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February 4, 2013 - 10:57am
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  HATTIESBURG - First-year students in the Pearl River Community College dental hygiene program brightened the smiles of 25 kids from the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Hattiesburg.
  The students and children took part Friday, Feb. 1, in the annual Give Kids A Smile event sponsored by the South Mississippi Dental Society and PRCC.
  The PRCC students cleaned and polished each child’s teeth and made sure they know the proper technique for brushing and flossing. A dentist then checked the PRCC students’ work and examined the children’s teeth.
  “The main reason we participate is to give back to the community,” said Dr. Shana Allen, director of the PRCC program. “It’s also a wonderful learning experience for our students.”
  Six-year-old Rory Hall Jr., a student at Lillie Burney Elementary School, used a hand mirror to watch what PRCC student Cindy Nguyen of St. Martin was doing inside his mouth.
  “I like her washing my teeth,” he said.
  PRCC and area dentists have partnered on Give Kids A Smile for nine years, said Dr. Lana Clarke of Hattiesburg, coordinator for the dental society.
  “It is basically a way for us to reach out to the community and try to make a difference,” she said.
  PRCC provides the hygienists and the clinic while the dental society provides supplies and dentists. Dr. Bill Tolbert of Hattiesburg also assisted with the exams.
  For more information on the PRCC dental hygiene program or to make an appointment at the clinic, telephone 601 554-5509.

 

Seven-year-old Nicholas Keys keeps a check on what Pearl River Community College dental hygiene student Chelsea Ford is doing to his friend, Alec McKenzie, during Give Kids A Smile Day at PRCC. The boys attend Grace Christian Elementary School in Hattiesburg.

 
February 4, 2013 - 11:27am
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The Soundsations from Petal High School were first runner-up in the Mississippi Showchoir Contest hosted by Pearl River Community College on Feb. 2.

The Soundsations from Petal High School were first runner-up in the Mississippi Showchoir Contest hosted by Pearl River Community College on Feb. 2.
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The Central Attraction showchoir from Pearl River Central High School performs Feb. 2 during the Mississippi Showchoir Contest hosted by Pearl River Community College. Central Attraction was fourth runner-up in the contest.

The Central Attraction showchoir from Pearl River Central High School performs Feb. 2 during the Mississippi Showchoir Contest hosted by Pearl River Community College. Central Attraction was fourth runner-up in the contest.
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  HATTIESBURG - South Jones High School’s showchoir, Company, came away from the Mississippi Showchoir Contest as Grand Champion.
  The group also took home the awards for best visual performance and best vocal performance during the contest hosted Feb. 1 and 2 at William Carey University by the choral department of Pearl River Community College.
  First runner-up was Petal High School’s Soundsations, which also earned the best show design award. Petal High’s Chloe Webb won the Grand Champion solo award. Petal’s Innovations women’s showchoir was named third runner-up.
  Second runner-up was West Jones High School’s Imagination and fourth runner-up was Central Attraction from Pearl River Central High School.
  Tiger Vibe from Northeast Jones Middle School won the middle school Class A division and Clinton Junior High’s Ambassadors took the middle school Class AA title. Haley Holifield of Northeast Jones won the middle school solo competition.
  Twenty-four junior and senior high school showchoirs competed in the contest.
  RiverRoad, PRCC’s showchoir, and The Voices ensemble performed in exhibition both days.
  Members of both groups as well as the PRCC Singers concert choir along with parent volunteers sold t-shirts and concessions and worked as announcers and hosts.
  Judges were Dr. Mark Malone of Carey, formerly PRCC choral director; Dr. Johnathan Kilgore of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jackson County campus; Dr. Webb Parker of the University of Southern Mississippi; and Ken Thomas of Enterprise State Community College in Enterprise, Ala. Judi Holifield of Laurel judged the solo competition.
  Proceeds from the contest will go towards RiverRoad’s trip to New York City next month. The group will serve as a host choir at the 2013 Show Choir National Championship Series for high school choirs.
  LaDona Tyson is director of PRCC choral groups.