Summer Bridge students honored

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POPLARVILLE – Tyler Huber of Carriere received the Outstanding Student Award on Monday, July 29, when at the Pearl River Community College Summer Bridge Program’s Recognition Luncheon.
The 4½- week program provides a smooth transition to college for students eligible for PRCC’s Student Support Services.
Also receiving awards were Tia Tyler of Silver Creek and Kyle Davis of Poplarville, college survival skills; Kaci Sisson of Quitman, math; Tamara McCurdy of Taylorsvills, English; and Shakira Smith of Hattiesburg, reading.
“This has been an intensive program,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “College is not easy, guys. College is hard. I’ve a first-generation college student. I understand the obstacles you face. You have a friend in me.”
Student Support Services provides tutoring and other assistance for student with a documented disability, who are low-income or are the first in their family to go to college.
“This is the first step in something that will change your life,” Breerwood said. “They can’t ever take your education away from you.”
The 32-member class is the biggest PRCC has had and the most talented academically, coordinator Georgia Field said.
In addition to those receiving awards, class members are Layken Artique, Brett Campbell, Joseph Chandler, Brenton Coates, Robert Collins, Mark Franklin and Jason Quigley, all of Carriere; Kalin Hart and Rebecca Reid, both of Lumberton; Lauren King and Justin Saucier, both of Poplarville;
Nena Bond of Sumrall, Tina Craig of Picayune, Lester Crosby of Franklinton, La., Tiana Dampeer of Sontag, Ieshia Dixon of Utica, Hayden Drake of Hattiesburg, Markeysia Harness of Biloxi, Tamesha Horne of Taylorsville, Joshua Johnson of Monre, La., Jolonda Jones of Quitman, Skyeshia Moss of Shubuta, Essence Pulliam of Jackson, LaDerrick Scott of Forest, Vamikka Smith of Mobile, Ala., and Tamara Williams of Raymond.
Dr. Robert Escudero is Student Support Services director.

Tyler Huber of Carriere received the Outstanding Student Award during the Pearl River Community College Summer Bridge to College program luncheon from Georgia Field, program coordinator, and Dr. Robert Escudero, Student Support Services director.

Brenton Coates of Carriere sings his original song, Walking on Air, to close the Summer Bridge to College luncheon.

Shakira Smith of Hattiesburg received the reading award from instructor George Denius.

Tamara McCurdy of Taylorsville received the English award from instructor Crystal Penton.

Kaci Sisson of Quitman received the math award from instructor Craig Carrigee.

Tia Tyler of Silver Creek, left, and Kyle Davis of Poplarville received the college survival skills award from instructor Carlette Bonnette.

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