O.S. seniors in running for scholars program

Three Ocean Springs High School students have been selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

Sally Boswell, Jessica Leonard and Sunna Savani will vie to be one of up to 161 students chosen from among outstanding graduating seniors to become U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order in 1964 to establish the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors. In 1979, the program was expanded to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. The program was expanded in 2015 to recognize students who demonstrate the ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields.

A review committee will select approximately 800 semifinalists. In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars will review the semifinalist applications, and the U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C.

Dikum, Hamilton are Resurrection STARs

Rebecca Dikum, a senior at Resurrection Catholic School in Pascagoula, was named STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2015-16 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council's M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation, sponsor of the STAR Program.

She designated Stacey Hamilton as STAR teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student's scholastic achievement.

STAR students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school's STAR student. Dikum will be honored during the annual Education Celebration in April at the Jackson Convention Center in Jackson.

She is the daughter of Steve and Natalie Dikum of Escatawpa. and the granddaughter of Gloria Hurt and the late Hubert Hurt Jr. of Escatawpa, and of Eleanor Dikum and the late Paul Dikum of New Paris, Pa.

She was named a National Merit Commended Student. She plans to attend the University of Alabama and major in aerospace engineering.

Hamilton teaches 10th, 11th and 12th grade English and AP English. Dikum is a member of Hamilton's 12th-grade AP English class.

More than 500 STAR students teachers will receive recognition from MEC's Swayze Foundation at the Celebration. The Mississippi ALL-STAR Student for 2015-16 will win the $24,000 Cook Foundation scholarship.

Students win honors in art competition

The Mississippi School of the Arts Visual Arts students received awards in the Regional Scholastic Art Competition hosted by The Mississippi Museum of Art, including an American Visions Award (for best in show), 24 Gold Keys, 14 Silver Keys and 38 Honorable Mentions.

Aiyana Kline of Gautier received six Gold Keys and five honorable mentions; Naylon Harvey of Ocean Springs received two Gold Keys, one Silver Key and one honorable mention; Cyrus Neese of Ocean Springs received one Silver Key and three honorable mentions and Morgan Windham of Diamondhead received one Silver Key and one honorable mention.

The work of artists receiving Gold and Silver Keys was on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson as part of the exhibition for the Scholastic Art Awards Competition.

Students from middle, junior and senior high schools from across the state participate in the competition. More than 2,000 entries in a variety of categories are judged. The works awarded American Visions and Gold Keys advance to the national competition.

McAdams honored as Band Director of Year

Pass Christian High School and Middle School Band Director Joshua McAdams was named Band Director of the Year by the Gulf Coast Band Directors Association.

The honor is voted on by the directors of the association.

Students awarded 2016 band scholarship

Two local band students were awarded the Gulf Coast Band Director's Association Student Scholarship, sponsored by McDonald's owners in Biloxi and Gulfport, following a band clinic and concert at Biloxi Junior High School.

Charles Kuhlmann, who plays the alto saxophone at Gulfport High School, and Kaitlyn Borsi, who plays the flute at D'Iberville High School, were each awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. In addition, their respective high schools each received $1,000 for their band program.

Zachary Harris is director of bands at Gulfport High School, and James Brown is director of bands at D'Iberville High School.

Clark receives $1,800 P.E.O. scholarship

Vivian Clark of Perkinston, a senior at the William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi, was awarded a $1,800 scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international philanthropic and educational organization promoting increased educational opportunities for women.

Clark, a psychology major and biology minor, was recommended for the nationally competitive award by the sisterhood's Chapter M, which is based in Hattiesburg. The sisterhood's Program for Continuing Education provides need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to support themselves and their families.

The scholarship will help Clark, who also works in the Tradition campus education department, achieve her educational goals and ease the burden of expenses such as tuition, books and lab fees.

Clark, Trosclair invited to Zacharias conference

Seniors Stephen Clark and Skylar Trosclair were accepted to attend the Mississippi State University Dr. Zacharias Leadership Conference.

The conference annually hosts junior and senior high school students from the Southeast. The students who attend will be given the opportunity to be selected for a scholarship to attend Mississippi State University.

The conference and scholarship are named after Zacharias, who served as president of Mississippi State University from 1985 to 1997, the longest tenure of any MSU president.

Foretich wins geography bee at Pass Middle School

Pass Christian Middle School seventh-grader Kyle Foretich won the school's National Geographic Bee Champion and an opportunity to win a $50,000 college scholarship at the national level.

The school-level National Geographic Bee, at which students answered oral and written questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. Sponsors of the school contest were PCMS social studies teachers Charlene Stephens, Danielle Bueno and Ryan Rockholt.

Other students who competed were sixth-graders Ivan Brunty and Kadin Walker; seventh-graders C.C. Annulis, Brenham DeWitt and Jay Mason Funderburk; and eighth-graders Dustin Allison, Justin Nguyen, Camp Steiner and Bryce Wilson.

RCS Mock Trial Team members receive honors

The Mock Trial Team from Resurrection Catholic School in Pascagoula attended the Coast Regional Mock Trial Competition in Gulfport at the Harrison County Courthouse.

Under the guidance of RCS teacher Ashleigh Smith and attorney coach Stephen Burrow, several students were recognized. Senior Christian Longino was recognized as Most Effective Attorney in two rounds of the competition. Seniors Jake Clemens, Rebecca Dikum, and Zachary Pierce were recognized as Most Effective Witnesses.

Other team members are Elizabeth Burrow, Madison Cooper, Savanna Jackson, Caydn Perez and Johnathon Sharp.

Students serve as pages for Mississippi lawmakers

Students from South Mississippi served as pages for state lawmakers.

Serving as Senate pages:

Vancleave High School student Colin Belk is the son of Jeffery and Cindy Belk.

Pascagoula High School student Jack Monroe Harrison is the son of Donnis and Tonya Harrison.

Ocean Springs High School student Kelsey Hollingsworth is the daughter of Kevin and Wendy Hollingsworth.

Edgar O. Perez of Gautier is the son of Giselle and Claudio Perez. He attends Cedar Lake Christian Academy.

Homeschool student Wes Ware of Pascagoula is the son of Mr. Clint and Cheri Ware.

Serving as a House of Representative page:

Gautier High School student Madison Thompson is the daughter of Dennis and Kay Thompson.

First-grader wins garden club poster contest

Savannah Lee, first-grader at Oak Park Elementary School, was honored as winner of the Ocean Springs Garden Club's 2016 Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest.

She is the daughter of Michael and Beth Lee. Her poster will compete in the state competition. Bonnie Andrews, contest chair, presented the honor.

DeLisle students earn reading fair honors

DeLisle Elementary School announces winners of its reading fair.

Fiction Individual Division

Kindergarten: Sophia Fowler, first place; Sarah Damitio, second place; Mia Clare Lacy, third place

Second grade: Hattie Wells, first; Braeden McKay, second; Peyton Ladner, third; Lauren Mong and Karli Jo Necasie, honorable mention

Third grade: Ryan Dedeaux, first; Aiden Mitchell, second

Fourth and fifth grade: Gracie Nunez, first; Garrison Beatty, second; Aaron Cuevas, third; Emily Carter and Hunter Holland, honorable mention

Fiction Family Division

Kindergarten through second grade: London Martin, first place; Ella Carver, second; Mariah Dedeaux, third; Jaliyah Sumrall and Mason Townsend, honorable mention

Third through fifth grade: Amarie Edwards, first; Waylon Dubuisson, second; Chase McLaughlin, third; Nathaniel Bobinger and Abigail Toler, honorable mention

Nonfiction Individual Division

Third through fifth grade: Madison Holmes, first; Jalynn Bloodsworth, second; Bryson Close, third; Arianna Crimm and Philip Niolet, honorable mention

First- and second-place winners in each division advanced to the Pass Christian School District fair.

District level first-place winners in the Fiction Individual Division: kindergarten, Mia Clare Lacy; and third grade, Aiden Mitchell.

First-place winners at the district level advance to the regional fair.

After fellowship, McInnis will be assistant professor

Jarvis C. McInnis of Gulfport is completing a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.

At Princeton, he is working on his first book project, tentatively titled, "The Afterlives of the Plantation: Aesthetics, Labor and Diaspora in the Global Black South."

In the fall of 2016, he will begin as an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

He is the son of Harry and Pamela McInnis. He is a 2005 graduate of Harrison Central High School.

He was awarded a presidential scholarship to attend Tougaloo College in Jackson, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA.

In 2015, Jarvis earned his doctorate from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York City.

PCMS students place in science, reading fairs

Pass Christian Middle School announces its 2016 Science Fair winners.

Botany: Levi Mitchell, first place

Chemistry: Emily Clemens first place; Mason Swilley, second place; Emily Cuevas, third place

Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences: Yash Patel, first place; Cheyenne Phelpsm, second place

Engineering: Tanner Jeanfreau, first place

Medicine and Health: Taylor Necaise, first place; Huu Nguyen, second place; Xavion Paige, third place; and Jackson Roberts, honorable mention

Microbiology: Jasmyn Rains, first place

Physics: Brandon Vedder, first place; Camp Steiner, second place; Emma Palmer, third place

The school also announces winners in its 2016 Reading Fair.

In fiction, J.D. Glorioso placed first; and in nonfiction, Jelisle Bernard placed first.

The annual fair was open to sixth-grade students and sponsored by sixth-grade English language arts teacher Ashley Donnell.

RCS announces 2016 science fair winners

Resurrection Catholic School in Pascagoula announces and its science fair winners for the 2015-16 school year. First-, second- and third-place winners advanced to the Regional Science Fair in Biloxi.

Behavioral science: Caroline Roberts, first place; Peyton Hartman, second place; Mary Hinman, third; Jamie Spradlin, honorable mention

Medicine and health: Kasha Coleman, first; Nikkiah Johnson, second; Anna Hurley, third; Tyler Trouts, honorable mention

Microbiology: Jameson Cook, first; Rosemary Boland, second; Charlesa James, third

Engineering: Sam Williams, first; Max Bodden, second; Will Clemens, third; Josh Moye, honorable mention

Zoology: Olivia Washman, first; Seline Decoteau, second; Zak Felts, third; Will French, honorable mention

Botany: Catherine Kinklea, first; Austin Harbin, second; Colin Cumbest, third; Drewnae Pickens, honorable e mention

Biochemistry: Mallory Bosarge, first; Betinna Boland, second

Math: TW Felts, first

Physics: Jacob Bowlin, first; Keegan Abell, second; Payton Keenum, third; Adam Holland, honorable mention

Chemistry: Aden Felts, first; Sofia Perkins, second; Hayley Cousins, third; Averie Wells, honorable mention

Long Beach honors district reading fair winners

Long Beach Schools held its district reading fair for kindergarten through eighth grade. Students from Quarles Elementary, Reeves Elementary, Harper McCaughan Elementary and Long Beach Middle School participated.

School-level winners advanced to the district competition.

District winners, in fiction, individual honors:

Kindergarten: Mayce Beattie, first place; Colby Decell, second place

First grade: Bryce Flowers, first; Anna Herodes, second

Second grade: Sean Loftus, first; Chloe Lennard, second

Third grade: Henry Sawyer, first; Mason Pope, second

Fourth and fifth grades: Amelia Lipski, first

Sixth through eighth grades: Railee Inman, first; Kristina Dahl, second

District winners, in nonfiction, individual honors:

Third through fifth grades: Sophia Grade George, first; Gabbie Maxwell, second; Addison Herodes, third

Sixth through eighth grades: Jacob Holland, first

District winners, in group and family fiction:

Kindergarten through second grades: Madison Kelleher and Madison Marmody, first; Joshua McDonnell, second

Third through fifth grades: Annabeth Hirshfeld, first; Zach Johnson, second; Mary Matthews, third

Sixth through eighth grades: Savanna Trehern and Camryn Kopszywa, first; Dorrie Beseau and Emma Hankins, second.