Education Notes

By NEMS Daily Journal

Tupelo middle-schoolers place third in national competition
– TUPELO – Two students at Tupelo Middle School placed third in the nation in a sustainable energy competition in March. Seventh-grader Austin Nguyen and eighth-grader Lee Nguyen developed a solar/methane public transit bus that they entered in the Mineta Transportation Institute’s Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition. They had won other competitions to earn the opportunity to participate in the Mineta competition where they faced 17 other teams.
The two students built a scaled model of the bus out of LEGO blocks. They also researched it, wrote a paper and developed a video presentation. They were advised by Tupelo Middle School excel technology teacher Julia Smith.
Tupelo first-grader joins American Mensa, will attend summer camp
‰ TUPELO – Claire Kenney recently was accepted for membership to American Mensa. In order to be accepted into the High IQ Society, Claire had to score in the top 2 percent on a standardized, accepted intelligence test.
“I can’t wait to go learn new things at a Mensa camp this summer,” said Claire, 7, a native of Tupelo and a student in the Tupelo Public School District. “I love to write stories and do science experiments.”
She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Kenney.

Northeast Community College sets orientation for June 21 and 23
– BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College has scheduled two orientation sessions for June 21 and June 23 to help entering students get an early start on the fall semester.
Students’ orientation dates are determined by their declared major. They can visit to determine their orientation date.
An open orientation session will be held on July 14 for students unable to attend their scheduled session. An abbreviated nontraditional orientation session will be offered from 4-7 p.m. July 14. For more information, call (662) 720-7313.

NEMCC Day Camp offers environmental education
– BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College will have its annual Day Camp on June 14 to 17 as children ages 5 to 11 learn about the environment.
Northeast’s 2011 Day Camp “Taking Care of the Environment” will focus on creative crafts, individual art projects and individualized sporting events along with organized games and swimming that will foster a positive learning environment.
Day Camp is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Preregistration for the four-day camp is $80 and ends four days prior to the camp, when costs rise to $85.
For more information, contact Sandra Ford at (662) 720-7214 or email

Registration for ICC Fulton summer computer camp is under way
– FULTON – Registration is under way for Computer Camp 2011 at Itawamba Community College’s Fulton campus.
The June 20 to 24 camp is for students rising into grades four to eight. The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day.
The cost is $75 for those who register by June 10, and $85 for registrations sent after that. For more information or to submit an application, contact Delores Tull at 602 West Hill Street, Fulton, MS 38843; call (662) 862-8138 or email

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