Kiper receives Jack Kent Cooke scholarship

Cory Kiper, a student at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jackson County campus, has received the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Kiper, from Ocean Springs, plans to major in history and international law at The University of Mississippi and will be part of the Arabic language program there.

The scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor's degrees at the nation's top four-year colleges and universities. It provides up to $40,000 per year to each of almost 85 students selected annually.

Kiper also received a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society scholarship, the Community College Leadership scholarship and the Community College Academic Excellence scholarship.

At MGCCC, she was involved in Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors College. She served as regional office for Phi Theta Kappa, holding the position of Southern District Regional representative. While at the Jackson County campus, she received an honors scholarship, was named to the Who's Who Among Community College Students and was in the campus Hall of Fame.

Haas earns Horatio Alger Scholar Award

Bay High School senior Addie Haas has been selected as a Horatio Alger Scholar, one of only five recipients in Mississippi and one of only 106 selected nationwide.

Since 1984, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans has awarded more $74 million in college scholarships to deserving young people.

The Horatio Alger Scholar Award for Haas is valued at $22,000 and will be used to help cover her expenses at the University of Mississippi. She will begin her studies this fall and will pursue a degree in nursing.

As part of her award, Haas spent a week in Washington, D.C., this spring with other scholarship winners.

She is the daughter of Robin and Toni Haas of Bay St. Louis.

Nettles receives Lyceum scholarship

Hallie Nettles, a 2016 graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jackson County campus, has been named a Lyceum Scholar at The University of Mississippi. Nettles is one of only 15 community college students to receive the award this year.

Nettles, of Vancleave, also was named a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar in December. A double major in business and nursing, she was active in the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the Jackson County campus, serving as vice president of scholarship, and was a member of the campus Honors College.

To receive the Lyceum Scholar Award, recipients must have a 3.0 GPA, 48 transferable community college hours (at the time of transfer), and an exemplary record of academic achievement, leadership and service. The Lyceum Scholarship was created to recognize some of the most outstanding community college transfer students across Mississippi. These students will receive full-time tuition for two years, which is an estimated value of more than $15,000.

Wagner earns 2016 BOS/Run-N-Tri scholarship

Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists (BOS) presented student-athlete Ramsey Wagner with the 2016 BOS/Run-N-Tri scholarship.

Ramsey is a 2016 honor graduate of St. Patrick Catholic High School, where she was a state champion in cross country running as well as a straight-A student.

Ramsey has received several academic and athletic awards and honors. She will attend West Point in the fall, where she plans to pursue a degree in kinesiology and run on the cross country team.

Pascagoula percussion group wins gold medal

The Pascagoula Indoor Percussion Ensemble (PIPE) won the gold medal at the Louisiana Mississippi Color Guard & Percussion Circuit Championships against five ensembles from Louisiana and Mississippi in the Regional A Division. PIPE won first place with a score of 82.95, three points higher than the next group.

The honor came in the group's first year in existence.

Casey Caviness, percussion instructor of the Pascagoula High School band, came up with the idea for the group two years. Caviness also is band director at Trent Lott Academy.

The group was started this year with the support of John Taylor, Pascagoula High School Director of Bands; the Pascagoula High and Gautier High administrations; and the Pascagoula High School Band Parents Association. Membership in the ensemble was open to students from both Pascagoula and Gautier High Schools.

Performing members from Pascagoula High School: Matt Bush, Sean Caviness, Justin Kellum, Matthew Killen, Cameron Myrick, Chris Nix, Aubrion O'Guin, Roma Patel, Meha Patel, Josh Peek, Ashley Powe, Jada Ruffin, Brett Ryan and Uriah Windham.

Performing members from Gautier High School: Jonathan Nelson and Adrian Pitts.

The group is instructed by Caviness; Brandon Wilson, Gautier High School; Michael Brown, Pascagoula High School alumnus; and Mark Reynolds, percussion instructor for the Ohio State University Marching Band.

Meynardie, Strickland are BHS STARs

Biloxi High School's STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2015-16 school year is John Meynardie, the son of John and Jane Meynardie.

He was vice president of International Thespian Society and the History and Law Club. He was also a member of National Honor Society, Gulf Coast Community Theater and the Handsboro Presbyterian Church.

In the past, Meynardie was a member of the BHS marching band. He received the Best Director and Best Production award at the MTA 10-minute play festival and the Excellence in AP U.S. History and Excellence in Latin III awards.

He selected Terri Strickland as his STAR Teacher, the educator who has made the greatest contribution to his success, because she helped him with his writing.

He plans to attend Northwestern University and major in theater.

The Mississippi Economic Council's M.B. Swayze Foundation sponsors the STAR program.

Walk, Anderson are St. Stanislaus STARs

St. Stanislaus senior Mitchell Walk has been named the school's 2016 STAR Student in the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program. He recognized Chemistry and STEM teacher, Jeff Anderson, as his STAR Teacher, the one who has had the most influence on his high school educational career.

Mitchell earned this recognition by achieving the highest ACT score of this year's senior class. He scored a 36 out of a possible 36. Nationally, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score of 36. The Student-Teacher Recognition (STAR) Program is sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation.

Mitchell, son of Mary Kay and Wesley Walk of Diamondhead, also was named a 2016 National Merit Finalist. He has achieved several academic and sports honors, including being a Mississippi finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman.

Mitchell plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Texas.

Anderson is in his ninth year as a St. Stanislaus faculty member and he is in his 24th year of education. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in biology and earned minors in Chemistry and secondary education from Western State College. He was a Recombinant DNA Technologies Fellow with Cold Spring Harbor Labs at Colorado College. He was also a Computers in the Classroom Fellow at the University of Northern Colorado and a Teaching Chemistry Teachers Fellow at Florida Southern University.

Anderson also continued his graduate studies at the University of New Orleans/Advanced Materials Research Institute. At UNO he developed a program and curriculum for teaching teachers how to better teach science.

Anderson was previously recognized as the St. Stanislaus STAR Teacher in 2009.

Moss Point Visionary Circle awards scholarships

The Moss Point Visionary Circle announces its scholarship winners for spring 2016. Jalicia Hughes is the recipient of the 2016 Sandra Cooper Scholarship and Jhaylin House is the recipient of the first Polk Scholarship.

Hughes plans to attend Jackson State University as a pre-med biology major. Tammie Ferguson, a 1999 graduate of Moss Point High, sponsored the scholarship in honor of her mother, Sandra Cooper.

House has been accepted to Georgia Gwinnett College and plans to major in business administration. The Polk Scholarship is sponsored by the Polk family.

Elementary raises $4,200 for Heart Association

DeLisle Elementary School students participated in Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraiser for the American Heart Associaton.

Physical education teacher Curtis Cotten said $4,256.49 was raised through pledges.

Third-grader Brennan Davis brought in the most money, raising $795.

Garrett earns master of divinity degree

Donald Ray Garrett of Biloxi received the master of divinity with a specialization in Christian education degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Garrett, associate minister at First Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport, holds a bachelor of science degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and a master of public health degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Students place in American Legion contest

Students from South Mississippi participated in the American Legion Ninth District Oratorical Contest for 2016 Angel Anderson Chairman Post 42, Ocean Springs.

Winners: first, Jessica Baker, Stone High School; second, Beverly Morgan Baker, Stone High School; third, X'Zandria Sellers, Pascagoula High School; fourth, Kaitlyn Skinner, Vancleave High School; fifth, Zaniya Matthews, Pascagoula High School; and sixth, Deshontae Bean, Columbia High School.

Mississippi Champion Solomon Khari Brown, a senior from Greenwood, placed second in the nation in the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship 2016 Program. He won a $16,000 scholarship.