Schools, athletes win awards for academic achievement
by MBJ Staff
Published: November 26,2013
Tags: academics, athletics, award, college, education, Halbrook Awards, higher education, Itawamba Community College, John C. and Ernestine McCall Halbrook Award, Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities, Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Mississippi Community College Board, Mississippi Gulf Coasdt Community College, Mississippi State University, scholar-athlete, sports, State Institutions of Higher Learning, university, University of Southern Mississippi, Wiliam Carey University, William N. LaForge
AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Winners of the Halbrook Awards for Academic Achievement Among Athletes and the John C. and Ernestine McCall Halbrook Award were announced during the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Conference, which was held recently at Hinds Community College’s Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond.
Administered cooperatively by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Community College Board, and the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the purpose of the Halbrook Awards program is to recognize colleges and universities that maintain and achieve high academic standards for student athletes, thus encouraging high graduation rates. While serving in the Mississippi Legislature, Rep. David M. Halbrook Sr., along with his brothers, John Halbrook, James Halbrook and J. A. Halbrook, endowed the Halbrook Awards.
Delta State University president William N. LaForge served as master of ceremonies at the 2013 Halbrook Awards Program.
Mississippi State University was the winner in the Public University Division for the highest percentage of female athletes graduating – with 89 percent graduating for the five-year period 2008-2009 to 2012-2013. The University of Southern Mississippi took honors for the highest percentage of male athletes graduating – with 72 percent graduating for the period.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community was the winner in the Community College Division with 98 percent of its student athletes graduating for the period.
William Carey University was named winner in the Independent College and University Division with 96 percent of its student athletes graduating for the period.
Itawamba Community College captured the John C. and Ernestine McCall Halbrook Award – a cash award for having the largest increase in the percentage of athletes graduating over last year.
Individual student athletes who excelled in the areas of athletics, academics, leadership, and public service were also recognized. They include:
Mississippi Public Universities
Alcorn State University
Marti Shelby Major: Business Administration
Renelle Richmond Major: Health and Physical Education
Delta State University
Tyler Aldridge Major: Exercise Science
Kendall Sizemore Major: Biology
Jackson State University
Antoine D. Guice Major: Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Christine Edwards Major: Computer Engineering
Mississippi State University
Samuel T. Frost Major: Mathematics
Chloe E. Phillips Major: Kinesiology
Mississippi Valley State University
Daniel Kibet Major: Biology
Joyce Chumo Major: Biology
University of Mississippi
Adrian Forberg Skogeng
University of Southern Mississippi
Brandon Francesconi Major: Business Administration
Stephanie Ledgerwood Major: Forensics
Independent Colleges & Universities
Daniel Duarte Major: Business Administration
Ashley Ventura Major: Sports Medicine-Exercise Science
Blue Mountain College
Adam Hall Major: Business Administration
Anna Brooke Page Major: Elementary Education
Garrett Coble Major: Economics
Alexis Guice Major: Biology & Spanish
Kyle Blount Major: Exercise Science
Morgan Tynes Major: Elementary Education
Nakesa Oliver Major: Biology
William Carey University
Kyle Curtis Major: Biology
Lauren Douglas Major: Health & Physical Education – Teacher Education
Community and Junior Colleges
Coahoma Community College
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Jay W. Case
Kaitlin A. Moak
East Central Community College
East Mississippi Community College
Sarah H. Dudley
Hinds Community College
Cassandra A. Brown
Holmes Community College
Itawamba Community College
Matthew T. Peugh
Ragan H. Ostrowski
Jones Junior College
Meridian Community College
Edward Harrison Warren
Mississippi Delta Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Kyle Gregory Stephenson
Julia Kaitlyn Garvin
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Pearl River Community College
Georgia Whitney Waits
Southwest Mississippi Community College
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