Thousands of Dollars Given at the Explosion of Excellence

This year’s 28th Annual Explosion of Excellence was held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus.  Over $70,000 was given in scholarships to 187 graduating seniors from throughout Jackson County.  This scholarship program each year honors the academic achievements of the graduating high school seniors who are in the top ten percent of their classes in all area high schools in Jackson County (including the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science).  This program was a huge success thanks to all of the contributors from the community, who support the future endeavors of these graduates, congratulate them and welcome them to return to the community when they finish their education.

 

This year’s contributors were the following:

 

AARP – Jackson County Chapter #1213 Allred Architectural Group, PA

Anonymous – In Memory of George Terral

Anonymous

Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina

Baber Strunk Enterprises, LLC

Bacot McCarty Foundation

Barbara Celarec – In Honor of Gretchen Duescher

Barbara Celarec – In Memory of Michael Celarec

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Bienville Animal Medical Center

Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists LLC

Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service – In Memory of John R. Blossman

Bryan, Nelson, Schroeder, Castigliola & Banahan, PLLC

Chevron Products Company

Compton Engineering, Inc.

Community Bank

David & Susan McCormick

Dr. Bill Descher

Dr. Daniel Wittersheim

Dr. & Mrs. Eric Lucas

Dr. Charles & Amy Wilson

Duchess Club of Ocean Springs – In Honor of Duchess Club of Ocean Springs

Duchess Club of Ocean Springs

Duchess de Chaumont, DAR Chapter

East Central High School

Estabrook Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Toyota Motor Company, Inc.

First Chemical Corporation

First Federal Savings & Loan

Fortnightly Club

Foster’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.

Gautier High School PTO

Geraldine Barnes – In Memory of Glennis “Nick” Barnes & Maxine Barnes McLaughlin & Ephraim & Shirley H. Barnes

Hacienda San Miguel Mexican Restaurant

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Hayden & Sandy Dent

Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A.

Home Builders Association of the Mississippi Coast

Home Instead Senior Care

Home Town Lumber & Supply Company Inc.

Ingalls Shipbuilding

Jackson County Board of Supervisors

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – In Memory of Delores Sumrall

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – In Memory of Kyle Todd

Jackson County Utility Authority

Jana Walmsley Memorial Scholarship Fund – In Memory of Jana Walmsley

Jerry & Joann St. Pé

Jerry Lee’s Grocery & Deli

Jim and Michele Blevins

Jo Anne Fontaine – In Memory of Doug L. Fontaine, Jr.

Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula – Moss Point

Keesler Federal Credit Union

  1. L. Bond & Company, Inc.

Lee Tracy – In Memory of Kyle Todd

Lisa Cannon, Edward Jones

McDonald’s Descher Organization

Merchants and Marine Bank

Mike & Bettie Concannon – In Memory of Coach Melinda Mitchell

Mississippi Export Railroad

Mississippi Eye Associates

Mississippi Power Community Connections – Jackson County Chapter

Mr. & Mrs. A. Kelly Sessoms, III

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau

Ocean Springs High School Administration & Counselors – In Honor of Bobbie Jones

Omega Protein

Pascagoula Bar Pilots’ Association, LLC

Pascagoula-Gautier School District

Pecan Park Elementary PTO

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Ken Baker

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Melinda Mitchell

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Robert McIlrath

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Steve Cruthirds

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Terry Monk

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament/Glenn Reeves State Farm Insurance

Propeller Club of the US – Port of Pascagoula

Pugh Associates, LLC – In Memory of Gayla Stroble

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Virginia Williams

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Louisa McWilliams

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Chester Blalock

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Jane Wade

Robert C. & Vivian K. Barr – In Memory of Wallace Barr, III & Pamela Wang

Robert H. and Betty R. Oswald

Rotary Club of Gautier

Rotary Club of Pascagoula

Santos Ventures, LLC

Scranton’s Restaurant & Catering – In Memory of Ben Pickett, Laverne Rasco, Merle Ivy & Marilyn Zuill

Singing River Electric Cooperative

Singing River Federal Credit Union

St. Martin High School

St. Paul United Methodist Church Moss Point

The First – A National Banking Association

The Peoples Bank

Theta Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Thomas Pugh – In Memory of Gayla Stroble

Tom & Mary Ashbaker – In Honor of Mrs. Mildred Olson, Mother of Pat Descher

Tom & Mary Ashbaker – In Honor of Bill & Pat Descher, Gregg Descher Family & Jeff Descher Family

Walmart #1346 – Ocean Springs

Wells Fargo Foundation

Young Men’s Business Club of Moss Point

Zonta Club of Pascagoula

 

The Explosion of Excellence is a program jointly sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and all high schools in Jackson County.  It is a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  The Chairman of this year’s Explosion of Excellence is Pat Descher of the McDonald’s Descher Organization, and the Co-Chairman is Dr. Bill Descher.

 

The public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship for next year.  These scholarships are donated by the public to encourage these students to consider employment in Jackson County when their education is finished.  The scholarships can be made in memory or in honor of someone, in the name of a company or individual or left anonymous.  The public can help honor these students by writing a check to the “Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Explosion of Excellence” and mailing it to “Explosion of Excellence, Post Office Box 480, Pascagoula, MS  39568-0480.”

 

To answer any questions, please call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email Valerie Dedeaux, Administrative Assistant, at Chamber@jcchamber.com.

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