Education Notebook Jan. 18, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO
Lee County Spelling Bee
is slated for Tuesday
- The top spellers in Lee County will gather Tuesday for the Lee County Spelling Bee. It begins at 4 p.m. at the Hancock Leadership Center.
Brittany Hieb, Trey O’Neal and Parker Tipton will represent Nettleton. Will Pate, Aliyah Lee and Nikki Hankins will compete from Lee County Schools, and Treyce Bannerman, Achintya Prasad and Sam Bates will compete from Tupelo.

ICC to hold open house
for Belden Center
- Itawamba Community College, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the WIN Job Center will host an open house at the Belden Center Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m. The public is invited.
The Belden Center, which is located at 3200 Adams Farm Road, houses ICC’s noncredit programs, including adult basic education and continuing education, as well as work force development and the WIN Job Center.

ICC will offer ACT prep class
- Itawamba Community College has scheduled a Preparing for the ACT class at the Belden Center beginning Feb. 1. The class will meet on Mondays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. through March 29.
The class will focus on review of concepts tested, tips for overcoming test anxiety and guides for studying smart that will help improve test-day performance. Pre-test and post-test full-length ACT practice tests will be administered to measure performance, and extensive handouts will be provided for skill practice.
The fee is $100 and includes the book. Preregistration is required. For more information and to register, call (662) 620-5240.

COLUMBUS
Deadline approaching
for applications
- Applications for the 2010 session of Mississippi Governor’s School must be postmarked by Jan. 25. Application materials are available at www.muw.edu/govschool.
Mississippi Governor’s School is a three-week residential program designed to challenge high-ability 10th- and 11th-grade students enrolled in Mississippi high schools. It will be held on the campus of Mississippi University for Women June 6 to 25.
The program is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences. It is funded by the Mississippi legislature, and there is no charge to attend.
For more information, call (662) 241-6096 or visit govschool@muw.edu.

MISSISSIPPI
Essay contest will award college scholarships
- Mississippi high school students can compete in an essay contest that will award more than $25,000 in college scholarships.
The Mary Kirkpatrick Haskell Scholarship Foundation is sponsoring the Promises Essay Contest contest, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi Private School Association and Mississippi Rotary Clubs.
Topics for the Promises Essay Contest center around themes found in the book Promises I Made My Mother, the national best-selling memoir written by Mississippi native Sam Haskell.
Students compete in the ninth-grade, 10th/11th-grade or 12th-grade divisions for scholarships that must be used at a Mississippi state-supported college or university. In addition, many Rotary Clubs are providing awards to recognize winners at the local school level. Essay guidelines and entry forms are available from school guidance counselors and librarians. Information also is available at www.samhaskell.com/essay.