Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Shannon student invited
to leadership conference
– Marcus A. Thornton, a sophomore at Shannon High School, has been nominated by the school’s staff to attend one of 70 Hugh O’Brian leadership conferences. Mississippi’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar will be held June 4-6 at Millsaps College.
Schools across the country can nominate one outstanding sophomore to attend the conference. Thornton, the son of Michael and Sylvia Thornton of Shannon, will be eligible to apply for more than 85 scholarships to universities and colleges. During the seminar, students will interact with business, educational, governmental and volunteerism leaders from throughout the state.
Junior Achievement
announces scholarship contest
– Junior Achievement and Deloitte are sponsoring their sixth-annual “Excellence through Ethics” essay contest in which high school seniors in the United States can compete for a $5,000 college scholarship.
To enter, high school seniors must write an essay of 500 words or less in response to an ethical dilemma posted on Junior Achievement’s Web site, Entries must be submitted online and will be accepted until April 30.
NEMCC will hold honors day
– Northeast Mississippi Community College’s sixth annual Honors Day program will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
The ceremony will recognize the school’s top students in each division, nominees for Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges, HEADWAE recipients, All Mississippi Academic Team members, Northeast Development Foundation Scholarship recipients, Scholars’ Bowl Team and others. The 2010 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.
Booneville native and Northeast alumnae Rhonda Keenum will speak to the participants.
ICC to hold choir auditions
– Auditions for Itawamba Community College’s choir and for CenterState, the school’s pop show group, will be Friday beginning at 3 p.m. in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center on the Fulton campus.
Participants must prepare one song to sing, and the instructor will vocalize the student. Students who are interested in auditioning for CenterStage must also audition and be accepted into the choir, have one song prepared to sing for CenterStage audition and learn impromptu choreography. CenterStage auditions begin immediately following the choir segment.
Instrumentalists interested in auditioning for the CenterStage band must have a short prepared selection and be ready to demonstrate any improvising skills. Their auditions will be held in the band hall located in the music wing of the Fine Arts building on the Fulton campus.
For more information, contact director Karen Davis at (662) 862-8306 or
Several concerts scheduled at ICC
– Itawamba Community College’s music department has three concerts scheduled in the next eight days. All are in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center auditorium on the Fulton campus.
The ICC choir will present its spring concert tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Saltillo High School choir will also perform at the event. Admission is free.
ICC’s concert, symphonic and wind bands will perform Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in their spring concert. Admission is free.
CenterStage, ICC’s pop show group, will perform April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the W.O. Benjamin auditorium. Admission is $5, and tickets are available in advance at ICC’s bookstore, (662) 862-8205, or at the door.
Starkville’s Sowers invited
to national theater festival
– Thomas Sowers of Starkville is one of three theater students from The University of Southern Mississippi who recently traveled to Washington, D.C., as a national finalist in the 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Sowers, along with William Hatten and Brad McKenzie, won at the regional competition to earn an expense-paid trip to the national festival.
Sowers is a senior design and technology major and was nominated for the Sound Excellence Award and Fellowship for his work in “Hitchcock Blonde” last semester.

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