Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

LEE COUNTY
Guntown student places in writers competition
‰ GUNTOWN – Guntown Middle student Ashley Hodges placed fourth out of more than 800 Mississippi middle-school students in the Scholastic Alliance for Young Artist and Writers competition.
Hodges wrote a 1,400-word essay about the life and death of Daisy, her pet black cat. She placed in the personal essay/ memoir category.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is a nonprofit organization that identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent. Teens in grades seven to 12 can apply in 30 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

ICC schedules May GED testing
‰ TUPELO – Itawamba Community College will offer the high school equivalency (GED) test on May 18, 21 and 25. The test will begin at 7:30 each day at the school’s Belden Center on 3200 Adams Farm Road.
Prior to testing, all people not enrolled in an Itawamba Community College-sponsored ABE/GED class will be required to participate in a pre-registration/orientation session. Those sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. or from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. at the Belden Center. Attendance at both of the sessions is required.

Tupelo student invited to leadership conference
‰ TUPELO – Abby Hunt, a sophomore at Tupelo High School, was selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Hunt, who was selected due to her outstanding leadership skills, will attend the HOBY seminar at Millsaps College in Jackson on June 3-5.
Schools across the country can nominate one outstanding sophomore to attend the conference. Hunt, the daughter of Todd and Melissa Hunt, will be eligible to apply for more than 85 scholarships to universities and colleges.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY
Ole Miss moot court wins national competition
- OXFORD – A University of Mississippi School of Law moot court team won the prestigious 23rd annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y.
More than 250 law student competitors and 150 attorney judges assembled at Pace during the three days of oral arguments. The UM law school emerged as the winner out of 73 competing law schools from across the nation.
The Ole Miss team included second-year law student Dreda Culpepper of Oxford and third-year law students Christina Ashoo of Oxford and Neal Wise of Jackson. David Case, associate professor of law at UM, and Stephanie Showalter Otts, director of the UM School of Law’s National Sea Grant Law Center, served as team coaches.

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
Waide named MSU Professor of the Year by student selection
- STARKVILLE – Instructor Whit Waide was the Mississippi State University Student Association’s selection for its 2010-11 Professor of the Year award.
The award is designed to identify the individual considered by the student body as the most influential teacher who makes an exceptional impact on their lives on a daily basis.
Since joining the faculty in 2006, Waide has taught law and government classes in the department of political science and public administration. He also serves as student pre-law adviser.
Selections begin with an open nomination process, followed by a thorough evaluation of each nominee.