Excellence in Education

By Staff
Nov. 21, 2002
Meridian Community College students Jacqueline Jones King, Jessica Kim Ethridge and Adam Pickett have been selected to receive the William and Dorothy Lerner Scholarships for the fall and spring semesters.
The $850 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Wendy Lerner to honor her parents.
King, a graduate of Meridian High School, is an MCC freshman pursuing a degree in business administration. Her career goal is to work in either banking and finance or real estate.
She is a member of West Hills Baptist Church and is employed part time as an assistant manager at Gymboree.
Ethridge is a graduate of West Lauderdale High School, where she was a member of the varsity softball league, the chorus, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Lauderdale County Student Advisory Council.
Her community involvement includes the American Lung Association, Habitat for Humanity, Superkids and Discipleship Now. Ethridge's career goal is to become a nurse anesthetist.
Pickett is a sophomore in the University Transfer Program and plans to pursue a degree in music.
A dean's list scholar, he is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. Pickett is a member of the MCC Community Band and the MCC Jazz Band.
He was named to the All-State Junior College Band this past year.
Barbara Kathleen Graham has been selected to receive the first Jo Pacetti Instrumental Music Scholarship for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College.
The $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by Ellie Pacetti Serras a means to honor her mother, as well as encourage young musicians.
Graham is a 2002 graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School. She is a freshman in the University Transfer Program with an emphasis in music.
Graham began her music education at 10 years old, taking piano and French horn lessons. She is a member of the MCC Wind Ensemble, the MCC Choir and the MCC Jazz Band.
Ryan P. Moore and David Austin Mixon have been selected as the 2002-2003 Marshall and Miriam Deonier Memorial Scholarship recipients for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College.
The $800 awards are funded through the the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Virginia Stevens of Hattiesburg and Thomas Roberson of Toomsuba.
Moore, a graduate of Meridian High School, is a freshman in the University Transfer Program. He is a member of the MCC Chorus and Variations.
Moore's future educational plans include attending a Christian college after graduation from MCC. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church and is employed part time at Boyd Williams Real Estate.
Mixon is a graduate of West Lauderdale High School. He is a freshman at MCC with an undeclared major. He is a member of Suqualena United Methodist Church and is employed part time at Judge Little Sporting Goods.

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