Excellence in Education

By Staff
Feb. 28, 2002
TUSCALOOSA Seven area students enrolled during the fall 2001 semester at the University of Alabama were named to the dean's list. Full-time undergraduate students on the dean's list must have at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
From Meridian: Ruth Suzanne Carlisle, Stephanie Ruth Coleman, Mary Joanne Crenshaw, Julie Elaine Isbell, Natasha Jeanine McLeod and Willis Paul Melancon III. From Toomsuba: Lacy Elizabeth Smith.
BIRMINGHAM Emily Carolyn Abney of Meridian has been named to the dean's list at Samford University. Abney is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard S. Abney. To qualify for the dean's list, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of course work.
Eight Meridian School District teachers have achieved National Board Certification.
The teachers are: Nancy Chisolm from Ross Collins Career and Technical Center, Ramona Fields from Parkview Elementary, Amanda Gaston Cross from Poplar Springs Elementary, Lowell Hummer from Magnolia Middle School, Mable Oatis from Meridian High School, Diane Toms from Crestwood Elementary and Cristi Rowcliff and Kelli Speed from Oakland Heights Elementary.
Their certification brings the total number of nationally board-certified teachers in the Meridian Public School District to 37. Teachers earn National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
National Board Certification is a voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. It is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes almost a year to complete.
Through the assessment process, teachers document their subject matter knowledge, provide evidence that they know how to teach the subjects to students most effectively and demonstrate their ability to manage and measure student learning.
NASHVILLE Annie Kay Cumberland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luke K. Cumberland of Meridian, is a dean's list scholar at Vanderbilt University.
Cumberland, a student of the School of Arts and Science, was named to the fall 2001 dean's list. Students on the dean's list must have at least 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
WACO, Texas Jill Suzanne Hicks of Meridian, a freshman at Baylor University, was recently named to the university's dean's list.
To be named to the dean's list, a student must be an undergraduate with at least a 3.7 grade point average of 3.7 while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.
LIVINGSTON, Ala. Ted Tucker Spidle and Christopher Shane Martin, both of Livingston, and Shannon Rhea Quinnelly of Lauderdale have been awarded Trustee Scholarships to attend the University of West Alabama.
The awards were announced by the UWA Office of Admissions and were based on academic achievement and leadership potential.
Spidle, Martin and Quinnelly are all seniors at Sumter Academy and all three plan to enter UWA this fall.
West Hills Elementary School has received the PREPS, or the Program for Research and Evaluation of Public Schools, Value Added Award.
The award is based on the Terra Nova national standardized test of 2001. Added value schools are those considered to be performing better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances.
West Hills Elementary was recognized by PREPS during the program's winter conference in Jackson last month.
PREPS is a private nonprofit consortium of school districts with the purpose of developing and implementing educational services to help schools improve. PREPS is supported by the College of Education at Mississippi State University and is housed in the Center for Educational Partnerships, the service division of MSU.

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