Hope Haven program helps college-bound students

Hope Haven's Partners in Transition program aids college-bound students who were in foster care. The program provides scholarships, money for books, dorm expenses, supplies or basic living expenses. To date, Hope Haven has helped about 15 young adults.

Terry Latham, Hope Haven director, said the program is helping four students currently and helping one student buy a laptop so she could attend Mississippi State. The other three students are at Pearl River Community College.

Donations to the program are tax-deductible. Details: 466-6395 or or by mail to Hope Haven, P.O. Box 3777, Bay St. Louis, MS 39521. Mark donations to Partners in Transition.

In addition, Brett Favre's charitable foundation, Favre 4 Hope, recently donated $10,000 to Hope Haven, which provides child abuse prevention workshops, assists children leaving foster care to attend college, helps families in crisis and provides various services for children.

Petroleum group swards scholarship to Windham

Blake Windham, the son of Jonna and Mart Windham, was awarded a scholarship from the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association.

He was sponsored by Waring Oil Co. of Ocean Springs.

Windham attended Ocean Springs High School and played for the district champion football team. He also was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a member of the Young Republicans, the National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Mayor's Youth Council.

Windham also devotes time to Habitat for Humanity, Church Youth Organization, Seashore Mission Homeless Shelter and Ambassador Mentor Program. He volunteered at Vacation Bible School, Backpack Buddies, Relay For Life, Samaritan Food Pantry and Stop Hunger Now.

He is attending Mississippi State University, where he is majoring in biomedical engineering with plans to attend medical school.

Dikum receives national Commended Student honor

Rebecca Dikum, a senior at Resurrection Catholic High School in Pascagoula, has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Cates wins statewide SkillsUSA Championships

George E. Cates of Biloxi received a $500 scholarship from the Clifford H. "Ted" Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation for being the statewide winner of the SkillsUSA Championships in the HVACR category at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

The Rees Scholarship Foundation was established in 2003 by the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute to recognize deserving students pursuing careers as technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry. The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation.

Parten receives BOS Run-N-Tri scholarship

Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists presented student-athlete Robbie Parten with the 2015 BOS Run-N-Tri scholarship worth $500. He is a 2015 highest honor graduate of Pascagoula High School, where he was a state champion in pole vaulting as well as a straight-A student.

Throughout his career at Pascagoula High School, Parten received several academic and athletic awards and honors in addition to several accolades as a member of the PHS band. He plans to pursue a degree in kinesiology and premed at Mississippi College.

Cuevas receives scholarship at University of Missouri

Cassey Cuevas of Gulfport received the Aird-LeMone Scholarship at the University of Missouri. The scholarship is awarded to nontraditional students enrolled in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

A 2003 graduate of Gulfport High School, Cuevas is an online transfer student in the RN to BSN program. She works at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.

Griffith selected for MC Moot Court Board

Allison Griffith of Gulfport has been selected to be a member of the Moot Court Board at the Mississippi College School of Law for the upcoming academic year. The Mississippi College Moot Court Board competes in state and national trial and appellate advocacy programs that require strong legal research and writing abilities and superior oral advocacy skills.

She is the daughter of Eric and Melody Griffith and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

NFL Play 60 Challenge gets DeLisle students moving

DeLisle Elementary School students are tackling increasing national childhood obesity rates by accepting the NFL Play 60 Challenge, a program that promotes the physical, psychological and social benefits of physical fitness and healthy living to children.

NFL Play 60 encourages children to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.

During DeLisle Elementary School's NFL Play 60 kickoff event, students, faculty and staff suited up in their favorite NFL team gear and played a game of flag football, held a 40-yard dash and a football-throwing contest and jumped in a bounce house. The football frenzy extended into the classroom as students completed football-themed lessons and activities.

Montessori students learn about monarch butterfly

The Ocean Springs Garden Club in conjunction with the Mobile Bontanical Gardens presented a program on the diminishing monarch butterfly to the Ocean Springs Treehouse Montessori School children.

Suzanne Damrich and Fairn Whatley of the Botanical Gardens showed a video of the monarch life cycle and discussed the monarch's migration from Canada to Mexico, emphasizing how the butterfly is threatened due to the loss of its habitat (host plants and nectar sources) along its migration route. Monarchs pass through the Gulf states in the fall on their way to their winter home in Mexico. The Montessori students learned that planting milkweed, the host plant for the caterpillars, will help save the butterflies during migration. Planting nectar sources such as native salvias, coneflowers and zinnias also aids in sustaining the butterflies.

The Treehouse Montessori Christian School is in its first year of operation. It is located on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church in Ocean Springs. Students range from ages 6 to 11 in first through fifth grades. Janet Williams, a certified Montessori instructor, is the school's lead teacher. Garden club member Bonnie Andrews and president Shirley Godsey assisted Damrich and Whatley in the one-on-one interaction with live Monarchs that taught the children how to handle these delicate creatures.

MPEUE receives $25,000 grant for playground

The students of Moss Point Escatawpa Upper Elementary were excited to be a part of a recent ceremony during which they received a $25,000 grant for playground equipment through Project Fit. In addition to the equipment, the staff and students were involved in a day of training on how to use the new equipment most efficiently.

Project Fit trainer Jay Rayborn joined with coach Andrea Carter to give the students a workout. The students participated in several activities.