By NEMS Daily Journal
Northeast to hold commencement exercises
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College will recognize 481 graduates in two ceremonies this week.
Those in the college’s Division of Health Sciences will be recognized on Thursday, while all others will be honored on Friday. Both ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. at Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
Rebecca Collis of Jackson, Tenn., will address her classmates on Thursday night and Lucas Ferguson of Bruce will deliver the student response on Friday. Collis is 2013 Most Outstanding Student of the division of health sciences, and Ferguson is 2012-13 Student Government Association president.
Northeast President Johnny Allen will address the graduates both nights.
National Merit provides student scholarships
EVANSTON, Ill. – Six Northeast Mississippi students were among 21 Mississippi residents to receive National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Winners include Oxford High School’s Dora Chen, Taide Ding, Rosalie Doerksen and Yujing Zhang. Other recipients are Starkville’s Huiying Zhang of Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science and Walnut’s Anthony Laudadio, who is home-schooled.
Nationally, 2,500 students were chosen from among a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Winners are the National Merit Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
ICC to host summer institute for teachers
BELDEN – Itawamba Community College’s Belden Center will host a summer institute for educators between June 3 and 14. Registration has begun.
Sessions will explore the Common Core standards, writing, reading strategies, preparing a 21st century workforce, classroom management and wildlife education, among others. They will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and most will offer 0.6 CEUs. Most cost $15 each, although the two wildlife sessions are $30. To preregister or for more information, contact Becky Kelly at (662) 407-1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift creates UM education scholarship
OXFORD – A $125,000 gift from longtime University of Mississippi benefactors Ed and Jan Trehern will create monetary awards and a scholarship fund for the School of Education to recognize students who display a commitment to excellence in teaching and leadership.
Beginning in spring semester 2014, exceptional education students will be identified by UM faculty for the IMPACT awards. Those who display leadership and high ability in instruction will receive $1,000.
The Griffin Scholarship, also worth $1,000, will be awarded next fall and is intended for Ole Miss students from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Okolona teacher receives national recognition
OKOLONA – Stacy Scott, a teacher from Okolona school, has been selected from a national applicant pool to attend one of 20 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Scott will participate in a workshop titled “The Most Southern Place on Earth; the Music, Culture and History in the Mississippi Delta.” The program will be held on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland and directed by Luther Brown, associate dean for rural and regional studies. Participants will explore the heritage of the Mississippi Delta.