Pearl River Community College

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Sign up now for Hancock Center welding class

Sign up now for Hancock Center welding class

  Pearl River Community College will offer a night welding class at the Hancock Center in Waveland during the spring 2018 semester.
  The class will meet from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, starting Jan. 8 and ending April 30.
  Cost is $250 with $50 due with the application and the remaining $200 by the first day of class.
  The course offers an industry recognized certificate in welding, including applications for NCCER certification in core curriculum and Level I welding. Level I includes safety, oxyfuel cutting, SMAW equipment and setup, SMAW electrode, SMAW beads and fillet welds and SMAW groove welds with backing.
  Students must provide their own #10 welding shield, welding gloves and hat, steel-toed shoes, safety glasses, ear plugs and long sleeve shirt.
  For applications or information, contact Raymond Jarrell at 228 252-7011.
  Tuition assistance is available through the WIN Job Center and WIA funding. For assistance with applying, contact Sonya Hunt at 601 403-1101 or
  The class will be held at PRCC’s Hancock Center at 454 Highway 90 in Waveland.

October 4, 2017 - 2:38pm
Tickets on sale for magician's show

Tickets on sale for magician's show

  POPLARVILLE - Tickets are on sale for the Oct. 24 appearance of magician and illusionist Mike Super at Pearl River Community College.
  The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts on the Poplarville campus.
  Super is the winner of the NBC show, Phenomenon.
  Reserved orchestra level seats are $25 and reserved balcony seats are $20. Tickets can be purchased through or by calling 601 403-1180.

October 6, 2017 - 11:47am
Douglas elected homecoming queen

Douglas elected homecoming queen

  POPLARVILLE - A Sumrall student has been elected Homecoming Queen at Pearl River Community College.
  Carmen Jade Douglas will be crowned during halftime of the Oct. 21 football game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. at Dobie Holden Stadium in Poplarville.
  Douglas’s court includes sophomore maids Olivia Conley of Gulfport and Lauren Lee of Bassfield, freshman maids Hailey Bernard of Picayune and Addison Smith of Poplarville, Forrest County Center sophomore maid Patience Diggs of Bassfield, Forrest County Center freshman maid Sarah-Ashlyn Barber of Picayune, Hancock Center sophomore maid Haley Roberts of Kiln and Hancock Center freshman maid Alexus Palode of Pearlington.
  The court will also be introduced to the student body during Fall Fest activities at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Poplarville.
  Douglas, 19, is the daughter of John and Brandy Douglas of Sumrall.
  She is a graduate of Sumrall High School where she was a cheerleader and member of the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the veterinary science team. A kinesiology major at PRCC, she is a Wildcat cheerleader and member of the FCA Leadership Team and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi.
  Conley, 19, is the daughter of Linda and Howard Conley of Gulfport. A graduate of Gulfport High School, she was marching band drum major and a member of the symphonic band. She is head drum major for the PRCC Spirit of the River marching band and a biochemistry major. She plans to attend Mississippi State University.
  The daughter of Wesley and Bridget Lee of Bassfield, Lee is also 19. She is a graduate of Columbia Academy where she was Student Body treasurer and a member of the show choir, DECA, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. At PRCC, she was a member of River Road show choir and sings in the pop choir. She plans to major in speech pathology at Southern Miss.
  Bernard, 18, is the daughter of Patricia Barnett of Picayune where she graduated with high honors from Picayune Memorial High School. She was a cheerleader and member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society in high school and is a PRCC Wildcat cheerleader. She plans to major in elementary education at MSU.
  Smith is the 18-year-old daughter of Tony and Angie Smith of Poplarville. She graduated from Picayune Memorial High School with honors and was a cheerleader and member of the Student Council and National Honor Society. Smith is a PRCC Wildcat cheerleader and on the FCA Leadership Team. She plans to continue her education at Southern Miss.
  Diggs, 20, is the daughter of Amanda Cooley and John C. Barber, both of Bassfield. She graduated from East Marion High School where she played volleyball. At PRCC’s Forrest County Center, she is the nursing department work-study employee and a member of the History and Humanities Club, Travel Club and Social Science Club and the Student Government Association. After receiving a nursing degree, she plans to work before pursuing a second degree in early childhood development.
  Barber is the 18-year-old daughter of Brian and Danica Barber of Picayune. She graduated from Picayune Memorial High School as a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club and Key Club president. She is a Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute ambassador, member of PTK, Sigma Kappa Delta English honorary, Mu Alpha Theta math honorary and Student Government Association, History and Humanities Club president and a Student Success Center peer leader. She plans to attend MSU to major in veterinary medicine.
  The 19-year-old daughter of Gina and John Roberts of Kiln, Roberts is a graduate of Douglas County High School in Colorado where she was on the tennis and golf teams. She is involved in community service for the Hancock County Pantry and Trunk or Treat in Pearlington. She plans to transfer to MGCCC to earn an embalming certificate.
  Palode, 18, is the daughter of Ada and Sunni Palode of Pearlington. She graduated from Hancock High School where she ran track and was a member of Future Educators Rising. She also is involved in community service for the Hancock County Pantry and Trunk or Treat in Pearlington. She plans to earn bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education at MSU.

The 2017 Homecoming Court at Pearl River Community College is, seated from left, sophomore maids Olivia Conley of Gulfport and Lauren Lee of Bassfield, queen Carmen Douglas of Sumrall, freshman Maids Hailey Bernard of Picayune and Addison Smith of Poplarville; standing, Forrest County Center sophomore maid Patience Diggs of Bassfield, Forrest County Center freshman maid Sarah-Ashlyn Barber of Picayune, Hancock Center sophomore maid Haley Roberts of Kiln and Hancock Center freshman maid Alexus Palode of Pearlington.
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October 6, 2017 - 11:50am
Scholarship donors, recipients get together

Scholarship donors, recipients get together

  POPLARVILLE - Students attending Pearl River Community College with financial help from scholarships met their benefactors at the annual Scholarship Dinner hosted by the PRCC Development Foundation.
  The dinner was held Sept. 19 in Olivia Bender Cafeteria on the Poplarville campus.
  Scholarships awarded for 2017-18 and the recipients are as follows:
Sam Abbott Memorial Scholarship - Austin Spruell of Prentiss.
Dr. Ted J. Alexander Endowed Leadership Scholarship - Rachel Grace Engle of Purvis, Jenna Larsen of Picayune, Magruder O’Bannon of Long Beach, Christian Raby of Poplarville, Jordan Ladner and Rylee Swilley, both of Kiln.
Anderson Paint and Carpet Scholarship - Jonathan Johnson of Hattiesburg.
Asbury Foundation Scholarship - Alexis Dixon of Kiln, Dillon Martin of Terry and Canton Comardelle of Poplarville.
Dr. And Mrs. John W. Askew Dental Hygiene Scholarship - Morgan Kelley of Bay St. Louis.
Ball Family Scholarship - Haley Staples of Carriere.
Ronald T. Barr Memorial Scholarship - Rachel Johnson of Lumberton and Presleigh Kleinke of Purvis.
Blake Broom Memorial Scholarship - Scooter Ginn of Columbia.
Vernon Broom Memorial Scholarship - Joleeza Pope of Columbia.
Hollis and Elaine Byrd Mathematics Scholarship - Dylan Dunaway of Poplarville.
Class of 1939-42 Scholarship - Alexa Jurich of Carriere.
John Clearman Baptist Student Union Scholarship - Anna Kinchen of Carriere and Will Clayton Lee of Hattiesburg.
Coast Electric Power Association Scholarship - Jacob Keith of Poplarville.
Harry Cole Memorial Machine Technology Scholarship - Joseph Heitzman of Waveland and Jonathan Geddes of Purvis.
Verlene Cole Scholarship - Sammi Chambliss and Ivory Lowe, both of Hattiesburg.
Verlene Cole/Forrest-Lamar County Alumni Chapter Scholarship - Taylor Bass, Danielle Smith and Camron Goodman, all of Hattiesburg; and Robert Gmerek of Purvis.
Sebe Dale Family Scholarship - Kalyn Davis of Sumrall.
Coach Keith Daniels Memorial Scholarship - Sigmund Lewis of Hattiesburg.
Hollie N. And William Davis Scholarship - Frederick McCollum of Prentiss.
Peggy Dease Nursing Scholarship - Ashley Ann Ivy of Purvis and Monique Barnes of Lumberton.
Delta Kappa Gamma Sigma Chapter Scholarship - Heidi Ashley of Poplarville.
Dickey’s BBQ Pit Scholarship - Simon Landry of Ponchatoula, La., and Miles Smith of Laurel.
Ellucian Technology Scholarship - Mathis Armstrong of Foxworth.
Estep Academic Scholarship - Madlin Reed of Lumberton, Katelyn Stuart and Josh Hall, both of Picayune; Ashley Graeter of Carriere, Andrew Howard and Sydni Crain, both of Poplarville; and Michael Branson Clark of Hattiesburg.
Estep Dental Hygiene Scholarship - Autumn McNeely of Carriere.
Dr. Wes and Dora Mae Estey Eagle Scout Scholarship - Collin Crosby of Picayune.
Debra McMullen Fletcher Women’s Basketball Player Scholarship - Gabrielle Brown of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Arthur Moore and Jessie Mae Smith Gandy Scholarship - Allison Beasley of Carriere.
Grant Family Scholarship - Nicholas Buras of Carriere.
Hancock County Alumni Chapter Scholarship - Taia Cuevas of Picayune, Rylee Swilley and Emily Farve, both of Kiln; Trae Bordelon, Levi Knight and James Sharp, all of Bay St. Louis; Elizabeth “Betty” Clark, Chase Freeman and Leigh Gallagher, all of Diamondhead; and Bryce Ferrell of Waveland.
Hancock/Pearl River Voiture Scholarship - Trenton Lee of Picayune.
Bruce Hankins Scholarship - Cameron Swan of Purvis.
John C. Hardin Scholarship - William Dubose of Hattiesburg.
Francis and Joyce Herrin Scholarship - Michael Jenkins of Lumberton and John O’Brian III of Purvis.
Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Hill Dental Hygiene Scholarship - Jourdyn Cowart of Poplarville, Sarah Simmons of Gulfport and Lauren Sibley of Hattiesburg.
Coach Dobie Holden Memorial Scholarship - Chase Crosby of Saucier.
Earlora Holden FCA Scholarship - Abbi Henderson of Leakesville.
Warren and Virginia Rawls Holden Memorial Scholarship - Jenna Lee of Lumberton.
Dr. Benny and June Hornsby Vocational/Technical Scholarship - Blake Lee of Picayune.
John Houston Family Scholarship - Lesa Lee of Poplarville.
Betty Lou Courtney Hudson Memorial Scholarship - Eric Powell of Prentiss.
L.A. Hurst Endowed Scholarship - Brady Warden of Picayune.
Eric “Poncho” James Wildcat Scholarship - Carmen Douglas of Sumrall and Richard Patton of Poplarville.
Ken Langnecker Memorial Scholarship - Zane Cunningham of Poplarville.
Berlon Lee Scholarship - Lesley Polk of Columbia.
Virginia Mauldin Lowe Memorial Scholarship - Willa Sumrall of Poplarville.
Dr. Thomas J. and Patricia Malone Family Honors Scholarship - Logan Whipple of Lumberton and Brycen Scott of Lucedale.
Marion/Jeff Davis County Alumni Chapter Scholarship - Layken Carney, Malloree Beck and Lauren Langford, all of Columbia.
Robert A. McArthur Memorial Scholarship - Colin Leake of Kiln.
Katrina Overall McDonald Scholarship - Maloria Eve Bourn, Rochelle Manning and Kirsten Furr, all of Bay St. Louis.
Mississippi Mud Pirates/Stony Gendusa Memorial Scholarship - Rylee Dawsey of Picayune.
J.S. and Kathyrn Moody Scholarship - Rachel Harris of Poplarville.
Angelina Barbieri Navoy Memorial Scholarship - Dalton Spiers of Poplarville.
Arthur B. Nicholson Memorial Scholarship - Victoria Pardew of Purvis.
Charlotte Odom Nursing Scholarship - Alicia Malley of Slidell, La., and Meagan Hurt of Hattiesburg.
Pearl River County Homebuilders Scholarship - Joseph Gilkey of Lumberton.
Picayune Kiwanis Club Scholarship - Hannah Purvis of Picayune and Cameron Davis of Carriere.
Picayune Lions Club Scholarship - Leah Hahn and Kaitlin Rutledge, both of Carriere.
James Horris and Minnie Rae Pigott Memorial Scholarship - Brandon Ashe of Picayune.
Poplarville Eye Clinic Scholarship - Ethan Loftin of Bay St. Louis.
PRCC Board of Trustees Scholarship - Jackson Mapp of Hattiesburg.
PRCC Foundation Honors Scholarship - Parker Wells and Zachery Rice, both of Poplarville; Jessie Besanson of Carriere, Caleigh Ball of Pass Christian and Blake McMickens of Picayune.
Jack and Nancy Regan Scholarship - Marcus Shaw of Poplarville and Chloe Anderson of Purvis.
Donald K. Robbins Memorial Scholarship - Brady Kersh of Hattiesburg.
Margaret Fairley Memorial Scholarship - Emily Lauren Sullivan of Ellisville.
Rotary Club of Poplarville Scholarship - Christian Destiny Jordan and Logan Keith Stines, both of Poplarville.
Norman Rouse Memorial Scholarship - Micaela Thigpen of Carriere.
Coach John and Miriam Russell Memorial Scholarship - Justin Agner of Canton, Ga.
LaRue and Mary Jean Saulters Scholarship - Blake Vincent of Lumberton.
Leo W. Seal Jr. Memorial Scholarship - Hannah Ladner of Kiln, Davis Manley, Trustin Chiasson and Ethan Smith, all of Picayune.
Lucy Prince Seal Memorial Scholarship - Clint Stennett of Kiln.
David R. Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship - Dylan Ingram of Carriere.
Dolore Thomas and Martin T. Smith Scholarship - Turan Smith of Poplarville.
Erlene McCarty Smith Arts Scholarship - Torian Miller of Sumrall.
Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District Scholarship - Maria Perez Medina, Amber Downs and Daniel Andrews, all of Hattiesburg; Rylee Swilley, Cameron Necaise and Madyson Daniels, all of Kiln; Sye Blossman of Poplarville, Katelyn Franklin of Columbia, Lonnie Slocum of Foxworth, Cameron Swan of Purvis, Walker Smith of Carriere, Destiny Newsome of Prentiss and Ricardo Booth of Bassfield.
Michael Sprinkell Memorial Band Scholarship - Olivia Conley, Garrett Pittman and Ayana Williams, all of Gulfport; and Christopher Justice Weber of Long Beach.
Annelle Steele Memorial Scholarship - Kelsey Jenkins of Poplarville and Charlie Burge of Purvis.
St. Michael’s Foundation Scholarship - Jessica Penton, Caleb Dorn and Casey Penton, all of Picayune; Alejandra Alcantar and Lydia Smith, both of Carriere; Ashley Ivy of Purvis, Terri McCanless of Gulfport, Myles Ellis of Moss Point, Jayde Tribett of Lumberton, Brandon Haynes of Hattiesburg and Austin Warner of Franklinton, La.
Dwayne Stuckey Scholarship - Kayla Smith of Columbia.
Amber Owens Sumrall Memorial Softball Scholarship - Carly Thornhill of Foxworth.
R.E.L. Sutherland Memorial Scholarship - Connor Ruffin of Picayune.
Diane and Daphne Delphine Tate Memorial Scholarship - Danica Creel of Poplarville.
Henry “Rudy” and Carolyn Smith Thomas Memorial Scholarship - Ashley Brossette of Carriere.
Ronald Tynes “A Hand Up” Scholarship - Payton Seyfarth of Hattiesburg.   
Mike and Pam Waits Schoalrship - David Salser of Carriere.
Jean Baughman Wessel Scholarship - Dawson Dorn of Picayune.
Hugh and Juanita White Nursing Scholarship - Christina Herrin and Timothy Travis Fortenberry of Foxworth.
Jack Sidney Wilkinson Fellowship Scholarship - Taylor Rose Martinolich of Picayune.
Cary and Ann Williams Scholarship - Gillian May of Columbia.
Williams Family “Making a Difference” Scholarship - Kaitlyn McCurdy of Carriere and Nicholas Kirschbaum of Poplarville.

Recipients of the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District Scholarships at Pearl River Community College attended the annual Scholarship Dinner with some of their benefactors. They are, front row from left, Destiny Newsome of Prentiss, Maria Perez Medina of Hattiesburg, Katelyn Franklin of Columbia, Amber Downs of Hattiesburg; back row, Jefferson Davis County Supervisor John Thompson, Ricardo Booth of Bassfield, Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday, Lonnie Slocum of Foxworth, Rylee Swilley of Kiln, SMPDD representative Angie Kothman. Cameron Swan of Purvis, Walker Smith of Carriere, Sye Blossman of Poplarville, Daniel Andrews of Hattiesburg, Cameron Necaise and Madyson Daniels, both of Kiln, also received the scholarship.
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Recipients of the St. Michaels Foundation Scholarships at Pearl River Community College are, seated from left, Brandon Haynes of Hattiesburg, Jessica Penton of Picayune, Alejandra Alcantara  and Lydia Smith, both of Carriere, Ashley Ivy of Purvis; standing, Casey Penton of Picayune, Austin Warner of Franklinton, La., Terri McCanless of Gulfport, donor representatives John Houston and Dr. Bob Escudero, Myles Ellis of Moss Point and Jayde Tribett of Lumberton. Caleb Dorn of Picayune also received the scholarship.
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October 12, 2017 - 8:56am
Nancy Regan named Alumnus of Year

Nancy Regan named Alumnus of Year

  POPLARVILLE - Nancy Regan of Hattiesburg will be honored as Pearl River Community College Alumnus of the Year during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 21.
  Regan will receive the award during the Homecoming Luncheon at 11 a.m. in Olivia Bender Cafeteria and will be recognized on the field at Dobie Holden Stadium before the 2 p.m. football game. The Wildcats will take on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs.
  Four alumni and a former coach will be inducted into the PRCC Sports Hall of Fame during the luncheon and will be honored on the field as well. They are coach J.C. Arban of Hattiesburg, All American soccer standout Emmaleigh Davis of Pascagoula, softball pitcher Jessica Dubuisson Morris of Hancock County, football team captain John Feaster of Carriere and baseball slugger Matt Riser of Hammond, La.
  A native of Poplarville, Regan graduated in 1955 from Poplarville High School, at that time on the Pearl River campus. As a Pearl River Junior College student, she was a Wildcat cheerleader and active in several organizations before graduating in 1957. She earned her degree in business technology under her mentor, Mrs. Earlora Holden.
   While at Pearl River, she met fellow student Jack Regan and they were married in 1958. The couple moved to Jackson where she was an executive secretary at Blue-Cross-Blue Shield. The Regans returned to Poplarville in 1966 when Jack began teaching drafting at PRCC and Nancy worked as a savings and loan office manager.
   She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1973 and, on the recommendation of Mrs. Holden, succeeded her mentor as a business instructor. She completed her master’s degree at USM in 1981.
   While chair of the PRCC Business Technology Department, Regan was co-sponsor of Phi Beta Lamba, taught night classes, served as a recruiter, instructed all female students each
semester in the American Cancer Society’s self-awareness breast exam program, traveled to London with the college choir and was a staff volunteer for home ballgames. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teachers’ organization.
   She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Poplarville, PTA, the Garden Club and the Poplarville Woman’s Club.
   The Regans were active with the Development Foundation and Extravaganza Committee for many years. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 1992. Since retiring, Regan has been active with the Forrest-Lamar County Alumni Chapter and endowed the Jack and Nancy Regan Scholarship following her husband’s death in 2009.
   Her daughters also attended PRCC - Rhonda Regan Flowers was Miss PRCC in 1979 and Susan Regan Barnes was Homecoming Queen in 1983. Two of her five grandchildren are PRCC alumni.

October 13, 2017 - 9:40am
PRCC tops program with 129 scholarships

PRCC tops program with 129 scholarships

       A total of 129 Pearl River Community College students from throughout Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association’s 12-county service area are receiving scholarships of $800 to attend PRCC this year, thanks to the generous spirit and support of the Association’s member-consumers.
       More than 200 students from throughout PRVEPA’s service area are receiving these scholarships to attend state community colleges.
       This is the fifth year for the Round Up for Education scholar’s program, which is funded by members who round their bills up to the nearest dollar each month. Scholarships are available to members who do the round up, as well as for their spouses or dependent children who are enrolled as freshmen this fall.
       “This is a phenomenal opportunity for Pearl River Community College students,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, president of PRCC. “It is an accepted fact in today’s society that investment in higher education is one of the most significant investments a person will make in their lifetime.
       “The opportunity that PRVEPA and its customer base are providing for students in its service area will provide untold dividends for generations to come. We are most grateful for the progressive leadership that PRVEPA has provided on this issue. It will make a difference in the lives of many students in the future and for our society in general.”
       PRVEPA serves more than 49,000 meters. Since the Round Up program began in November 2012, more than $1 million has been collected and deposited in an account overseen by the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation.
     “Throughout our history, Pearl River Valley Electric has not only been providing electric service to rural areas, but working to improve the quality of life of our members and the communities where they live,” said General Manager Randy Wallace. “We believe that education is vital to improving the future for all of us in south Mississippi, and the Round Up program was designed to encourage more young people to further their education. 
       “Members working together to achieve a common goal is a unique hallmark of cooperative organizations, and I am proud of the positive response we’ve received on this effort. As we are now able to see, the accumulation of what would normally be spare change for an individual has added up significantly. These funds will help create long-term educational opportunities as well as economic benefits, which is good for everyone in the communities we serve.”
       Ten percent of each year’s funds are set aside in an endowed fund for future use. The remaining money is divided equally between the number of eligible applicants, resulting this year in 240 scholarships worth $800 per student. In the program’s 5 years, more than 1,000 students have now received scholarships.
       Scholarship recipients this year include 129 students attending Pearl River Community College, 45 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and 45 at Jones County Junior College. An additional 21 students are attending eight other state community colleges. Overall, students came from 21 different high schools and home school programs.
       Round Up for Education funds collected after Aug. 1 go toward next year’s scholarships. Applications for 2018 scholarships will be available beginning this month.


            Columbia Academy - Mathis James Armstrong, Aubrey Grace Bilbo, Wiley Cleland, Camaron Vince Havard, Madisyn A. Howell, Cassady Jones, Lauren Lee, Jacob Daniel Pierce, Calley Elizabeth Robbins, Kaitlyn Rogers, Colton Taylor Sandifer, Ashton Watts.
            Columbia High School – Bailey Fornea, Jeni Garcia, Gillian May, Garrett Mieras, Bayle Miller, Nikendra Mingo, Kalonie Simon, Tia Sims, Luis Smith, Christina Jade Swayze, Kistan Alexandra Thackwray.
            East Marion High School – Charles Garrett Dakota Bass, Layken Carney, Tyas Owens, Tysah Rena Owens, Joleeza Tatyana Pope, Jeremiah Taylor, Malik Willis, Julia Wilson.  
            Forrest County AHS -  Tyler Austin, Kalyn Danielle Beall, Austin Breland, Michael Branson Clark, James Corley, Rylee Veronica Essary, Taylor Blake Evans, Kyle L. Farmer, Christopher Dalton Hartfield, William Everest Kohli, Luke A. Lee, Rebecca Lewis, Jackson Mapp, Taylor Martin, Summer McInnis, Michael Edward Pascarella, Haley Rogers, Christian Hayden Rushing, Kylie Terrell, Ashley Terry, Destini Trahan. 
            G.E.D. – Rylee Johnson.
            Home School – Emily Branan.
            Lumberton High School - TaMya Bush, Rachel Engle, Micah Jenkins.
            Northeast, MD. – Selena Lorden.
            Oak Grove High School – Chloe K. Anderson, Marc Tyler Bullock, Max Crawford, William Tyler Goolsby, Kiahya Alese Heard, Michael Joshua Hobson, Jacob Parchert, Taylor A. Ramsey, Grace Sanders, Danin Drew Traylor, Natalie Woo, Nikeyah Youongblood.
            Poplarville High School – Alex Cooley, Emma Cooley.
            Purvis High School – Haley Abney, Charlie Burge, Sophia Dilmore, Jack Richard Dilmore III, Daniel Kaide Griffis, Jacob Lynn Hagan, Nathan Hartfield, Summer Kelly, Jennifer Klages, Presleigh Kleinke, William Masters, John David O’Brian III, Penelope Anne Richardson, Calvin Chase Smith, Jonathan W. Summers, Cameron Swan, Jessica Swan, Cooper Varnado, Blake Vincent, Joshua D. Worbington.
            Sacred Heart School – Jonathan J. Lee.
            Stone High School – Cameryn Whitney Jones, Shelbi Elaine Lawrence, D’Artagnan Lee, Alisha R. Moody, Sarah Kay Nations, Frederick Wegner III.
            Sumrall High School – Taylor Bass, Victor Matthew Brantly, Hannah Broom, Kalyn Davis, Brittany Kaye Farve, Tamara Gurley, Michael Montgomery, Allison N. Pickett, Dalen Alex Pierce, Kaley Piernas, Alec Brannon Ready, William Blake Rogers, Kyle Stringer, Bree Ulmer.
            West Marion High School – Bryson Clark, Nicole Crump, Rachel Lynette Davis, Caitlin Forbes, Brittany Hunt, Alexica J. Magee, Garry B. Martin, Laken L. Patrick, Zachary Tyler Pittman, Ronnie “Dawson” Robbins, Jasmine N. Rosado, Trevor Slocum, Braxton A. Smith, Terrie Louise Teston, Carly Noelle Thornhill, Abby Williamson.

October 17, 2017 - 2:15pm
Miller named Outstanding Science Teacher

Miller named Outstanding Science Teacher

  POPLARVILLE - Melinda Miller has been named 2017 Outstanding College Science Teacher by the Mississippi Science Teachers Association.
  Miller, a biology instructor at Pearl River Community College, will receive the award at an Oct. 31 luncheon during the association’s annual convention in Biloxi.
  Miller has been a PRCC instructor since August 2007 and teaches anatomy and physiology and introduction to forensic science in addition to biology. She is co-sponsor of the PRCC Stem Club, a member of the Honors Advisory Council and the general education and Science Olympiad committees. Miller has also helped coordinate and teach the science Kids Camps since they began at PRCC two years ago.
  “Ms. Miller’s students are held to a very high standard,” Dr. Martha Lou Smith, vice president for Poplarville campus and instruction, wrote in a letter of recommendation to the association. “Many of her students have dreams of working in the medical profession - specifically nursing or allied health related fields. She works diligently to see students improve and be prepared for future biology related classes.”
  Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and general science education from Mississippi State University, master’s degrees in science education from the University of Southern Mississippi and in pharmaceutical sciences with specialization in forensics from the University of Florida and a graduate certification in forensic death investigation from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida.
  Before becoming a full-time PRCC instructor, she was an adjunct instructor while teaching full time at Hancock High School.
  “I have always told my students that one of the most exciting aspects of biology was that it is constantly changing,” she said. “This is one of the reasons that I began my journey to pursue my second master’s in pharmaceutical sciences specializing in forensic DNA and serology. This field was still very young at the time I was in college. My students have always had a fascination with the ‘CSI effect’ and that was one way I could get them interested in my lecture and lab material.”
  The second degree allowed her to add a forensics class to the PRCC curriculum. She hopes to do additional post-graduate work in the field and further expand the PRCC curriculum.

Melinda Miller shows students in her biology lab where they will put a dollop of fingernail polish on an azalea leaf as part of an experiment.

Melinda Miller shows students in her biology lab where they will put a dollop of fingernail polish on an azalea leaf as part of an experiment.

Instructor Melinda Miller watches as students in her biology lab put finger nail polish on azalea leaves as part of an experiment.

October 18, 2017 - 8:29am
Exhibit features Picayune women's works

Exhibit features Picayune women's works

  POPLARVILLE - The works of a mother-daughter team of artists from Picayune are featured in an exhibit at Pearl River Community College.
  Annette Lestremau and her daughter, Shannon Catoire, have both taken courses from PRCC art instructor Charleen Null.
  The exhibit includes Lestremau’s sketches and wood carvings and Catoire’s photographs.
  Lestremau won first place in the Pearl River County Artists League Art Show in April with a colored pencil sketch of a sea gull. She also took home first, second and third place awards in the colored pencil division of the Picayune Knights of Columbus Art Show in September 2016.
  Catoire displayed and sold a number of pelican portraits in the Pearl River County Arts League Spring Art Show and at Bags and Bows in Bay St. Louis. The Photography Forum published her Pelican in Flight photo in its May 2017 edition as an honorable mention winner in its competition. Her silhouette photo of a seagull against a Gulf Coast sunset was the cover art for the October 2016 edition of Today in Mississippi, the publication for Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi.
  Their works are on exhibit in the gallery on the first floor of Moody Hall through Dec. 1.

Annette Lestremau, left, and her daughter, Shannon Catoire, talk about one of Catoire's photographs on exhibit at Pearl River Community College.
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October 19, 2017 - 8:21am
PRCC fall enrollment continues to rise

PRCC fall enrollment continues to rise

POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College enrolled more than 4,800 students this fall, a 6.3 percent increase over last fall, a sign that the two-year school continues to attract students in search of a quality education at an affordable price.
Figures compiled through Oct. 14 show 4,824 students enrolled at one of the three PRCC campuses, satellite locations or on line.
“We are obviously pleased with the confidence that our students have placed in our college,” said PRCC President Adam Breerwood. “As we move forward, our efforts continue to focus on providing high-quality higher educational experiences for our students. We take the confidence shown in us seriously.”
In fall 2016-17, PRCC had the largest percentage increase (4.5 percent) in enrollment among the state’s 15 community colleges.
“The office of recruitment has worked diligently to connect with the community and build strong partnerships with counselors, teachers, administrators, parents and potential students,” said Delana Harris, director of marketing and engagement.
“Being a presence in the community and providing superior customer service has been the foundation for success. PRCC has also made institutional changes that have aided in helping students succeed. Programs like ROAR (freshman orientation), free on campus tutoring, and making the scholarship process more efficient have aided not only with student recruitment but with retention efforts.”
Two areas of focus at PRCC in recent years have been retention and increasing the number of credit hours a full-time student takes. This fall, PRCC students are taking 5.3 percent more credit hours over last fall.
“In order for us to retain students, we have to help them grow and that means providing the many different supports that the students are going to need,” said Dr. Martha Lou Smith, vice president for the Poplarville campus and instruction.
“There are certainly tutoring support for students. The bigger challenge is getting them to take advantage of those opportunities. Sometimes, the support is advisement. We are increasingly reaching out to students drawing them to advisors who are helping them plan schedules and understand what a career path means. We’ve also shored up the resources advisors have to make these processes go more smoothly. Other times, the support is involvement. More and more opportunities are being provided for students to be involved.”
Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for economic and community development, said demand for Associate of Applied Science degrees and Certificates of Proficiency has remained strong at PRCC.
            “Pearl River Community College has maintained a robust Career and Technical Education enrollment,” he said. “Research shows that students who take a concentration CTE courses are more likely to graduate.
“Even with this fact, PRCC has instituted several best practices and improvements in order to retain students. Enrolling and retaining students is critical to the local economy; especially as the economy continues to gain momentum and job growth continues to escalate.  To add to the criticality of this issue is the fact that a huge proportion of the jobs that become available will be in fields that require community college level education.”
            He added that faculty are also expected to help with recruiting efforts.
            “A common practice for those in the CTE area at PRCC is that faculty are expected to recruit, retain and assist with job placement of students. There is a very holistic process in place with high expectations. The faculty members visit local high schools throughout the year to recruit those interested in the various career paths offered by PRCC.”
PRCC remains a viable opportunity for people in South Mississippi who have lost their jobs for one reason or another and desire to pursue a second career.
"Pearl River Community College is still a strong option for those people who need retraining, especially adults,” said Chuck Abadie, director of public relations. “We offer many short-term training programs, depending on the kind of career a person desires.”
If a student is interested in starting a career path that does not require a four-year degree, contact PRCC’s admissions office or a member of the recruitment team to learn what is available for the spring semester.
For more information, call 601-403-1197 or

October 19, 2017 - 10:37am
Homecoming celebrates PRCC's roots

Homecoming celebrates PRCC's roots

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College brought old friends together, made memories for future Wildcats and celebrated homecoming Saturday, Oct. 21, with an upset victory over a long-time rival.
  Men who played for Coach Dobie Holden from 1948-66 were on hand to see five fellow athletes inducted into the PRCC Sports Hall of Fame. They also saw Carmen Douglas of Sumrall crowned homecoming queen and the Wildcats beat the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs 31-27.
  “To see so many alumni come back, it’s awesome,” said Matt Riser, a Sports Hall of Fame inductee for his 2003-05 baseball career at PRCC. “I can not explain to you what PRCC means in five minutes. The River gave me a lot.”
  Riser is head baseball coach at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. Inducted along with him were J.C. Arban of Hattiesburg, head football coach from 1975-86; All-American soccer star Emmaleigh Davis of Pascagoula, softball pitcher Jessica Dubuisson Morris of Hancock County and football standout John Feaster of Carriere.
  Nancy Regan of Hattiesburg, a Poplarville native, received the Alumnus of the Year award at the annual luncheon.
  “This is just a wonderful honor for me,” she said. “This is a special deal because it’s my 80th birthday. Pearl River has just been a part of my life all these years.”
  The day also included unveiling a sign for the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute outside White Hall. Lewis, who retired as PRCC president in June, established the program for exceptional students in 2012. New president Dr. Adam Breerwood narrated a video tribute to Lewis during the luncheon before speaking briefly to the alumni.
  “Let me tell you, this is the greatest job ever,” Breerwood said. “I truly love it.”
  Despite budget challenges, PRCC will continue providing leaders for tomorrow, he said.
  “I believe that you expect us to build champions on and off the field and in and out of the classroom,” he said. “Our students are individuals, not numbers. We’re going to work every day to educate them and mold them in way you’ll be proud of.”
  The luncheon included recognition of three football players who received scholarships named for former coaches - Chase Crosby of Saucier received the Coach Dobie Holden Memorial Scholarship; Sigmund Lewis of Hattiesburg, Coach Keith Daniels Memorial Scholarship; Justin Agner of Woodstock, Ga., Coach John and Miriam Russell Memorial Scholarship.
  While alumni were at the luncheon, little girls took part in the Lil’ Wildcat Cheer Clinic and met the homecoming court at a Pre-Coronation Tea Party. Hundreds of football fans and area residents spent a couple hours at the Homecoming Carnival outside the stadium before the game began.
  Douglas was crowned by Breerwood at halftime after her court was presented. They include sophomore maids Olivia Conley of Gulfport and Lauren Lee of Bassfield, freshman maids Hailey Bernard of Picayune and Addison Smith of Poplarville, Forrest County Center maids Patience Diggs of Bassfield, sophomore, and Sarah-Ashlyn Barber of Picayune, freshman; Hancock Center maids Haley Roberts of Kiln, sophomore, and Alexus Palode of Pearlington, freshman.

Carmen Douglas of Sumrall, center, is the Pearl River Community College homecoming queen. Her court includes, from left, Forrest County Center freshman maid Sarah-Ashlyn Barber of Picayune, freshman maid Hailey Bernard of Picayune, Hancock Center sophomore maid Haley Roberts of Kiln, sophomore maid Olivia Conley of Gulfport, sophomore maid Lauren Lee of Bassfield, Forrest County Center sophomore maid Patience Diggs of Bassfield, Hancock Center freshman maid Alexus Palode of Pearlington and freshman maid Addison Smith of Poplarville.
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Inductees into the Pearl River Community College Sports of Hall of Fame are introduced Saturday along with Alumnus of the Year, Nancy Regan of Hattiesburg, right. They are, from left, J.C. Arban of Hattiesburg, head coach from 1975-86; All-American soccer star Emmaleigh Davis of Pascagoula, softball pitcher Jessica Dubuisson Morris of Hancock County, football standout John Feaster of Carriere and baseball slugger Matt Riser of Hammond, La. PRCC celebrated homecoming with a 31-27 victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at Dobie Holden Stadium.
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Pearl River Community College homecoming queen Carmen Douglas of Sumrall is crowned by PRCC president Dr. Adam Breerwood on Saturday at Dobie Holden Stadium. Looking on his her father, John Douglas of Sumrall.
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October 23, 2017 - 9:18am
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