Education Briefs

By NEMS Daily Journal

Northeast Mississippi students win National Merit Scholarships
– William Napier of Corinth High School and Cathy Chen and Alexander Mullen of Oxford High School were among 2,500 high school students in the nation who won National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. The Merit Scholars were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The three Northeast Mississippi students were among 21 Merit Scholars in the state. Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors and can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
Napier indicated law/medicine as his probable career field, while Chen listed medicine and Mullen marked biomedical engineering.

Students named Haskell Scholars
– The Mary Kirkpatrick Haskell Scholarship Foundation awarded scholarships to several Amory High School seniors last week. Will Brand, Jarrett Davis, Matthew Jones, Kylie Knox, Jason Simpson and Chelsea Trautman were honored for having a 4.0 grade-point average. Other Haskell Scholarships went to Jonathan Burley, Mariah Dobbs, Deanna Gillentine, Meagan Rooker and Hunter White.

Pierce Street will host dog wash
– Students in Pam McAlilly’s gifted class at Pierce Street Elementary will host a dog wash on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Park. Proceeds will benefit the new animal park that Tupelo is trying to create.
The event is co-sponsored by the Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department. Participants can pay $10 to have their dogs washed or $15 for the class also to temporarily watch the dog. McAlilly said the project was her students’ idea.

CHS will perform ‘Wild at Heart’
– “Wild at Heart,” the Corinth High School Class of 2010’s version of Follies, will be performed in the school’s auditorium on Thursday through Saturday. Performances will begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets are on sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning today and lasting through the performance dates. The reserved seat tickets are $7 each.
The show will feature 88 seniors singing, dancing and rapping. The music includes country, pop and dance, and the skits involve nerds, babies, teachers and a top-secret Corinth resident. The seniors will be accompanied by a band that includes Cindy Mathis on piano, Allen Woodhouse on keyboards, Brandon Bingham on drums, Brian Graham on bass guitar and Jamie Michaels on lead guitar.

Deadline nears for McNair Scholars
– Friday is the application deadline for the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at The University of Southern Mississippi. To qualify for the program, a student must be a first-generation college student and be income-eligible. Applicants must have accumulated at least 60 credit hours by the end of summer 2010 and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Interested students should visit the McNair Scholars Office in McLemore Hall, room 202 or call (601) 266-6910. Information is also available online at

Northeast will host band camp
Northeast Mississippi Community College’s “Showband from Tigerland” will host its annual Northeast Mississippi Band Camp 2010 on June 20-24. Cost of the camp is $175 for overnight campers and $125 for day campers. Applications must be received by May 17, and a $50 deposit is required.
For more information, contact Charlotte Tennison at (662) 720-7772 or Angie Langley at (662) 720-7409 or

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