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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

April 27, 2022 - 8:40am

Three former Pearl River Community College students were recently inducted into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame immediately before the final concert of the school year. At last Thursday’s concert in the Ethel Brownstone Center for the Arts, performances alternated between The Voices a capella arrangements under the direction of Dr. LaDona Tyson and the lively music of the JazzCats under the direction of Mike Bass. 

Prior to the concert, inductees Billy and Jennifer Kilpatrick Carr attended an intimate reception with their children at the Alumni House. The third inductee, Ancel Ray Patten, Jr., died in 2020 and was honored posthumously. His award was presented to his widow, Jerri Patten, earlier in the school year.  

“For many years, the Fine Arts & Communication Department at PRCC has been recognized as one of the premiere departments in the state of Mississippi,” said Dr. Trevor Hunt, department chair and director of the Brownstone Center. “The success we have enjoyed is due to the contributions by outstanding students, faculty, and members of the community who have shown endless support over the years. The Hall of Fame serves as our opportunity to honor those who have helped build and shape this department into what it is today. It is a privilege to induct our new members.” 

Biographical information about each honoree was given again at the start of the evening’s concert with images placed on the screens flanking the stage. 


Billy Carr graduated from Purvis High School in 1996. He attended PRCC where he was a member of RiverRoad, The Pearl River Singers, and the Baptist Student Union. Since graduating, he has worked in the commercial construction industry.  

Dr. Trevor Hunt presents Fine Arts Hall of Fame Award to Billy Carr April 2022

He is currently a Senior Project Manager/Estimator for Hanco Construction in Hattiesburg. Billy has been able to use his knowledge of performing arts and construction to engineer and build the sets for Spark, Petal Middle School’s award winning show choir. In 2020 he was elected Parent of the Year at Petal Middle School.     

Jennifer Kilpatrick Carr graduated from Petal High School in 1995. As a student at PRCC, she was a member of RiverRoad, The Voices, and The Pearl River Singers. She was also a Student Government Representative and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Following PRCC she attended the University of Southern Mississippi, earning her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. 

Dr. Trevor Hunt presents Fine Arts Hall of Fame Award to Jennifer Carr April 2022

She began her teaching career in Lamar County and spent thirteen years in the classroom teaching mostly middle school math. She started a show choir group at Baxterville School and enjoyed sharing her love of performing with other students. Jennifer earned her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. She is currently serving as the Assistant Principal of Petal Elementary School.   

The Carrs met during their time together in RiverRoad and are thankful for the opportunities and experiences they were provided by PRCC. They are members of Asbury Church and enjoy serving together on the Asbury Praise Team. They live in Petal with their two children, Nate and Audrey Kate, who are students at Petal High School and members of the Petal High show choirs. 

“We are extremely proud and honored to be a part of this,” they said. “Our teachers here were instrumental in our lives. Dr. Malone played at our wedding and continues to be a special person in our lives.” 

Ancel Ray Patten, Jr. spent his boyhood years in Rolling Fork, where his father was the band director. He began playing in his father’s band in the second grade, learning to play whatever instrument his father needed in the band. Eventually he settled on the euphonium, and he became one of the best players in the country. His family moved to Mississippi when his father Ray Patten took the position of Band Director and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at PRCC. 

Ancel BUDDY Ray Patten Playing Music

After moving to Poplarville, he was selected to be in the Lion’s Club all-state band all four summers in high school. He went on to graduate from Pearl River Jr. College in 1970 and from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1972, where he was president for a time of the Golden Eagles Marching band.  

Patten spent four years as a bandsman in the U.S. Air Force and found himself playing many funerals at Arlington National Cemetery during the Vietnam war as well as various ceremonies at the White House. He then spent a year as the band director at Purvis High School before answering the call to ministry and attending seminary.  

After graduation, he was called to a small rural community, where he served as pastor of the Boistfort Community Church for almost 20 years. During this time, he wrote and directed children’s musicals at the church and used his lunch hour to volunteer as the band director at the small K - 8 school in the community. He loved to get students started on their instruments and made it possible for many of them to continue in the high school band when they transferred into town.  

In 1999, Patten left the ministry to return to being a full-time music teacher teaching everything from elementary school music to choirs and high school bands. His favorite position was as the elementary school music teacher in a school with less privileged kids. He had a sacred calling to love those students and give them a good foundation in music.  

When he could no longer teach due to his illness, he would take his whistles and flutes down to the hospital and play for the patients who had to spend hours getting chemo and dialysis treatments. He would often play their requested songs and then just sit with them to help pass the time.  

“Buddy always had a song in his heart. He found various wind symphonies to perform with throughout the years,” Jerri Patten said. “At his memorial service, one colleague described his playing as like listening to ‘melting chocolate.’ He could always be heard whistling as he worked.  

“PRCC will always hold a place of high regard in our family. The award that Buddy has received will always mean a great deal to us all.” 


This final concert was full of lively music to bring the 2021-2022 season for the Brownstone to a close. For each piece played, soloists were recognized with many in the audience showering them with vibrant applause. 

Noah Hartield is soloist for The Voices performing Your Man

Selections performed by The Voices were “Fly Away” arranged by Wilson Smith featuring soloist Belle Moeller (Picayune), “Burning” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring soloist Sarah Harrington (Lumberton), “How Will I Know” arranged by Wilson Smith featuring soloist Mallorie Saucier (Carriere), “Midnight Sky” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring soloist Taryn Monroe (Carriere), “Hard Times” arranged by Jon Smith, “Your Man” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring soloist Noah Hartfield (Hattiesburg), “Plastic Hearts” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring Monroe as soloist, “Every Breath You Take” arranged by Wilson Smith featuring soloist Anna Reese Arroyo, and “Greedy” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring Saucier as soloist. 

PRCC JazzCats April 2022 concert

The JazzCats performed “Doxy” arranged by John Berry, “It’s Only a Paper Moon” arranged by Rick Stitzel, “Latinova” by Lennie Niehaus, “Blues In Hoss Flat” arranged by Mark Taylor, “Without a Trace” by Doug Beach with Dr. Andy Gilstrap on the vibraphone, “Watermelon Man” arranged by Mike Kamuf, “125th Street Blues” by Dave Mills, and “Chameleon” arranged by Michael Sweeney. Also, the Percussion Ensemble with Dr. Gilstrap on piano performed “Black Orpheus” by Luiz Bonfa. 

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April 27, 2022 - 10:26am

The Forrest County Campus of Pearl River Community College presented annual awards to top students in Career-Technical Education and Academic ceremonies on April 21.

Students, faculty, staff, family and friends joined together in celebrating the success of these students while wishing them success in their future endeavors. 

Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Campus, Allied Health and Nursing Programs, welcomed everyone to each ceremony. 

“Students, remember the Wildcat Way – Price, Respect, Class and Character when you leave us,” she said.

PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood told the groups that this was “A day of celebration. You are the best of the best. You have put yourself in position to succeed at the next level.”

Wildcat Way Awards were presented to Samantha Ranger of Petal and Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. Every year faculty nominate students who best exemplify living out the Wildcat Way. They show the attributes of Pride, Respect, Class, and Character both in and out of the classroom. 

PRCC students Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China and Patrick Dunkle of Petal were recognized as members of the All-Mississippi Academic Team. They are pictured with Dr. Doug Donohue (right) and Dr. James Collum, Phi Theta Kappa advisors.

Presentations went to two students in Phi Theta Kappa named to the All-Mississippi Academic Team. They were Patrick Dunkle of Petal and Lin.

Hanna Lambert of Petal and Lin were also recognized as Jack Kent Cooke semifinalist scholars. Finalists will be announced in May.

PRCC students recognized as 2022 Jack Kent Cooke semifinalist scholars

PRCC students Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China and Hanna Lambert of Richton were recognized as Jack Kent Cooke semifinalist scholars. They are pictured with Dr. Doug Donohue (left) and Dr. James Collum, Phi Theta Kappa advisors.

PRCC sophomore student Jackson Bowering (center) of Petal received the Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Award. He is pictured with Dr. Doug Donohue (left) and Dr. James Collum, Phi Theta Kappa advisors.

Jackson Bowering of Petal received the Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Award.

Members of the Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, along with the Honors College graduates, were also recognized.

Career-Technical Education awards went to:

Associate Degree Nursing: Marquita Rhymes of Hattiesburg.

Biomedical Equipment Repair: Merritt Wallace of Portland, Ore.

Commercial and Residential Construction: Marlon Devon Johnson of Columbia.

Computer Coding Technology: Andrew Blythe of Hattiesburg.

Court Reporting: Jessie Morgan Ponder of Hattiesburg.

Dental Assisting Technology: Tessiah Naylor of Hattiesburg.

Dental Hygiene Technology: Tayler Grant of Perkinston.

HVAC and Refrigeration Technology: Andrew Royce of Hattiesburg.

Industrial Electronics Technology: Josh Loper of Purvis.

Massage Therapy: Emmanuel Naylor of Meridian.

Medical Laboratory Technology: Elizabeth Halie Bates of Benndale.

Occupational Therapy Assistant: Hollie Courington of Mobile, Ala.

Physical Therapist Assistant: Amber Wilson of Vancleave.

Practical Nursing Day: Marquita Sims of New Augusta.

Practical Nursing Night: Tycelin McDonald of Hattiesburg.

Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology: Kody Warren of Petal.

Radiologic Technology: Taylor Daley of Purvis.

Welding and Cutting Technology Day: Caden Newby of Lumberton.

Welding and Cutting Technology Night: Maximus McPhail of Hattiesburg. 

Academic Awards went to:

Accounting: Zachary Brown of Hattiesburg.

Biological Sciences: Lindsey McLaughlin of Columbia.

Chemistry: Hanna Lambert of Richton.

Communications: Sierra Greene of Sumrall.

Computer science: Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. 

English: Dalton Bond of Petal.

Fine arts:  Lindsey McLaughlin of Columbia.

Geography: Walker Fairey of Hattiesburg.

History: Andrew Purvis of Sumrall.

Mathematics: Patrick Dunkle of Petal.

Philosophy/religion: Allyna C. Pytleski of Petal.

Physics: Noah Taylor Collins.

Psychology: Danielie Duffield of Petal.

Sociology: Ameze Ekunwe of Hattiesburg.

Spanish: Danielie Duffield of Petal.

Writing: Amber Breeland of Hattiesburg.         

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Article written by Chuck Abadie.

Featured image at top is of members of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute graduation class for 2022. The list includes Dalton Bond of Petal, Jackson Bowering of Petal, Mckenna Byrd of Hattiesburg, Patrick Dunkle of Petal, Jericho Gardner of Hattiesburg, Julia-Grace Garmon of Hattiesburg, Jackson Garner of Petal, Elvin Jackson of Hattiesburg, Camellia Jones of Hattiesburg, Hanna Lambert of Richton, Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China, Lindsey McLaughlin of Columbia, Adamari Posados of Hattiesburg, Allyna Pytleski of Petal, Peyton Scanlon of Petal, Lori Steele of Hattiesburg, Myles Tate of Hattiesburg, Ryan Wallace of Hattiesburg, Genesis Williams of Lumberton and Zsanett Molnar of Hattiesburg.       

April 27, 2022 - 3:08pm

The Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute at Pearl River Community College held its annual Medallion Ceremony in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts on the Poplarville campus Monday.  

PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood assisted Dr. Jennifer Seal, dean of the Honors Institute on the Poplarville Campus, in welcoming the students, family, friends, and faculty in attendance.  

“The medallions distributed today represent the time and commitment required as honors students,” said Breerwood. “Putting on the medallion cements you into the legacy of the college.  

“We are all proud of you and look forward to wonderful things in your future.” 

Dr. Ryan Ruckel, dean of the Honors Institute on the Forrest County Campus, provided an overview of the institute. This included its creation in 2011 with the vision to expand PRCC’s base of intellectually gifted students and to provide exceptional opportunities for these students. 

“These graduates are headed to universities across the state and country,” said Ruckel. “They have a collective total of approximately half a million dollars of scholarships awarded with more like the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke scholarship still unannounced." 

To receive a medallion, students had to complete at least 21 hours of honors coursework and maintain a cumulative 3.4 grade point average. The honors coursework covers the same material as covered in regular sections of a course but in greater depth with more opportunity for students to pursue individual interests. 

Jackson Bowering and Peyton Scanlon, both from Petal and attending the Forrest County Campus, as well as Carlee Cockrell of Magee and Maggie Gressett of Lake, both attending the Poplarville Campus, were chosen to say a few words on behalf of their compatriots. 

“Honors is not just about bettering yourself intellectually, it is about bettering yourself as a person,” said Bowering. These professors are dedicated to their students and have truly shown us what it means to be passionate about something.” 

Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health, and Nursing Programs, shared information about each student’s achievements and associations as a PRCC student. The physical presentation of the medallion was done by Dr. Breerwood and Dr. Seal. 


Anna Barnett of Poplarville (did not attend ceremony)  

Dalton Bond of Petal  

Jackson Bowering of Petal  

Cassady Bradford of Saucier  

Mckenna Byrd of Petal  

Carlee Cockrell of Magee  

Patrick Dunkle of Petal  

Hannah Embry of Vicksburg  

Sarah Erwin of Poplarville  

Jericho Gardner of Petal (did not attend ceremony) 

Julia-Grace Garmon of Hattiesburg  

Jackson Garner of Petal  

Tyler Gomillion of Lakeshore  

Maggie Gressett of Lake  

Hayley Hymel of Sumrall  

Elvin Jackson of Hattiesburg (did not attend ceremony) 

Camellia Jones of Seminary  

Annie Ladner of Perkinston  

Hanna Lambert of Richton  

Lauren Lee of Picayune  

Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China  

Haleigh Marbury of Hattiesburg  

Lindsey Mclaughlin of Columbia  

Jenna Mcraney of Sumrall  

Belle Moeller of Picayune  

Aren Peterson of Kiln  

Adamari Posados of Hattiesburg  

Allyna Pytleski of Petal  

Sydney Salter of Vancleave  

Peyton Scanlon of Petal  

Lori Steele of Purvis  

Bradley Stines of Poplarville  

Brookelynn Stuart of Sumrall  

Myles Tate of Sumrall  

Ryan Wallace of Hattiesburg  

Madilyn Waters of Laurel  

Genesis Williams of Lumberton  

Brianna Wood of Picayune 

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