Explosion of Excellence 2020
Explosion of Excellence 2020Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau
Posted by Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Mississippi on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
While graduating seniors in Jackson County are facing an unconventional conclusion to their high school careers, one tradition is being kept alive that provides scholarships to nearly 180 students.
The 30th annual Explosion of Excellence scholarship ceremony was held Tuesday evening in a brand new format for the program. The entire event was live-streamed on the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.
Explosion of Excellence is an effort to provide scholarship funds to the top ten percent of students from each high school in Jackson County. Pat Descher, of the McDonald’s Descher Organization, started the program 30 years ago with the dream of encouraging high school students to go to college and come back to Jackson County to live and work.
179 students each received a $250 book scholarship this year. Out of that 179 students, 20 of them were randomly drawn to receive an additional $1000 scholarship each.
Please find the full list of scholarship recipients below, as well as this year’s contributors.
Congratulations to the Explosion of Excellence Class of 2020
EAST CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
William Alexander Anderson
Natalie Rayne Baxter *
Lauren Quinn Brown
Sydni Lyn Burroughs
Stacy Rene Crawford
Yamiliz Yari Felicie-Robles *
Ashlyn Paige Hinton
Chesie Elyse Killen
Garrett Michael Knotts
Tori Elizabeth Loper
Kiley Elizabeth Martin
Sarah Lauren Rice
Rylee Caroline Sharpton
Madison Brooke Strickler
Sallie Amanda Warren
Sarah Elisabeth Warren
Secora Faye Webb
GAUTIER HIGH SCHOOL
Shandrika Jefferson *
Kathryn McArthur *
Shantel Simmons *
Victoria Taylor *
MOSS POINT HIGH SCHOOL
Ninoshka Munoz Deleon *
OCEAN SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL
Mitchell Bowie *
Rebecca Tatum Cooper
Harold “Todd” Coulter
Hanna Mitchell *
Ivy Oberkirch *
Shaw St. Amant *
Campa Steven *
PASCAGOULA HIGH SCHOOL
Clarissa Sanders *
Keleri Chasteen *
RESURRECTION CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Meghan Denmark *
SAINT MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL
Tara Bradley *
Sophia Incer *
Vivian Ly *
Victor Thorne *
VANCLEAVE HIGH SCHOOL
Miranda Hines *
* $1000 drawing recipient
Thank you to this year’s Explosion of Excellence contributors
ASB Marketing, LLC in memory of Jim Brooks
Baber Strunk Enterprises
Bienville Animal Medical Center
Bryan, Nelson, Schroeder, Castigliola & Banahan
Children and Grandchildren of Billie and Zelma Lofton in memory of Billie and Zelma Lofton
Cmsgt. Lloyd W. & Ann Hegwood, USAF Retired
Community Connections JC Chapter
Descher, William H.
Dr. Charles and Amy Wilson
Duchess Club of Ocean Springs
East Central High School
Eight D Enterprises, Inc. – DBA McDonald’s
Family Dental Care
Fifteen D Enterprise, Inc. DBA McDonald’s
First Chemical Corporation
Foster’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.
Friendship Civic Club of Ocean Springs
Gayle T. Roberts
Hacienda San Miguel
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
Hayden and Sandy Dent
Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A.
Home Town Lumber & Supply, Inc.
Jackson County AARP Chapter 1213
Jackson County Board of Supervisors
Jackson County Commercial Properties, LLC
Jackson County Utility Authority
Jana Wamsley Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jana Wamsley
Jerry and Joann St. Pe’
Jerry Lee’s Grocery No. 1
Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula-Moss Point
Keesler Federal Credit Union
Lee Tracy / Accent Foot Fashions OS, LLC in memory of Kyle Todd
Merchants & Marine Bank
Mike and Bettie Concannon in memory of Melinda Mitchell
Mississippi Export Railroad Company
Mississippi Eye Associates
Moss Point Rotary Club
Nine D Enterprises, Inc. DBA McDonalds
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.
Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce
Omega Protein, Inc.
Paige Roberts in honor of Jim, Anita, & Kaya Brooks
Pascagoula Bar Pilots Association
Propeller Club of Pascagoula
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County
Robert and Vivian Barr in memory of Patsie Meyer & Claire Kershaw
Rotary Club of Pascagoula
Sarah and William Finnicum
Singing River Electric Cooperative
St. Martin High School
Tuesday Night Bridge Club
United Way of Jackson & George Counties in memory of Jim Brooks
VT Halter Marine, Inc.
Zonta Club of Pascagoula
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