Excellence in Education

By Staff
Feb. 21, 2002
HATTIESBURG Dr. Benjamin Waddle, chairman of the Department of Health and Physical Education at William Carey College, recently established the Julia Crisp Waddle Endowed Scholarship for students planning to major in elementary education.
The scholarship honors the memory of Julia Crisp Waddle, Benjamin's wife.
Julia served as an elementary teacher in Tennessee and North Carolina and helped establish a kindergarten at a Presbyterian church in Tennessee. She was instrumental in teaching Head Start teachers in the Hattiesburg area.
Benjamin has served as professor of health, physical education and recreation at William Carey for 35 years. "My wife cared about education and this is my way of honoring her memory," he said.
The fund will be invested with the Mississippi Baptist Foundation so that dividends and interest can be used to perpetuate the scholarship. Recipients will be required to meet certain criteria including maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average.
BIRMINGHAM Two Meridian residents were among 932 students who received degrees or certificates during the fall 2001 quarter at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The students, their degrees, and the schools from which they earned their degrees were: Mary P. Johnson, M.N.A., School of Health-Related Professions and Kevin J. Grace, B.A., School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss., has announced that Jeffrey Hayden Smith Jr. of Shubuta received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Hayden is a senior at Quitman High School. He is a National Merit Finalist and a member of the marching band, the symphonic band, the National Honor Society, the student council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
HATTIESBURG Leah Nicole Williams of Meridian was recently inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society and was honored during a campus ceremony at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Williams is the 2001-2002 recipient of the USM annual Ford Motor Co./Golden Key International Honour Society Undergraduate Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded to the outstanding senior initiate of the chapter based on overall scholastic performance, honors and awards received, leadership, campus and community activity and work commitments.
The USM College of Business Administration has also awarded the Alfred and Doris Breeland Accounting Scholarship to Williams. The $1,675 scholarship is awarded annually.
Williams is a senior at USM majoring in accounting. She is an Honor's College student and a president's list scholar. She is the daughter of Bill and Martha Williams of Meridian.
HATTIESBURG Jason Quigley of Meridian was among 25 students chosen to represent Southern Style at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Quigley is a senior marketing major and the son of John N. Quigley of Meridian and the late Linda Quigley.
Southern Style is a highly selective group of student leaders who serve as the official host and hostess group for USM. Twenty-five students are chosen each year through a three-phase selection process.
One of the main responsibilities of Southern Style is to serve as leaders during the six summer orientation sessions, when members have an opportunity to meet and guide incoming students and their parents.
Additional responsibilities include working Legislative Weekend, Premiere Weekend and all commencement ceremonies. Members also attend recruitment functions and support Presidential and Leadership Scholarship competitions.
HATTIESBURG Sarah Tartt of Bailey has been elected secretary of the Beta Sigma chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Tartt, 19, is a sophomore majoring in business management. She is the daughter of Steve and Beth Tartt of Bailey.
The Beta Sigma chapter of Kappa Delta is celebrating its 52nd year at USM.

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