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Alcorn State to receive more than $750,000 for agricultural scholarships

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From Alcorn State University:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced 19 grant awards totaling more than $14 million to provide scholarships at 1890 land-grant colleges and universities. Alcorn State University will be awarded $752,632 for student scholarships.

“Many of our students are in urgent need of financial assistance to complete college. This scholarship will help many of our students to successfully pursue and complete bachelor’s degrees in agriculture and related disciplines,” said Dr. Edmund Buckner, dean of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. “A robust agricultural sector and food production, in particular, are vitally important to our state and national economic well-being.”

The overall employment of agricultural and food scientists is projected to grow 7 percent in the next decade, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment of agricultural and food scientists is projected to grow as research into agricultural production methods and techniques continues.

The 1890 Scholarships Program provides scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring and training of undergraduate students at nineteen 1890 land-grant institutions. The scholarships are intended to encourage outstanding students at 1890 institutions to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences and related fields.

“Today’s announcement signifies our continuing partnership with the 1890 land-grant universities to ensure the sustainability of our country’s agricultural future,” said NIFA Director J. Scott Angle. “We are pleased to support these important institutions as they develop the next generation of agricultural leaders.”

The 1890 Scholarship will be awarded to enrolling Freshmen with a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT or its equivalence on the SAT (reading and math only) and a 3.0 or better high school (or university) cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale upon graduation. Undergraduate transfer students and non-traditional students and veterans may also be considered for this scholarship. The scholarship is renewable each year providing the student maintains a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA. This scholarship covers up to $10,000 per year.

The applicant must intend to pursue a career in the food and agricultural sciences, including a career in agribusiness, energy and renewable fuels, or financial management and be enrolled as a full-time student in a program of study in the food and agricultural sciences or a related field leading to an undergraduate degree during each semester that the student receives 1890 Scholarship support.

For more information about applying for this scholarship, please contact Mrs. Casnacita Gray at [email protected] or Mr. DeOnqua Isaac at [email protected].

 

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Mississippi native elected as Harvard student body president

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A Mississippi high school graduate has been elected as Harvard University’s student body president.

Noah Harris, a 2018 graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the first African American to serve in the role at prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.

“I’m really grateful that the student body is entrusting me with such a historic and unprecedented moment,” Harris told WDAM. “To make the right moves and to really bring their voices to the forefront. I just never expected that I would be in a position to run for this.”

Harris is a junior and a political science major at Harvard. He served as treasurer on the finance committee in his first two years. His vice president and running mate is neuroscience major Jenny Gan. Both plan on making a difference at the university.

Harris and Gan will be sworn in Dec. 6.

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Corey Wilson is Warren Central’s Teacher of the Year

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Warren Central's Principal Eric Green, left, presents teacher and coach Corey Wilson Sr. with a basket of goodies. (photo courtesy WCHS)

Warren Central High School teacher and football coach Corey Wilson Sr. has won the WCHS Teacher of the Year award for the 2020-2021 school year.

Wilson has been teaching at Warren Central for 19 years and has helped educate thousands of students over the years. He teaches introduction to architecture construction mechatronics and engineering.

Wilson is also a football coach for the school and has helped plenty of young athletes gain athletic scholarships. He is well respected by his students, colleagues and the Vicksburg community.

“A well deserved award for a guy that goes beyond the limit. Proud to be mentored and work with him. Great coach,” said fellow teacher and coach Ced Jackson in a text message.

Wilson will help lead the Vikings football team Friday as they travel to face Tupelo High School.

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Vicksburg Warren School Districts reports three new COVID-19 cases

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For the week of Nov. 2 through Nov. 6, the Vicksburg Warren School District reported two new COVID-19 cases and four individuals quarantined due to possible exposure to the virus in the same time period.

Cases were reported at the following schools:

Warren Central High School
Two new positive cases – teachers/staff

Warren Central Intermediate
Four quarantined – teachers/staff

For the prior week, Oct. 26 through Oct. 30, the district reported one new COVID-19 case, a student, at River City Early College High School.

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