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Top students honored at Awards Day program

  POPLARVILLE - Top students at Pearl River Community College received awards Tuesday, April 17, during a program in the Brownstone Center.
  Recipients of the new The Wildcat Way Award exemplify the PRCC motto of Pride, Respect, Class and Character.

Three advance to SkillsUSA national competition

  POPLARVILLE - Three Pearl River Community College students placed first in state SkillsUSA competition and will advance to the national conference.
  Wayne Halcomb of Poplarville and his helper Joseph Gilkey of Lumberton won the masonry competition. Gabriel Ericson of Silver Creek was first in technical drafting, and Brandon Fletcher of Picayune came in first in architectural drafting.

Fine Arts Hall of Fame honored

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College installed its first members of the Fine Arts Hall of Fame Tuesday, April 17, during a choral concert in the Brownstone Center for the Arts.
  Dr. Kyle Hill, chairman of the Department of Fine Arts and Communication, presented them between the performances of the RiverRoad pop choir and the PRCC Singers.
“  It is an opportunity to honor former students and instructors in all areas of the arts, those who have contributed to the success of the department over the years,” he said.
  They are:

Internships give students real-world experience

  POPLARVILLE - An internship program through Pearl River Community College has two students already seeing the benefits of the degrees they will soon receive.
  Cierra Plaisance and Hannah Rester, both of Carriere, work part-time at the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission while finishing the requirements to complete the business management technology program.
  “We started off as interns,” Plaisance said. “Then they hired us as temporary employees.”

BBB chief talks about good, bad and ugly in business

  POPLARVILLE - Business owners and managers must know how to deal with the good, the bad and the ugly and John O’Hara brought insight on how to do that to a Lunch and Learn at Pearl River Community College.
  O’Hara is the chief executive officer of the Better Business Bureau in Mississippi. The event was co-sponsored by the Poplarville Area Chamber of Commerce.
  Transparency - part of the good - allows customers to easily find ownership, address and contact information, licensing, length of time in business and warranty/guarantee information.

Sumrall wins international DECA award

  POPLARVILLE - A Pearl River Community College student placed third in the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference competition.
  Caitlin Sumrall of Poplarville competed in the hotel and lodging category at the conference held April 11-15 in Washington, D.C.
  The competition was in the form of a case study in which she was given an hour to review a business or marketing issue and 20 minutes to present her ideas to the judges.

Alumni inducted into Hall of Fame

  Pearl River Community College saluted five alumni Thursday, April 12, with induction into the PRCC Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame.
  Recognized for their accomplishments were J.P. Compretta of Bay St. Louis, Dr. Benny J. Hornsby of Hattiesburg, J. Larry Ladner of Kiln, Dr. Pamela Johnson Rowsey of Durham, N.C., and Judge Jon Mark Weathers of Hattiesburg.
  “Your example provides us the opportunity to show our students that with the right approach dreams do come true,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said.

Said Otwane receives Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

By CHUCK ABADIE
Director of Public Relations
  A Pearl River Community College student, Said D. Otwane, is the third in four years to win the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship.
  Otwane is one of 47 scholars nationwide to achieve this $40,000 per year award to further his education.

Picayune alumnus funds two scholarships

  Future teachers and nurses can receive assistance with the cost of attending Pearl River Community College through two scholarships funded by a PRCC alumnus.
  Craig Griffing established the Zoe McGovern Griffing Teacher’s Scholarship and the Craig Griffing Nursing Scholarship through the PRCC Development Foundation.

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