Education Notes

Northeast Mississippi
Students named National Achievement Semifinalists
– Five students from Northeast Mississippi were among 36 Mississippi students who were recently named Semifinalists in the 47th-annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced.
Abdulrahman M. Hamid and Kimberly Polk of Oxford High School, Robert King of Pontotoc High School, Andrea James of Shannon High School and Joshua Stone of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (Starkville resident) were among 1,600 black American high school seniors to receive the honor. They now have the opportunity to compete for about 800 Achievement Scholarships worth more than $2.5 million. About 80 percent of the Semifinalists will become Finalists.

Saltillo High will host College/Career Night
– The Saltillo High School Guidance Office will host a College/Career Night on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Saltillo High School Commons. Juniors and seniors and their parents are invited to attend.
Representatives from colleges, the military and other area businesses will be available to discuss college and career options. For more information, contact the guidance office at Saltillo High School at (662) 869-5466.

Community literacy project brings editor to town
– David Isay, editor of the book “Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project” will be on the Ole Miss campus on Thursday for a number of appearances in order to discuss his book.
Isay’s book is the focus of a local project between Ole Miss, the Oxford Public Library, Thacker Mountain Radio and other local groups. The project, titled “One Book One Community,” is focused on promoting literacy across the community by encouraging people to read a specified book each academic year.
Isay’s schedule on Thursday will include a dinner with winners of the OBOC essay contest, a 6 p.m. appearance on Thacker Mountain Radio, a 7:30 p.m. appearance at the Ford Center and an 8:30 p.m. book signing at the Ford Center.

ICC offers eLearning degree options
– Itawamba Community College is now offering three degree options through its eLearning program. Those include the Associate of Arts degree in criminal justice and Associate of Applied Science degrees in microcomputer technology and office systems technology.
For more information on the A.A.S degrees, contact Melanie Francis at (662) 620-5348 or For more information about the A.A. degree in criminal justice, contact Michelle Sumerel at (662) 620-5364 or

Northeast will hold 2010 Homecoming Oct. 16
– Northeast Mississippi Community College will celebrate 2010 Homecoming on Oct. 16 when the Tiger football team plays Coahoma at Tiger Stadium in Booneville.
Northeast’s Development Foundation and Alumni Association will hold its ‘Friends of the Tiger’ Golf Classic at Shiloh Ridge Golf Course in Corinth on Oct. 15. Homecoming day kicks off with an alumni reception at 10 a.m., followed by the third induction of the Sports Hall of Fame at 11 a.m. Pregame festivities with the Tiger Marching Band will begin at 1:40 p.m., and the game begins at 2.

MSU to host Fall Preview Day on Oct. 11
– Prospective students and their parents will have the opportunity to experience a day at Mississippi State University when the Office of Admissions and Scholarships hosts a Fall Preview Day on Oct. 11.
Parents and students will be treated to a variety of activities to showcase the university, including the numerous academic programs, student groups and housing on campus.
People wishing to attend can preregister online at
Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center and concludes by 4 p.m. days. Space is limited, and a $10 attendance fee is required to participate.

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