Education Notebook June 2, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Six students from region win National Merit Scholarships
EVANSTON, Ill. – Six Northeast Mississippi students have received college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. Local winners include Baldwyn High School’s Alicia Dixon (University of Mississippi), Pontotoc High School’s Meghan Brown (UM), New Albany High School’s Joseph Male (Mississippi State University) and Oxford High School’s Harleigh Huggins (UM), Jessica Pearson (UM) and David Rozier (UM).
They are among 54 Mississippian students and 2,500 students in the country to receive the scholarships, given to select National Merit Finalists by U.S. colleges and universities. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

THS 2007 graduate White wins Schweitzer Fellowship
NEW ORLEANS – Tupelo High School alumna Cameron White was among the 2013-14 class of New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows, 12 graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health and developing lifelong leadership skills.
White is a 2007 graduate of Tupelo High School and is currently attending Tulane University School of Medicine. During her fellowship, she will expand referral, testing and treatment services at a local clinic for homeless men.
The 12 New Orleans Fellows will join about 220 other 2013-14 Schweitzer Fellows working at 13 program sites, 12 in the United States and one in Gabon.

Northeast to hold day camp for children ages 5 to 11
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College will host a day camp for children ages 5 to 11 on its Booneville campus from June 17 to 20.
During the 2013 camp titled “Play, Learn and Grow Together,” participants will be able to take part in creative crafts and individual art projects and in individual sports, such as swimming. They also will learn the values of citizenship during the four-day camp. Participants must be entering kindergarten or turning 5 on or before Sept. 1.
Cost is $100 for those who preregister for the camp and $105 after deadline, if space is available.
Camp runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For information, contact Sandra Ford at (662) 720-7214 or

Northeast to host its fifth mobile-learning conference
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College will host its fifth Mobile Learning Conference Monday through Wednesday on the Booneville campus.
“The whole goal of Mobile Learning is to show educators and anybody how we can better engage the students in the classroom using technology,” said conference founder Jeffrey Powell.
Cost for the three-day event is $150, and those interested can contact Powell at or (662) 720-7585.
The conference offers 2.1 CEUs for the three-day event. One change is the addition of a school administrator session on Tuesday. With 21 speakers at the three-day event, the conference offers something for everyone.

UM Museum to host camps for elementary school children
OXFORD – The University Museum at the University of Mississippi will host camps this summer for elementary school children.
The museum will offer five different week-long camps between June 10 and July 19 for children entering first through fifth grades. It also will host week-long camps for those in preschool and kindergarten and for those entering grades six through eight.
Cost is $50 per participant for Museum Members at the Family level and above and $75 per participant for non-members. For information, visit

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