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Excellence in education

By Staff
Sept. 28, 2002
Lyndsey M. Howard is the recipient of the 2002-2003 J.P. Grant Scholarship for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College.
The $600 scholarship is funded by the MCC Foundation.
An Ivy League Recruiter at MCC, Howard was a member of the 2001-2002 MCC homecoming court. She is a dean's list scholar and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international scholastic society for two-year college students.
Howard is a sophomore in the Associate Degree Nursing Program; she plans to obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing.
She is a member of the Organization of Student Nurses and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also is a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Robert Lee Rigdon of Collinsville has been selected to receive the Harry and Vivian Boureau Family Scholarship for Music.
The $1,200 award is funded through the MCC Foundation.
Rigdon is a dean's list student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international scholastic society for two-year college students. He is a member of the MCC Jazz Band, the Wind Ensemble and the Community Band.
Rigdon has been selected to play in the Mississippi Lion's All-State Band for the past two years. He plans to pursue a degree in music, with the possibility of teaching as a career.
Cathy Lee Easterwood and Lesley Deavers are the recipients of the 2002-2003 Nicholas Gianakos Memorial Scholarships for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College.
The $900 scholarships are funded through the MCC Foundation.
Easterwood is a freshman in the University Transfer Program pursuing a degree in architecture.
While at Meridian High School, she was a member of the Dusty Social Service Club and worked as a cheerleader clinician during the summer. Easterwood was a group leader for Happenings in Mississippi.
Deavers, a Clarkdale High School graduate, is a sophomore studying elementary education. She is a member of the Baptist Student Union and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Deavers is a president's list scholar and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international scholastic society for two-year college students. She works part-time at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Leanna H. McLaughlin, Mary Katherine Bergin, and Karah Godfrey will receive the Ruth Van Dyke Nelson Memorial Scholarships for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College.
The $1,200 scholarships are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Arthur Nelson.
McLaughlin is a graduate of Meridian High School, where she was a member of the MHS Academic Team, National Honor Society, Wildcat marching band, symphonic band, Anchor Club and Drama Club.
At MCC, she is in the University Transfer Program pursuing a degree in history. McLaughlin has participated in various community activities, including LOVE's Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity.
Bergin is a graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School, where she was a member of the softball, fast-pitch and soccer teams. She also served on the Student Advisory Council for Lauderdale County.
Bergin is a freshman in the University Transfer Program. Her goal is to become a forensic criminal psychologist.
Godfrey is a graduate of Meridian High School. She is a sophomore taking courses in preparation for the medical profession. She is a dean's list scholar.
Godfrey works part time for Seal-Laird Veterinary Hospital.
Virginia Hodges, president of the Meridian Area Navy League, recently presented a $1,500 check to scholarship recipient Ellen Heimann, a student at Mississippi State University in Starkville.
Heimann is the daughter of Beverly and Rick Heimann of Meridian.
The scholarship winner is chosen by a selection committee established through the local Navy League Board of Directors.
Applicants are restricted to dependents of enlisted Navy or Marine Corps personnel at Meridian, retired personnel who served in Meridian or a Navy JROTC Cadet from an area school.

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