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Steven Esch (second from right), Co-Lin’s program coordinator of diesel equipment technology recently provided multimeter training for Entergy employees. This class was made possible by a Workforce Education project. Visit for more information on how Co-Lin Workforce can help employees receive training. 

Bank of Franklin claimed the corporate championship in Co-Lin's Foundation’s 23rd annual Wesson Foundation Golf Classic held at Wolf Hollow Golf Club. The team of Matthew Perry, Cole Arseneault, Jacob Ross, and Joseph Dendy shot 52 on the day and took the Low Gross title.

First year Executive Director of the Foundation D.J. Preiss had nothing but praise for the successful event. “I want to sincerely thank all our participants for their support for our tournament,” Preiss said. “For 23 years, we have been able to count on our corporate and community sponsors to make this event such a success. This year we were able to reach our expected goal and will be able to put the money raised directly towards support of the college and its programs. This event would not have been possible without the hard work of many staff members from across various areas of campus, which helped create an atmosphere of fun and fellowship for our tournament participants. Ronny Ross and his staff always do a phenomenal job providing such an outstanding venue for our annual tournament, and we are fortunate to have the caliber of facilities like Wolf Hollow as a resource.”

The Low Net title went to the team from First South Farm Credit. Team members Jeremy Winborne, Harley Matthews, Jay Greer, and Brett Rutland fired a 54.8 to claim the victory.

Prizes were also awarded for closest to the pin on four par-3 holes at Wolf Hollow. Joseph Dendy hole No. 4, Matthew Perry hole No. 8, Jeremy Loy hole No. 11, and Kyle Holloway hole No. 14 claimed each of these titles.

Twenty-seven teams participated in the event this year to help raise funds for the Co-Lin Foundation. The Co-Lin Foundation provides over $200,000 in scholarships to over 150students and faculty.


23rd Annual Wesson Foundation Golf Classic Results:


52/51.7    Bank of Franklin – Matthew Perry, Cole Arseneault, Jacob Ross, Joseph Dendy

56/54.8    First South Farm Credit – Jeremy Winborne, Harley Matthews, Jay Greer, Brett Rutland

56/55.4    Watts Agency – Luke Watts, John Ratcliff, Jerry Harper, Drake Nelson

57/55.8    Hurst Review Services – Sha Walker, Kelvin Locke, Malcolm Cupit, Don Coleman

58/56.4    Kings Daughters Medical Center – Lee Berry, Carl Smith, Jason Snider, Brandon Goldsmith

58/56.7    Lowery, Payn, & Leggett – Sharon Payn, Craig Hennington, Kyle Holloway, Ricky McInnis

58/56.8    Bank of Brookhaven – Will Lee, Dr. Richard Burris, Steve Burris, Lee Eaton

58/56.9    Individual Team 5 Cotton Team – Tony McInnis, Brock Campbell, Mitch Wooten, Darrin Hirsch

59/57.9    Georgia-Pacific Team 1 – Robert Ard, Josh Cook, Matt Jones

60/58.2    Individual Team 1 Trustmark Magee – Brandon Hubbard, Seth Assink, Wayne Hilton, Chris Craft

60/58.5    Valley – Paul Ruiter, Ken Ricketts, Cody Allen

60/58.6    Trustmark Brookhaven/Hazlehurst – Stan Foster, Duane Allred, Hal Shirley, Joe Madden

60/59.1    Individual Team 3 Bob Spaulding – Bob Spaulding, Doug Garret, Steve Trotter, Chandler Byrd

61/59.3    Peoples Bank – Chriss Dunn, John Rankin, Bill Welch, Allen Welch

61/59.4    Hobie’s Sports & Outdoors – Mike Taggert, Tommy Clopton, Jeremy Loy, Bobby Bass

61/59.6    Individual Team 2 Holbrook & Berch – Dennis Berch, Dr. Chip Holbrook, Scott Wade, Amie Green

62/60.3    Orkin Pest Control – John Horn, Adam Williams, Alex Meier, Greg Albers

62/60.3    Entergy – Bill Howard, John Wesley, Angela Berch, Mike Wooten

62/60.4    Priority One Bank – Brian Barnard, Robbie Barnes, Ronny Cowser, Lance Anderson

63/61.3    Georgia-Pacific Team 2 – Danny Altman, Kim Grantham, Chad Barron, Jackie Snowden

63/61.6    Individual Team 6 Langley Team – Sharon Langley, Mark Wales, Eddie Ashley, Jim Hankins

63/61.9    Insurance & Risk Managers – Josh Smith, Michael Waltman, Mike Powell, Ricky Salyer

64/62.0    MS Marine of Brookhaven – Ricky Brown, Winston Brown, Christopher Brown, Shay Brown

64/62.3    Howard Industries – JP McInnis, Mark Miller, Danny Edwards, Danny McAnally

65/63.3    Positive Pest Control – Stan Winborne, Jonathan Winborne, Dylan Winborne, Jake Shelby

68/66.2    Bobby Britt Insurance Agency – Bobby Britt, Ralph Anderson, Alton Greenlee, Pat Hennington

71/69.8    Individual Team 7 Carlisle Team – Hunter Franklin, Julie Carlisle, Keith Franklin

CUTLINE: Low Net winners in Co-Lin’s 23rd annual Wesson Foundation Golf Classic from First South Farm Credit are from left, Brett Rutland, Harley Matthews, Jeremy Winborne, and Jay Greer.

Corporate Champions and Low Gross winners in Co-Lin’s 23rd annual Wesson Foundation Golf Classic from the Bank of Franklin are from left, Matthew Perry, Cole Arseneault, Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Executive Director of the Co-Lin Foundation DJ Preiss, Jacob Ross, and Joseph Dendy.

Winning closest to the pin honors were from left, Joseph Dendy, Kyle Holloway, Matthew Perry, and Jeremy Loy.


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, Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles announced the 2016 Hall of Fame recipients are Greta Carley of Columbia, Brady Dunaway of Smithdale, Rebecca Ellzey of Roxie, Greg Nickles of Pelahatchie, Katelyn Roberts of Bogue Chitto, and Mi’esha Smith of Pinola.


Greta Carley

Greta Carley serves as president of the Student Government Association and an officer for the Wolfpack Strong Health Initiative. She is a member of the President’s Council, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, Student Voices, Trillium Yearbook Staff, and the Lady Wolves Softball Team. Carley was elected Homecoming Queen and selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She is the daughter of Amy and Trey Carley of Columbia.

Brady Dunaway

Brady Dunaway serves as president and founder of the Co-Lin Naturalist Club, secretary of the College Republicans, and vice president of research for Phi Theta Kappa. He is a member of the President’s Council, Blue Wave Show Band, Sojourners, and the Baptist Student Union Praise Band. Dunaway was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and is the recipient of the Taylor Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Dr. Robert Bennie Channell memorial Scholarship and a Vice President’s Scholarship. He is the son of Scott and Janet Dunaway of Smithdale.

Rebecca Ellzey

Rebecca Ellzey serves as Vice President for Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, founder and president of the Bible Drill Team, and co-editor of The Wolf Tales. She is a member of the Baptist Student Union, College Republicans, Diamond Dolls, Trailblazers, and Blue Wave Show Band. Ellzey was selected a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar, All-Mississippi Community College Academic First Team, and to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She is the recipient of the Geico Pathway to Completion Scholarship and academic and fine arts scholarships. She is the daughter of Everett and Judy Ellzey of Roxie.

Greg Nickles

Greg Nickles is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Baptist Student Union and kicker/punter for the Wolfpack football team. A President’s List student, Nickles was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, Mr. Co-Lin, College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-American College Division Football Team, National Junior College Athletic Association Superior Award for Academic Achievement, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Special Teams Player of the Week three weeks. He is the son of Charles and Inca Nickles of Pelahatchie.

Katelyn Roberts

Katelyn Robert serves as Vice President of Service for Phi Theta Kappa, president of the Trailblazers, president of the Alpha Omega Science Club, secretary/treasurer of Sigma Kappa Delta, and Chairman of the College Republicans. A Taylor Presidential Scholar, Roberts was a member of the President’s Council, Student Voices, and served as statistician of the Lady Wolves Basketball team. She was selected to Who’s Who Among Student in American Junior Colleges, All-Mississippi Community College Academic Second Team and elected sophomore homecoming maid. Roberts is the recipient of the Russell Ray Scholarship. She is the daughter of Shannon Roberts of Bogue Chitto.

Mi'esha Smith

Mi'esha Smith serves as Vice President of Communications for Phi Theta Kappa, vice president of Wolfpack Strong Wellness Initiative and president of the sophomore class. She is a member of the Trailblazers, President's Council, and Sigma Kappa Delta. Smith was selected a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and to Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She is the recipient of the Ann Bradberry and Hardy Perritt Creative Writing Scholarships. She is the daughter of Genette Smith and Michael Jones, both of Pinola. 


CUTLINE: Co-Lin's 2015-2016 Hall of Fame inductees are from left, Katelyn Roberts, Mi'esha Smith, Greta Carley, Brady Dunaway, Rebecca Ellzey, and Greg Nickles. 

Selected to the All-Mississippi Academic Team are seated from left, Katelyn Roberts of Bogue Chitto, Second Team Wesson Campus; Rebecca Ellzey of Roxie, First Team Wesson Campus; Malia Bynum of D’Lo, Second Team Simpson County Center, Haley Wilson, Second Team Natchez Campus; standing from left, Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Samantha Speeg, co-advisor Wesson Campus; Tiffany Perryman, co-advisor Wesson Campus; Tori Mott of Braxton, Second Team Simpson County Center; Deren Konecky, advisor Natchez Campus; and Simpson County Center Vice President Dr. Dewayne Middleton. Not pictured is Aaron Uram, Second Team Natchez Campus.

by Blake Pryor (S.U.R.E. technical writer)

Co-Lin company SeaWolf Underwater Robotics Engineering (S.U.R.E.) will compete in the 2016 Marine Advanced Technology (MATE) Center’s international student Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) competition at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas, June 23-25. This year marks S.U.R.E.’s fifth year to compete in the 15th Annual M.A.T.E. competition. S.U.R.E., also known as “The SeaWolves,” is a student operated organization on the Wesson campus and functions as an education-based approach to the design, development, and operation of ROVs. The SeaWolves is comprised of nine-student members and four mentors with departments including physics, drafting, precision machining, electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, and business/entrepreneurship.

M.A.T.E. and S.U.R.E. collectively employ these areas to advocate the education of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It is the goal to captivate the attention of all people and to promote students learning and using the skills needed to be successful engineers, business/entrepreneurship personnel, and most importantly to be well-rounded individuals capable of adapting to all real-world situations. This attention to being well-rounded and inclusive of all bright thinkers is what sets S.U.R.E. apart from all other ROV teams.

S.U.R.E. utilizes advanced technologies to complete its goal of building the superior ROV for the M.A.T.E. competition; these technologies include Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling, National Instrument’s LabVIEW, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks software. The design of SeaWolf V began in August 2015 during which the company members communicated possible designs for the new machine. A Manta ray shaped ROV was suggested as well as a hub-cap ROV and a Star Trek Enterprise styled ROV. The conceptual process is perhaps the most creative process of an ROV company; this is when admitting failures and learning from them is most “ok.” Decisions can be made to correct issues early on which is easier than doing it later on. In November, M.A.T.E. placed a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an ROV capable of handling the exploration of Jupiter’s Europa and the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. None of these “creative” prototypes would work, so the SeaWolf Company had to be creative in their design for the competition.

After completion of SeaWolf V’s major systems, the team prepared a demonstration video of a qualifying run during April. Upon first submission to the M.A.T.E. center, the video recording passed our company for qualification in the 2016 M.A.T.E. international competition. This facility boasts the world’s deepest indoor pool facilities measuring 40 feet 6 inches (12.34 m) deep and can contain up to 6.2 million gallons (23.5 million liters) of liquid water.

A unique feature of SeaWolf V is its light and compact design. The ROV was designed with this in mind specifically because the RFP ideally called for a machine under a 58 cm diameter. The SeaWolf V can fit inside a hula hoop and was also designed to fit within an ideal weight constraint of 17.01 kg to 19.0 kg.

To visualize our machine, consider the shape of a microwave or small stereo speaker. At the bottom of SeaWolf V, two rods stretch the length of the machine which serve as legs or feet. The rods are mounted to brackets which are mounted a cylindrical tube. Four thrusters are mounted to the tube; these devices act as the propellers of the ROV. The technology within the electronics tube (E-tube) is most extraordinary. Two cameras, a video encoder, temperature sensors, LED indicators, a S.U.R.E. designed motherboard, and many wiring harnesses with plug-ins are included inside this tube which is about the size of a fully grown house cat.

The SeaWolf Company has proven itself at the international M.A.T.E. competitions placing fourth in the world last year only succeeded by teams from California, Hong Kong, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Company was the second American team among 31 international teams. The qualifying video and uupdates may be viewed on the SeaWolf Company Facebook page at Sponsors for the SeaWolf Company include Georgia-Pacific LLC (Monticello division), Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Brookhaven Country Club, SeaTrepid, I-55 Engineering, and Canvas Next Door Restorations.

For more information about SeaWolf Underwater Robotics Engineering, contact CEO and marketing coordinator Lauren Westrope at (601) 552-1575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information about the M.A.T.E. ROV competition can be found at or contact M.A.T.E. Principal Investigator/Director Deidre Sullivan at (831) 646-3081 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CUTLINE: S.U.R.E. Company members are front row from left, Blake Pryor, Lauren Westrope, Kevin McKone (mentor), Reginald King; back row from left, Carey Williamson (mentor), Colby Phillips, Thomas Westrope and Gage Pinson. Not pictured are Charles Miles and Wes Burkett (mentor).


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