Three Ocean Springs High School students have met all the requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship competition. The finalists, Sally Boswell, Kelsey Bryant and Sunna Savani, will be considered for National Merit Scholarships of 2016.
About 7,400 Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the more than 15,000 finalists. Merit Scholar designees will begin to be officially announced in April.
Seghers, Tavel named STARs at St. Patrick
St. Patrick High School senior Estelle Seghers was named STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for 2015-16. She designated Susie Tavel as STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to her scholastic achievement.
The STAR program is sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council's M. B. Swayze Educational Foundation. STAR students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. To become STAR Student, the graduating senior must have the highest ACT score in the class and at least a 93 academic average.
Seghers plans to attend college and major in engineering. Seghers' extracurricular activities include being a member of Student Council, National English Honor Society, National Honor Society, Campus Ministry, and Robotics. She is the daughter of Dreux and Lucie Seghers of Ocean Springs.
Tavel teaches AP Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Accelerated Algebra II at St. Patrick. Seghers is enrolled in Tavel's 12th-grade AP Calculus class.
More than 500 STAR students and teachers will receive recognition from the Mississippi Economic Council's Swayze Foundation.
MSA students earn creative writing honors
The Mississippi School of the Arts Literary Arts students received awards in the prestigious Regional Scholastic Creative Writing Competition hosted by The Eudora Welty House, in conjunction with the Eudora Welty Foundation.
MSA students received one American Voices Nomination/Best in Show, one Senior Portfolio Silver Key Winner, five Senior Portfolio Honorable Mentions, five Gold Keys, 36 Silver Keys and 33 Honorable Mentions.
Morgan Goodwin of Ocean Springs received a Gold Key, and Shiloh Alexander of Perkinston received two Silver Keys and two Honorable Mentions.
Entries receiving American Voices nominations and Gold Key awards, which are the highest level of achievement, will be sent to New York City where they will compete in the national competition among 80 other regions.
The Mississippi School of the Arts is an 11th- and 12th-grade visual and performing arts residential, public high school in Brookhaven.
Sacred Heart names winners in science fair
Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary announces its winners in its annual science fair for students in grades third through sixth.
Projects were judged in the categories of Physical Science, Life Science and Earth Science. The first place winners advance to the Regional Science Fair.
Sacred Heart winners: Isabella Aguirre, Charli Bernhardt, Ella Bernhardt, Abby Bonner, Jayden Cecil, Kayla Coniglio, Dixie Graham, Gabriella Gray, Ethan Huynh, Gabrielle Knighten, Brandon Longoria, Justin Marie, Megan Marie, Aidan Mowrey, Scarlet Nation, Katelyn Tootle, Kellyn Tran-Ding, Joshelin Sanchez, Joshua Sanchez, Natalie Stafford and Brendon Turner.
Gulfport High singers receive scholarships
Senior members of the Gulfport High Legacy Singers and the Gulfport High Madrigal Singers have been offered choral scholarships.
Aubry Benefield has been offered a Choral Service Award Scholarship for $26,000. He has been a Gulfport High Madrigal Singer and All-State Honor Choir delegate for four years. He has also been a regularly featured performer in community theater productions in South Mississippi. He will attend the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall as a music major.
Kameron Bourgeois was awarded a $20,000 Choral Service Award Scholarship to Troy University of Troy, Ala., and a $5,000 Choral Service Award Scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi. He intends to attend USM in the fall.
Sylvalia Brown received a Choral Service Award Scholarship for $15,500. She intends to attend USM in the fall, majoring in music education.
Conner Livingston has been awarded a Choral Service Award Scholarship for $6,400 by the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been a Madrigal Singer for four years at Gulfport and intends to attend USM in the fall.
Alyssa Mace has received a Choral Service Award Scholarship for $4,000 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She will attend USM in the fall.
Christian Collegiate student accepted to Lyon College
Devan Joseph Roberts of Gulfport has been accepted to Lyon College and has received an athletic scholarship for football.
Roberts, a senior at Christian Collegiate Academy, is the son of Joe and Carol Roberts of Gulfport. He is the grandson of Janson and Joyce Roberts of Gulfport and Ila Lindsey of Hattiesburg.
Lyon College is an independent liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1872, it is the oldest independent college in Arkansas. Lyon is classified as a baccalaureate college by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is included in the top tier of the country's best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
Coast schools get honors at Science Olympiad
Pearl River Community College hosted hundreds of middle and high school students for the 2016 Mississippi Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad.
St. Patrick High School placed first in the middle school division followed by North Woolmarket and Petal Middle School. Forrest County Agricultural High School came in first in the high school division, while St. Patrick was second and Oak Grove High School was third.
First, second and third place winners in the middle school competitions:
Anatomy and physiology: St. Patrick, North Woolmarket, Petal Middle School
Bridge Building: St. Patrick, North Woolmarket, Petal Middle School
Crave the Wave: Petal Middle School, St. Patrick, North Woolmarket
Crime Busters: St. Patrick, Petal Middle School, North Woolmarket
Disease Detectives: Petal Middle School, North Woolmarket (second and third)
Dynamic Planet: Petal Middle School, North Woolmarket, St. Patrick
Elastic launched gliders: Petal Upper Elementary, North Woolmarket (second and third)
Fossils: North Woolmarket, St. Patrick, Petal Middle School
Green Generation: Petal Middle School, North Woolmarket, St. Patrick
Invasive Species: North Woolmarket (first and second), St. Patrick
Microbe Mission: Petal Middle School, North Woolmarket (second and third)
Picture This: North Woolmarket, St. Patrick, Lillie Burney STEAM Academy (Hattiesburg)
Reach for the Stars: North Woolmarket (first and third), St. Patrick
Scrambler: North Woolmarket (first and third), Petal Upper Elementary
Wind Power: St. Patrick, Petal Upper Elementary, Petal Middle School
Write It Do It: Petal Middle School, St. Patrick, Petal Upper Elementary
First, second and third place winners in the high school competitions:
Anatomy and physiology: St. Patrick, Oak Grove High School, Pearl River Central High School
Astronomy: Oak Grove, Seminary High School, Pearl River Central High
Bridge Building: D'Iberville High School, Pearl River Central High, St. Patrick
Chemistry Lab: West Jones High School, Oak Grove, Pearl River Central High
Disease Detectives: St. Patrick, Forrest County Agricultural High School, Pearl River Central High
Dynamic Planet: Stone High School, D'Iberville, Oak Grove
Forensics: St. Patrick, D'Iberville, Oak Grove
Fossils: D'Iberville, Pearl River Central High, Forrest County Agricultural High
Game On: St. Patrick, Forrest County Agricultural High, West Jones
Green Generation: Seminary, West Jones, Oak Grove
Invasive Species: PRC, Forrest County Agricultural High, St. Patrick
Robot Arm: Forrest County Agricultural High, Stone, D'Iberville
Wind Power: West Jones, St. Patrick (second and third)
Wright Stuff: West Jones, Forrest County Agricultural High, St. Patrick
Write It Do It: Oak Grove, D'Iberville, Stone
Microbe Mission: Forrest County Agricultural High, Oak Grove, St. Patrick
MGCCC students win at state SkillsUSA contest
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College students won 14 first-place, five second-place and four third-place awards at the state SkillsUSA competition held in Jackson. Students participating in the competition are from career and technical programs at the George County Center and the Jackson County, Jefferson Davis and Perkinston campuses.
Winners from the George County Center are Shannon Merritt, of Neely, Occupational Health & Safety Single, first place; Taylor Harvison, of Leakesville, Occupational Health & Safety Single, first place; Kelly Head, of Lucedale, Occupational Health & Safety Single, first place; Aubrey Moore, of Lucedale, Occupational Health & Safety Multiple, first place; Meghan Turner, of Citronelle, Alabama, Occupational Health & Safety Multiple, first place; Taryn Heindl, of Perkinston, Occupational Health & Safety Multiple, first place; Jordan Mills, of Lucedale, Extemporaneous Speech, second place; and Colton Futral, of Lucedale, Welding Sculpture, second place.
Jackson County campus winners are Paul Tolbert, of Ocean Springs, Welding Fabrication, third place; Alex Wilde, of Gautier, Welding Fabrication, third place; and Jordan Carter, of Vancleave, Welding Fabrication, third place.
Winners from the Jefferson Davis campus are Courtney Severs, of Vancleave, Commercial Baking, first place; Melisa Hamilton, of Lucedale, Culinary Arts, first place; Shaun Martin, of Gulfport, Automotive Refinishing, first place; Trevor Glyn, of Moss Point, Automotive Repair, second place; Thomas Mims, of Gulfport, Electrical Construction Wiring, second place; Sean Wylie, of D'Iberville, Industrial Motor Control, second place; and Michael Turan, of Long Beach, Job Skill Demonstration A, third place.
Perkinston campus winners are Khalil Markham, of Biloxi, Prepared Speech, first place; Seven Craddock, of Wiggins, Information Technology Services, first place; Christopher Musgrove, of Gulfport, Extemporaneous Speaking, first place; Erica Holzer, of Biloxi, Technical Computer Applications, first place; and Aron McGuire, of Gulfport, Welding, first place.
The SkillsUSA Championships state winners will compete at the national level in Louisville, Ky., on June 21-24.