Excellence in education
July 11, 2001
Lori Fleming of Philadelphia will receive the $600 Ralph Wilkerson Social Sciences Scholarship at Meridian Community College.
The MCC Foundation awards the scholarship annually as a memorial tribute to the former social sciences instructor at the college. Fleming is a social sciences major in the University Transfer Program at MCC.
John Garrett of Northeast Lauderdale, Jill Hicks of Lamar High School and Rachel Webb of Philadelphia High School were among the 3rd Congressional District high school seniors who will receive a $1,500 scholarship award for each of the next four years as part of the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program.
Standardized test scores, grade point average, participation in extracurricular activities and leadership activities are considered in the selection process.
The national scholarship program is administered in Mississippi through the Mississippi Department of Education and is open to all high school seniors in public, private and parochial schools.
Davey Knight collected 404 pounds of cans to be recycled for his fifth-grade class at Crestwood Elementary this past semester. The class recycled a total of 624 pounds of cans for Habitat for Humanity.
Knight also was chosen to play All-Stars this summer and has five years perfect attendance in school.
He is the son of Johnny and Cathy Knight and the grandson of Charles and Anita Rainer and John Lee and Betty Knight, all of Meridian.
Cassie Chance will receive the 2001 Partnership for a Healthy Lauderdale County Tobacco-Free Scholarship. Chance, a graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School, serves as secretary of the partnership.
Chance plans to attend East Mississippi Community College this fall and pursue as degree in communications. She is the daughter of Debbie Chance.
NEW ORLEANS John O'Neil Johnson III has received his law degree from Tulane University Law School.
Johnson earned a specialty certificate in the area of environmental law. He will practice law begining in September with Haynes and Boone, LLP, in Austin, Texas.
Johnson is the son of Neva Rush Kelly and John O'Neil Johnson Jr. He is the grandson of Joyce Rush and the late Dr. H. Lowry Rush Jr. and Gift Johnson and the late John O'Neil Johnson.
Northeast High School student Allison Trammell has been named an All-American Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy.
All-American scholars must maintain a 3.3 grade point average or higher. They are selected based on recommendations by school personnel.
Trammell is the daughter of Terry and Suzanne Trammell of Dalewood. She is the granddaughter of Ralph and Zelma Trammell of Dalewood and Jewel Brown of Meridian.
The recipient of the 2001-2002 Dan Self/Robbie Jones Pre-Law Scholarship at Meridian Community College is Jamie Rogers of Meridian.
Local attorneys fund the $1,000 scholarship annually through the MCC Foundation.
Rogers is a graduate of West Lauderdale High School. He will be a freshman in the University Transfer Program this fall. He is interested in a career in criminal law.
Jessie Houston of Meridian is the 2001-2002 "Red" Burdette Math Scholar at Meridian Community College.
She will receive the $1,000 scholarship from an endowment established through the MCC Foundation by the late Mrs. Burdette as a memorial tribute.
Houston plans to obtain a bachelor's degree in accounting.
NEW ORLEANS Donald R. Naylor Jr. of Meridian was among the spring graduates at Loyola University New Orleans.
QUITMAN Sylvia McLendon Sykes of the Quitman School District has received the designation of Registered School Business Official from the Association of School Business Officials International.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Melinda Leslie Box will receive a two-year, $2,000 University of Alabama at Birmingham Transfer Scholarship.
Box is a 1999 graduate of Clarkdale Attendance Center. She plans to study psychology at UAB. She is the daughter of Thomas and Susie Box of Meridian.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Stephanie Coleman of Meridian and Lacy Elizabeth Smith of Toomsuba have been initiated as new members of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society at the University of Alabama.
HOUGHTON, Mich. Five 10th-graders from Choctaw Central High School recently attended the American Indian Workshop at Michigan Tech.
The workshop gives American Indian students a chance to experience university life and investigate fields of interest.
Students attending the workshop were:
Rodgrick Lamar Anderson, son of Tarina and Harvey McMillan of Conehatta; Andrew Lane Henry, son of Kathy Sockey of Philadelphia and Timothy Taylor; Meritza Renea Henry, daughter of Michelle Jefferson of Philadelphia and Darrel Kizer of Carson City and Dillon James Vaughn, son of Nancy and Marcus Allen of Philadelphia.