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Excellence in Education

By Staff
June 13, 2002
Amanda Carole Stokes of Meridian has been named the top graduate of the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Stokes also received a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy and the Virginia Stansel Tolbert Award. She received the honors during graduation May 24. The Tolbert Award is sponsored by the Mississippi State Medical Association.
Adam Gough of Russell has been named a United States National Award Winner in mathematics by the United States Achievement Academy.
Gough, who attends Lamar Middle School, was nominated for the national award by Gale Ogg, a mathematics teacher at the school.
Gough will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.
He is the son of Robin and Debbie Gough of Russell. His grandparents are Myrtle P. Foster and Tommy Gene Foster Sr. of Louisville and Sarah S. Gough and the late Harold L. Gough Sr. of Meridian.
JACKSON William Winsyl Selman II has been awarded the Scholarship-Leadership Award by Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
The national worthy grand master of Kappa Sigma Fraternity presented the award to Selman on a chapter visit to Millsaps College in Jackson. His selection for the award was based on scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service.
Selman is a member of Alpha Upsilon Chapter, where he has served as grand treasurer for two years. He is a junior biology major from Meridian and is a pitcher on the Majors baseball team. He is the son of Lynn and Bill Selman.
Local high school seniors Jaime Broadhead and Justin Qualls both received a $4,000 regional scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Each year the foundation recognizes 252 exemplary high school seniors from across the country who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities. The foundation awards more than $2.1 million in scholarships each year.
Broadhead, a 2002 Meridian High School graduate, served as president of her class and features editor of her newspaper. She was an active member of the National Honor Society. And she had a 4.0 grade point average.
In the past year, Broadhead volunteered 449 hours for a variety of causes, including the Salvation Army, Aldersgate Retirement Center and the American Red Cross. Broadhead also founded "Enter His Courts With Dancing," her church liturgical dance company. She created the company in 1998 to teach dance to young girls in her community.
Qualls, a 2002 Northeast High School graduate, served as vice president of the student body and National Honor Society; co-president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and president of his class all while upholding a 4.0 grade point average.
During the past year, he has volunteered more than 284 hours for worthy causes including fund raising for the Meridian Fire Department and volunteering at the American Heart Association and Salvation Army. He also has worked with the Lauderdale County Student Advisory Council for four years, educating teen-agers throughout the state on the dangers of alcohol.
Meridian Community College art instructor John Marshall is the only Meridian artist invited to participate in the Walter Anderson Museum of Art special exhibition in Ocean Springs, titled "Motifs of Time: Mississippi Artists Invitational."
The exhibit, which opened May 23, explores a series of ancient marks basic to the history of art and visual perception and consciously used by Walter Anderson.
ELLISVILLE Another record number of degrees were conferred on more than 650 members of the 2002 spring graduating class at Jones County Junior College.
The types of degrees awarded include associate of arts, associate of applied science and vocational certification.
Area candidates for graduation included:
Matthew K. McPhearson of Enterprise.
Jennifer L. Brashier of Heidelberg.
Robert C. Jordan, Modriques D. McKenzie, Terrell McKenzie and Phillip G. Scrimpshire, all of Pachuta.
Cassie L. Bland, Philip D. Grisham, Ryan D. Higdon, Jeremy P. Perks, Cristel L. Reese, John A. Roberts, Llewellyn V. Sterling and Stephanie L. Stewart, all of Quitman.
Robert A. Cochran Jr., Amanda J. Graham, Randall L. Gray and George R. Davis Jr., all of Shubuta.
Marion Dawn M. Ross of Lauderdale.
Michael A. Hamilton and Bobbie J. Keys, both of Louin.