Thursday, April 21, 2011
HSI needs volunteers for MCT2 test
Holly Springs Intermediate School is in need of volunteer proctors for the MCT2 test which will be given on May 10-12. Training will be held in the library.
If you would like to be a proctor, please call Beverly Phillips at 662-252-7733.
Local students inducted to Phi Theta Kappa
Several area students have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Itawamba Com-munity College.
The recent ceremony honored students who were inducted into PTK, both last fall and this spring.
New members on both the Fulton and Tupelo campuses include Tonya M. Cheatwood, Robyn M. Taylor, both of Potts Camp.
MA student accepted to Medical Scholars Program at MSU
By BARRY BURLESON
Ashika Bhakta, a junior at Marshall Academy, received good news on April Fools’ Day.
A letter came in the mail April 1 notifying Bhakta that she had been accepted into the Rural Medical Scholars Program May 29-June 30 at Mississippi State University.
“My mom got the letter,” she said. “I was at tennis. Later when I got into the car, she told me. At first, I thought she and my little sister were playing a prank on me.”
Bhakta said, “No, you’re kidding.”
Then when she got home she saw the letter herself.
“I was very happy,” she said.
Only 20 statewide were chosen for the program, sponsored by the MSU Extension Service. Students will take college level courses in biology and pre-calculus, spend one afternoon a week “shadowing” a physician and participate in other activities relevant to the life of an aspiring physician.
The 16-year-old daughter of Ajay and Sonia Bhakta of Holly Springs said being a doctor “is what I’ve always wanted to do.”
Her science teacher at Marshall, Belinda Massengill, told her about the program.
“She said it would help me since I want to go into the medical field,” Bhakta said. “I found it interesting, so I applied.”
Bhakta, a straight A student who has a 25 on the ACT, will receive seven college credits during the five-week program. She will be housed at MSU but come home on weekends.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to experience what the medical field will actually be like and get some insight into college, too,” Bhakta said. “Plus, I know I will meet lots of wonderful, new people.
“I’m looking forward to it. I know I will gather all the knowledge I can, and that excites me.”
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