East Central Community College baseball standout Jake Bush (seated center) of West Blocton, Ala., is shown signing a national letter of intent to continue his career in 2014-15 at the University of West Alabama in Livingston. Bush, a 5-11, 190-pound outfielder/pitcher, helped lead the 2013 Diamond Warriors to the MACJC State Baseball Championship. Prior to joining the ECCC squad in 2012, Bush experienced a stellar career at Brookwood High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he served as team captain and was a three-time recipient of most valuable offensive player honors and was a most valuable defensive player award recipient. Joining the outstanding student-athlete at a recent signing ceremony on the Decatur, MS, campus are (seated from left) his parents, Stephanie and Jeff Bush; and (standing from left) his sisters, Hannah and Molly Bush; and ECCC head baseball coach Neal Holliman. “Jake has been a joy to coach and has represented our institution well on and off the field,” said Coach Holliman. “Jake gives us multiple abilities in the fact that he can play left or right field. He also hits from the left side and possesses the ability to pitch from the left side. I can relate back to the recruiting process with Jake and as I watched him in high school, I remember coming back and telling my staff that I simply believe this young man is a winner and I want him at East Central, and that has held true.” The Diamond Warriors begin the 2014 season by hosting Pensacola Community College Saturday, Feb. 8.
East Central Community College soccer standout Alana Turner of Mendenhall received North Division most valuable player honors following the inaugural MACJC All-Star Soccer Games held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. The South All-Stars won the historical matchup by a 2-0 margin. Turner, a keeper, is a product of Florence High School. Sponsors for the MACJC All-Star matches were Holmes Community College, JucoWeekly.org, MS National Guard, City of Ridgeland and Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. (Submitted Photo)
Area high school basketball teams will battle for bragging rights and championship trophies when the annual East Central Community College Invitational Tournament is held Dec. 2-7, 2013, on the Decatur campus.
Teams representing Forest, Lake, Scott Central, Louisville, Newton, Newton County, Southeast Lauderdale, West Lauderdale, Choctaw Central, Union and Northeast Lauderdale are expected to compete in the double-elimination event scheduled in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building and the South Campus gym.
Admission is $6.
In first-round action Monday, Dec. 1 in the girls’ bracket, it’s #8 Forest vs. #9 Lake at 4 p.m. (South Campus), #6 Southeast Lauderdale vs. #11 West Lauderdale at 5:30 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood), followed by #7 Union vs. #10 Northeast Lauderdale at 7 p.m. (South Campus).
Competition continues Tuesday, Dec. 3, with #4 Louisville vs. #5 Newton at 4 p.m. (South Campus), #2 Choctaw Central vs. Union/Northeast Lauderdale winner at 4 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood), #1 Scott Central vs. Forest/Lake winner at 7 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood) and #3 Newton County vs. Southeast Lauderdale/West Lauderdale winner at 7 p.m. (South Campus).
Semi-finals are scheduled at 4 and 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 in Brackeen-Wood.
The championship game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in Brackeen-Wood.
In men’s first-round action Monday, Dec. 2, its #8 Northeast Lauderdale vs. #9 Union at 5:30 p.m. (South Campus) and #7 Scott Central vs. #10 Lake at 7 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood).
Competition continues Tuesday, Dec. 3, with #2 Newton County vs. Scott Central/Lake winner at 5:30 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood), #4 Choctaw Central vs. #5 Newton at 5:30 p.m. (South Campus), #1 West Lauderdale vs. Northeast Lauderdale/Union winner at 8:30 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood) and #3 Forest vs. #6 Southeast Lauderdale at 8:30 p.m. (Brackeen-Wood).
Semi-finals are scheduled at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 in Brackeen-Wood.
The championship matchup is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in Brackeen-Wood.
Tournament brackets are displayed on the ECCC Web site, www.eccc.edu.
For more information, contact the ECCC head basketball coaches Crandal Porter (601-635-6372; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) or Robert Thompson (601-635-6243; e-mail email@example.com).
“The Outlaws” finished second in the intramural softball competition held recently at East Central Community College in Decatur. Team members include (kneeling from left) Blake Bateaste, Biloxi; Anthony Triplett, Philadelphia; Marko Franks, State Line; Anthony Ruffin, Kemper; Wesley Smith, Morton and Donnie Farmer, Saucier; and (standing from left) Christian Wraggs, Louisville; Desmond Grayson, Meridian; Brandon Davis, Decatur; Tyler Pace, Newton; Andy Morris, Liberty; and Derrick Farrow, Cochran, Ga.
“Super Smash Bros” captured top honors in the intramural softball competition held recently at East Central Community College in Decatur. Team members include (kneeling from left) Tim Nit, D’Iberville; Tyler Pigg, Decatur; Dalton Smith, Florence; Zack Killion, Crestwood, Ky.; Mason Boyer, New Orleans; and Kennon Craft, Clinton, coach; and (standing from left) Forest Muller, New Orleans; Matt Taylor, Meridian; Tyravian Miller, Moss Point; Jordan Walker, Decatur; Clint McGraw, Tupelo; and Matt Sykes, Columbus.
Selected to lead East Central Community College’s student body for 2013-14 are (front row, from left) Clint Walker of Newton, Student Body Association vice president; Allie Killens of Saltillo, SBA president; Sidney Dawkins, DeKalb, sophomore class treasurer; Taylor Gressett of Chunky, sophomore class president; Mary Margaret Bailey of Philadelphia, sophomore class vice president; and Jayhonnie Slaughter of Union, sophomore class treasurer and; (back row, from left) Zack Killion of Crestwood, Ky., SBA secretary; Kennedy McReynolds, freshman class secretary and Hannah Mitchell, freshman class treasurer, both of Meridian; Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, freshman class president; Mallory Turner of Collinsville, freshman class vice president; and Tyler Pigg of Decatur, SBA treasurer.
Remember the Titans coach Herman Boone autographed footballs and other items following his presentation Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at East Central Community College in Decatur. Coach Boone is shown signing footballs for ECCC students Jenny Grove (center) of Forest and Bridgette McFarland of Philadelphia during an autograph/photo session held during a reception in the Molly McGee Gold Room in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. Coach Boone is the inspiration for the 2000 blockbuster movie starring Denzel Washington in the lead role. The 1971 Titans were the first integrated team at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., where controversy developed from the selection of Boone as head coach instead of a popular white coach. Boone led the squad to a state championship amid the controversy. During his inspirational remarks on the Huff Auditorium stage, Coach Boone said the movie “was not about football….but the importance of working together as a team to accomplish a goal.” He further commented, “A successful team has one vision….one objective…and one heartbeat.” Following his 90-minuite presentation, Coach Boone participated in a question and answer session led by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “An Evening with Coach Herman Boone” was made possible through the financial support of the ECCC Foundation and the Oliphant-Martin Faculty Excellence Endowment.
Herman Boone (left) responds to one of several questions asked by students during his presentation Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at East Central Community College in Decatur. Coach Boone, shown with ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart during a Q&A session on the Huff Auditorium stage, is the legendary head football coach at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., and the inspiration behind the 2000 blockbuster movie Remember the Titans. Boone, who led the first integrated Titans team to the 1971 state championship amid controversy, was portrayed in the film by two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Boone said some scenes from the movie “were not entirely accurate” and were changed by “Hollywood” as a profit motive. He showed a brief clip of the movie during his presentation before a packed auditorium. Activities concluded with Coach Boone signing autographs and posing for photos during a reception in the Molly McGee Gold Room in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. “An Evening with Coach Herman Boone” was made possible through the financial support of the ECCC Foundation and the Oliphant-Martin Faculty Excellence Endowment.
Herman Boone, the legendary head football coach at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., and the inspiration behind the 2000 blockbuster movie Remember the Titans, addresses a packed Huff Auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, on the East Central Community College campus in Decatur. Coach Boone said his 1971 state champion Titans squad “broke the mold” and showed the world how to become a “team” through adversity. The 1971 Titans were the first integrated team at the school, where controversy developed from the selection of Boone as head coach instead of a popular white coach. “The movie was not about football….but more about the importance of working together as a team to accomplish a goal,” Coach Boone stated during his 90-minute presentation, which included a clip from the movie starring two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington who portrayed Boone. Coach Boone later participated in a question and answer session led by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. Activities concluded with Coach Boone signing autographs and posing for photos during a reception in the Molly McGee Gold Room in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. “An Evening with Coach Herman Boone” was made possible through the financial support of the ECCC Foundation and the Oliphant-Martin Faculty Excellence Endowment.
Meghan Schmidt of Morton said her decision to attend East Central Community College in Decatur was a “no brainer.”
“East Central is located near my home,” said the second-year associate degree nursing program student, “and I have always heard great things about the school and its ADN program.”
Schmidt, 25, a Brandon native, graduated with honors at Northwest Rankin High School in 2006.
She has resided in Morton the past five years and commutes to the Decatur campus several days each week for classes and clinicals.
No matter how long the drive or how hard the work, Schmidt said pursuing a nursing degree “is what I was born to do.”
“I have many family members who are in the nursing field, and I feel like this is where God sees me most useful in this world,” said Schmidt. “I know this is my passion in life and what I want to do.”
Schmidt said “passion” is the key word for anyone who wants to become a nurse.
“If nursing school was easy, everyone would do it,” she said. “It requires a passion for the art of nursing to get through this (program). Nursing isn’t glamorous or easy; but it has given me some of my best memories in life so far. It is life-changing when a patient tells you that you’ve made his or her day better in some way.”
In addition to having a “passion” to succeed, Schmidt said it helps to have a quality program and instructors who care about each student, as is the case at East Central.
“I cannot say enough about the support provided by East Central,” said Schmidt. “Dean (Denita) Thomas and her staff are beyond exceptional. They care so much about their students and their futures. Every staff member is always available to address any issue a student may be having, education-related or not.”
She added, “I feel as though I could go on for days about what I like most about the ADN program. The staff and students are a family at East Central. We spend a tremendous amount of time together while attending classes, clinicals and participating in community service projects. I also love the technology and hands-on opportunities that EC’s ADN program has to offer students. There isn’t a single learning style that they don’t use in teaching, which is so important with today’s generation of students.”
One must also be able to devote the study time necessary to be successful in such a challenging curriculum.
“I cannot lie and tell you that this isn’t a huge commitment,” Schmidt stated. “I spend about four-to-five hours five or six days a week studying, outside of class and clinical hours. I know this is what God has called me to do, so I want to put in the time necessary to be the best at it that I can be.”
Schmidt is on schedule to graduate in May 2014. A wedding with fiance’ Jonathan Nichols is also on tap for the near future, as are plans to continue her education in the nursing field.
“I definitely want to continue my education,” she said. “Education is so important in today’s world! I plan to nurse for a little while wherever I am blessed enough to find a job, then eventually become a nurse practitioner. I also have considered teaching in my future. Teachers like (ADN instructor) Alicia Lundstrom changed my life in such a positive way, and I would love to be a part of that someday.”
Lundstrom said Schmidt “exemplifies the characteristics” of a nurse.
“Meghan is smart, strong, caring and eager to continue to obtain knowledge to improve her performance,” said Lundstrom. “She seeks to be the best she can be in her personal and professional life. She is a pleasure to teach, and I am truly honored to have played a part in her education. She is a perfect example of an EC student, ‘Excellence with Class!’”
Schmidt said she “highly recommends” East Central’s ADN program to anyone who is seriously considering a nursing career.
“The staff is amazing, and the technology incorporated into the program ensures students that they are getting the best and most up-to-date education available to them.”
For more information, contact Denita Thomas, dean of healthcare education, at 601-635-6294 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.