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Excellence in Education

By Staff
July 24, 2003
Two Meridian High School graduates, Jessica Kopf and Richmond Alexander, have been chosen to receive Charles Armstrong Memorial Scholarships for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College. These $650 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation.
The Kiwanis Club of Meridian established this endowment in 1990 to honor Armstrong, who was a teacher, coach and administrator with the Meridian Public School District. Armstrong was also a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club.
Kopf was a member of the Anchor Club at MHS and served as vice president of the Key Club. She was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students and received academic letters for three years. She plans to pursue a degree in pharmacy.
Alexander was a member of the National Honor Society, the Image Committee and Wise Cats. He played baseball at MHS and was a member of the homecoming court. Alexander works part-time at Meridian Medical Associates. He plans to take general education courses in the university transfer program.
Meridian Community College's 2003-2004 recipient of the Hotel and Restaurant Supply Scholarship is Fannie Mae Johnson. Meridian businessman Jerry Greene funds this $1,500 award through the MCC Foundation.
Johnson is a sophomore in the hotel/restaurant management technology program. A President's List scholar, she is a member if Phi Theta Kappa, the international honorary society for two-year college students. A 1980 graduate of Louisville High School, Johnson is an inactive U.S. Army reservist and works part-time as a psychiatric technician. Her career goal is to become a manager, consultant or restaurant owner in the hospitality industry.
Paige Ammon of Collinsville has been selected to receive the Lee Anne Smith Memorial Scholarship for the fall and spring semesters at Meridian Community College. This $1,200 award is funded through the MCC Foundation.
Ammon, a 2002 salutatorian at West Lauderdale High School, is a sophomore in the university transfer program. A President's list Scholar, she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honorary society for two-year college students. Ammon was awarded the John Michael Rushing Best of Show Award at the 2003 Fine Arts Student Competition. She plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in fine arts and work in computer animation.
LaToya Windom of Kosciusko has been chosen to receive the Ralph Wilkerson Social Sciences Scholarship at Meridian Community College for the fall and spring semesters. This $600 award, established in memory of a former instructor, is funded through the MCC Foundation.
Windom is a sophomore in the university transfer program. A 2002 graduate of Kosciusko High School, she was a member of the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society. Windom is secretary of her Sunday school class, assistant secretary for home missions and a volunteer at Northeast Elementary School. Her career goal is to work with abused children.
Philip Martin Swartzfager II has been named to the Dean's List at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. for the Spring 2003 semester.
To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average while taking at least 12 credit hours of course work. The Dean's List is the highest academic recognition given by the school. Swartzfager is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Harrison Swartzfager.
Shama Lightwala of Meridian has been named to the Merit List for the spring semester at Oxford College, a two-year liberal arts division of Emory University in Oxford, Ga. To be named to the Merit List, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Lightwala is the daughter of Mr. Shabbir Lightwala and Ms. Nilofer Lightwala of A'Bad Qujarat.

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