Thursday, December 15, 2005


H.W. Byers School News
Jerry Porter presents program to juniors and seniors

The young men of the Junior and Senior classes of H. W. Byers were able to participate in the Rise to Your Dreams Program on Thursday, December 8. The program, titled “The Fatherhood Initiative,” was conducted with the junior and senior young men. The presenter was Jerry Porter and discussion centered around assuming the responsibilities of your actions and the role of being a parent. The young men were able to ask and receive answers to many questions in a free and honest, as well as informed, discussion.

The young women of the junior and senior classes were with Carolyn Gowen who is also a presenter of the Rise to Your Dreams program. Her discussions centered around abstinence as the viable alternative to many problems and pressures of today’s teenagers.

The young women were able to discuss and ask questions in an open atmosphere. A presentation on parenting is planned for after the new year for the young women.

Gowen, of Burnsville, is the original writer of the Abstinence Program’s grant.

This program has expanded and now reaches students from grade-fifth through high school in abstinence programs fitting to the age appropriate levels.

Miranda Fitch receives master’s of science in nursing

Miranda Leigh Fitch, formerly of Ashland, received her master’s of science in nursing with a concentration on family nurse practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn. The College of Nursing Dean’s Convocation was held on the morning of Friday, December 2 at the Union Avenue Baptist Church where Miranda’s grandmother, Virginia M. Valentine was baptized 62 years ago.

Miranda received her diploma later that afternoon at the commencement ceremony held at The Cook Convention Center Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis. Miranda graduated with a 4.0 GPA and has accepted a position as a diabetes educator with St. Bernard Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark.

Miranda, a graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs, is the daughter of Walker Fitch of Holly Springs, and Cindy and John Booth Farese of Ashland.

Those present for her ceremonies were Walker Fitch, Cindy Farese, Virginia Valentine, Miranda’s fiance’ Mason Bennett, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Billy Bennett of Arkansas.

Non-credit classes announced for January

Non-credit offerings at Northwest Mississippi Community College for the month of January range from courses in pottery and music to a discussion on storytelling, according to Patricia Lowder, coordinator for Continuing Education. All classes will be held on Northwest’s Senatobia campus.

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