Excellence in education
June 7, 2003
Daphne Nicole Daugherty of Quitman has been selected as Quitman High School's STAR Student for the 2002-2003 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council's M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation. Daugherty was honored during the 13th Annual Education Celebration April 25 at Mississippi College in Clinton.
STAR students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Daugherty received an ACT composite score of 32 and graduated with high honors with a grade point average of 4.10.
Daugherty named Nancy W. Parkerson of Quitman was STAR teacher.
Daugherty is the daughter of Jackye and Wendy Daugherty of Quitman.
Daugherty's honors and achievements include, highest average award in physics, English 1, English III, English IV, oral communications, economics, geometry, making clothing, technology discovery, biology, world history, health, voice of democracy school winner, 11th grade.
She also received academic achievement awards for all A's for six years; perfect attendance for three years; National Merit honorable mention. Daugherty held officer positions in Students Against Drunk Driving club, National Honor Society, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta.
At the QHS awards ceremony, Daugherty received a full ACT scholarship to Jones County Junior College and an Excellence in Band award from the United States Marine Corps. She was a member of the Big Blue Crew band and annual staff.
Daugherty will be attending the honors college at Southwest Missouri State University this fall on a presidential scholarship valued at about $48,000 over four years. To be considered for this prestigious scholarship, a student must have an ACT of 30 or greater and be in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class.
Winners are chosen after a rigorous interview session with scholarship committee members. Daugherty plans to study Anthropology and archeology. This summer Daugherty will travel to Manaus, Brazil to attend the American Society of Ichthyologists and herpetologists convention as a guest of her aunt, Professor Sharon A. Mathis.
CLINTON Mississippi College held May graduation ceremonies, closing the 177th academic session, for graduating students on May 10. Mississippi College President Lee G. Royce conferred degrees upon 534 graduating students at the undergraduate, graduate and School of Law commencements.
From Meridian graduating cum laude was Cristie Lee; graduating summa cum laude was Kristen Paige Johnson; graduating with a bachelor's of arts degree was David Marcus White; and Daniel Wade Watson graduated magna cum laude.