Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

STATEWIDE
Students earn sponsored
Merit Scholarships
– Four students from Northeast Mississippi were among 52 students in the state to receive National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. Felicity Flesher and Jillian Mattern of Oxford, Matthew Berk of Starkville and Aaron Moeller of Tupelo each received one of the scholarships.
Flesher and Mattern both attended Oxford High School, and each received the scholarship from Carleton College. Flesher’s probable career field is education (college professor) and Mattern’s is linguistics.
Berk and Moeller were each home-schooled. Berk, whose probable career field is aerospace engineering, received his scholarship from Mississippi State University. Moeller’s is from the University of Mississippi. He plans to study chemical engineering.
The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

TUPELO
Music camp will begin June 7
– A music camp for children ages 3 and up will be held June 7-11 at The Sky is the Limit Ministry at 839 Shell St. The camp will last from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day.
Children ages 3 through 9 will be put into an introduction to music class, and their camp fee is $40. Campers ages 9 and up will choose between vocal, percussion, woodwind, brass, drum set, keyboard and guitar. They will get to choose two areas, and their camp fee will be $150 with a $35 registration fee.
Children who attend the camp also will be able to get free private lessons from the Music Masters Studio in Tupelo during the month of June.
For more information, contact Terrence Cummings at (662) 401-3976.

Retirement ceremony planned for Page
– A retirement ceremony will be held Thursday to honor Dr. Diane Page, Coordinator of the Lee County Juvenile Detention Center Learning Center. The ceremony will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Lee County Justice Center in the Circuit Courtroom on the second floor.
Page has worked in Lee County and Tupelo Schools for over 30 years.

FULTON
Delaney Norton invited
to Vanderbilt Summer Academy
– Delaney Norton, a rising eighth-grade student at Itawamba Attendance Center, has been accepted to attend the 2010 Vanderbilt Summer Academy. The academy is a program for gifted students in eighth through 12th grade who scored in the top tier on academic achievement tests such as the SAT and ACT.
Delaney is the daughter of Brien and Arlene Norton and the granddaughter of Bobby and Anna Lois Beard of Fulton. She scored 26 on the reading portion of the ACT and 21 on the composite. She also will attend the Duke University Talent Identification Program 2010 Mississippi Recognition Ceremony at the University of Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

HOLLY SPRINGS
Rust College receives
national recognition
– Rust College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. That is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.
Rust was honored for community service projects such as blood and bone marrow drives, visiting the elderly, revitalizing the community and raising money to support various nonprofit and charitable organizations.

OXFORD
Author Heard to discuss court case
– One of the most notorious racial conflicts of the 1940s is the focus of a reading and lecture presentation on Wednesday at the University of Mississippi.
Alex Heard, author of “The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South” will discuss the case that inspired his book at 9 a.m. in the Overby Center Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.