August 6, 2009
Students receive scholarships from local clinic
In 2005 the board of directors of Northeast Mississippi Health Care, Inc. began offering a scholarship to graduating seniors from the area served by Byhalia Family Health Center and Mt. Pleasant Family Health Clinic.
It was agreed that whenever possible, preference would be given to the child of an employee, an employee of the clinic, or a family member of an employee. The organization often employs high school and college students, and encourages a career in health care or health care management. Many of the long-time staff members of the non-profit corporation started to work as high school students, gaining work experience and skills in work ethics.
In 2009 there were three applicants for the Northeast Mississippi Health Care, Inc. scholarship, all considered worthy.
The newly announced scholarship recipients are Anna Isabelle Deang Cabe, daughter of Dr. Annabelle and Dr. Lorenzo Cabe; Tavarus Hardy, son of Dwight and Regina Hardy; and Hannah Hamblin, daughter of Michael and Deborah Hamblin.
Cabe graduated in May 2009 from St. Benedict at Auburndale High School with a 4.3 GPA. She is a community volunteer, working in soup kitchens, for St. Jude, Ave Maria Retirement Home, and St. Francis School and Church. She has learned to be a team player by participating with the WREG Knowledge Bowl through the championship round. She has enrolled in Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., and plans to pursue a degree in communications. Both her parents are physicians at Byhalia Family Health Center and have been since 2004.
Hardy is a May 2009 graduate of Holly Springs High School with a GPA of 2.75 and was a prominent member of the Holly Springs basketball team for four years. He has volunteered over the past several years to help with the Relay for Life campaign. He is planning to enroll in Rust College and pursue a degree and career in financial management. His mother, Regina Hardy, is an employee at Byhalia Family Health Center.
Hamblin graduated with honors in May 2009 from Marshall Academy. She has been an employee at Byhalia Family Health Center since February 2007. She plans to begin her college life at Northeast Community College and work toward a career in radiology, later to become an ultrasound tech. While working, she has continued to remain active in various extracurricular and church activities, including over 140 volunteer community service hours winning the Prudential Spirit of the Community Award.
Marjorie McKinney, executive director of Northeast Mississippi Health Care, Inc., states, “The corporation is committed to helping young people develop essential life and citizenship skills and to helping them fulfill their desire to serve others. This year’s scholarship winners have expressed a strong desire to serve. Our board is very pleased to be able to help these young people further their education, and we look forward to hearing about their continued successes in life.”
Beckley to join Methodist LeBonheur health board
Gary S. Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, announced the election of David L. Beckley, president of Rust College, to a three-year term on the Healthcare Agency Board effective with the August 2009 board meeting. In making the announcement, Shorb stated “we are so pleased to bring someone of Dr. Beckley’s caliber to serve on our board. We have a long-standing positive relationship with Rust College and we know that Dr. Beckley’s skills and background will add to the depth and expertise of our board.”
Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare is the largest private healthcare operation in the Mid-South and the third largest private system in the country. Beckley commented on the appointment, “I am pleased to be a part of this outstanding organization. I look forward to working with Gary and the board in moving the system to new heights of serving the medical needs of our area.”
MPSA has new name
The board of directors of the Mississippi Private School Association (MPSA) voted July 29 to change the name of the association to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS).
The board of directors, made up of a representative from each member school, was motivated to align the name of the association more closely with the diversity and inclusive posture of its member schools. The two-thirds majority vote required to change the MPSA by-laws was exceeded significantly.
“It was obvious that the overwhelming majority of our member schools favored the name change,” said David Derrick, MPSA executive director. “Parents, students, teachers, and supporters of our member schools should know that the structure, services, athletics, academics, and all the things that they have come to expect from the association, will not change.”
The MAIS is a tax exempt, non-profit educational association that serves 115 member schools and approximately 39,000 students in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. The principle offices are located in Pearl.
This past January, the MAIS celebrated 40 years of service to member schools. Major services to member schools include accreditation, teacher certification, and organization of athletics and academic competitions.
“A name change in an organization of our size will no doubt entail countless transition responsibilities, especially in the website and technology area,” Derrick said. “Until an official notice is posted, access to the MAIS homepage will remain at www.mpsa.org.”
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