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.

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