Excellence in education

By Staff
July 22, 2004
Alana Leigh Boles of Meridian recently graduated magna cum laude from the University Medical Center in Jackson with a bachelor's of science degree in dental hygiene.
Boles is a dean's list scholar and won the 2003 Proctor and Gamble Dental Hygiene award, as well as the William D. Mobley Scholarship Award. She is the daughter of Alan and Teresa Boles.
Renee Lynne Peterson of Meridian recently graduated with a master's of music education degree from Texas Tech University.
Phillip Martin Swartzfager II of Meridian recently received a bachelor of arts degree from Samford University at its spring 2004 graduation.
Shama Lightwala of Meridian, daughter of Shabbir Lightwala of Meridian and Nilofer Lightwala of A'Bad Qujarat, was recently named to the honor list of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts division of Emory University in Oxford, Ga., for the 2004 spring semester.
The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that James R. Boswell of Meridian has been named an All-American Scholar.
Boswell, who attends Northwest Junior High School, will appear in the All-American Scholar Yearbook, which is published nationally.
He is the son of Cynthia and Terry Boswell of Meridian. He is the grandson of JoAnn and Robert Bartlett from Toomsuba and Edna and Wayne Faircloth of Meridian and James and Sheila Boswell of Meridian.
Neville McFerrin, a graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School, has been named one of 64 Mississippi high school seniors to receive a scholarship award of $1,500 annually for up to four years as part of the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program.
The award, which is named for the longtime West Virginia legislator, is designed to recognize and reward students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.
A number of factors are considered in the selection of "Byrd Scholars," including standardized test scores, grade point average, participation in extracurricular and leadership activities and honors and awards received.
The national scholarship program is administered through the Mississippi Department of Education's Scholastic Development Office and is open to all high school seniors in public, private and parochial schools.
Hal Jefferson Jenkins recently graduated from Family Medicine Residency at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. He was awarded the Joseph B. Moon, M.D., Family Medicine Residency Award in recognition of demonstrated knowledge, patience and wisdom and exemplary traits of a family physician. Jenkins will serve as a family medicine physician at Family Medical Care in White House, Tenn.
Jenkins is married to Liz Monroe of Meridian. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Hal E. Jenkins of Columbus, and is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shaw Sr. of Kosciusko, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Jenkins of Sallis.

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