Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

Mary-Boulton-valedictorian-2018 Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

The Pascagoula High School Class of 2018 will graduate at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula. 

Leading the Class is Mary Boulton, Valedictorian. The daughter of Nicole Cannady Huyett and the late Thomas Andrew Boulton, Mary will major in pre-med and is planning a career as a pediatrician.

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Jack Colmer is Salutatorian of the class. The son of Jimmy and Jennifer Colmer, Jack has received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he will major in marine engineering with plans to become an officer in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

Mary-Boulton-valedictorian-2018 Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

Graduating third is Emma Alexander, daughter of Ricky and Elizabeth Alexander. She will attend the University of South Alabama where she will major in biological sciences with plans to become a nurse.

Mary-Boulton-valedictorian-2018 Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

Graduating fourth is Hunter Blades, son of Matt and Amanda Blonde. He will attend Mississippi State University where he will major in mechanical engineering with plans to become a systems engineer.

Mary-Boulton-valedictorian-2018 Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

Graduating fifth is Meha Patel, daughter of Sanjay and Darshana Patel. She will attend the University of Mississippi where she is taking a pre-med track with plans to become a pediatrician.

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SMHS Valedictorian Bringing Robotics Summer Camps to St. Martin

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St. Martin High School Valedictorian Taylor Barnes believes students who are given opportunities to create with technology when they’re young will become students who are interested in studying technology when they’re older.

Barnes, a National Merit Finalist who made a perfect 36 score on the ACT, will be studying computer engineering on a full ride scholarship at the University of Central Florida this fall.

 

During his senior year, Barnes spent part of his school days at the Jackson County School District’s “Fab Lab” (short for “fabrication laboratory”) down the road from the high school. The Fab Lab, stocked with all the computers and machinery necessary to take a project from concept to final product, is designed to give Jackson County students hands-on experience with the entire engineering design process.

During the summer, Barnes will be running a series of summer camps to teach children programming for robotics. Barnes, along with the Fab Lab manager Scott Beebe, wrote a $5,000 grant to fund the summer camp.

As a student ambassador for the Fab Lab this year, Barnes helped younger students visiting the lab with projects like laser printing, vinyl cutting and more. Places like the Fab Lab pique students’ interest in STEM studies—science, technology, engineering and math—and give them a head start in preparing for the future if they are interested in those types of jobs, Barnes said.JSM_6956-copy SMHS Valedictorian Bringing Robotics Summer Camps to St. Martin

“That kind of thing gets students interested in technology early in their lives,” Barnes said of the Fab Lab. “That way when they’re older they have that foundation in STEM so they can learn even more when they get to those high level math and science classes.”

St. Martin High School Principal Dina Holland described Barnes as “focused”—a leader on campus who has been instrumental in bringing robotics programs to St. Martin High School and even to the middle school.

“I’ve been in this business for 35 years and have gotten the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing students, but he has set the bar that’s going to be the new standard,” Holland said.

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MPHS Powerlifting Captain Awarded Full Ride to Tougaloo

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Diavian Cooper is graduating from Moss Point High School this week still riding high on a major win for the girls Powerlifting Team. As team captain, Cooper helped lead her team in April to its third state championship in a row.

“It’s a great honor to be the only team in the school right now that has a state championship,” Cooper said. But Cooper doesn’t just lift big; she studies hard. 

She’s attending Tougaloo College in the fall on a full-ride academic scholarship with plans to major in biology and minor in pre-med. Her goal is to open her own practice as a neurologist.

This week, she will walk across the Tiger Stadium field at graduation as either valedictorian or salutatorian of her class. She credits her academic success in part to her teachers for challenging her and keeping expectations high in the classroom.

“They pushed me really hard,” Cooper said. “The classes are not easy at all.”

The 2018 class as a whole received $7 million in scholarship offers, beating last year’s class by more than $1 million. Cooper said she is responsible for $1.5 million of those dollars, which includes full-ride scholarship offers from 11 schools.

Cooper said the class of 2018 couldn’t have achieved everything it has, academically and athletically, without the support of all the staff at the Moss Point High.

“They are very influential, and it’s clear to see they love all the students in the school,” Cooper said. “We’re going to miss them as a class.”

 

 

 

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Summer Library Programs @ Your Library!

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Coast Libraries are ready to rock this summer with programs for all ages.  The Jackson-George Regional Library System summer reading programs begins June 4, at all locations. Registration for children stats May 29 at all branches.  The reading program for children is designed to help kids discover the pleasure of reading throughout the summer.

“Libraries Rock!” is the theme for all programming this year and will encourage children to enjoy music themed events, storytellers, local artists, and the fun of reading and winning prizes.

A full schedule of events and programs include; Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks, Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris, Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music, Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts, Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show, and Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic.

Weekly programs for each of three age groups will include; pre-school storytime, grade-school programs, and even teen programs.

“We always have new families moving to our area, so we encourage them to get a library card read books, and participate in exciting learning activities,” said JGRLS Youth Services Coordinator Bethany Carlisle. “Everyone can get into music and have fun! We hope kids and their parents will come and enjoy great programs for all ages,” she said.

A library program record is filled out for each child who registers. Each time the child visits the library, the activities and library materials he or she has checked out will be recorded on their own activities card. Children can also earn prizes for filling out their card.

Parents of younger children are urged to enroll their preschool children in the Read-To-Me programs and to attend the regular story time activities at the libraries. A wide selection of new picture books are available that parents can select to read to their children.

For more information and schedules, visit the library website: Children: www.jgrls.org/children/index.html, Teens: www.jgrls.org/events/teens.html, and Adults: www.jgrls.org/events/events.html  Visit a library near you.

Branch program schedule:

East Central Public Library

Mondays at 2 pm • 228-588-6263

June 4 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 11 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 18 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 25 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 2 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 9 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Gautier Public Library

Wednesdays at 2 pm • 228-497-4531

June 6 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 13 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 20 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 27 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 4 Holiday – Library Closed

July 11 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Lucedale/George County Public Library

Mondays at 10 am • 601-947-2123

June 4 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 11 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 18 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 25 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 2 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 9 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Ina Thompson Moss Point Library

Thursdays at 10 am • 228-475-7462

June 7 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 14 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 21 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 28 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 5 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 12 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Ocean Springs Municipal Library

Tuesdays at 10 am • 228-875-1193

June 5 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 12 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 19 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 26 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 3 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 10 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Pascagoula Public Library

Thursdays at 2 pm • 228-769-3060

June 7 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 14 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 21 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 28 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 5 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 12 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

St. Martin Public Library

Wednesdays at 10 am • 228-392-3250

June 6 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 13 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 20 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 27 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 4 Holiday – Library Closed

July 11 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Vancleave Public Library

Tuesdays at 2 pm • 228-826-5857

June 5 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 12 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 19 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 26 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 3 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 10 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

The Jackson-George Regional Library System is comprised of nine branch libraries serving the two counties and surrounding areas. All locations provide free access to a large collection of books, ebooks, digital magazines, DVDs, audio books on CD and tape, and music CDs, Internet and free WiFi; research databases, newspapers, and more. Libraries continue to serve as cultural centers, presenting the highest quality programming, exhibits, and free events for children, teens and adults of all ages.

 

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PHS Salutatorian on his way to elite military academy

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PASCAGOULA – Pascagoula High School senior Jack Colmer is the kind of student with an impressive high school resume. Salutatorian of the class of 2018. President of the National Honor Society. Offensive co-captain of the football team.
Now, just weeks away from graduation, Colmer has earned a rare accomplishment that might just beat everything else on the list. Colmer is one of only three students in Mississippi to earn an appointment this fall to one of the five elite U.S. service academies that act as a training ground for future commissioned officers in the military.

Colmer‘s appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy in New York comes with free tuition and room and board, making the package worth an estimated $262,000 to $400,000, Colmer said.

“This just seemed like an awesome opportunity I had to take,” Colmer said.
In four years at the academy, students earn a bachelor’s degree in the classroom and spend a “Sea Year” aboard working commercial vessels sailing to ports around the world. Students in their Sea Year will visit an average of 18 countries in that time. Graduates have a post-graduation service obligation with the option to serve in any branch of the armed forces or as a civilian in the maritime industry.

Appointment to a Service Academy starts with a nomination from a U.S. senator or representative. Colmer secured his required nomination from Rep. Steven Palazzo.

Closer to home, Colmer received continual encouragement from his family and from the Pascagoula-Gautier School District as he worked toward his goals.

They‘re very supportive, and it‘s what they‘ve wanted me to do ever since I started looking into it,” Colmer said of his parents, James and Jennifer Colmer.They‘ve helped me a lot. I wouldn’t be able to do it if it weren’t for my mom and dad always pushing me to fill out everything and always trying to get information for me.

Pascagoula-Gautier schools Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich praised Colmer as an intelligent, hardworking student who has spent his years in school preparing for a bright future.

“All of the components you want in the future leaders of our country are all embodied in Jack Colmer,” Rodolfich said.
Earning a spot at a school with an acceptance rate of only 15% was never a sure thing, but Colmer says his Christian faith has given him the courage to pursue his dreams, no matter the outcome.

“My mindset has always been, ‘Wherever I end up, that’s where God wants me to be.’ Colmer said. “I really believe that this is the path I‘m supposed to take and this is where God is sending me.

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First Hispanic Valedictorian from Gautier High School gets full ride to MIT

Francisco-Arellano-1 First Hispanic Valedictorian from Gautier High School gets full ride to MIT

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Francisco Arellano knew he wanted to go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since reading a book in the seventh grade where the lead character was trying to get into the school. The character was a good person and very intelligent, and Arellano made it his mission to pursue this dream back then.

When the time came to look at colleges, he realized MIT was the greatest technical school in the country, and he set his mind even further on doing what needed to be done to get accepted. He decided that if he got accepted, he would attend the school.

“If I can get there, there isn’t much I can’t do,” said the high school senior, who made a 35 on the ACT and is Gautier High School’s first Hispanic valedictorian.

 

He accomplished what he set out to do and got accepted to the Massachusetts school while also receiving a full need-based scholarship to attend. Now, the Gautier native, who hasn’t traveled out of the South before will head to Cambridge in the fall to study engineering. He thinks this will be his biggest challenge – the shift in culture.

He’s had a few moments of doubt about attending school so far away but said that he has relied on conversations with school staff to help him figure everything out. He said that these conversations helped him remember “all the reasons I wanted to go in the first place.”

Arellano, who was also involved in the band program at GHS, plans to initially major in mechanical engineering, but the first two years of core classes are the same for all, so he can decide down the road if he wants to change. He said that he is also interested in nuclear engineering and aerospace engineering.

Wayne Rodolfich, superintendent of the Pascagoula-Gautier School District, said that this opportunity is like hitting the lottery for someone Arellano’s age, and he’s confident that he will succeed there.

“He’s a young man that has the ability to see the opportunity through,” Rodolfich said. “We’re just super proud of him. He’s come a long way and made a great impact on that high school.”

GHS Guidance Counselor Paulette Edwards agreed: “MIT is going to give him the world where a Southern college is going to give him the South. It’s where the world’s geniuses come to study. He’s going to do great.”

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Pascagoula High School will be home to new $14.7 million Performing Arts Center

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Pascagoula-Gautier School District recently began construction on the new Performing Arts Center on the Pascagoula High School grounds. When completed, it will be the most high-tech performing arts center on the Gulf Coast besides the Hancock Performing Arts Center in Hancock County. The center will cost $14.7 million and will be owned by the school district.

Construction has already begun and is set to be completed around Christmas 2019, according to Wayne Rodolfich, superintendent of the Pascagoula-Gautier School District. 

The center will have a surround sound movie projection system, a rear projection system with the ability to digitally project a backdrop, space for a 160-piece band on the stage as well as proper floor capacity for dance performances. It will have more than 700 seats with wider seating than traditional performing arts centers, three classrooms, a catering kitchen, warm up rooms and a beautifully designed foyer area. The entire building will be able to be operated by an iPad.

All of these add up to many uses for the center including youth and children’s groups showing movies, orchestra and band performances, dance shows, church groups, banquets, large-scale meetings, and many more. Rodolfich said the goal is to make the space available to anyone in the community that wants to use it.

“It’s just going to be a game changer for this community,” Rodolfich said. “We saw this as an opportunity not only to improve the quality of life for the children of our district but also to improve the quality of life for the people of Pascagoula, Mississippi.”

It was important to have the center on the school’s campus so that the students can walk to it from the school and that certain classes can have class in there during the day.

“We’re trying to build venues around our children,” Rodolfich said, adding that having the center on the school’s property will make it easier for them to secure the facility and maintain it.

The Performing Arts Center is part of the PGSD’s Strategic Plan. It has been discussed for years and now the school is moving forward. In fall 2017, the school district asked for a 4-mill tax hike to pay for the facility. This was put on hold in September but reinstated in March 2018.

“It’s a time where Pascagoula needs to put as many amenities in place as possible. It’s a great investment,” Rodolfich said. “That facility will be here for years to come for children and adults, and it will really be an asset to this community.”

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Bishop Kihneman Presents RCS with $500,000 for Debt Retirement

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Since first opening their doors in 1882, Resurrection Catholic School’s (RCS) mission has been to provide the youth of Jackson County with a nurturing and motivational atmosphere. One in which each student receives the opportunity to reach his full potential as a well-educated, caring, responsible Christian; one equipped to meet and overcome adversity in a challenging society.

Throughout its more than one hundred years, community service has been one of the basic building blocks RCS has utilized in helping to maintain and reach their primary goal. Today, the community decided to give back.

During an assembly at RCS, Bishop Louis Kihneman took center stage to make an announcement and present the school with a gift from members of the community. With all stakeholders, students, faculty and foundation members in attendance, the Bishop presented the school with a $500,000 check to assist in paying off some of the debt the school has accumulated since rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The money was donated by anonymous contributors in Jackson County.

“The bishop categorized debt as an anchor… we’re trying to help the school grow in all aspects, but then we’ve got this debt holding on to us, like an anchor pulling us down,” said RCS principal Noah Hamilton. Hamilton says once the debt is retired, it will free up cash flow to go back into the general fund and be used directly for educational purposes. “I say it’s time to cut this anchor. Let’s get it out of the way so we can get back to what are mission really is – preparing our students academically, spiritually and socially to take the next step of their lives.”

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Free Children’s Summer Feeding Program to begin June 7

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District has announced the United States Department of Agriculture’s free summer feeding locations for children and teenagers, 18 years old and younger.

Breakfast and lunch will be available June 7-June 28, Monday through Thursday, at Pascagoula High School and in Gautier, breakfast and lunch will be served at Gautier Elementary on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 7- July 26.

Breakfast will be available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with lunch from 11 a.m. to noon at both schools. Pascagoula High is located at 1716 Tucker Ave., Pascagoula, and Gautier Elementary is located at 505 Magnolia Tree Drive.

For more information, call 938-6525.

USDA is an equal-opportunity employer and provider.

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Thousands of Dollars Given at the Explosion of Excellence

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This year’s 28th Annual Explosion of Excellence was held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus. Over $70,000 was given in scholarships to 187 graduating seniors from throughout Jackson County. This scholarship program each year honors the academic achievements of the graduating high school seniors who are in the top ten percent of their classes in all area high schools in Jackson County (including the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science). This program was a huge success thanks to all of the contributors from the community, who support the future endeavors of these graduates, congratulate them and welcome them to return to the community when they finish their education.

This year’s contributors were the following:

AARP – Jackson County Chapter #1213 Allred Architectural Group, PA
Anonymous – In Memory of George Terral
Anonymous
Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina
Baber Strunk Enterprises, LLC
Bacot McCarty Foundation
Barbara Celarec – In Honor of Gretchen Duescher
Barbara Celarec – In Memory of Michael Celarec
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Bienville Animal Medical Center
Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists LLC
Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service – In Memory of John R. Blossman
Bryan, Nelson, Schroeder, Castigliola & Banahan, PLLC
Chevron Products Company
Compton Engineering, Inc.
Community Bank
David & Susan McCormick
Dr. Bill Descher
Dr. Daniel Wittersheim
Dr. & Mrs. Eric Lucas
Dr. Charles & Amy Wilson
Duchess Club of Ocean Springs – In Honor of Duchess Club of Ocean Springs
Duchess Club of Ocean Springs
Duchess de Chaumont, DAR Chapter
East Central High School
Estabrook Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Toyota Motor Company, Inc.
First Chemical Corporation
First Federal Savings & Loan
Fortnightly Club
Foster’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.
Gautier High School PTO
Geraldine Barnes – In Memory of Glennis “Nick” Barnes & Maxine Barnes McLaughlin & Ephraim & Shirley H. Barnes
Hacienda San Miguel Mexican Restaurant
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
Hayden & Sandy Dent
Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A.
Home Builders Association of the Mississippi Coast
Home Instead Senior Care
Home Town Lumber & Supply Company Inc.
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Jackson County Board of Supervisors
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – In Memory of Delores Sumrall
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – In Memory of Kyle Todd
Jackson County Utility Authority
Jana Walmsley Memorial Scholarship Fund – In Memory of Jana Walmsley
Jerry & Joann St. Pé
Jerry Lee’s Grocery & Deli
Jim and Michele Blevins
Jo Anne Fontaine – In Memory of Doug L. Fontaine, Jr.
Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula – Moss Point
Keesler Federal Credit Union
L. L. Bond & Company, Inc.
Lee Tracy – In Memory of Kyle Todd
Lisa Cannon, Edward Jones
McDonald’s Descher Organization
Merchants and Marine Bank
Mike & Bettie Concannon – In Memory of Coach Melinda Mitchell
Mississippi Export Railroad
Mississippi Eye Associates
Mississippi Power Community Connections – Jackson County Chapter
Mr. & Mrs. A. Kelly Sessoms, III
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau
Ocean Springs High School Administration & Counselors – In Honor of Bobbie Jones
Omega Protein
Pascagoula Bar Pilots’ Association, LLC
Pascagoula-Gautier School District
Pecan Park Elementary PTO
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Ken Baker
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Melinda Mitchell
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Robert McIlrath
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Steve Cruthirds
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Terry Monk
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament/Glenn Reeves State Farm Insurance
Propeller Club of the US – Port of Pascagoula
Pugh Associates, LLC – In Memory of Gayla Stroble
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Virginia Williams
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Louisa McWilliams
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Chester Blalock
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Jane Wade
Robert C. & Vivian K. Barr – In Memory of Wallace Barr, III & Pamela Wang
Robert H. and Betty R. Oswald
Rotary Club of Gautier
Rotary Club of Pascagoula
Santos Ventures, LLC
Scranton’s Restaurant & Catering – In Memory of Ben Pickett, Laverne Rasco, Merle Ivy & Marilyn Zuill
Singing River Electric Cooperative
Singing River Federal Credit Union
St. Martin High School
St. Paul United Methodist Church Moss Point
The First – A National Banking Association
The Peoples Bank
Theta Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Thomas Pugh – In Memory of Gayla Stroble
Tom & Mary Ashbaker – In Honor of Mrs. Mildred Olson, Mother of Pat Descher
Tom & Mary Ashbaker – In Honor of Bill & Pat Descher, Gregg Descher Family & Jeff Descher Family
Walmart #1346 – Ocean Springs
Wells Fargo Foundation
Young Men’s Business Club of Moss Point
Zonta Club of Pascagoula

The Explosion of Excellence is a program jointly sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and all high schools in Jackson County. It is a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The Chairman of this year’s Explosion of Excellence is Pat Descher of the McDonald’s Descher Organization, and the Co-Chairman is Dr. Bill Descher.

The public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship for next year. These scholarships are donated by the public to encourage these students to consider employment in Jackson County when their education is finished. The scholarships can be made in memory or in honor of someone, in the name of a company or individual or left anonymous. The public can help honor these students by writing a check to the “Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Explosion of Excellence” and mailing it to “Explosion of Excellence, Post Office Box 480, Pascagoula, MS 39568-0480.”

To answer any questions, please call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email Valerie Dedeaux, Administrative Assistant, at Chamber@jcchamber.com.

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