Excellence in Education

By Staff
Aug. 1, 2002
Josh Minion of Daleville has been chosen as the recipient of the 2002-2003 Glen Deweese Memorial Scholarship for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College. This $1,600 scholarship is funded by The MCC Foundation through an endowment established by Mr. Deweese to assist older students in pursuing their educations.
A home-schooled student, Minion completed his GED through the College's Adult Education Program. He is a sophomore in the University Transfer Program, and plans to pursue a degree in accounting after graduation from MCC.
Daniel F. Barber, a junior accounting major at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, has been named as one of approximately 25 students admitted in the spring semester to the Honors Program at SMU's nationally ranked Edwin L. Cox School of Business.
Barber has also been named a recipient of the Robert and Susan Wilson Scholarship, awarded to business school students from Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi who excel in the areas of leadership and community service. He is on the spring 2002 list of Honor Roll students at the university.
A 2000 graduate of Lamar High School in Meridian, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Barber of Meridian.
Summer Williams of Collinsville is spending the summer working as an intern at Easter Seals Respite Camp in Wisconsin Dells. Easter Seals camps are the only camps in Wisconsin specializing in providing camping experiences for children and adults with disabilities.
Williams is one of many staff members who come from all over the world to work at the camp. "Caring for people with disabilities, in my opinion, is very rewarding and one of the greatest gifts I could give myself," Williams said.
Campers with disabilities enjoy many counselor-led activities including swimming, archery, sports, pontoon boat rides, fishing, arts and crafts, and a ropes course and climbing tower.
Kelly Dabbs, a graduate of Clarkdale Attendance Center, is the recipient of the 2002-2003 Lee Anne Smith Memorial Scholarship for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College. This $1,200 scholarship is funded through The MCC Foundation.
A sophomore at MCC, Dabbs is vice president of the College Activities Board. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Baptist Student Union, Drama and Praise Teams, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Dabbs works part-time at the MCC book store. She is working this summer at the Gulfshore Baptist Assembly.
Brad McKee of Bailey has been selected as the recipient of the 2002-2003 Joe Carson Memorial Scholarship for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College. Mrs. Ruby Carson of Hattiesburg established this $600 award, which is funded through The MCC Foundation. Mr. Carson served as an instructor, registrar and director at MCC during its first 23 years.
McKee, a sophomore in the University Transfer Program, is a member of the National Honor Society and the MCC baseball team. A graduate of West Lauderdale High School, he plans to pursue a career in math and computer science.

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