Excellence in Education
July 11, 2002
Crystal Danielle Willis of Russell has accepted membership in Golden Key International Honour Society and was honored at a ceremony on the Mississippi State University campus.
Golden Key International Honour Society is a nonprofit, academic honors organization that provides academic recognition, leadership opportunities, community service, career networking and scholarships.
The society has more than 300 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Australia, Canada, Malysia, South Africa and New Zealand. Membership is by invitation to the top 15 percent of juniors and seniors in all fields of study.
Willis has been on the dean's list and president's list since her enrollment at MSU. She is a member of Alpha Theta Chi Collegiate Honor Society. She is the daughter of Daniel and Cynthia Coleman Willis of Russell.
LIVINGSTON, Ala. Sarah Eleanor Lauderdale of Philadelphia has been awarded a Trustee Scholarship to attend the University of West Alabama.
The award was based on academic achievement and leadership potential.
Lauderdale attended Philadelphia High School where she served as editor of the school newspaper. She plans to enter UWA this fall.
Brent McCarty attended the 2002 session of the Mississippi Governor's School on June 9-28. Governor's School is a residential honors program established in 1981 by Gov. William F. Winter at Mississippi University for Women.
The Governor's School is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences for a limited number of rising high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement in their studies and show high intellectual, creative and leadership potential.
McCarty is the 2002 recipient of the Mississippi Governor's School Award of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed to a Governor's School scholar.
The student selected for the honor must show leadership, possess strong interpersonal skills, display creativity and exhibit good sportsmanship.
McCarty is the son of Van and Robin McCarty of Meridian. He completed his junior year at Meridian High School in May with a 4.0 grade point average. He has lettered in soccer and swimming.
McCarty is a National Student Council Award winner, a National Honor Roll Award winner, a National Leadership Award winner and is listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students.
McCarty is also active in the community. He is a member of Christ Community Church and is an eight-year winner in State Bible Drills competition. He has acted in plays at school and Meridian Little Theater and is a member of Leadership Lauderdale Youth Division. He is an Eagle Scout and serves as treasurer of Phi Kappa National Fraternity.
McCarty plans to pursue a degree in medicine.
The following Calvary Christian School students received yearly awards at the school's awards program at the end of this school year.
Principal's list (all As)
Kindergarten: Dustin Bates, Taylor Freeman, Rachel Ivy, Houston Jones, Reed Kasper, Lizzie Martin, Josh Matheny, John Michael McQueen, Hunter Townsend and Dylan Joles.
First Grade: Taylor Hollingsworth, Emma Reeves, Torri White, Jenna Seal, Caroline Kreitzer and Lydia Walters.
Second grade: Lindsey Beard, Kendal Carpenter, Haley James, Chase Kasper and Colt Robinson.
Third grade: Lauren Shimfessel, Sarah Harris, Callie Roper and Noah Killebrew.
Sixth grade: Laren Walker, Kay Blythe and Jonathan Eggleston.
Seventh grade: Brittanie Walker.
Honor roll (all As and Bs)
Kindergarten: Justin Hancock, Allysa Harris, Devan Howell and Baleigh Stephens.
First grade: Nathan Jacobs.
Second grade: Tara Gardner, Bailey Laird, Joshua McQueen, Gabrie Misora, Morgan Ratcliff and Brittney Smith.
Third grade: Dylan Swearingen, Kyle Laird, Cheslie Abston and Drexton Boykin.
Fourth grade: Leah Mowdy and Kaleb Watts.
Fifth grade: Adam Durant and Hannah Killebrew.
Sixth grade: Kyle Followell, Rachel Harris, Casey Kirkman, Chelsey Mathis, Dakota Robinson and Daniel Smith.
Seventh grade: Caleb Riddle and Jeff Stuart.
Three Meridian Community College students won bronze medals during the Health Occupation Students of America national competition in Anaheim, Calif.
In addition, seven other MCC students earned "Top 10" spots at the annual event.
Margaretta Campbell, a Radiological Technology Program freshman, received a bronze medal in job-seeking skills. Kim Blount and Kim Jones, both freshmen in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program, won bronze medals in the career health display category.
Named to the Top 10 division were Dana Fry, freshman in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, extemporaneous health poster; Luisa Jimenez, a sophomore in Medical Laboratory Technology, medical spelling; Allison Poole, Health Information Technology Program graduate, medical terminology; and Suzanna Buckelew, Jerri Frey, Sadie Houston and Katie Veazey, Radiological Technology freshmen, creative problem solving.
Knox Poole and Debbie Shell, MCC instructors and program coordinators of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program and the Radiological Technology Program, respectively, assisted during the national competition. Poole served as the event manager for the Medical Laboratory Assisting competition and Shell assisted.
Health Occupation Students of America is a student organization with a mission to promote career opportunities in the health care field and to enhance delivery of quality health care to all people.