Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Corinth elementary principal meets with First Lady
– Denise Webb, an elementary school principal in the Corinth School District, was one of five individuals chosen to speak at an educational roundtable on March 3 with First Lady Michelle Obama. The roundtable discussed childhood obesity and the successful efforts across Mississippi to address it.
Obama was made aware of the nutritional successes of the Corinth School District by Janey Thornton, deputy undersecretary for the United States Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. In December, Thornton presented three Corinth elementary schools with a Gold Award for meeting the USDA’s Healthier U.S. School Challenge.
Webb discussed how the elementary schools have implemented the use of healthy snacks that met specific guidelines. She also mentioned changes made to the menus for breakfast and lunch by Food Services Director Margaret Simpson.

Ole Miss hosts women’s history celebration
– The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies presents Reading Women Back into History on March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The event will highlight women who have contributed to the rights and equality for all Americans, regardless of gender, race or class. Women’s voices will be featured through speeches, poems, literary excerpts, brief biographies, interviews, song lyrics and scholarly articles.

Scott named ICC’s Most Beautiful
– Katie Scott of Fulton was selected as Most Beautiful 2010 at Itawamba Community College. Approximately 40 contestants vied for the crown during the annual pageant on Feb. 18 at the Fulton campus. The top five include first alternate Jade Palmer of Corinth, second alternate Trenette Norris of Amory, third alternate Kelli Pounders of Belmont and fourth alternate Kiersten Seward of Blue Springs.

Area seniors will participate in ICC’s Career Expo
– Approximately 2,000 seniors from 19 area high schools will participate in Itawamba Community College’s Career Expo at the Davis Event Center at the Fulton campus on March 26.
The expo is different from a typical job fair or career day in that it assists participants in making the connection between education and employment. Educators and business people will work together in describing how education and jobs partner. The expo will also include academic and transfer programs. Home-schooled seniors are invited. For more information or to arrange to attend, contact Marcus Simmons at (662) 620-5136 or

Scholarship deadline at ICC
– April 1 is the deadline for application for private donor scholarships at Itawamba Community College.
A list of scholarships and an application are available on ICC’s Web site,
For more information, contact Will Bunch at (662) 862-8254 or

NEMCC offers computer learning classes
– Northeast Mississippi Community College is offering classes on Microsoft Word. It will be held on the Booneville campus on Mondays, March 22-April 12 and on the New Albany and Corinth campuses on Thursdays from March 25-April 15. Classes are from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and cost is $40 per class. Applicants must register at least one week in advance. For more information call 720-7277 or 720-7249 or e-mail

TCPS wins engineering awards
– A team from Tupelo Christian Preparatory School has won an engineering award at a competition among high school students at the University of Mississippi.
On Feb. 26, the TCPS team won third in the Earthquake Simulation Challenge, and second in the overall event, which included 14 teams from around the state. The challenge tested the strength of balsa wood water towers. The winning team included Will Prater, Brian Yim, Scott Milam and Hannah Humphrey.

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