Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
MSU students receive Noyce scholarships
- STARKVILLE – Simeon Weatherby of Starkville, Tishana Smith of Cedarbluff and Kayla Allen of West Point are among six Mississippi State University students who received Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships in the College of Education at Mississippi State University.
The scholarship program encourages talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors to become K-12 teachers in the math and science disciplines. Qualifying undergraduates receive up to $10,000 each year for a maximum of three years.
Smith is a junior majoring in secondary education/mathematics. Weatherby is a senior majoring in mathematics with teaching certification, and Allen is a junior majoring in secondary education/mathematics.

Lifelong activist-author to keynote MLK breakfast
- STARKVILLE – Racial reconciliation activist and author Dolphus Weary will be the keynote speaker at Mississippi State University as the community celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with the 17th annual MLK Day Unity Breakfast on Jan. 17.
The program, free to the public, begins with breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Colvard Student Union’s Bill Foster Ballroom. The Greater Starkville Development Partnership will provide a shuttle service between the Palmeiro Center parking lot and the union building between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. It will also make possible a Web broadcast of the program.
Weary is the president of Rural Education and Leadership Christian Foundation and works part time with the racial reconciliation ministry Mission Mississippi. For more information, contact Latoya Bishop at (662) 325-2493 or LBishop@aaeo.msstate.edu.

ITAWAMBA COUNTY
Four ICC students selected to academic team
- FULTON – Four Itawamba Community College sophomores have been chosen for the All-Mississippi/All-USA Academic Team.
Keymo Coleman of Tupelo, Will Knight and Emilee Pearce of Mantachie and Cary Lindsey of Plantersville will be recognized at a ceremony in Jackson on March 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Coleman is majoring in liberal arts at ICC and plans to earn a master’s degree in broadcasting. Knight is majoring in English and plans to eventually earn a doctorate. Pearce is a social work major who plans to pursue the master’s degree, while Lindsey is majoring in physics and plans to earn a doctoral degree.

HINDS COUNTY
Eudora Welty Foundation sponsoring writing competition
- JACKSON – The Eudora Welty Foundation will sponsor student entries in the 2011 Scholastic Writing Awards for 13 of Mississippi’s most populous counties. That will include Layafette, Lee and Oktibbeha Counties, whose entries will be coordinated on the regional level for the first time. Students from other counties must enter in the national at-large division.
To enter the competition, teen writers from grades seven to 12 and their teachers must register online at www.artandwriting.org. Submissions are due on Friday.
Teen writers may submit their best work in the categories of dramatic script, humor, journalism, personal essay/memoir, persuasive writing, poetry, novel writing, science fiction/fantasy, short story and short short story. Seniors are invited to submit either a general writing or non-fiction portfolio.