Excellence in education
May 10, 2001
Diane Hucks of Meridian attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Washington D.C. in March.
The forum is designed to provide exceptional high school students with a first-hand glimpse of what a law career is all about.
More than 350 junior and senior high school students attended the conference.
Hucks and other scholars were addressed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in the Supreme Court chamber. Students also assumed the roles of Supreme Court justices during the program over the case of Santa Fe v. Doe, an actual court battle over school prayer.
Robert Wesley McGrew, of Collinsville, has been named a United States National Collegiate Award winner in computer science.
McGrew, a student at Mississippi State University, was nominated for the award by Dr. Donna Reese, a professor at the college.
The academy selects winners upon the recommendation by professors, coaches, counselors and other qualified sponsors.
Criteria for selection include a student's academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation, citizenship, attitude and cooperation and dependability.
McGrew is the son of Robert and Vickie McGrew of Collinsville and the grandson of Willie and Mary Fairchild of —Collins-ville and Ray and Lea Burrow of Meehan.
Tori Thompson of Meridian received the Fern Rogers Hesson Scholarship April 20, at the annual Festival of Success, held at the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Thompson, 23, is a junior nutrition/dietetics major and is the daughter of Mickey and Pam Thompson.
Chasity Stingley, a junior, was named Enterprise High School Most Beautiful 2001 during a ceremony held April 17, at Stonewall Auditorium.
Stingley is the daughter of Kathy Blackmon and the late Mike Stingley.
She is the granddaughter of Wallace and Pauline Pugh of Enterprise, Juanita Stingley of Brandon and the late Thomas Stingley.
Kayte Ford was recently crowned Queen of the Miss West Lauderdale Elementary Beauty Review.
Ford is the daughter of Patricia and Ken Benson and Steven Ford.
Yvonne Parr, of DeKalb, a student at East Mississippi Community College, was inducted into the Eta Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national honorary society, during a ceremony on the Scooba campus held in March.
Sue Geter, 11th grade English, accelerated English, French and oral communication teacher at Newton County High School has received national board certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Geter and her husband, Al Geter, have two sons, Thomas and Timothy. Thomas is a sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi. Timothy is an eighth-grade student at Newton County High School.
Geter began teaching in 1990 after graduating summa cum laude from Mississippi State University. She has been teaching at NCHS for five years.