Excellence in Education
March 7, 2002
Members of Meridian Community College's Phi Theta Kappa chapter were awarded a certificate during the international honor society's Mississippi/Louisiana convention.
The group earned the five-star chapter designation and was tapped as a Service Hallmark winner. In addition, the chapter earned an honorable mention nod by landing the Leadership Hallmark.
Phi Theta Kappa members Trent Hughes, Jason Holladay and Alison Davis attended the Vicksburg-based convention with advisers Barbara Jones and Rhonda Ross.
The regional convention was centered around the theme, "Celebrating America: Customs, Traditions and Celebrations: The Human Drive for Community."
DECATUR East Central Community College's Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, received top honors at the Mississippi/Louisiana Regional Convention held in Vicksburg.
Theta Xi was received the Most Outstanding Chapter Award and the Leadership Hallmark Award. Ann Burkes of Decatur, former ECCC head librarian and chapter adviser, was recognized as the Outstanding Alumna for 2002. Sophomore Lana Rogers of Carthage was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Golden Key. In addition, the ECCC chapter was elected to serve the region as president for 2002-03.
Dr. Shelby Harris and Christy Ferguson serve as Theta Xi advisers.
HATTIESBURG Kathryn H. Covington of Meridian is included on the Dean's List for the fall semester at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dean's List scholars at USM must maintain a 3.25 grade-point average while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.
Finishing fourth out of a field of 16 competitors, the Meridian Community College Scholars Bowl team marked its second consecutive year at fourth place during the Ken Wooten Scholars Bowl at the University of Mississippi.
Scholars Bowl adviser Dr. Jim Dauphine said the MCC team won four out of six matches and finished behind Northeast, Copiah-Lincoln and the Jeff Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
MCC defeated Northeast 145-95 in the first round of the double-elimination tournament, but lost to Itawamba 170-155. From the loser's bracket, MCC beat Mississippi Delta 185-10, the Jackson County campus of MGCCC 180-20 and Jones Junior College 175-20.
In the match to determine the last survivor from the loser's bracket, MCC encountered Northeast again and lost 160-130.
The top three teams at the tournament win scholarship money to attend the University of Mississippi for two years, as do the three individuals who scored the most points for teams not in the top three. Two of those awards were presented to MCC students Kenny Moser and Chad Nicholson, both of Meridian.
Rounding out the MCC team were Matt Elliott and Chris Radican, both of Meridian. Dauphine noted that team members Katie Martin and Jamie Huffmaster participated in other tournaments.
After three tournaments this year, the MCC Scholars Team closes the season with a match record of 14-4 for the year.