to represent NW at HEADWAE event
By Angie Barmer
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
is majoring in pre-engineering at the Senatobia campus
and plans to be a successful chemical engineer.
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 has a
4.0 grade point average and is a member of Phi Theta
Kappa national honor society. She is also on the
presidents list every semester, on the national
deans list, a member of the United States
Achievement Academy and was named to Whos Who Among
Students in American Junior Colleges.
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.
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.
physics instructor Dr. Manaf Ali said, Shes
(Parks) hardworking, devoted, and shes a good
student to receive this honor.
the tool and die instructor. He has worked at Northwest
for 14 years.
shocked, surprised and honored all at the same time. I
love teaching students the tool and die trade,
named to Whos Who Among Americas 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.
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,
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.
Northwest campus nominated a student and faculty member
for the honor, then the faculty members chose the final
following students from this area were among the
University of Mississippis graduates at the end of
the fall 2004 semester:
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.
Math-a-Thon to raise funds for St. Jude Childrens
Springs Primary School will hold a Math-A-Thon to benefit
St. Jude Childrens 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.
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 Childrens
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
schools 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 everyones
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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