Thursday, February 10, 2005


Jim Gilliam to represent NW at HEADWAE event
By Angie Barmer

Sophomore Rachel Parks of Senatobia and James Gilliam of Potts Camp, a faculty member on the Senatobia campus, will represent Northwest Mississippi Community College at the 18th annual Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program in February in Jackson.

Parks, 20, is majoring in pre-engineering at the Senatobia campus and plans to be a successful chemical engineer.

“It feels good to be honored as a HEADWAE student. I was surprised. It feels good that the teachers acknowledge my hard work and are helping me to be successful,” said Parks.

Parks has a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society. She is also on the president’s list every semester, on the national dean’s list, a member of the United States Achievement Academy and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

President of the Spanish Club for two semesters, Parks is also a member of the Math and Science Club and was nominated for Northwest Hall of Fame.

Furthermore, Parks also has served as a volunteer at the Tate County Literacy Council, worked as a tutor in the Student Support Services at Northwest and serves as a Sunday school teacher at the Longtown Church of God.

Northwest physics instructor Dr. Manaf Ali said, “She’s (Parks) hardworking, devoted, and she’s a good student to receive this honor.”

Gilliam is the tool and die instructor. He has worked at Northwest for 14 years.

“I was shocked, surprised and honored all at the same time. I love teaching students the tool and die trade,” Gilliam said.

Gilliam was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and has participated in the state SkillsUSA state machining competition. His students have won first place six times, second place twice and third place twice.

“Gilliam is not only an outstanding instructor, but he also cares deeply about the future of his students. He works very hard to place his students in the tool and die field. He is possibly the ‘best’ teacher I have worked with during my 30-year career,” said Jerry Nichols, Career-Technical dean.

HEADWAE annually honors an outstanding student and an outstanding faculty member from each participating member institution of the Mississippi Association of Colleges. It is sponsored by the Mississippi Legislature and supported by the corporate community.

Each Northwest campus nominated a student and faculty member for the honor, then the faculty members chose the final representatives.

Ole Miss graduates

The following students from this area were among the University of Mississippi’s graduates at the end of the fall 2004 semester:

Leslee Jeanette Francis, Racheal Renee Tucker, both of Byhalia; Shamon Darrell Daugherty, Chereda King, Brian Ketrel Lester, Laura Kathryn Plunk, Leigh Anne Sanderson, Margaret Hamilton Seale, Tikesha Yvette Washington, all of Holly Springs; Susan Elizabeth Allen, Courtney Renee Martin, both of Waterford.

Local Math-a-Thon to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The Holly Springs Primary School will hold a Math-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By supporting the participants of the event, you will help raise funds for the internationally recognized hospital. These funds will help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood catastrophic diseases. Not only did the children raise $2,476.77 last year for the cause, but had to work math problems in the process.

“Our goal in holding the Math-A-Thon is to help the children of the world who are stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS and sickle cell disease. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a world leader in the fight against these diseases, and they have made great progress, but only because of the help of people like the citizens of Holly Springs,” said L. Adams, school nurse and coordinator of the event. “We are asking that all citizens and businesses of Holly Springs support our students as they participate in the program. The school’s goal this year is $2,500. All money needs to be turned in by Friday, Feb. 18. Any person or business that would like to make a donation may call the school at 252-1768. We really need everyone’s help.”

The Math-A-Thon is sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks, who provides free passes to their parks for every student raising $35 or more through the program. There are also other prizes that the children and the school can earn.

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