Excellence in Education

By Staff
July 25, 2002
Twelve students from East Mississippi Community College's Funeral Service Technology Department participated in commencement exercises in May. All 12 received an associate's degree in funeral service technology.
Members of the 2002 graduating class participating in the commencement were: Mike Atwood of Meridian, Brian Barnes of Forest, Jonathan Burgess of Columbus, Chris Coleman of Ackerman, Jody Crimm of Morton, Shavonne Gandy of Starkville, Rodney Garmon of Tupelo, Stephanie McCune of Newton, Andy Refett of Cottondale, Ala., Cecilia Sellers of Morton and Danny Shoemaker of Union.
Chris Coleman, Debra Sanders and Danny Shoemaker graduated with special honors. Mike Atwood, Jonathan Burgess, Shavonne Gandy, Stephanie McCune, Andy Refett and Cecilia Sellers graduated with honors.
Upon graduation, all students became eligible to take the National Board Examination administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. Most states, including Mississippi, accept the results of this examination as one of the prerequisites for licensure in funeral service.
COLUMBUS Mississippi University for Women student Hollie Campe of Collinsville was named to the President's List for the spring 2002 semester. To qualify for the President's List, students must be enrolled full-time and have a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
COLUMBUS Mississippi University for Women student Rochester Anderson of Meridian was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2002 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must be enrolled full-time and have a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.
Kawana Robinson has been selected as the 2002-2003 Mary Lee Roberts Future Teacher Scholarship recipient for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College.
BeBe Roberts Freeman and Harry Freeman of New Orleans endow this $1,000 scholarship through the MCC Foundation. To maintain this scholarship, recipients must perform 10 hours of community service during each semester.
Robinson is a sophomore in the University Transfer Program majoring in elementary education. She is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter. Kawana enjoys basketball and volunteers with Special Olympics.
Debra Williams is the Bill and Gay Whitworth Scholarship recipient for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College. This $600 scholarship is funded through The MCC Foundation.
A President's List scholar, Debra is a sophomore pursuing a degree in early childhood development. A non-traditional student, she is returning to college after a 23-year break. Williams is a parent volunteer at West Hills Elementary School and Kindercare Learning Center. She participated in MCC's My College Cares Day.
Three Meridian Community College students have been selected to receive the 2002-2003 Structural Steel Services Inc. Scholarships for the fall and spring semesters. They are Ashley McLelland and Amber N. Thrash, both of Meridian, and Kevin Brant Peebles of Collinsville. These scholarships, funded through The MCC Foundation, cover tuition and required books.
McLelland is a graduate of Meridian High School. She volunteers at Aldersgate Retirement Community and is employed part-time at Maust Woodworking.
An honor graduate of Meridian High School, Thrash is pursuing a degree in chemistry or biology with a career goal of becoming an attorney. At MHS she was a member of the Wildcat Band and Interact Club. Thrash is a volunteer at LOVE's Kitchen and Meals on Wheels.
Brant is a graduate of Newton County High School, where he was a member of the chorus and played football. At MCC, he will pursue a degree in forestry. Kevin works part-time at American Greetings in Philadelphia and attends the Cove Assembly of God Church.

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