Journalism students get statewide recognition

By Maggie Cates and Terrell Wooten

The Ranger Rocket newspaper staff brought home 13 awards, three of which were first place, from the Better Newspaper Contest in Jackson on March 27.

The 16th annual O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference was a day filled with journalism.  Journalism students from four state community colleges and five universities gathered at the Mississippi Craft Center to hear from Charles Overby, former chairman of the Newseum and Newsroom Diversity Institute and Dr. Gina Chen, assistant professor of journalism at Southern Mississippi.

Six Northwest journalism students traveled to Jackson, along with Journalism Instructor Carroll Huebner.

The Ranger Rocket was recognized for three first place, five second place and five third place awards, as well as one “Honorable Mention.”

“Sitting at the table with my Ranger Rocket staff members, listening to Mr. Overby give his speech and hearing our names being called for awards was very inspiring. I think that the purpose of this contest is to encourage us, as journalism students, to go farther the field, and that hard work does indeed pay off,” Terrell Wooten, Ranger Rocket editor and broadcast journalism major from Senatobia, said.

The three first place winners include Heather Carlisle with her feature story, “Cassandra” and Briana Clarkson with her cartoon, “Christmas Tree.”  The third first place award was for the Ranger Rocket website. The website, was created this semester.

Ike House placed third in “General Interest Column” category with his “Talking fashion with Ike House” article. Second place includes Lauren Benton with her “Baseball enters April” article, Rhyneal Armstrong with his “Player Spotlight – Reno” article and Terrell Wooten with his “Practical nursing” photo.
Former staff members placed in the contest as well. Mike Haskins placed second with his “Tracking tuition” story, Shelby Louwerens placed third with her “Romeo and Juliet” photo and second in editorials, and Deantae Smith placed third with his “LaPlante holds study table” photo.

“I am proud of the hard work my students put into the Ranger Rocket.  And, it thrills me that the website was just created and won first place at the contest,” Huebner said.


Students react to make up day scheduled for April 17

The Northwest Mississippi Community College Academic Council has approved a make up day for students, staff and faculty. The college was closed earlier in the year for snow days. The make up day will be Thursday, April 17, which was to be the first day of the college’s Easter Holiday.

Monday classes will be made up on Thursday, April 17. Students and faculty should follow their normal Monday schedule for day and evening classes on that Thursday. Offices will be open on Thursday for regular business hours.  The college will be closed on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 for Easter and will reopen on Monday, April 21.

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PTK students named to All-Mississippi Academic Team

By Lauren Benton

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Two students from the Northwest Senatobia campus and one from the DeSoto Center were honored in Jackson on March 5 for being named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team.

Hannah Simpson, a music major from Coldwater and Jeromy Payne, a social work major from Senatobia, were second team All-Mississippi honorees while Rebekah Bosley, a general college major from Nesbit, was recognized as being a first team All-Mississippi Academic team honoree.

For Simpson, being selected as second team All-Mississippi Academic Team was more than an honor. In high school, she suffered major head trauma and lost most of her memory. Going into college, she was faced with the challenge of learning most educational knowledge all over again.

“To be selected for something this big was such a personal achievement for me. I feel like I can conquer anything, if I can overcome my memory loss and represent Phi Theta Kappa as an academic student,” Simpson said.

Simpson heard about applying and couldn’t wait to turn in the application.  “The day I got the call about being selected, it blew my mind,” Simpson said.

She wants to thank everyone who held the recognition ceremony, and her advisers, Dr. Wims and Mrs. Barham for supporting her through it.

“Having my mother there was a great feeling. For her to share this experience with me was great,” Simpson said.

Each two-year college nominates two students per campus based upon outstanding academic achievement on campus and in the community.

After being honored, the nominees adjourned to a special luncheon where State Sen. Terry Burton, Speaker of the House, Phillip Gunn and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley served as distinguished speakers at the luncheon.

Dr. Gary Lee Spears served as the ceremonies chairman for the fourth year in a row.

Beauty Review tonight

By Lauren Benton & De’Issac House

The Beauty Review will be held March 20 at 7 p.m. in Howard Coliseum on the Northwest campus.

Applicants could apply from Feb. 3-28, or until 40 applicants were approved on a first come, first serve basis.

The informational meetings were held March 3 at 5:30 pm.

Rehearsals were on March 18 at 5:30 and March 19 at 6 p.m. in Howard Coliseum.

For more information contact Liesl Mote via email or via phone (662) 562-3899.