HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Four students from Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center are Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team scholars.
Academic scholars are sophomores Feizal Mjidho of Petal and Lane Anderson of Purvis. On the career-technical side, PRCC representatives are sophomores Alexander (Alex) Province of Hattiesburg and Evan McDonnell of Ocean Springs.
All of the students learned of their honor last month.
Mjidho, 19, is majoring in computer engineering. After graduation, he plans to further his education at either Mississippi State University or the University of Mississippi.
“As a student at PRCC, I have enjoyed being surrounded by teachers and peers who have challenged me,” Mjidho said. “They have also helped motivate me to be better by supporting me in my journey.”
Mjidho serves as president of the history and humanities club, and vice president in Phi Theta Kappa, the chess club, table top gaming club and the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute.
Anderson, 20, a pharmacy major, plans to further his education at either Ole Miss or LSU. He serves as president of the chess club and a vice president in Phi Theta Kappa.
“I am proud to be able to say I am a student at the best junior college in the state,” Anderson said.
Province, 30, recently received the Phi Theta Kappa Career Readiness $500 scholarship. He is a student in Electronics Engineering Technology.
“It’s been a thrilling and exhausting ride for me,” Province said. “Kind of like riding a roller coaster. When you get off, the blood going even faster, then you have to sit down. That is how it is every day. I am doing something I want to do my entire life, learning programming, working on the training boards, assisting in building two different trainers. I like the cool stuff, the tinkering. Even the book stuff.
“I would have never thought a community college would have something like this to offer.”
Province is not only a career-technical representative in Phi Theta Kappa, but he also serves as vice president of the National Technical Honor Society at PRCC’s Forrest County Center, vice president of Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon chapter; president of the table top gaming club and a member of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute.
McDonnell, 26, is majoring in Electronics Technology. He serves as president of the National Technical Honor Society at the Forrest County Center and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He wants to work in the oil and gas industry.
“One of the more exciting things to me about attending PRCC is that my technical program led me to an internship and numerous resume accomplishments,” McDonnell said.
The All-Mississippi Academic Team scholars program was established by the Mississippi Association for Community and Junior Colleges, the Mississippi Community College Board, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Each college campus may put forth the applications of two academic students and two CTE students. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.
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