“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 email@example.com.
Above are members of the Gospel Choir at East Central Community College in Decatur. They are shown prior to their annual fall concert in Vickers Fine Arts Auditorium. Pictured are (front row, from left) Jeremiah Chapman of Newton, Aleisha Bloodsaw of Walnut Grove, Keona Foster of Philadelphia, Aaliyah Smith of Meridian, Jaron Croft of Decatur, Maya Lofton of Polkville, Miata Tatum of Hickory and Charnese Cameron of Morton; (second row, from left) Evone McDonald of Montrose, Daneen Hicks of Louisville, Mercedes Mosley of Meridian, Keyidra Jones of Forest, Contessa Peebles of Philadelphia, Iesha Patrick of Morton, Tammie Triplett of Louisville and Brenda K. Johnson, sponsor; and (back row, from left) Chanobia Boyd of Carthage, T’Keya Backstrom of Philadelphia, Thomas McClelland of Decatur, Thomas Robertson of Forest, Arkeem Johnson of Lauderdale and Quintin Darden of Louisville.
The ECCC Concert Choir will present its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, in the sanctuary of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Selections include “Prelude” by Gjeilo, “Carols of the Night” by Courtney, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” arranged by Adams and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel's Messiah.
Vicki Blaylock of Newton serves as director and Natalie Emmons of Lake is accompanist.
Choir members include: Chelsey Smith and Danette Harris, both of Brandon; Conor Bell, Anna Girling and Dillion Evans, all of Carthage; Jordan Alonso and Taylor Gressett, both of Chunky; Georgia Donor of Collinsville; Tabitha LaBue, Sarah LaBue and Dee Jay Rolison, all of Conehatta; Adam Porter, Courtney Tillman, Andrea McSwain, Jesse Vaughn, Julian Fuentas, Kaitlin Dean, Joseph Aulds, Tyler Spence, Katy Ezelle, Claire Griffin, Hannah Brown, Mackenzie Gannon, Caitlyn Sant and Alana Kron, all of Decatur; Eli Parker of Duffee; Houston Martin of Edinburg; Rebecca Faron of Flowood; Jenny Grove, Ian Lanthrip, Kimberly Rigby and Dominick Fields, all of Forest; Shelby Horn, Makenzie Rowzee, Haleigh West, Emily Jacome-Cluff and Katherine Jacome-Cluff, all of Hickory; Kasey Logan, Jonathon Hodge, Matt Graham and Brianna Parkman, all of Lake; Kara Yates of Leesburg; Courtney Elliott, Danielle Gregory and Lacey Harrison, all of Little Rock; Samantha Hill of Louisville; Rachel Laird and Hannah Mitchell, both of Meridian; Grayson Harrell, Jessica Stinson and Gloriana Latham, all of Morton; Cara Jackson, Jordan Lovorn and Corey Jackson, all of Nanih Waiya; Clint Walker, Timothy Laird, Ryan Godwin and Kelli Boulton, all of Newton; Sarah Hall, Zach Peden, Raven Bane, Heather Bradley, Jesse Hennington,s Tiffany Dorman, Leah Ferguson, Hannah Clark, Sam Lovorn, Chandler Smith, Leslie Young, Macy Seale, David Fortenberry and Adrian Tucker, all of Philadelphia; Hannah Kersgaard and Danielle Shelley, both of Sebastopol; Ryan Mott of Starkville; and Lindsay Holland, Mallory Wilkerson, Krissy Winstead, Ashley Bozeman, Nathan Williams, Jayohnnie Slaughter and Hannah Robinson, all of Union.
For more information contact Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ECCC Concert Choir will present its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2013, in the sanctuary of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Selections include “Prelude” by Gjeilo, “Carols of the Night” by Courtney, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” arranged by Adams and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel's Messiah. Choir members include (front row, from left) accompanist Natalie Emmons of Lake, Rachel Laird of Meridian, Lindsay Holland of Union, Shelby Horn of Hickory, Rebecca Faron of Flowood, Grayson Harrell of Morton, Clint Walker of Newton, Adam Porter of Decatur, Timothy Laird of Newton, Jordan Alonso of Chunky, Courtney Tillman of Decatur, Makenzie Rowzee of Hickory, Courtney Elliott of Little Rock, Andrea McSwain of Decatur and Jenny Grove of Forest; (second row, from left) Sarah Hall of Philadelphia, Jessica Stinson of Morton, Zach Peden of Philadelphia, Conor Bell of Carthage, Ian Lanthrip of Forest, Jesse Vaughn of Decatur, Eli Parker of Duffee, Hannah Kersgaard of Sebastopol and director Vicki Blaylock of Newton; (third row, from left) Raven Bane and Heather Bradley, both of Philadelphia; Gloriana Latham of Morton, Chelsey Smith of Brandon, Mallory Wilkerson of Union, Ryan Godwin of Newton, Ryan Mott of Starkville, Julian Fuentas of Decatur, Houston Martin of Edinburg, Tabitha LaBue of Conehatta, Kasey Logan of Lake, Cara Jackson of Nanih Waiya and Kaitlin Dean of Decatur; (fourth row, from left) Georgia Donor of Collinsville, Krissy Winstead of Union, Danette Harris of Brandon, Ashley Bozeman of Union, Danielle Gregory of Little Rock, Kimberly Rigby of Forest, Nathan Williams of Union, Joseph Aulds and Tyler Spence, both of Decatur; Anna Girling of Carthage, Sarah LaBue of Conehatta, Jesse Hennington and Tiffany Dorman, both of Philadelphia; Lacey Harrison of Little Rock and Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia; (fifth row, from left) Hannah Clark of Philadelphia, Katy Ezelle of Decatur, Caitlyn Sant of Decatur, Haleigh West of Hickory, Jordan Lovorn of Nanih Waiya, Kelli Boulton of Newton, Dillion Evans of Carthage, Sam Lovorn of Philadelphia, Dee Jay Rolison of Conehatta, Chandler Smith of Philadelphia, Claire Griffin of Decatur, Jayohnnie Slaughter of Union, Danielle Shelley of Sebastopol, Leslie Young of Philadelphia and Samantha Hill of Louisville; and (back row, from left) Kara Yates of Leesburg, Hannah Mitchell of Meridian, Emily Jacome-Cluff and Katherine Jacome-Cluff, both of Hickory; Taylor Gressett of Chunky, Macy Seale of Philadelphia, Jonathon Hodge of Lake, Corey Jackson of Nanih Waiya, David Fortenberry of Philadelphia, Dominick Fields of Forest, Matt Graham of Lake, Hannah Robinson of Union, Hannah Brown of Decatur, Adrian Tucker of Philadelphia, Mackenzie Gannon of Decatur, Alana Kron of Decatur and Brianna Parkman of Lake. For more information contact Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email email@example.com.