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Excellence in Education

By Staff
June 27, 2002
Bonnie Catherine Lee, daughter of Bruce and Kay Lee, was salutatorian at Vicksburg High School.
She is the granddaughter of Dorothy Espey and the late Pete Espey, and Kathleen and B.C. Lee, all of Meridian.
While at Vicksburg High School, Lee was treasurer of the senior and junior classes and vice-president of the freshman class. She served on the student council every year. She was a member of the National Honor Society and National Beta Club, and secretary of Mu Alpha Theta.
She was a varsity football cheerleader throughout high school and was captain of the squad in her senior year. She was also on the VHS swim team and lettered all four years. She was selected for the 2002 VHS Hall of Fame. Lee competed in the Mississippi Science and Mathematics Tournament in her junior and senior years and scored in the state's top 10 percent in mathematics.
Lee was a member of the United Way Teen Advisory Council in 2001 and participated in the Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Vicksburg program. She is a member of the Rebelettes Service Club, archivist of the Vicksburg Cotillion Club and recording secretary of the SubDeb Civic Club. She is an active member of First Baptist Church where she has participated in the youth choir, Acteens, His Hands Puppet Team and the handbell choir.
She plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in either biological engineering or broadcast meteorology.
STARKVILLE Hannah Maria Pickard of Meridian, daughter of Brenda Weaver and the late Barry Pickard, was granted membership into Golden Key International Honor Society during a ceremony at Mississippi State University.
Pickard is a senior at MSU and a President's List scholar. She is scheduled to graduate in December with a bachelor's degree in apparels, textiles and merchandising with an emphasis in business and marketing. Currently is interning in Georgia at the Atlanta Apparel Mart.
JACKSON Mitchell Andrew Thomas of Meridian has been awarded a Millsaps Award scholarship.
The scholarship program was established to recognize students for academic achievement, community service and extracurricular involvement. Recipients are chosen based on academic performance in college preparatory courses, extracurricular achievements and standardized test scores.
A 2002 graduate of Meridian High School, Thomas is the son of Mitchell and Marsha Thomas of Meridian.
STARKVILLE Meagan E. Scott of Meridian is among 99 Mississippi State University seniors included in the 2001-2002 "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." Scott, a human development and family studies major, is the daughter of Jacqueline S. Longmeier.
ATLANTA Ernest Smith, a teacher at Meridian High School, has been named a 2002 Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, one of only 252 educators nationwide chosen to receive the award.
Smith will receive a commemorative crystal Coca-Cola bottle and a plaque inscribed with a personal dedication written by the person who nominated him Jaime Broadhead, 2002 Coca-Cola Scholar and an MHS senior.
Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation chooses 252 outstanding high school seniors to receive college scholarships. Once named a scholar, the students then nominate the teacher who inspired and encouraged them most as their Educator of Distinction.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across the United States and The Coca-Cola Company. It is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, merit-based scholarship programs of its kind in the country and is supported locally by the financial commitment of local Coca-Cola Bottlers. The award is made possible from a grant provided by the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation.
Joshua Sonak of Collinsville has been named a United States National Award Winner in Mathematics by the United States Achievement Academy. Sonak, who attends West Lauderdale High School, will appear in the "United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook," which is published nationally.
Sonak is the son of Russell and Regina Sonak of Collinsville. He is the grandson of Jerry and Sue Harwell of Collinsville, and Renee Sonak of Meridian and the late Albert Sonak.

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