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Excellence in education

By Staff
Sept. 27, 2002
Bettie S. Wraggs has been selected to receive the 2002-2003 Mary Young Minniece Scholarship for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College. This $600 award is funded through the MCC Foundation.
A graduate of Louisville High School, Wraggs is a sophomore in the respiratory therapy program. She is a member of Health Occupation Students of America and serves as a secretary of the Student Association of Respiratory Therapists. A President's List scholar, Wraggs is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international scholastic society for two-year college students.
She is a member of Piney Grove United Methodist Church where she serves as recording secretary and is an Usher Board member. Wraggs plans to pursue a master's degree in public health or health administration.
Jaclyn Evans, a student at East Central Community College in Decatur, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Layla Brewer and April Mosley, of Meridian, have been selected to receive scholarships for the 2002-2003 academic year at Mississippi University for Women.
Brewer received a $1,500 Community College Transfer Scholarship. Mosley was awarded a $500 W Award of Excellence Scholarship.
James Brady Dearman of Meridian has been awarded a Community College Trustee Scholarship to attend the University of West Alabama. Dearman, who attended Meridian Community College, entered UWA this fall.
The Judson College Alumnae Association announced that Billie Jean Young, class of 1974, has been named the Outstanding Alumna for 2002.
Young is a poet, actor, activist and educator. Young is a graduate of Judson College, Selma University, Samford University and Cumberland School of Law. With more than 500 performances and 18 years of request-only shows throughout the United States and on three continents, she has been writing, acting and directing for more than 20 years.
Robert A. Mustain of Meridian has been awarded a Community College Trustee Scholarship to attend the University of West Alabama. The award was based on academic achievement and proven leadership potential.
Taylor Andrews has been awarded a music scholarship to attend Alabama Southern Community College.
Robert Walter Bailey of Meridian is among 31 new members of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association's board of directors.
An Ole Miss graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a law degree, Bailey is a Lauderdale County Circuit Court judge. In 1968, he was co-captain of the Rebel football team and was elected Colonel Reb. Bailey and his wife, Missy, have two children, Robert and Courtney.
The North Meridian Optimist Youth Softball Organization has established two $1,000 scholarships at Meridian Community College in honor of Johnny Adkinson, Bob Pigford and Larry Stewart.
Selection is made by the organization, with first preference going to young women who have participated in the program. Ashley Michelle Knight and Stephanie Darmelle Nelson are the first students to be recognized by the organization. These awards are funded through the MCC Foundation.
Knight is a graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School. A freshman in the University Transfer Program, she is an elementary education major. In addition to softball and swimming, Knight is active in the Long Creek Baptist Church Youth Group.
Nelson is a graduate of Meridian High School, where she was a member of the softball team. She was selected as All Division for District V in 2002 and Best Defensive Player for 2001-2002. As a freshman, Nelson will be taking courses in preparation to enter the associate's degree nursing program. She is a member of the Junior Usher Board of her church.

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