These recent graduates of East Central Community College’s Practical Nursing Program received special recognition at the program’s annual pinning ceremony held July 30, 2013, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus. Completing the 12-month program are (first row, from left) Sannella Payton, Union; Latoria Boler, Carthage; Deborah Williams, Newton; Betty Tucker, Morton; and Kimberly Kendrick, Carthage; (second row, from left) Paula Bounds, Hickory; Brittany Pinter, Forest; Lacey Johnson, Philadelphia; and Susan Jackson, Sebastopol; (third row, from left) Jackie Hogue, Sebastopol; Summar Fortenberry, and Briana Spears, both of Philadelphia; Amber Thaggard, Carthage; and Kenisha Carter, Louisville. Tucker was the featured speaker and was selected Practical Nursing Student of the Year. Also pictured are Practical Nursing instructors (fourth row, from left) Christy Wilson, Theresa Cole and Violet Lambert. For more information, contact Denita Thomas, Dean of Healthcare Education, 601-635-6294 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 294. Her email address is email@example.com.
Workouts are under way for the East Central Community College football squad in preparation for the 2013 campaign. The Warriors, shown during a recent intrasquad scrimmage, begin season action by traveling to Itawamba Community College Thursday, August 29. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Fulton campus. East Central is led by first-year head coach Ken Karcher.
A new coaching staff and a mostly freshman squad will take the field when East Central Community College’s Warriors officially begin the 2013 campaign at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 29 on the Itawamba Community College campus in Fulton.
Despite the challenges, first-year head coach Ken Karcher said the “new look” Warriors “hope to build a first-class program that will be competitive on a weekly basis.”
“We are very young but I am pleased with the first Warrior football team our staff has assembled,” said Coach Karcher. “We have a talented and very dedicated group of young men who will well represent East Central Community College and its many alumni. We look forward to competing in the always tough MS JUCO League.”
EC’s first “challenge” of the 2013 season will be outside the JUCO ranks. The Warriors and Belhaven University Blazers will scrimmage Friday, August 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the Belhaven field in Jackson.
Karcher, a 22-year coaching veteran and former NFL quarterback, spent the previous four seasons at Eastern Michigan University, serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Although East Central represents his first stint in the JUCO league, Karcher said he looks forward to the opportunity.
“No matter what level, coaching is a life-changing business, and we look forward to helping these young men be the best football players they can be, and to help them further their career at a four-year institution or beyond,” said Coach Karcher. “That’s what coaching is: changing lives.”
Serving on Coach Karcher’s staff are Mickey Mays, offensive coordinator/offensive line; Scott Brock, defensive coordinator/linebackers; Todd Bates, defensive line/strength coach; Charles Jones, safeties; Eric Gray, corners/assistant strength coach; and Cody Wilson, tight ends/running backs.
“I am very excited about what each coach brings to the table,” said Coach Karcher. “Our players will be well prepared to compete to the best of their ability at every game.”
Top returnees on the offensive side include Martin Johnson, a 6-1, 200-pound running back and former first-team All-State selection at Nanih Waiya High School; Wesley Smith, a 6-2, 215-pound tight end/long snapper at Morton High School, where he received All-State and All-District honors; James Clark, a 6’, 192-pound wide receiver from Laurel High School, who garnered All-District accolades; and Kyron Samuels, a 6-2, 315-pound center from Fairhope (Ala.) High School, where he was an All-American, a three-time All-State selection and served as captain in the MS/AL All-Star Football Game.
Johnson saw limited action during the first half of the 2013 campaign but finished the season with impressive numbers.
His 67-yard touchdown run helped lead EC to a 26-21 homecoming victory over Hinds. Johnson’s best performance came in the home finale with Pearl River, when he rambled for 143 yards on 12 carries and one score. He had 21 rushes for 81 yards in the season finale at MS Gulf Coast.
Also considered a top offensive threat is sophomore transfer Hakeem Parker, a 6-4, 205-pound wide receiver from Joseph S. Clark High School in New Orleans, where he earned All-State and All-Metro honors.
On the defensive side, Karcher considers cornerback Chris Apperwhite as the top returnee.
Apperwhite is a 6’, 170-pound product of Laurel High School, where he received second team All-State and 4A All-District honors.
Austin Franklin returns to handle kicking and punting duties. Franklin averaged 36.4 yards per punt. His longest effort was a 55-yarder against Jones County. His best day as a kicker came in a 31-0 victory over MS Delta, when he drilled a 32-yard field goal and connected on all four PATs. Franklin is a 6’, 180-pound product of Petal High School, where he was a first team All-Metro selection on the 6A State Championship squad.
Other sophomores and their respective high schools include quarterback Donnie Fenmer (6’, 207), Harrison Central; tight end and All Area selection Layton Holcomb (6-2, 220), Oak Grove; and linebacker/defensive back Zachary Thigpen (5-9, 200), an All-State selection from Laurel.
Freshman players, their respective honors and high schools include long snapper Trent Haden (5-8, 195), All-District, Sumrall; quarterback Jacori Taylor (6-2, 210), first team All-State, Early County, GA; wide receiver Daniel Gregory (6-1, 190), All-District, New Hope; wide receiver Jimmie Saulsberry (6’, 180), Starkville; wide receiver Jimmy Cockrell (5-10, 170), first team All-State, Columbus; wide receiver/defensive back Desmond Grayson (5-11, 175), Meridian; tight end Tyler Pace (6-2, 260), All-State, All-Conference. All-District, Newton; tight end Brandon Davis (6’, 240) and nose guard Demetre McCleon (5-11, 260), both of Newton County; Lamarcus “Marko” Franks (5-5, 150), All-State and three-time team MVP, Greene County; running back Matthew Hicks (5-11, 206), Ocean Springs; guard Andy Morris (6-1, 260), All-District and District Defensive MVP; Amite School Center; offensive tackle Edward Delee (6-5, 290), All-District, All-Metro and Fab 15, Centreville Academy, Clinton, La.; center Quincy Cole (6’, 266), All-State, Ackerman; offensive/defensive lineman Jonathan Chambers (5-10, 275), second team All-State, offensive lineman of the year and most improved, West Oktibbeha HS, Dallas, Texas; offensive lineman KarDevin Thomas (5-11, 313), second team All-State, Super 24 OL and NEMS All-Star, Calhoun City; offensive lineman Brandon Thomas (6-3, 285), first team All Coast, Gulfport; offensive lineman Brody Martin (6-1, 250), All Conference, MAIS All-Star, Marshall Academy, Red Banks, MS; offensive tackle Charles Robinson (6-2, 280), Neshoba Central; defensive backs Blake Gordon (5-11, 196), defensive lineman Xavier Telfort (6-1,280) and defensive end Ronald Dixon (6-1, 210), all of Northwest Rankin; defensive back Anthony Ruffin (5-10, 185), All-State and three-time All-District, Kemper County; defensive back Blake Bateaste (5-8, 165), D’Iberville; defensive back Jabri Selmon (5-6, 165), Kosciusko; defensive back JaDerrick Farrow (5-11, 195), All-Region, All-State, MVP, Bleckley County, Cochran, GA; defensive back Sheppard Jones (5-8, 168), Lanier; cornerback Anthony Triplett (5-8, 150), two-time All-State selection, Philadelphia; cornerback Chris Thornton (5-7, 160), All-State, most valuable returner and linebacker Kendrick Maxwell (6’, 220), Super 22 Offensive Lineman and most improved defensive lineman, both of Houston; defensive back/strong safety Grant Landrum (5-11, 190), All-District, All-Conference, Sumrall; free safety Darrion Burnside (6-4, 185), All-State, All-District, Neshoba Central; free safety Phankezian Walker (6-2, 194), All-District and defensive end Anthony McGee (6-2, 240), both of Quitman; cornerback Zachery Bobbitt (5-8, 160), Meridian; linebacker Christian Wraggs (5-11, 192), defensive player of the year, Super 11, Louisville; linebacker Dewayne Lewis (5-10, 190), All-State, All-Region, Durant; linebacker Quanterris Newby (5-6, 210), All-State, All-District, New Hope; wide receiver/linebacker Chris Washington (6-5, 215), Lake; linebacker Thomas McCool (5-11, 220), All-State, All-District and defensive end K.D. Monroe (6-1, 260), All-Division, both of Neshoba Central; linebacker Matthew Moore (6-1, 222), defensive lineman/linebacker Daryl Rogers (6-3, 215) and defensive lineman/linebacker Joshua Brown (6’, 232), most valuable defensive lineman, all of Laurel; linebacker Tyler Armistad (5-11, 210), All-Region, Caledonia; linebacker/safety Isaiah Williams (6-3, 202), All-Metro and nose guard Xavier Woodard (6’, 350), both of Jim Hill; defensive tackle Jeremy Lindsey (6-1, 249), All-Division, Hamilton; defensive lineman Chris Yarbrough (5-9, 280), two-time All-District, Florence; defensive tackle Romario Cobb (6’, 260), Ocean Springs; and linebacker Lucas Morgan (6-3, 218), All-District, honorable mention All-State, Morton.
The Warriors battle longtime rival East Mississippi at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 in Scooba, and begin home action with MACJC South Division foe Copiah-Lincoln at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
Cody Wilson was recently named an assistant football coach at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Wilson serves as tight ends and running backs coach, announced first-year head coach Ken Karcher.
Prior to joining the Warrior staff, Wilson was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Louisiana College in Pineville, La., where he held various positions since 2011, including assistant offensive line coach/strength and conditioning assistant; tight ends coach; and most recently assistant defensive backs coach.
Wilson was a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Louisiana College Wildcats from 2007-2010.
He graduated with a double major from Louisiana College in 2012, earning degrees in mathematics education and applied mathematics with concentration in economics and finance.
Wilson, a native of Kentwood, La., graduated valedictorian from Jewel Sumner High School in 2007, where he was also a standout football player. The four-year letter-winner was an All-State selection and three-time recipient of All-District honors. He was also a Wendy’s High School Heisman Top 10 state finalist.
Wilson is the son of Jesse and Tammy W. Strickland and Melanie Wilson, all of Kentwood, La. He is the grandson of Fay W. Simmons of Magnolia, MS and the late Lowell (Whip) Wilson of Kentwood.
East Central Community College will host “Media Day” activities for the Warrior football team on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
During the annual event, area media has an opportunity to interview coaches and players and take publicity photos in preparation for the 2013 football season.
Parents and other supporters of the Warrior football program are also encouraged to attend Media Day and take photos of their favorite players.
EC’s football team is led by first-year head coach Ken Karcher, a former NFL quarterback with more than 22 years of coaching experience. He most recently served as offensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan University and is a former head football coach at Liberty University.
Members of Coach Karcher’s staff and their respective areas of responsibility include Mickey Mays, offensive coordinator/offensive line; Scott Brock, defensive coordinator/linebackers; Todd Bates, defensive line/strength coach; Charles Jones, safeties; Eric Gray, corners/assistant strength coach; and Cody Wilson, tight ends/running backs.
A preview of this year’s squad will be available Friday, August 16 when the Warriors and Belhaven University’s Blazers scrimmage at 4:30 p.m. on the Belhaven campus in Jackson.
EC begins season action Thursday, August 29 at Itawamba Community College. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Fulton campus.
For more information on Media Day activities, contact the Office of Public Information, 601-635-6242 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 242. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standout golfer Karlton Ginn (center) of Franklinton, La., is shown signing a national letter of intent to continue his career at East Central Community College in Decatur, MS. Ginn helped lead Franklinton High School to three district golf titles and two appearances in the state tournament. The four-year letterman served as team captain and was an All-District selection his senior year. He twice finished in the top 10 during State 4A Tournament competition, finishing eighth his junior year and ninth in his senior season. Pictured with new Warrior golfer is his mother, Christine Ginn, and ECCC golf coach Chris Clark. Ginn’s father is Randall Ginn.
Tryouts for East Central Community College’s Lady Warrior and Warrior tennis teams will be held Monday, August 19, 2013, announced Coach Dianne O’Neill.
Activities are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on the ECCC tennis courts in Decatur.
For more information, contact Coach O’Neill, 601-862-2130.
East Central Community College is again offering numerous evening classes at various locations throughout the College’s support district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties.
In Newton County, evening classes are held on EC’s Decatur campus.
Course offerings include Principles of Accounting I, General Biology II and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Early Childhood Profession, Creative Arts for Young Children, Child Health and Safety, Social Science/Math/Science for Young Children, Intro to Criminal Justice, Intermediate English, English Composition I, English Composition II, Child Psychology, World Geography, Western Civilization I, American History I, American History II, American National Government, Baseball Theory, Softball Theory, Warrior Path to Success, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Music Appreciation, General Psychology, Public Speaking and General Chemistry I.
In Leake County, evening classes are held at the Leake County Career-Technical Center in Carthage.
Course offerings include English Composition I, English Composition II, College Algebra, Music Appreciation, Human Growth and Development, and Personal and Community Health.
In Neshoba County, evening classes are held at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center.
Course offerings include American History I, Beginning English, English Composition I, English Composition II, Human Growth and Development, American History II, Intermediate Algebra and College Algebra.
In Scott County, evening classes are held at the Forest/Scott County Career and Technology Center.
Course offerings include English Composition I, English Composition II and American History I.
In Winston County, evening classes are held at the Winston/Louisville Career-Technology Complex.
Course offerings include English Composition I, Human Growth and Development, and Personal and Community Health.
Evening classes begin August 14, 2013.
The deadline to register for evening classes is Friday, August 23, 2013.
For more information, contact Student Services, 601-635-6205 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 205. The email address is email@example.com.
David Hebert is a prime example of someone who refused to be denied an education and a better way of life.
After four attempts, the 20-year-old from Louisville received passing scores on all parts of the GED exam and was among the approximately 55 students to receive high school equivalency diplomas from East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart at the semi-annual GED Graduation held July 18, 2013, on the Decatur campus.
Hebert, one of three graduates to provide testimonials during the special program held in a packed Huff Auditorium, said finally earning his GED diploma has provided a positive direction in his life.
“Now that I have my GED, you may ask, ‘Where will you go now?’”
A few years ago, Hebert said his response would have been, “I don’t know.”
But with the GED diploma, Herbert plans to pursue his “dream” careers in the food and video games industries by enrolling in Culinary Arts, Computer Programing and Drafting and Design technology classes at ECCC.
“I’ve always loved to cook…and want a second career designing video games,” he said proudly. “Why two careers?” he asked. “I have one answer, I dream big…and I am willing to work for my dreams, and so should you,” he challenged fellow graduates. “You earned it (GED diploma); now take it and live it before it is too late. Life is too short to waste it. Don’t waste your dreams - live them!”
Hebert expressed appreciation to instructors Daphne Donald and Kay Ward “for their encouragement and support in helping me obtain my GED Diploma.”
Brittany Perkins of Carthage, who also provided a testimonial, said having earned her GED Diploma means she can pursue a career in the medical field.
“I want to go to college and become a registered nurse.” said the wife and mother of a young daughter. “I enjoy caring for and helping others.”
Perkins, 22, is a Port Gibson native who at age 14 was placed with the Department of Human Services. She moved from one foster home to another.
She said during her remarks that she dropped out of school in the tenth grade, got married and had a baby. She admitted returning to the classroom was a tremendous challenge….but she found success thanks to family members and her instructors.
“It was difficult to get back into school being a full-time wife and mother,” she stated. “My husband (Larry Perkins) persuaded me to get my GED diploma and was my biggest supporter. He helped me complete my homework and took care of our daughter (Abbygail Perkins) while I was in class.”
Perkins said her mother-in-law, Marsha Perkins, also encouraged her to pursue a GED diploma and took her to the Leake County Career-Technical Center to register for classes. She attended classes and did well in all areas except one.
“I passed all subjects except math…..and continuously failed the subject time after time,” she said. “I was at the point of giving up.”
But Perkins did not give up, and continued taking GED classes at the Carthage Career Advancement Center.
“My instructor (Carolyn Harris) worked with me and was very patient,” said Perkins. “After I took several practice tests and maintained a score of 450 or better, she assured me that I was ready to take the official GED Test at East Central Community College.”
Perkins took the test at EC and said she “felt confident and knew in her heart” that she would pass the exam. Her feelings were accurate, as she explained.
“That was a joyous moment for me,” she said of the passing grade, “knowing that someone believed in me. I was so determined to prove others wrong who did not believe I could do it.”
Perkins said she is ready to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.
Stephen Hampton, 52, is a Sturgis native now residing in Louisville.
He excelled in football at Sturgis High School but dropped out of school his senior year.
He and his wife Clara married while in high school and he was called into the ministry a short time later.
Prior to earning his GED Diploma, Hampton said he was ashamed to tell people that he had dropped out of school.
His feelings changed when he watched comedian Bill Cosby admit during an interview on television that he was a high school dropout but later returned to the classroom to earn his GED Diploma.
“This made me realize that many people, regardless of who they are, have made some wrong choices in their lives,” said Hampton. “But that does not matter as long as you try to better yourself. I realized that if Bill Cosby could do it, I could, too….and then he quoted scripture: ‘I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.’”
Hampton, who attended GED classes at the ECCC Career Advancement Center in Louisville, said his return to the classroom was not an easy experience.
“When I first started trying to get my GED Diploma, I would go to class and stay a few minutes,” he said. “I wasn’t taking it seriously enough. Then I realized, after some time, that if I wanted this I was going to have to buckle down and get it. But I thank God for giving me the desire to stick with it because quitters never win and winners never quit.”
He encouraged others to “don’t give up” no matter the obstacles to overcome.
“Whatever your goal is in life, keep the faith, be persistent and believe that you can make it,” Hampton said. “The best advice I can give when you feel like giving up is to pray. God answers prayers. I know this for myself because he did it for me. He may not come when we want Him to, but I know He’s on time.”
Hampton, a father of five, said he realizes how important it is to have an education.
“Years ago, when jobs were plentiful, I could quit a job or get laid off and find another other job,” he said. “Now, it does not matter how much experience you have, you are required to have a high school diploma or GED Diploma.”
Hampton is employed at Brasfield and Gorrie Construction. He also enjoys preaching and singing, and recently released his first Gospel CD, “The Last Days.”
He expressed appreciation to instructors Mrs. Shelby Varner, Mrs. Shannon Smith, Mrs. Janice Greene and the late Mrs. Jean Sanders for “working with me and believing in me.”
Also receiving GED Diplomas were Jackie Ables, Andrea Alford, David Atkison, Claude Epting, Jr., Celia Hawthorne, Brittany Jones and Justin Stuart, all of Morton; Barbara Ables, Crystal Springs; Devangelos Anderson, Jamison Davis and Tiffany Hayes, all of Lake; Cindy Bozeman and Ellen Reilly, both of Union; Lanisha Bridges, Rosemary Lum, Sidbreanna Nichols, Franchesca Rankin, Noel Waggoner and Brandon Weaver, all of Forest; Reginal Brown, Noxapater; Cristie Carter, Samuel Hill, Ocean Roberson, Antionette Webster and Kristen Yarbrough, all of Louisville; Cornelius Dan, Michelle Dan and Mikkolette Dan, all of Choctaw; Bryan Drury, Alana Goodin, Alisha McClelland, Kimberly Nowell, Cappi Reese, Desmond Rush and Leslie Tubby, all of Philadelphia; Tina Emmons and Freddie Johnson, both of Pelahatchie; Jeyde Fitzgerald, Brandon; Olen Graham, Decatur; Casey Harrell, Samantha Jolly and Meghan Wheeler, all of Lena; Dusty Harris, Tyler Ricks, Latica Riley and Casey Sammons, all of Carthage; Rachel McCord, Lawrence; Stephen McCullough, Macon; Ashley Morrow, Newton; Roshonda Needom, Walnut Grove; Tania Rhodes, Conehatta; and Mitchell Spangler, Little Rock.
East Central Community College offers free ABE/GED/ESL classes throughout the College’s support district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties.
For more information, contact Ryan Clarke, Director of Adult Basic Education and GED Testing, 601-635-6387 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 387. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent graduates (from left) David Hebert and Stephen Hampton, both of Louisville, and Brittany Perkins of Carthage provided testimonials at the semi-annual GED Graduation held July 18, 2013, at East Central Community College in Decatur. ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart presented diplomas to approximately 55 graduates during the special program held in Huff Auditorium. The Rev. Mark Vincent, pastor, Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, was guest speaker. Other program participants were Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction and Natalie Emmons, music instructor, both of ECCC; and Edward McGowan, an Adult Basic Education/GED/ESL instructor. ECCC offers free ABE/GED/ESL classes throughout the College’s support district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties. For more information, contact Ryan Clarke, Director of Adult Basic Education and GED Testing, 601-635-6387 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 387. His email address is email@example.com.
Accepting their grandfather’s GED Diploma are Abigale Evans (left) and James Iven Evans who are shown during the recent graduation ceremony with Ryan Clarke, Director of Adult Basic Education and GED Testing at East Central Community College in Decatur. The youngsters’ grandfather, Olen Graham of Decatur, was unable to attend the July 18, 2013, program due to his work on a riverboat. Graham was also recognized for having the highest GED Test average for the spring 2013 term. ECCC offers free Adult Basic Education/GED/ESL classes throughout the College’s support district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties. For more information, contact Ryan Clarke, 601-635-6387 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 387. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.