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EDUCATION NOTEBOOK (April 11)

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Hasbrouck selected for U.S. Senate program honor

Pascagoula High School senior Joseph Hasbrouck has been selected to represent Mississippi at the 54th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Hasbrouck is Student Council secretary, class treasurer, National Honor Society president, a Speech and Debate Club member and sings in the choir. He volunteers to help manage blood drives and serve meals at the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen.

Jackson Wilkins of Hattiesburg also was selected for the program.

As delegates, the Mississippi students were each awarded a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship from the Hearst Foundation, which funds the program.

The two participated in the 2016 USSYP Washington Week in March in Washington. The week is an educational program that includes meetings and briefings with Senators, congressional staff, the President, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and officials from cabinet agencies, the diplomatic corps and the media.

Ocean Springs Rotary awards five scholarships

Seniors from Ocean Springs and St. Martin high schools were awarded Rotary Club of Ocean Springs scholarships for 2016.

Three of the scholarships are named in memory of Ocean Springs Rotarians who exemplified Service Above Self.

From Ocean Springs High: Kassidy Biss received the J.K. Lemon Jr. Scholarship; Morgan Dubaz received the Jim Collier Scholarship; and Claudio "Steven" Quiles-Rio received a Rotary scholarship.

From St. Martin High: Hannah Lollis received the Don Green Scholarship; and Paulina Reynolds received a Rotary scholarship.

The club's scholarship committee co-chairs are Louis Peters and Amon Holcomb.

Since 2001, the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to local students.

Garden Park Auxiliary scholarship deadline nears

The deadline to apply for the Garden Park Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship is the end of April.

Scholarships are awarded based on need, abilities, dedication and future plans.

To be eligible, applicants must meet these criteria: be 18 years of age or older; have completed at least one year of college; be studying in the field of medicine or health occupations; and not have received a GPMC Auxiliary Scholarship previously.

Submit to the Scholarship Committee the following: a resume highlighting accomplishments, awards, involvement in church, school and community activities and plans for the future; high school and college transcripts; a reference letter from either a high school or college teacher; and a cover letter to include reason for applying with explanation of need for scholarship, name and address of college you attend, your major, your complete permanent address, whether you have received an Auxiliary scholarship from GPMC prior to this.

Mail to: Garden Park Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship Committee, 15200 Community Road, Gulfport, MS 39503. Applications must be postmarked by April 30.

You will be notified by mail by May 30 of the committee's decision.

Should you be selected, a check will be sent to the college or university of your choice for the fall, 2016, semester. Please include the address in your application materials.

Details: Billie Hewes, GPMC Auxiliary, at 831-4370.

Students win MDMR awards at Region VI Science Fair

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources presented five South Mississippi students with the MDMR Excellence in Marine Sciences Award as part of the Region VI Science and Engineering Fair.

The MDMR has been giving the award for 20 years, and it was established to encourage local students to develop research projects involving Mississippi's coastal resources.

The awards are given in five classes. Class I, kindergarten through third grade; Class II, fourth through sixth grades; Class III, seventh and eighth grades; Class IV, ninth and 10th grades; and Class V, 11th and 12th grades.

The winners in the first two classes each receive $100. The other three winners receive $200 each in order to enhance their exhibits for the next level of competition.

Winners of this year's Excellence in Marine Sciences Awards:

Class I: Alden Morris, St. James Catholic Elementary, "The Effect of Wind and Water on Coastal Beach Erosion."

Class II: MacKenzie Valentine, Bayou View Elementary, "Is Plankton in Brickyard Bayou Limited by a Dead Zone in the Summer?"

Class III: Kyle Bond, Stone County Middle, "Underwater Robot."

Class IV: Caroline Wiygul, Ocean Springs High, "The Effect of Various Mississippi Marsh Plants on Ammonia."

Class V: Skyllar Trosclair, St. Patrick Catholic High, "Salt or NaCL?"

Ocean Springs students earn science fair honors

Seven Ocean Springs High School students won or placed in categories at the Mississippi Region VI Science Fair Competition and advanced to the state competition in Oxford.

Five students earned first-place honors in their category: Adora Norman, behavioral science; Sukhada Borse, environmental science; Jon Beatty, botany; Carter Brown, medicine and health; and Mariana Strawn, chemistry.

Ocean Springs students swept the environmental science category with Ameila Moore finishing second, and Caroline Wiygul finishing third.

Wiygul walked away with multiple special awards from the competition: US Navy $200 Award, USM Women of Science, NOAA: Pulse of the Planet; and Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Award.

Moore also won an ASU Sustainability Award.

Borse will have a chance to win a possible $10,000 for winning the U.S. Stockholm Water Prize.

Scurfield finishing pediatric residency

Dr. Armand Scurfield, a 2002 graduate of St. John High School in Gulfport, will complete his three-year pediatric residency at Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, in June.

He will then complete a one-year Pediatric Sports Medicine fellowship, Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

He is a 2006 graduate of Pepperdine University and a 2013 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

Students earn degrees from Western Governors

Four students from South Mississippi were among the 7,300 graduates to receive their degrees from Western Governors University in February.

They are: Thomas Elliott of Long Beach, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Security Emphasis; Gregory Haney of Biloxi, Master of Science in Information Technology Management; Andrew Staples of Long Beach, Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance; and Crystal Whipps of Gulfport, Master of Arts in Mathematics Education (K-6).

Headley, Lechner serve as Senate pages

Biloxi students Sean Marcus Headley and Andrew Lechner served as pages for the Mississippi Senate. Pages generally run errands for officials and Senate staff.

Headley is home schooled and is the son of Mark Headley.

Lechner attends St. Patrick Catholic High School and is the son of Anthony and Melissa Cospelich.

11 MGCCC students win at state Phi Beta Lambda

Eleven students from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College won awards at the Phi Beta Lambda state competitions in Columbus, Miss. Competitors attend the college's Perkinston campus.

First-place winners are Austin Lee, of McHenry, and Peter Mersdorf, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Computer Animation (Team); Maddie Grou, of St. Martin, and Charda' Boone, of Moss Point, Desktop Publishing (Team); and Austin Lee, of McHenry, and Peter Mersdorf, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Website Design (Team).

Second-place winners are Alexis Bounds, of Biloxi, Business Law; Christine Ladner, of Poplarville, and Katie Gorski, of Biloxi, Desktop Publishing (Team); and Christine Ladner, of Poplarville, and Katie Gorski, of Biloxi, Website Design (Team).

Additionally, Bounds was named the PBL 2016-17 state president, and Grou was named to the PBL Hall of Fame.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc. is the largest career student organization in the world, helping over 250,000 members prepare for careers in business.

Stanislaus students earn math, science honors

Saint Stanislaus Math & Science Team members scored high marks at the Annual Math & Science Tournament held at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Representing Saint Stanislaus at the tournament were seniors Patrick Asher, Dong Yul Kim, Tommy Reeder, Matthew Saucier, Michael Sandoz, Mitchell Walk; and juniors Vincent Almerico, Benjamin Benigno, Andrew Elkins, Patrick Ingram, Leyton Janowsky and Matthew Townsend.

Nine of the 12 team members earned scholarships, totalling $88,000, to Mississippi College as a result of the testing scores.

Of special recognition is the second place finish in biology and top 15 percent finish in chemistry for Sandoz; the third place finish in math and top 5 percent in chemistry for Walk; top 5 percent finish in chemistry and top 15 percent finish in math for Reeder; top 10 percent finish in math and top 15 percent finish in chemistry for Janowsky; top 10 percent finish in chemistry for Saucier; top 15 percent finish in math for Asher, Benigno and Kim; and top 20 percent finish in chemistry for Elkins.

The team of Asher, Janowsky, Saucier and Walk placed second in the Math/Science Quiz Bowl Team Championship. The Saint Stanislaus Math & Science Team is moderated by Jordan Roy.

Hayes secures teacher internship at The W

Justine Hayes from Harrison County is a Mississippi University for Women teacher intern.

The internship -- formerly referred to as student teaching -- is the major phase of a developing cumulative series of academic and professional courses and laboratory experiences designed to prepare the prospective teacher for full teaching responsibilities with competence and confidence.

The professional experiences of the teacher intern at The W begin during the sophomore year with application for admission to teacher education. A process of screening and assessment is initiated, which continues through application and acceptance into teacher internship.

Belcher wins at state, regional levels

Missy Belcher, Residence Hall Supervisor of Bryan and New Women's residence halls at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston campus, won two awards for her presentation "Can You Escape?"

Belcher presented at the Mississippi Association of Housing Officers (MAHO) in November and the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) conference in February, winning Best of Mississippi at MAHO and Best of SEAHO at SEAHO.

In July, she will go to Seattle, Wash., to present the topic at the Association of College and University Housing Officers, International (ACUHO-I).

The premise behind the "Can You Escape?" presentation is the Escape the Room games that are designed as part scavenger hunt and puzzle game. Participants have a limited time to figure out the clues and escape the locked room. The scenarios for each room vary.

An alumna of MGCCC, Belcher was a Perkette, president of the Baptist Student Union, served on the newspaper staff and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa while a student at Perkinston.

Belcher, who is from Ocean Springs, attended The University of Southern Mississippi after graduating from MGCCC. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater. While at USM, she served as a resident assistant and as a hall director.

Alston earns $10,000 scholarship from society

Joanna Alston has received Emma Giles Scholarship from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Alston is business administration instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis campus.

The honor society for women educators promotes excellence in education and personal and professional growth of women educators, leading in the field of graduate scholarships given to members and emphasizing leadership development for its more than 74,000 members in 17 countries.

A member of the Society's Alpha Lambda Chapter in Mississippi, Alston is attending the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is majoring in adult education.

Eight scholarships of $10,000 each for the 2016-17 academic year were announced.

Singing River Electric grant helps Gautier students

Singing River Electric Gautier District Manager Brian Hughey presented a Neighbors Helping Neighbors grant check for $2,152 to Gautier High School Allied Health Program Teacher Jenne King, RN, and Gautier High School Assistant Principal Cynthia Ware.

The Allied Health Program will use the money to buy eight iPad minis for students to download medical applications to reinforce daily lecture material, prepare them for the state test, view live surgeries and document their clinical experience.

Five Envirothon teams advance state competition

In March, 10 Envirothon teams participated in the South Area Competition at Vancleave City Park. Five teams qualified to compete in the Mississippi Envirothon State Contest in Raymond on May 6.

Teams are listed in order from the highest to lowest qualifying scores. Team members and their advisers are:

Pascagoula High School Team A: Gabi Wells, Caroline Ko, Michael Davis, Joey Hasbrouck, Mia Lawrence and alternate Ariana Rosado; advisors Leigh Hanna and Victoria Waltman.

Pascagoula High School Team B: Jomarie Hawkins, Alysha McCalpine, Tyler Shumock, Alex Calloway, Hunter Blades, and alternate Isaac Sam Barrera; advisors Leigh Hanna and Victoria Waltman.

Gautier High School Team A: Taylor Brown, John Rayburn, Cameron Tingle, Kelsey Toups and Malik Woodland; advisors Dawn Smith and Kathryn Jordan.

Greene County High School FFA Team A: Jared Platt, Darby Ledet, Ashtin Parnell, Kaitlyn Lett and Laren Howard; advisors Josh Everett and Marty Herring.

Hancock High School Team B: Gabby Easterling, Marie Konopacki, Payton Smith, Hannah Ladner and Amy Keith; advisors Shani Bourn and Shelby Linn.

Teams earning High Score Awards in specific categories include:

Soils /Land Use: Tie, Pascagoula Team A and Gautier Team B

Wildlife: Pascagoula Team A

Forestry: Greene County FFA

Current Issues: Pascagoula Team B

Aquatic Ecology: Gautier Team A

The Mississippi Envirothon, a program of the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, is a competition designed to challenge students in grades nine through 12 to explore the natural world around them, testing their knowledge in the categories of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and current issues.

Tuttle, Williams serve as pages for House

Kylie Tuttle and Jet Williams of Ocean Springs served as pages for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Pages generally run errands for officials and House staff.

Tuttle attends Ocean Springs High School and is the daughter of Belinda Beneventi and Hank Tuttle.

Williams attends Ocean Springs High School and is the son of Gregory and Ann Williams.

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