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Excellence in Education

By Staff
June 26, 2003
Carrie Young-McWilliams recently received her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Sarasota.
Young-McWilliams, a 1989 graduate of Meridian High School, received her associate of arts in 1991 from Meridian Community College, her bachelor of arts in 1993 from the University of Central Florida and her master of arts in 1996 from Scared Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
Young-McWilliams is currently employed with the New London Public School District. She is the daughter of Eva Easley Young and Armster Young Jr., both of Meridian.
Young-McWilliams resides in Pawcatuck, Conn. with her husband, Kenneth and their two daughters, Kenna and Carra.
Mississippi State University inducted 180 members into the campus chapter of the nation's leading higher education honor society, Phi Kappa Phi.
Membership is open to seniors at the top of their class in all majors.
New members include Meaghan J. Bailey, a junior communications major from Carthage; Mary Grace Tindle, a junior social work major, and Shannon Wheeler, a junior secondary education major, both from Clarkdale; Ashley C. Walters, a senior human sciences major from Newton; and James A. Holloman, a senior general business administration major from Quitman.
Dock Boyd of Meridian received the Gayle Galloway Student of the Year award at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.
Boyd, who works with Stephens Funeral Home and Barham Funeral Home, graduated from EMCC's Funeral Service Technology program May 10.
Boyd is a native of McComb. He attended Southeast Mississippi Community College in Sumit. After college, he worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Meridian for 18 years. He initially served as assistant store manager and then general store manager.
Boyd entered the funeral profession in 2001. He has been married 22 years to Debbie Ritchie Boyd. He is a member of Midway Baptist Church where he also serves as a deacon.
Ruby Doris Capers of Meridian graduated with honors from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba on May 10. She earned an associate of applied science degree in funeral service technology.
Capers is now eligible to sit for the national board examination and upon certification and meeting all requirements of the state, can practice in the profession of embalming and funeral directing.
The funeral service technology program at EMCC is the oldest mortuary science program in the state. It is fully accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.