Pearl River Community College

February 2017

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PRCC honors civil rights icon with original music

PRCC honors civil rights icon with original music

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College paid tribute Monday, Feb. 13, to the late Medgar Evers with a piece composed for the PRCC Wind Ensemble.
  Luigi Zaninelli, retired music professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, wrote Take My Hand based on the hymn Precious Lord which was a favorite of Evers’.
  The PRCC Wind Ensemble premiered the composition during a concert at the Brownstone Center for the Arts.
  “I am so glad that I was able to be here tonight,” Zaninelli said while explaining why he chose to work with the hymn.  “I liked it because it had a beauty and elegance of sound that I liked,” he said.
  Precious Lord was also one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorites and was sung by Laurel’s Leontyne Price at the funeral of President Lyndon Johnson, he said.
  “Not only was it important to the African-American community, but it meant a great deal to many people in the civil rights movement,” Zaninelli said.
  Evers, who lived in Jackson, was well known as a civil rights activist. He was shot to death in front of his home on June 12, 1963.
  Dr. Kyle Hill, director of bands and chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Communication, conducted the Wind Ensemble.
  “It is indeed an honor for the PRCC Wind Ensemble to participate in this program,” he said. “This will be the first performance of this piece ever. It is our hope that this composition will become a standard of high school and college band literature and, therefore, spread awareness of Medgar Evers.”
  The Wind Ensemble also played A Hymn Tune Rhapsody and The Washington Post March.

The PRCC Wind Ensemble plays Take My Hand.

Composer Luigi Zaninelli talks about Take My Hand, the piece he wrote for the PRCC Wind Ensemble as a tribute to civil rights icon Medgar Evers.

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February 14, 2017 - 3:33pm
 
 
 
Cheerleaders' clinic is Feb. 26

Cheerleaders' clinic is Feb. 26

  POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College cheerleaders will host a cheer clinic for juniors and seniors in high school from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at White Coliseum.
  The clinic will feature coaches who teach SEC cheerleading skills, focusing on stunting, tumbling and tryout requirements.
  Students who attend must bring with them a signed PRCC Athletic Waiver. The waiver can be downloaded from the PRCC website, www.prcc.edu. Click on athletics, then cheerleading and scroll down under the Cheerleading Tryouts notice.
  Participants should wear fitness attire and cheerleading or tennis shoes. Cost is $10.
  For more information, contact Meghan Moger at mmoger@prcc.edu or 601 403-1340.

February 17, 2017 - 11:20am
 
Register now for ACT Boot Camp

Register now for ACT Boot Camp

  POPLARVILLE Pearl River Community College will hold an ACT Boot Camp on Friday, March 24, in Poplarville.
  The camp is open to any junior or senior high school student preparing to take the ACT. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 24 in the Science Building auditorium on the Poplarville campus.
  The instructor, Dr. Jennifer Seal, is an educator and ACT prep specialist. In addition to learning tips and techniques to improve their scores, she will provide students with a study guide. A pizza lunch will also be provided.
  Cost is $55 and must be submitted by Wednesday, March 1, by mail to Brenda Wells, director of professional and community development, Pearl River Community College, P.O. Box 5558, Poplarville, MS 39470; or hand delivered to Wells in the Office of Institutional Reseach on the second floor of the Administration Building.
  Registration forms are available in Wells’ office or by contacting her at 601 403-1379. Checks should be made payable to Pearl River Community College and designated for the ACT Boot Camp.

February 17, 2017 - 11:21am
 
Blue Cross grant making difference at PRCC

Blue Cross grant making difference at PRCC

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College welcomed Sheila Grogan, director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, to campus Friday to update her on plans for the $147,493 foundation grant to the PRCC Wildcat Wellness initiative.
  Grogan presented a ceremonial check to Dr. Tara Rouse, director of the PRCC Wellness Center, and Dr. Jennifer Seal, vice president for planning and institutional research.
  “Pearl River Community College is doing an amazing job with promoting wellness at the college and in the K-12 schools,” Grogan said.
  Through the grant, PRCC has started a 5K Beginner Bootcamp, held the first weekly fun run/walk, served Sweet Heart smoothies at the Wellness Center on Valentine’s Day and started providing fresh fruit every Friday to Poplarville Lower Elementary students.
  “It’s the first thing the students ask on Friday - what fruit are we having today,” said Candace Henderson, PLE principal. “We’ve gotten nice notes from parents, too.”
  Future activities include a healthy cooking demonstration at PLE’s Parent University, a Tour de River bike class, taking PLE students to a one-mile run in Gulfport in April and continuing summer camps for kids. Workstation exercise equipment, including treadmills and stationary bikes, is already in place in campus offices.
  Blue Cross awarded $286,270 to PRCC in 2012 to replace outdated exercise equipment and construct an outdoor walking track. The foundation awarded a second grant of $198,171 in 2015 to start the summer camps for elementary school children, to assist with the “Get Ready to Run” program in Poplarville elementary schools and to purchase outdoor exercise equipment along with bicycles for PRCC students to lease.
  “This is the third period that we’ve funded at Pearl River Community College,” Grogan said. “The college has done a superb job. This is going to be sustainable and live on long after the money is gone.”
 

Sheila Grogan, center, executive director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, presents a ceremonial check on Friday, Feb. 17, to Pearl River Community College for the Wildcat Wellness Initiative. Accepting it are Dr. Jennifer Seal, vice president for planning and institutional research, left, and Dr. Tara Rouse, Wellness Center director.
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The Pearl River Community College Wildcat Wellness Committee enjoys healthy smoothies during a meeting on Friday, Feb. 17.
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February 17, 2017 - 3:15pm
 
PRCC police receive radios

PRCC police receive radios

  POPLARVILLE - Highland Community Hospital in Picayune has donated radios to the Pearl River Community College Police Department.
  PRCC received nine radios, chargers and accessories after Highland changed radio systems.
  “We’ve got four radios that we feel like we can use on a consistent basis,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “We have to change some frequencies, but this will help us a lot.”
  Wayne Landers, director of public safety at Forrest General Hospital; Terry Martin, corporate director of public safety for Forrest Health; and Charlie Fazande Jr., operations lieutenant at Highland, formalized the donation Friday, Feb. 17, with Breerwood. Fazande orchestrated the transfer, Landers said.
  “We wanted to share them with somebody who could use them,” Landers said.


Officials with Highland Community Hospital in Picayune and Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg met with Pearl River Community College officials Friday, Feb. 17, to formalize the transfer for police radios from Highland to PRCC. Pictured are, from left, PRCC Police Sgt. Bobby Jennewine, Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center; Terry Martin, corporate director of public safety for Forrest Health; Wayne Landers, Forrest General Hospital public safety director; and Highland Police Lt. Charlie Fazande Jr.
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February 17, 2017 - 3:45pm
 
 
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Science Olympiad held Feb. 18

Science Olympiad held Feb. 18

  POPLARVILLE - Approximately 250 students competed in the Gulf South Science Olympiad held Saturday, Feb. 18, at Pearl River Community College.
  The students competed in high school and middle school divisions in 15 categories in each. One team from each school can advance to compete in the categories at the state competition March 31 at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  Winners in the lower division categories were:
  Overall - St. Patrick, first; North Woolmarket, second; West Marion, third.
  Anatomy and physiology - St. Patrick, first; Pearl River Central Middle School, second; North Woolmarket, third.
  Bottle rocket - PRC Middle School, first; Petal Upper Elementary, second; Lillie Burney STEAM Academy, third.
  Crime Busters - PRC Middle School, first; St. Patrick, second, North Woolmarket, third.
  Disease Detectives - PRC Middle School, first; St. Patrick, second, North Woolmarket, third.
  Dynamic Planet - Petal Middle, first; West Marion, second; Petal Upper Elementary, third.
  Reach for the Stars - St. Patrick, first; North Woolmarket, second; Petal Middle, third.
  Rocks and minerals - West Marion, first; St. Patrick, second; Petal Upper Elementary, third.
  Scrambler - St. Patrick, first; D’Iberville Middle, second; North Woolmarket, third.
  Towers - North Woolmarket Middle, first; Petal Upper Elementary, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Invasive species - Petal Middle, first; North Woolmarket, second; North Woolmarket Middle, third.
  Ecology - St. Patrick, first; Petal Middle, second; West Marion, third.
  Fast Facts - North Woolmarket, first; D’Iberville Middle, second; PRC Middle, third.
  Wind power - West Marion HS, first; St. Patrick, second; D’Iberville Middle, third.
  Wright Stuff - West Marion HS, first; Northwoolmarket, second; D’Iberville Middle, third.
  Write It Do It - West Marion HS, first, Lillie Burney STEAM Academy, second; Petal Upper Elementary, third.
  Winners in the high school (9-12) division were:
  Overall - St. Patrick, first; Forrest County Agricultural High School, second; Pearl River Central High School, third.
  Anatomy and physiology - Forrest County AHS, first; St. Patrick, second; West Marion, third.
  Astronomy - Pearl River Central, first; Stone High School, second; Di”berville High School, third.
  Chemistry lab - Pearl River Central, first; St. Patrick, second; Stone, third.
  Disease Detectives - St. Patrick, first; Forrest County AHS, second; D’Iberville, third.
  Dynamic Planet - West Marion, first; Stone, second; Pearl River Central, third.
  Ecology - Forrest County AHS, first; St. Patrick, second; D’Iberville, third.
  Electric vehicle - Forrest County AHS, first; St. Patrick, second.
  Forensics - Stone, first; St. Patrick, second; D’Iberville, third.
  Helicopters - West Marion, first; D’Iberville, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Hydrogeology - Stone, first; West Marion, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Invasive species - D’Iberville, first; Forrest County AHS, second; Pearl River Central, third.
  Rocks and minerals - Pearl River Central, first; West Marion, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Towers - Pearl River Central, first; St. Patrick, second; Forrest County AHS, third.
  Wind power - Forrest County AHS, first; West Marion, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Write It Do It - D’Iberville, first; Seminary High School, second; St. Patrick, third.


Sixth-grader Anya Seals, in black shirt, watches the bottle rocket she and her partner, De’Lrun McGowen, entered in the Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad held Feb. 18 at Pearl River Community College. They are students at Hattiesburg's Lillie Burney STEAM Academy and placed third in the competition.
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Judge Chris Christian confirms the raw egg that flew in the bottle rocket built by De’Lrun McGowen, center, and Anya Seals did not break when the rocket landed after a 4.2 second flight. The students at Lillie Burney STEAM Academy in Hattiesburg competed Feb. 18 in the Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad at Pearl River Community College and placed third in their grade division.
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Anthony Bui, an eighth grade student at St. Patrick High School in Biloxi, watches his airplane during Wright Stuff competition in the Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad on Feb. 18 at Pearl River Community College.
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Senior Emilio Pitti, left, and sophomore Charlie Flowers prepare their tower for weight testing Feb. 18 during Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad competition at Pearl River Community College. They attend Forrest County Agricultural High School, which placed third in the tower category and second overall.
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Samuel Burge, a seventh grade student at Pearl River Central Middle School, watches his entry in the Electric Vehicle competition at the Gulf South Science Olympiad held Feb. 18 at Pearl River Community College.
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Junior Brittany Belesky and freshman Drake Senseney watch a practice flight of the helicopter they entered in Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad competition held Feb. 18 at Pearl River Community College. They attend D’Iberville High School which placed second in the category.
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February 22, 2017 - 8:27am
 
PTK inducts members at Forrest County

PTK inducts members at Forrest County

The Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society inducted new members Monday, Feb. 20, at the Pearl River Community College Forrest County Center. They include, seated from left, Carrie Aultman of Sumrall, Taylor Barefoot of Brooklyn, Karen Barnes of  Tucson, AZ; Rebecca Barrett of Hattiesburg, Taylor Bolton of Leakesville, Ebony Bradley of Beaumont, Jade Breeland of Sumrall, Naomi Burroughs of Purvis, Alexandra Cardenal of Jackson, Lorenzo Catlett of Hattiesburg, Aubrie Cronin of Oak Grove, Dozier Davis and Gary Easterling, both of Hattiesburg; second row, Richard Ellison of Carriere, Michael Evans of Purvis, Shelley Everett of Sumrall, Tyler Fiveash of Hattiesburg, Jocelin Foster of Petal, Mackenzie Friend of Purvis, Alexis Hale of Franklinton,  LA.; Kaylin Hickman of Wiggins, Zachary Hicks of Sumrall, Cody Hudson and Rebecca Jenkins, both of Hattiesburg; Raegan Kearley of Brooklyn, Dustin Loftin of Hattiesburg, Gregory McClain of Petal, Tara Mitchell and Willie Mitchell, both of  Hattiesburg; third row, Melissa Novak of Hattiesburg, Said Otwane of Petal, Caitlyn Penton of McLain, John Paul Pierce and Danielle Smith, both of Hattiesburg; Alexis Stroud of Laurel, Vera Thacker of Hattiesburg, Raevin Wade of Los Angeles, CA; Myesha Whitsett of Hattiesburg, Mekayla Williams of Leakesville, Emilie Williams of Washington, D.C., and Nathan Young of Sumrall.
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February 22, 2017 - 8:48am
 
Tickets available for Wardrobes and Rings

Tickets available for Wardrobes and Rings

  POPLARVILLE - Complimentary tickets are available for the March 2 production “Of Wardrobes and Rings and Other Things.”
  The show features British actors David Payne and David Robinson and tells of the friendship and collaboration of C.S. Lewis, author of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings.
  The event is part of the Pearl River Community College Honors Lecture Series sponsored by the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.
  The performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Brownstone Center on the Poplarville campus.
  For tickets, call 601 403-1180.

February 23, 2017 - 1:20pm
 
Failla crowned Miss PRCC Wildcat

Failla crowned Miss PRCC Wildcat

  POPLARVILLE - A 21-year-old Pearl River Community College student from Picayune was crowned Miss PRCC Wildcat after an evening of competition on Feb. 23 at the Brownstone Center for the Arts.
  Belle Failla won the crown along with awards in Judges’ Interview and Talent in competition with seven other women. She tap danced to the song Swing Time during the talent portion of the pageant.
  As Miss PRCC Wildcat, Failla will received a one semester full-tuition scholarship. She was crowned by Mary Kate Lott of Purvis, Miss PRCC Wildcat 2016.
  Alternates are Reagan Norwood of Biloxi, first and Presence and Composure Award; Karsen Gildea of Ocean Springs, second and Physical Fitness Award; Danielle Moore of Tylertown, third; and Alia Scott of Slidell, La., fourth and Ad Sales Award. The contestants selected Jasmine Clemons of Moss Point as Miss Congeniality.
  Also competing were Kamry Bond of Lumberton and Alyssa Fuller of Carriere.
  Judges were Holly Cuevas and Martha Lee, both of Hattiesburg, and Terry Fleming of Leakesville. Jacob Hickman, PRCC Fellowship of Christian Athletes director, was master of ceremonies. Sunni’s Elite Dance Academy in Poplarville provided entertainment between events.
  Failla is a member of the PRCC Honors Institute, president of the Iota Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, a student work-study employee in the math and science department and has volunteered with numerous campus activities. She has represented PRCC as HEADWAE nominee and on the PTK All-Mississippi Academic Team. She plans to earn a mechanical engineering degree at Mississippi State University.
  The daughter of David and Cindy Failla, she graduated from Mother of Divine Grace High School and was active at the state level of 4-H and has danced and played piano competitively.

Belle Failla of Picayune was crowned Miss PRCC Wildcat on Feb. 23 at Pearl River Community College.
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Contestants in the Miss PRCC Wildcat Scholarship Pageant were, from left, Alyssa Fuller of Carriere, Jasmine Clemons of Moss Point, Miss Congeniality; Reagan Norwood of Biloxi, first alternate and Presence and Composure Award; Miss PRCC Wildcat Belle Failla of Picayune, Karsen Gildea of Ocean Springs, second alternate and Physical Fitness Award; Danielle Moore of Tylertown, third alternate, Alia Scott of Slidell, La., fourth alternate and Ad Sales Award; and Kamry Bond of Lumberton.
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Belle Failla of Picayune, center, was crowned Miss PRCC Wildcat Feb. 23 after a night of competition with seven other students at Pearl River Community College. She also received the Talent and Judges’ Interview Awards. Alternates are, from left, Danielle Moore of Tylertown, third; Raegan Norwood of Biloxi, first and Presence and Composure Award; Karsen Gildea of Ocean Springs, second and Physical Fitness Award; and Alia Scott of Slidell, La., fourth and Ad Sales Award.
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February 24, 2017 - 10:16am
 
 
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