Serving as drum majors for the 2016-17 Wall O’ Sound Marching Band at East Central Community College in Decatur are (from left) Jessica Everett of Newton County, Katie Ware of Lake, Landon Bounds of Neshoba Central and Jack Vidals of Newton County. (EC Photo)


Coming off the best season in 16 years, fourth-year East Central Community College head football coach Ken Karcher anticipates another successful season for the Warriors in 2016.

East Central finished the 2015 season ranked No. 10 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 poll after winning the C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl last December.

Karcher’s squad will have to continue improving on both sides of the ball in order to carry last year’s success into the 2016 season.

New and transfer students planning to attend 2016 fall classes at East Central Community College can register for classes on the Decatur campus on Thursday, Aug. 11. It is the final registration session before fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 15.

East Central Community College student Ryan Hill of Forest was awarded a $500 Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr., Scholarship, in recognition of his successful participation in the recent SkillsUSA Championships in the HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) category.

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams were both named to the 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-Academic Teams released this week.
In addition to the team honors, nine ECCC tennis players were also honored as ITA Scholar-Athletes for their academic performance during the 2015-16 school year.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above.

Members of East Central Community College’s Theta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda received top honors at the organization’s 2016 National Leadership Conference held June 24–27 in Atlanta. More than 1,700 students from across the United States participated in the conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events.

Alana Knowles of Decatur, a May 2016 graduate of East Central Community College, was selected for the Mississippi INBRE Scholars program, an 11-week long summer internship which allows students to explore their chosen field of study outside of a classroom setting. 

The program, directed by Dr. Mohamed Elasri, a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, seeks to engage talented researchers and students in biomedical research projects that will increase the state’s research competitiveness as well as impact the health of citizens of Mississippi.