Sumrall named College Counselor of the Year

Pearl River Community College academic counselor Christina Sumrall of Poplarville was named College Counselor of the Year by the Mississippi Counseling Association.

Sumrall received the Pine Belt Counseling Association's College Counselor of the Year Award during the group's fall meeting. That award made her a nominee for the state honor.

She has been a PRCC counselor for two years after 11 years as a counselor or speech teacher-debate coach in the Forrest and Lamar county school districts and at Lamar Christian School. She also taught public speaking on an adjunct basis at PRCC and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sumrall holds an associate's degree from PRCC, a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master's degree from William Carey University, where she is working on the Specialist to Doctoral Bridge in higher education.

Carey students inducted in Alpha Chi society

William Carey University students from South Mississippi were among 38 inducted recently into the Mississippi Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

They are: Taylor Brewer of Gulfport, Amber Cutrer of Picayune, Rachel Hickman of Poplarville, Cara Larsen of Poplarville, Taylor Mason of Ocean Springs, Rachel Rayburn of Wiggins and Lydia Ulrich of Moss Point.

Membership in the society is limited to no more than 10 percent of the junior, senior and graduate class members.

Joseph Goss of Picayune is the chapter's 2015-16 president.

MC students selected for Who's Who honor

Mississippi College students from South Mississippi were among those inducted into 2015-16 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

Selected for the honor: Andrew Borho, a biology medical sciences major, and the son of Vince and Barbara Borho of Gulfport; Elizabeth McNeer, a mathematics major, and the daughter of George and Sara McNeer of Biloxi; Melanie McCoy, a biology medical sciences major, and the daughter of Ronnie and Brenda McCoy of Long Beach; and Colton Caver, a business administration major, and the son of Rick and Tracy Caver of Gulfport.

PRCC announces student scholarships

Pearl River Community College students from South Mississippi received scholarships.

Brennen O'Keefe of Ocean Springs and Madden Stockstill of Picayune received the Dr. Thomas J. and Patricia Malone Family Honors Scholarships.

Ryan Rainey of Saucier received the Coach Dobie Holden Memorial Scholarship; Asia Thibodeaux of Gulfport received the Earlora Holden FCA Scholarship; Ayana Williams of Gulfport received the Michael Sprinkell Memorial Band Scholarship.

Clay Garrett of Poplarville, Devin Hedgepeth and Dalton Hedgepeth, both of Picayune, Evan Lundren of Diamondhead and Noah Nicaud of Bay St. Louis received the Dr. Ted J. Alexander Endowed Leadership Scholarship.

Recipients of the St. Michaels Foundation Scholarships at PRCC include Ashley Briggs of Carriere, Shannon Cade Smith of Poplarville, Carley Harrell of Poplarville, Tyler Harvey of Perkinston, Nancie Hebert of Carriere, Richard Huber of Carriere, Caleb Lott and Elih Mendez, both of Picayune, and Justin Saucier of Poplarville.

Recipients of the Hancock County Alumni Chapter Scholarships are Harleigh Bennett of Pearlington, Lena Marie Corwell of Diamondhead, Cassidy Daniels of Kiln, Adriana Hoda of Kiln, Danielle Ladner of Waveland, and Donte Benoit, Dylan Moore and Anthony Pitalo, all of Bay St. Louis.

Twelve graduate from HVAC program in Moss Point

Moss Point's Career and Technical Education department announced 12 graduates from its first adult education course in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The HVAC class was held through a partnership with Strategic System and McBride Refrigeration Institute. Graduates: Stephen Belser, Jasmine Best, Roscoe Brown, Laressa Deering, Trent Hudson, Ladaruis Johnson, Larry Johnson, Kernie McNeil, Curtis Smith, Chalin Street, Johnson Watson and Norris Wells.

Students collect 100 bears, stuffed animals

For a school assignment, Moss Point students Makaylea Zettler and James Wright created their "Teddy Bear Project" and collected more than 100 bears and stuffed animals to donate to first responders to give to children who are a witness or victim of a crime or disaster.