfer Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to only 10 students nationwide. This is the first time an MGCCC student has received this award.

Nelson also received the prestigious Dowell Leadership Scholarship (which is based on achieving a top score in the statewide Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship competition), the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship, was a Gold Scholar in the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, was named to the First Team All Mississippi Academic Team and received a University of Mississippi Lyceum Scholarship.

The Hites Scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement, engagement in college and community activities, and leadership accomplishment of Phi Theta Kappa members preparing to transfer to senior institutions.

Williams receives $2,000 scholarship

Thyrone P. Williams Jr. of Pass Christian is the overall winner of the 2015 National Tax Centers/Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity African-American Male Leadership Scholarship Award, worth $2,000.

Williams, who was a high school senior at Pass Christian High School, is a student athlete who maintained a 3.89 GPA and had a composite score of 25 on the ACT. Williams majoring in nursing at the University of South Alabama. He also joined the Air Force Reserve.

Biloxi student wins 1st in state in essay contest

Myah McCarthy, as a fourth-grader at Jeff Davis Elementary in Biloxi, was the first-place state winner in the SIFMA Foundation's InvestWrite® essay competition. The honor was for the elementary division of the fall 2014 competition.

The competition, which was launched in 2004, has been made possible since 2013 by McGraw Hill Financial, and delivered in Mississippi by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. The program challenges fourth through 12th grade students to analyze an investment scenario and recommend portfolio allocations targeting short- and long-term financial goals. The competition serves as a culminating activity for nearly 600,000 students nationwide who compete in The Stock Market Game™ program each year.

This program bridges classroom learning in math, social studies, language arts, business and economics with the practical knowledge required for long-term personal financial planning.

McCarthy and her teacher, Kim Clemons, the Create teacher at Jeff Davis, were recognized by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education at its annual Awards Ceremony in Jackson.

Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport awards $1,000 scholarships

The Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport awarded scholarships to four high school seniors, each receiving $1,000. The Junior Auxiliary's annual College Bound Scholarship program recognizes students with superior academic achievement and financial need. The students must also exhibit leadership potential through personal references, school or extracurricular activities, work experience, volunteer work or community involvement.

This year's recipients were Riane Ragno of Gulfport High School; Brooke Huber of Gulfport High School; Vivaan Patel of Pass Christian High School; and Hameed Abdul-Rashid of West Harrison High School.

Gulfport Kiwanis Club awards scholarships

The Kiwanis Club of Gulfport awarded two $750 scholarships to Gulfport High School students.

Recipients are Neely Walker, the daughter of Alice and Michael Walker, and Marguerite Marquez, daughter of Margaret and John Marquez.

Collins, Rosskopf join Sigma Alpha Lambda

Mary Michael Collins of Bay St. Louis has become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at Mississippi State University.

Madison Katherine Rosskopf of Gulfport 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.

Hem honored with MASS scholarship

Charles Hem, a 2015 graduate of Long Beach High School and salutatorian of his class, was honored by the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS). From an applicant pool of more than 118 students who graduated from high schools throughout Mississippi, Hem was selected to receive one of the 2015 MASS Scholarships.

While at Long Beach High, Hem was a National Merit Finalist, member of the LBHS Hall of Fame, selected to attend the APEX Leadership Summit in 2014, a four-year honoree at the Superintendent's Academic Awards and overall LBHS four-year highest average winner in English, math and science. He was a member of the LBHS tennis team, earning several state honors throughout his career; and the LBHS soccer team, serving as captain his junior and senior years.

Hem attends the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York in the Honors Program, majoring in biomedical engineering.

Ammentorp participates in Summer Youth Institute

Bay High sophomore Ian Ammentorp joined 27 other students from across the state to participate in the Summer Youth Institute, a nine-day experience centered on race, civil justice, and community building sponsored by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi.

The students learned relationship-building skills, received leadership training and delved deeply into civic engagement through sessions with experts in civil rights history and community building. They also traveled to Neshoba County and Greenwood to discuss local civil rights history.

Since 2010, the William Winter Institute's Summer Youth Institute nearly 150 high school students have participated.

Jackson County MSU Alumni group awards scholarships

The Jackson County Chapter of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association presented three Jackson County high school graduates with $1,000 scholarships.

Those selected were entering MSU freshmen. Scholarships, established through the MSU Foundation, are funded through donations and the Jackson County Alumni Association's annual drawdown.

Kevin Brune received the Joe D. Cole Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Reid Bond and Matthew Hutcherson received the Jackson County MSU Alumni Association Scholarship.

Brune, who was student body president at Vancleave High School, is the son of Valerie Brune. During his senior year, he was vice president of the National Honor Society, president of the Spanish Club and president of DECA. He also was a member of the Vancleave High School tennis team, Catholic Youth Organization and Biloxi Catholic Diocese Youth Ministry Team (Spirit Movers). He will study chemical engineering.

Bond, a Resurrection Catholic High School graduate, is the son of Cleve and Carla Bond. The Shackoul's Honor College student was president of the National Honor Society, Interact Club vice president and served on the Palazzo Youth Leadership Council his senior year. During high school he served as a Gulf Coast Youth Leadership Delegate, Boys State Delegate and District Attorney and the Pascagoula Mayor's Youth Council. He also played football and soccer. He is majoring in mechanical engineering.

Hutcherson, a Resurrection Catholic High School graduate, is the son of Richard Hutcherson. He was a member of Key Club, Interact Club, Z Club, and Campus Ministry. He also received highest average in math and the service award. While in high school, he was also involved in the Our Lady of Victories Catholic Youth Organization and Spirit Movers. He will major in turf management.

Johnson awarded MBW scholarship

The Mississippi Business Women/Gulf Coast awarded its fall scholarship to Michelle Johnson, a student at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gautier. Her goal is to receive her master's in psychology.

The MBW scholarship is awarded to a nontraditional female college student, taking a minimum of six credits at an accepted Mississippi Gulf Coast college. It is awarded based on student need, community activities, academic achievement, an interview and an essay.

Scholarship chairperson is Mary Gillies.

Stanislaus student golfer honored with scholarship

The Kelly Gibson Foundation awarded a $2,500 scholarship in the name of the Allstate Sugar Bowl to Matthew Saucier of Diamondhead, as a member of the Kelly Gibson Junior Golf Tour.

Saucier, a student at St. Stanislaus, is on the president's honor roll, a member of the National Honor Society, Youth Legislature, Student Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Mu Alpha Theta. He is also a member golf team.

Hale participates in Lott Leadership Institute

St. Stanislaus ninth-grader Nathan Hale participated in the 2015 Lott Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi this past summer.

The institute is designed to develop critical thinking and leadership skills in soon-to-be high school freshmen. Its aim is to cultivate and inspire honest, compassionate and responsive leaders who will focus on responsibility and stewardship.

Hale is a member of the Brother Louis Joseph Richard, SC Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, Student Council and the St. Stanislaus basketball team.

He is the son of James and Anne Hale of Long Beach.

Memorial Auxiliary awards scholarships

Memorial Auxiliary presented 12 scholarships to Memorial employees to enhance their skills in their profession and four scholarships to local colleges.

Auxiliary President Peter Psikogios and Memorial Board of Trustees Secretary Kathie Short presented a $5,000 scholarship to Dr. Tommy King, president, and Jerry Bracey, administrative dean, William Carey University; Dr. Steve Miller, vice president, and Jamie Hill, development officer, USM Gulf Park campus; Caroline Ramagos, vice president/advancement, MGCCC-JD, and Dr. Joan Hendricks, dean of nursing and allied health, MGCCC-Perk and JD.

The 12 scholarships of $1,500 each were awarded to Memorial employees: Christina Barnes, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab; Faith Anne Crosby, RN, Intensive Care Unit; Lauren Dumal, CAT Scan Technologist; Diagnostic Imaging; Hallee Killeen, Multi Skilled Technician, PCU/ICU; Charlene Lathan, Educator, Medical Surgical Unit; Mia Pham, Technician, Pharmacy; Laura Rogers, RN, Intensive Care Unit; Tiffany Sanders, RN, Intensive Care Unit; Crystal Stafford, RN, Intensive Care Unit; Jessica Stein, Technician, Cardiology Ultrasound; Laura Stevens, RN, Intensive Care Unit; and William Wicks, Medical Lab Technician, Laboratory.

The applicants were required to be accepted to an undergraduate or graduate program in a medical profession field of study at an accredited college or university at the time of application. All applications were reviewed by the Memorial Auxiliary Board.

Rivera attends Space Camp at US center in Huntsville

Christopher Rivera of Gulfport attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA's official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Spaceflight Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.

Rivera was part of the Space Academy Program, which is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in science. He spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or space walk. Rivera and crew returned to Earth in time to hear retired Space Shuttle astronaut Dr. Don Thomas speak at their graduation.

KFCU announces scholarship winners

Keesler Federal Credit Union announces the 2015 winners of the Lisa J. Stubbs Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest.

In 1992, the scholarship essay was dedicated to Stubbs, a KFCU employee of over eight years. While employed full-time at the credit union, she attended night classes, working toward her degree. After a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis, Lisa lost her battle at age 25.

There were 40 dependent entries, 15 adult entries and six employee dependent entries.

Dependent members were awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Jonathan Barrientos attends Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and will transfer to Mississippi State University to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. Mallorie Herrin will attend William Carey University, where she will begin her studies in English education with a goal of obtaining a master's. Shelby Tapper will attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and major in physical therapy.

Independent adult student recipients were awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Mark Chase will be pursuing a bachelor of science degree in history at the University of Southern Mississippi and Tonya Johnson will attend the University of Maryland.

An additional essay contest is available to Keesler Federal employees' dependent students. The 2015 scholarships were awarded to Hunter Cooper, who will attend Millsaps College majoring in political science and Keonna Laphand, a second-time recipient, who will attend the University of Southern Mississippi studying nursing.

This year's essay topic was "If You Had the Power to Change the World, What Would You Do?"

MSA student Quave receives American Vision Award

Mississippi School of the Arts Visual Arts student Noel Quave of Ocean Springs was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for receiving one of the American Visions Awards for Best in Show at the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Quave graduated from MSA in May and attends the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Mo.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. More than 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional levels.

All national award-winning high school seniors gain access to a special scholarship pool of more than $10 million.

Quave also was notified that her award-winning work, The Messiah, was selected for ART.WRITE.NOW.DC, and will be displayed at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building in Washington.

South Mississippi students receive degrees, honors

n Genevieve McCabe of D'Iberville received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Wyoming at the end of the 2015 spring semester.

n Taurian Murphy of Biloxi received his master of arts in managerial communication from Bellevue University.

n Stephanie Harry of Moss Point received his bachelor of science in behavioral science from Bellevue University.

n Christopher Allen Perkins, a sophomore majoring in computer science at the University of Rochester, has been named to the dean's list for academic achievement for the spring 2015 semester. Perkins, of Kiln, is the son of Louise Perkins and Richard Perkins and a graduate of St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis.

n Pearl River Community College practical nursing class of 2015 student Scotsi Miller of Lucedale received a diploma and pin, joining other Forrest County Center students in a ceremony.

n South Mississippi students received bachelor of science degrees from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah: Kimberly Smith of Biloxi, business management; Nahid Akhtar of Gulfport, in nursing; and Mark Noller of Saucier, information technology.