Thursday, November 30, 2006
Cargill to award 350 scholarships for class of 2007
Cargill, in partnership with National FFA Organization, will award $350,000 in scholarships to high-school seniors who live in communities where Cargill has a business presence and plan to enroll in accredited post-secondary institutions in the fall of 2007.
The national program, administered by FFA on behalf of Cargill, will award 350 scholarships of $1,000 each. In addition, each recipient’s high school will receive a $200 grant for the school library to support education in the community. Scholarship guidelines and the application are available at www.cargill.com and www.ffa.org. The application requires the signature of a Cargill employee from the local community. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2007. Scholarships will be awarded in May 2007.
FFA will independently process the applications and select the scholarship recipients. Students are chosen based on academic achievement and leadership in extracurricular and civic activities. Awards are made without regard to race, color, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. Students do not need to be members of FFA to be eligible.
“We are pleased to join FFA in an effort to reward outstanding students and assist them in their efforts to continue their education,” said Michelle Grogg, director of corporate contributions for Cargill. “Cargill and its joint-venture businesses have a long-standing commitment to education programs and will continue to look for opportunities to nourish the lives of young people in the communities where we live and work.”
“FFA prepares young people for future success in more than 300 diverse careers through agricultural education,” said Anna Melodia, director of educational programs for National FFA Organization. “Supporting those young people in pursuing a post-secondary degree is crucial to this mission.”
Cargill contributes more than $36 million each year to civic and charitable organizations to help fulfill the company’s vision to be the global leader in nourishing people. The company invests more than one-third of its global charitable budget toward innovative education projects for youth, including $800,000 designated for higher-education scholarships in the United States. Cargill businesses in the United States include Sunny Fresh Foods, Horizon Milling, Taylor Beef and Wilbur Chocolate, and Cargill business units previously known by other names, such as Degussa, Excel, Emmpak Foods, Caprock and Hohenberg Brothers.
The new local Cargill Animal Nutrition Plant is located at 7100 Hwy. 178 W, Byhalia, MS 38611; (662) 838-3246.
Byers’ students dissect chicken
Do you want ranch dressing with those wings?
“No,” replies Lender Luse, a 25 year veteran teacher of biology, “you want a scalpel and knife.”
H.W. Byers High School’s anatomy and physiology class dissected chicken wings to explore how muscles and bones work together to cause movement. The students also examined how the bones are connected to each other by ligaments and how tendons attach muscles to the bones. This is one of the many innovative teaching styles used by Luse.
Luse was honored at the Mississippi Science Teacher’s Conference in Jackson, on October 23 and 24.
The former graduate of Byhalia High School is the daughter of Theodore and Katerine Culp of Byhalia. She received her BS degree from Rust College and master’s of science degree from Jackson State University. Both degrees are in biology.
Luse is Mississippi’s 2005 Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year. The presentation was delayed due to the hurricanes last August. She was nominated by the Jackson Public School District Science specialist while she was teaching at Provine High School in Jackson. The nomination and honor was bestowed upon her because of her consistently high biology test scores as well as her innovative teaching styles.
Gary Hannah, principal of H.W. Byers High School, stated that he was indeed fortunate to have a teacher of Luse’s caliber on his staff. “I am excited about the prospects of increased learning in the biological sciences. With Amanda Hinson, who lead the district in biology scores last spring, teaching the junior high sciences now and Luse teaching the biology classes, I am looking forward to what the students will learn and how they will score on the state tests this year, as well as the years to come.”
Byhalia High School Student Council sells poinsettias through December 1
Byhalia High School Student Council officers recently attended the Mississippi Northern District Student Council Cluster Meeting at Ole Miss in Oxford.
They networked with other student council members from across the state, heard speakers from Ole Miss and the Mississippi Student Council Advisory Board and were entertained by the Ole Miss Steel Drum Band.
After the meeting, they had a business lunch with their advisors at McAlister’s.
They are starting their major fund-raiser for the year and welcome all orders for Christmas poinsettias in red, white, burgundy or candy cane for just $10. Orders of three or more can be delivered. Please call Byhalia High School and ask for Elizabeth Spalding or Cindy Wilson at 662-838-2206 or fax your order to 662-838-2218.
Orders can be placed through Dec. 1. Money raised will be used to send the officers to the state meeting in Pascagoula in March and the national meeting in Kansas City, Mo. in June.
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