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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
The Mississippi Arts Commission has awarded a $14,440 project grant to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College fine arts instructors Sandra Cassibry, Brandon Ring, Aaron Mann and Britney Patten for the Arts-in-Motion collaborative project. Project partners include MGCCC’s Perkinston Campus Fine Arts Department, Perkinston Elementary, Stone County Arts Council and The Yellow Brick Project. The grant is provided in part through the National Endowment for the Arts.
Project goals include strengthening MGCCC’s art-based programs, specifically music, through the partnership and programming with local artists; to enhance and utilize local art resources, such as The Community Arts Center, MGCCC Fine Arts Department, the Yellow Brick Project and The Arts Trail more effectively; and to demonstrate the importance and involve students (elementary school, college and community) in a quality arts programming with local artists.
“Presently, Perkinston Elementary School does not offer music or arts classes,” said Sandra Cassibry, visual arts instructor at MGCCC’s Perkinston Campus. “They do not have a certified arts specialist in their school. These students are our future artists and patrons. Without instruction, how can they appreciate or value the importance of art and artists?”
Cassibry said that a discussion between school administration and the college’s Fine Arts Department started several months ago, leading to the grant proposal. “The solution to the school’s problem is really just a block away,” she said. “MGCCC, the Stone County Arts Council (SCAC) and Community Arts Center are located within walking distance of the elementary school. MGCCC has a strong fine arts program, and SCAC has received state/national recognition for visual arts through The Mural Project, storytelling with The Telling Trees and arts integration with the “A to Z” children’s books. There have been various successful visual arts and theatre/storytelling projects implemented in the community. Now, we would like to expand our community art program offerings to include music instruction and expand the resources already available to school children.”
Brandon Ring, Fine Arts Department chair and music instructor at the Perkinston Campus, said the funding will allow them to expand the arts programming and offer music lessons in the Community Arts Center. Additionally, the Arts Trail will provide safe access to the college and the Community Arts Center and provide a space for outdoor lessons, events and/or performances for students at Perkinston Elementary. The Perkinston Campus Fine Arts Auditorium will also provide for larger performances at the end of fall and spring semesters. “Our hope is that these performances will help generate donations and revenue that would help sustain future artists-in-residency programs, scholarships and arts programming,” he said. “Funding would also be utilized to help with cost of music, art supplies, materials, costumes, travel, professional development and advertising of events. Purchases of items in local businesses would help promote a creative culture and economy.”
Ring added that arts are an essential part of education and the community. “This project will help our community create an awareness of the arts, strengthen arts partnerships, emphasize the importance of music and utilize our resources more effectively,” he said. “It will showcase our future artists, the importance of arts education and our existing community arts assets. We hope that one day we will be recognized as an arts destination, an epicenter of arts celebrating this place that we call home.”
We have new dates for the Jackson County Industrial Trade Show! Right now, we’re looking at October 5th and 6th. October 5th would be setup and crawfish boil, October 6thwould be the ribbon cutting and the trade show. We will still be at the Jackson County Civic Center. This email is going to a list of people who have either been vendors in the past, were registered for this year, or are prospective vendors. So, those who were already registered will keep your spots. If any of you who were registered cannot make this date then we will open up your spots for others. So please respond to this email with your plans. If you weren’t registered and are now able to or are now interested, indicate that as well and we will try to work with you.
The Gautier City Council on Tuesday voted to loosen its restrictions on the number of customers that will be allowed inside local stores at one time. City leaders voted to amend the City’s COVID-19 order adopted on April 1.
The section pertaining to businesses and establishments having a large customer base was revised to permit 100 customers at one time in stores of 100,000 square feet or larger, 75 customers at one time in stores between 25,000 and 99,999 square feet, 50 customers at one time in stores between 14,000 and 24,999 square feet, and 20 customers at one time in stores under 14,000 square feet.
In addition, all non-essential businesses shall continue to follow the executive orders of Gov. Tate Reeves and shall be permitted to operate if and when the governor removes or amends those orders.
All other provisions of the order will remain in place until such time as the local emergency ceases or this order is revisited by the Gautier City Council.