Students and staff were recognized at the annual Awards Night ceremony on Co-Lin’s Natchez campus. Inducted into the Hall of Fame were students Kevin Campbell and Conrad Johnson, of Natchez and Jennifer Greer of Crosby.
JACKSON – Program Coordinator of Business and Office Technology Dr. Suzanne Johnson of Tylertown and student Brandy Scott of McCall Creek were selected Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) honorees for the 2013-2014.
They were honored along with several other outstanding faculty members and students from 36 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges by HEADWAE in part for their individual and academic achievements as an educational instructor and student.
On Appreciation Day, the honorees are invited to tour the State Capitol and are welcomed by the Lieutenant Governor as they are recognized in each chamber of the Legislature. The goal of the Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge and promote good citizens for today and the future.
HEADWAE was established in 1988 by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning.
Dr. Johnson has been a member of the faculty since 1998. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education, her Master’s of Science degree in Technology Education, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Johnson was selected Co-Lin’s Outstanding Career-Technical Instructor (2004), Vocational Business Educator of the Year (2005), Howell C. Garner High Performance Award recipient, and Phi Beta Lambda’s Outstanding Adviser (2013).
She is a member of the Mississippi Business Educators Association and the Copiah-Lincoln Educators Association.
An active member of the community, Johnson and her husband, Bo, are the parents of one daughter, Annalee Grace.
Scott is a sophomore office systems technology major. She is a member of Phi Beta Lambda, the National Technical Honor Society and was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.
She is the daughter of Wanda Rogers, Jack Rogers, and Artie Loy Scott, all of McCall Creek.
Six outstanding sophomores on Co-Lin’s Wesson Campus have been named to the college’s Hall of Fame, the highest honor that can be given a Co-Lin student.
During the college’s Annual Awards Day, Copiah-Lincoln President Dr. Ronnie Nettles announced the 2014 Hall of Fame recipients are Daisey Martinez, Laura Speights, and Jacob Tarver, all of Wesson; Caroline Coleman of Meadville, Jonathan Nations of Brookhaven of Brookhaven; and Erin Whittington of Hazlehurst.
Daisey Martinez is a graduate of Wesson Attendance Center. She serves as President of the Eta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and President of the Trailblazers, Martinez is a member of President’s Council, President’s Cabinet, and Student Government Association. A Taylor Presidential Scholar, Martinez was selected Miss Co-Lin and to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She was also the recipient of the Russell Ray Leadership Endowment and Outstanding Trailblazer Award.
She is the daughter of Maria Del Cid and Pablo Martinez.
Laura Speights is a graduate of Wesson Attendance Center. She serves as the State Parliamentarian and Chapter Vice President for Phi Beta Lambda, Vice President for Communications of Phi Theta Kappa, and President of the Student Government Association. Speights is a member of the Student Voices, President’s Council, Sigma Kappa Delta, Trailblazers, and the SeaWolves Underwater Robotics Engineering Team. A President’s List student, Speights was selected to Phi Theta Kappa Order of the Golden Key and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She is the recipient of the N.B. and is a Taylor Presidential Scholar.
She is the daughter of Scott and Sharon Speights of Wesson
Jacob Tarver is a graduate of Wesson Attendance Center. He servi as Vice President for Fellowship for Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government Treasurer, Phi Beta Lambda Reporter, and Vice President of the Trailblazers. A Vice President’s List student, Tarver was a member of Sigma Kappa Delta and Student Voices. He was selected to the All-Mississippi Academic First Team, Coca-Cola Gold Scholar, Campus Favorite, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. He was the recipient of the James Robert “Jim” Lowery Memorial Scholarship and the Graydon and Helen Mullen Memorial Scholarship.
He is the son of John and Lisa Tarver of Wesson.
Caroline Coleman is a graduate of Brookhaven Academy. She serves as Vice President of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, President of the Alpha Omega Science Club, and Sophomore Representative for the Student Government Association. She is a member of the Trailblazers, Art Club, Baptist Student Union, and Food Service Committee. Coleman was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and was the recipient of the Robert “Bennie” Channell Scholarship and other leadership and academic scholarships.
She is the daughter of Danny and Loree Coleman of Meadville.
A graduate of John Ehret High School in Marrero, Louisiana, Jonathan Nations serves as CEO of the SeaWolves Underwater Robotics Engineering Team. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and National Technical Honor Society. A military veteran, Nations was selected Technical Student of the Year, Precision Machining Student of the Year, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. He is a SkillsUSA Gold and Bronze Medal winner and is National Institute for Metalworking Kills (NIMS) Certified.
He and his wife, Sarah, live in Brookhaven. Nations is the son of Freddie and Eve Nations of Brookhaven and James and Sara Gumm of Marerro, Louisiana.
A graduate of Copiah Academy, Erin Whittington serves as Vice President of Membership for Phi Theta Kappa, Secretary/Treasurer of the Alpha Omega Science Club and Librarian of the Concert Singers. She is a member of the SeaWolves Underwater Robotics Engineering Team, Phi Beta Lambda, President’s Council, The Wolf Tales, and the Trillium. Whittington was selected All-Mississippi Academic Second Team and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.
She is the daughter of Ken and Susan Whittington of Flowood.
Photo Cutline: Co-Lin’s 2013-2014 Hall of Fame inductees are from left, Jacob Tarver, Daisey Martinez, Laura Speights, Caroline Coleman, Jonathan Nations and Erin Whittington.
Kasey McWilliams of Mendenhall was recently inducted into Hall of Fame, the highest honor that can be given a Co-Lin student. Copiah-Lincoln President Dr. Ronnie Nettles made the announcement during the college’s annual Awards Day program.
McWilliams served as Phi Theta Kappa Officer of Communication and Scholarship, Student Government Association Representative and a member of the Trailblazers. A President’s List student, she was selected a Campus Favorite, Freshman Homecoming Maid, All-Mississippi Academic Second Team and Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.
McWilliams plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a degree in elementary education. She is the daughter of David and Amy McWilliams of Mendenhall.
She is the Simpson County Center’s eighth Hall of Fame inductee. Other inductees include Emily Booth Collins, Jadan Warren, Laura Toney, Sheila Sullivan, Jerrica Warren Stalans, and Joseph E. Walker, and Joey Wester
Kasey McWilliams (third from right) is Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s eighth inductee in the Simpson County Center’s Hall of Fame. On hand for the presentation were from left, Vice President of the Simpson County Center Dr. Dewayne Middleton, her parents David and Amy McWilliams, Kasey, her brother Sam, and Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles.
HOLE IN ONE PRIZE – Lavelle Sullivan (right), owner of Sullivan Ford Lincoln in Brookhaven hands over the keys to a 24-month lease on a 2014 Ford Taurus to Co-Lin Foundation Board member Bradley Smith (left) to be used as grand prize for making a Hole in One on number 11 during the Co-Lin Foundation Golf Classic June 19.
The Golf Classic is held at Wolf Hollow Golf Course on the Wesson Campus and supports programs of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. For information on playing or sponsoring the tournament, contact David Campbell at (601) 643-8332.