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Ross Collins establishes honor society

By By Kelly Quackenbush/The Meridian Star
March 29, 2001
Ross Collins Vocational Center has recently established a charter chapter of the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.
According to Judy Stevenson, assistant vocational director at Ross Collins, plans for inducting the chapter have been in the works since the beginning of the year. The objective of the honor society is to reward excellence in work force education, develop self-esteem, promote work values and help build effective partnerships with local business and industry.
Any properly accredited, licensed school or college offering occupational, vocational and technical programs is eligible for a charter issued by the honor society. To receive approval, the center had to submit an application.
R. Wayne Eason, vocation director of Ross Collins Vocational Center, expressed pride for not only being in the charter of this organization, but also one of the few schools in Mississippi affiliated with the honor society. Seventeen vocational schools in the state have a National Vocational-Technical Honor Society chapter and more than 1,500 schools and colleges throughout the United States are affiliated with the society.
Student benefits include a letter of recognition, graduation recognition and personal recommendations for employment, college admission and scholarships provided by National Vocational-Technical Honor Society. Membership is open to those who have demonstrated a spirit of personal excellence, honesty, leadership, teamwork and responsibility. Applicants must have an overall 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in their vocational classes and at least a 3.0 GPA in academics to join.
The first members of the honor society will be inducted April 5 at 6 p.m. at the center. They are: Bryant Benton, son of Shelah and George Benton; Shea Cessna, daughter of Kay and Jimmie Cessna; Chris Colston, son of Alice and James Colston; Joseph Norwood, son of Alesia and Joe Norwood; LaTanya Richardson, daughter of Bernadean Ross; James Ryals IV, son of Gail and James Ryals III; Terriana Terry, daughter of Ella and Eddie Terry; and Kyschme Watson, daughter of Celeste and Jimmie Watson.
Kelly Quackenbush is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at kquackenbush@themeridianstar.com.

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