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franklin county times

Excellence in Education

By Staff
May 20, 2003
Four area students have been selected to receive the Mississippi Association of Supervisors Community/Junior College Scholarships at Meridian Community College.
They are: Tina Dodd, Kimberly Carter, Jennifer Butler and Natalie Myatt. These $500 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation.
The Mississippi Association of Supervisors established this scholarship program in 1996 in support of the community and junior colleges in the state. The program began with one scholarship for each college and has increased to the current four at each school.
Carter is a graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School where she was a member of the basketball team and the band. She is in the university transfer program at MCC. Carter is a choir member and usher at her church.
Butler is a graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School where she was a member of the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students Against Drunk Driving. A class officer, she was named an All-American Scholar and National Honor Roll member. She is studying prelaw with plans to attend the University of Mississippi Law School.
Dodd, an honor graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School, was named to the National Honor Society. She was president of the math and science clubs. Dodd is in the university transfer program with an emphasis in education.
Myatt is a graduate of Lamar High School where she was a member of the Beta Club, the newspaper staff and the French Honor Society. She graduated with highest honors and received the calculus and the economics awards. Also a university transfer program student, she plans to pursue a business degree.
Jeff Brantley has been selected to participate in the 2003 Mississippi Governor's School. The 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 or rising high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement in their studies and who show high intellectual, creative and leadership potential.
Brantley is the son of Steve and Tammy Brantley of Meridian. He is the grandson of Barnard and Corinne Brantley of Philadelphia and Roy and Nell Watson of Jackson.
Jeff Brantley has just completed the 11th grade at Meridian High School where he received the following awards: computer systems technology award, U.S. History Award and an academic letter for 4.0 or greater grade point average for all years.
He recently scored 33 on the ACT college entrance exam, 1430 on the SAT exam and finished in the top 1 percent on the national PSAT exam.
His additional community activities that include World Changers, Northwest Indiana Foodbank, Habitat for Humanity, Bible Drills at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, Helping Other People Program (Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church) and volunteer tutoring.
He plans to pursue a career in computer engineering.

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