Above are members of the 2014 Homecoming Court at East Central Community College, who were selected during elections held recently on the Decatur campus. Pictured are (seated from left) sophomore maids Anna Katherine Nowell,of Philadelphia and Cara Jackson of Nanih Waiya; queen Nikki Triplett of Forest; maid of honor MaChasity Leflore of Carthage; and sophomore maid Mallory Turner of Meridian; and (standing from left) freshman maids Courtney Hamilton of Philadelphia, Kaley Bufkin of Decatur, Skylar Davidson of Morton and Sydney Keith of Philadelphia. The queen and her court will be presented during halftime of the Warriors’ Homecoming battle with Jones County Junior College scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11.
Numerous Choctaw Central High School and Neshoba Central High School graduates are continuing their education this fall at East Central Community College in Decatur. College officials welcomed the outstanding students during the first Native American Club meeting of the 2014-15 school year. Pictured on the steps of Burton Library are (first row, from left) Melanie Kopaddy, Shaneisha Willlis, Emily Shoemake and Breanna Lasiloo; (second row, from left) Tara Dixon, Shaya Chickaway, Dakota Hicks and Brandi Charlie; (third row, from left) Gary Willis, Benjamin Guyette, Kelly Dixon and Cristen Jim; (fourth row, from left) Juan-Diego McMillan and Kayla Stephens (fifth row, from left) Michael Alexander, EC academic counselor/recruiter; Shawn Smith; and ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart; and (sixth row, from left) Dr. Randall Lee, ECCC Vice President for Student Services; Quinn Carlisle, former Choctaw Central counselor; and Claire Threatt, current Choctaw Central counselor.
Making final preparations for East Central Community College’s Homecoming scheduled Saturday, October 11, 2014, are the above Alumni Association officers and Board of Directors. Seated from left are Bruce Lee of Louisville, Winston County representative; Ann Hunter Burkes of Decatur, Newton County representative; Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction; Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for foundation and alumni relations; Dow Thomas of Louisville, Association president; and Matt Alford of Forest, Scott County representative. Standing from left are Paul Chamblee and Pete Lucovich, both of Carthage, Leake County representatives; Bill Freeman of Forest, Scott County representative; Harvey Trapp of Decatur, Newton County representative; Dr. Billy Stewart, ECCC President; and Dr. Bob Tom Johnson of Forest, Association past president. For more information on Homecoming 2014, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, at 601-635-6327 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mae Thornton of Decatur was selected Assistant Director of Financial Aid (Work Study) at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Thornton, an ECCC alumna, began her new duties in August. She previously served as accounts payable clerk for the college’s business office since 2013. Prior to her time at ECCC, Thornton was employed with Central Mississippi Residential Center in Newton, where she served as an administrative assistant for the nursing department since 2007.
After receiving her associate’s degree at ECCC in 2001, Thornton continued her education by earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Mississippi State University-Meridian in 2003.
Thornton is married to Neil Thornton. They have two daughters, Emma Claire and Molly.
Barlow Jacobs, a screen writer and actor residing in Los Angeles, Calif., discusses the “Hollywood life” to students in Jason Armstrong’s Film as Literature class during his recent visit to East Central Community College campus in Decatur. Jacobs, a longtime friend of Armstrong, has worked with Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Shannon, Ray McKinnon, Hal Holbrook, David Gordon Green and many others. He has worked on several featured-length films including Shotgun Stories, The Master, That Evening Sun and many more. Jacobs is married to Ruth De Jong, a production designer on major Hollywood productions, including There Will Be Blood and Water for Elephants) as well as nationally distributed commercials.
East Central Community College soccer player Landry Lofton (2) demonstrates his athletic skills while maintaining possession during the Warriors 2-0 win over visiting Southwest Mississippi Community College Friday, Sept. 26. Landry is a sophomore forward from Pascagoula.
Allie Turner (5) was the top scorer in East Central Community College’s 4-0 shutout over Southwest Mississippi Community College Friday, Sept. 26 in Decatur. Turner scored three goals and was credited with an assist on another as the Lady Soccer Warriors improved to 8-1-1 on the 2014 campaign. Turner is a freshman midfielder and product of Horn Lake High School. Also shown is EC freshman midfielder Kayla Anderson (8) of Florence. The Lady Soccer Warriors are led by second-year head coach Gray Massey.
Advisers and officers of East Central Community College’s Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, are shown following the annual PTK Fall Induction Ceremony held Sept. 22, 2014, on the Decatur campus. Front row, from left, are student officers Bridgette McFarland of Philadelphia, webmaster; Kristen Gordy of Forest, vice president of fellowship; Jenny Grove of Forest, vice president of service; Allison Johnson of Philadelphia, chapter reporter; Amber Williams of Morton, vice president of scholarship; Hannah Mitchell of Meridian, secretary/treasurer; and Lauren Cantey of Collinsville, vice president of leadership. Back row, from left are guest speaker Casie Page, student pastor at Northwest Baptist Church, who was also recognized as an honorary member and Theta Xi adviser; Theta Xi advisers Amanda Walton (workforce education counselor) and Jenna Wright (math instructor); Zach Allen of Louisville, chapter president who also serves as president of the MS/LA Region of Phi Theta Kappa; Will Myers of Philadelphia, vice president of leadership; and Theta Xi adviser Chris Ryals (drafting and design technology instructor). Thirteen students were inducted into the prestigious honor society during the annual program, held in the Vickers Fine Arts Center. ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart and Vice President for Instruction Dr. Teresa Houston also provided remarks and congratulated the new inductees.
Soccer matches will be played for the first time at night and on the new synthetic turf at Bailey Stadium when East Central Community College hosts Copiah-Lincoln Community College Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, on the Decatur campus.
The women’s contest is set for 5 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s battle at 7 p.m.
The Lady Soccer Warriors are 8-1-1 overall and sit atop the MACJC North Division standings at 3-0-1. Gray Massey is in his second year as head coach.
The Co-Lin women are 0-11 overall and 0-5-0 in the MACJC South Division.
EC’s Soccer Warriors are 5-5-0 overall and 1-3-0 in league play. Kenneth Thompson is in his 16th year as head coach.
The Co-Lin men are 2-9-0 overall and 0-4-0 in the South.
ECCC soccer coaches invite the public to attend the contests at Bailey Stadium and be a part of school history.
“We hope to fill the stands for this historic event,” said the two EC soccer coaches in a joint statement. “We appreciate everyone support as we continue our efforts to make EC soccer the best in the state.”
East Central Community College’s soccer squads recorded victories over Southwest Mississippi Community College teams in non-division action Friday, Sept. 26 on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Warriors cruised to a 4-0 shutout over the visiting Lady Bears and improved to 8-1-1 overall under head coach Gray Massey. The Southwest women fell to 2-10-0.
Allie Turner was top scorer for EC, as the freshman midfielder from Horn Lake tallied three goals and was credited with a scoring assist on Tamia Cavett’s goal. Cavett is a freshman forward from Jackson Murrah.
Gabby Stapp was credited with a scoring assist on Turner’s first goal, and Katelyn Denton received scoring assists on Turner’s final two goals. Stapp is a freshman midfielder from West Harrison High School and Denton is a freshman midfielder from Lewisburg.
The Lady Warriors currently sit atop the MACJC North Division standings with a 3-0-1 record. Northwest is second at 2-0-2.
In men’s action, the Warriors held on for a 2-0 decision and evened their record at 5-5-0 under head coach Kenneth Thompson. Southwest dropped to 2-10-0.