MDCC selects Hall of Fame inductees

  • Monday, 08 February 2016 09:39

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Mississippi Delta’s 2015-16 Hall of Fame process is complete and seven deserving students were selected.

Pictured, from left, are Brandon Schroeder, of Greenwood, Devin Mitchell, of Carrollton, Kalesha Williams, of Pace, Erin Jo Galey, of Coila, Hannah Leflore, of Greenwood, Hannah Garrett, of Greenville, and Richard Andrew Long, of Greenwood.

“Being selected for Hall of Fame is one of the biggest honors a student can receive while at Mississippi Delta Community College,” says Vice President of Instruction Carol Walden.

To be considered for the award, you must be a sophomore, have a 3.5 cumulative GPA through the first term of your sophomore year, have been enrolled at MDCC for three consecutive full semesters, rendered service and contributions to the school, possess leadership and loyalty qualities and presently be enrolled at the college. Instructors and club advisors nominate students who meet these qualifications.

MDCC gains 14 baseball signees

  • Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:09

MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College welcomed 14 seniors to its 2017 baseball team during the NJCAA signing period.

“We are very excited to add these 14 young men to our program,” says Head Coach Michael Avalon.

“Coach Edmonson has a done tremendous job in the scouting and recruiting of these student-athletes. Not only is the largest group to join our program in January during the past 5 years, but we believe it is the most talented. We look forward to these young men representing our college, our program, themselves and their families during their time at Mississippi Delta Community College. Each of them understand the expectations and responsibilities that comes with being a student-athlete with Trojan Baseball.”

Take a look at the 2016 Trojan Signing Class:

Hunter Allen – LHP, Pearl High School
Clayton Gaines – RHP, Lake Cormorant High School
Will Godfrey – C, New Hope High School
Da’Tavious Hackler - IF, Greenville High School
Clay Hillhouse – IF, Houston High School
Hunter Hughes – LHP, Saltillo High School
Dawson Ivey – IF, Clarkdale Attendance Center
Trey Jones – Desoto Central High School
Blake McKinley – RHP, Ethel High School
Wesley Ross – RHP/IF, Bruce High School
Taylor Shaffer – OF, Yazoo County High School
Channing Tapley – IF/RHP, Hebron Christian
Dylan Usry – RHP, Lake High School
Mason Wilkerson – RHP/C, South Panola High School

The Trojans open its 2016 season with four road games before playing at home on Feb. 20 against Southeast Iowa CC starting at noon.

MOORHEAD – Head football coach Jeff Tatum and his staff announced Wednesday afternoon that 34 players joined the MDCC Trojan family on National Signing Day.

Those players furthering their playing career are:
Dondre Andrews, Kemper County HS, WR
DeKeenen Boyd, West Bolivar HS, DB
Antonio Brown, Vicksburg HS, RB
Malcolm D. Curry, Clarksdale, DE
Tommy Davis, Provine HS, DL
Aaron Ferguson, East Side HS, OL
Larry Ferguson, Warren Central HS, WR
Darius Gainwell, Yazoo County HS, S
Ravion Glasper, Humphreys County HS, OL
Terrance Grayer, Starkville HS, DB
Markel Haggard, Vicksburg HS, DB
D’Marcus Harris, Huffman HS, DB
Terrence Harris, Huffman HS, LB
Rod’Tavious Jefferson, Yazoo City HS, S
Marion Jones, Coahoma County HS, S
Jeremy Lewis, Warren Central HS, LB
Travez Lyles, Natchez HS, WR
Danny Nevels, Greenwood HS, WR
Torry Price, Vicksburg HS, OL
LaThomas Sharp, Wilkinson County HS, OL
Malcom Shirley, Washington School, RB
Caleb Dean Silas, East Side HS, LB
Dalvin Smith, Humphreys County HS, WR
Ladaveon Smith, Noxubee County HS, WR
Jalen Stanley, Greenwood HS, DB
Kerry Lamont Thigpen, O’Bannon HS, DL
Clarence Thomas, Provine HS, DL
Derontavious Travis, Huffman HS, S
Gerald Wiley, Natchez HS, Lineman
Antwoine Williams Jr., Greenwood HS, FB

MOORHEAD – Both Mississippi Delta basketball teams fell to Northeast Mississippi CC Monday night in doubleheader action at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

For Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team, it lost by a score of 65-49 to the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Trojans won the tip and held a short lead until 6:49 left in the first period. Northeast took control and carried the lead to halftime by a score of 32-20. Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led MDCC at the break with six points and one rebound.

Both teams played a competitive second half of basketball, but the Lady Trojans couldn’t pull off the comeback. Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold led MDCC in scoring with nine points and five rebounds. Harper totaled eight points and three rebounds on the night.

The Lady Trojans will travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lady Lions of East Mississippi CC. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to compete against the Northwest Mississippi CC Lady Rangers.

Coach Derrick Fears’ men’s squad (10-8, 2-5) clashed against a very physical Northeast team from start to finish Monday night. At the half, the Tigers held a one-point lead (31-30), which they added to in the second half. The margin was small, but Northeast held on to beat MDCC 72-68.

Sophomore center Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Dantaveous Crawford had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Both teams travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lions of East Mississippi CC. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to face Northwest Mississippi CC.

Active shooter training for MDCC staff

  • Sunday, 31 January 2016 21:12

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For more information, contact Derrick Fields in the Office of Student Services at 662.246.6445.

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This annual event is great way to meet the 2016 Trojan baseball team pictured above along with its coaches.

 

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team would like to invite you to its 5th Annual Grand Slam Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the Herman Thigpen Cafeteria on the Moorhead Campus. The guest speaker is former Hinds Community College head baseball coach Rick Clarke.

The dinner provides alumni, fans, family and friends a chance to meet the 2016 Trojans baseball team and coaches before the season opener at Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Feb. 9th. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. 

Clarke is a Forest Hill High School graduate who was the head baseball coach at Magnolia Academy from 1976-82 before becoming the head baseball coach at Hinds CC in Raymond.

During his 22 seasons there, Clarke recorded 565 wins, four MACJC South Division Championships, two MACJC State Championships, four NJCAA Region 23 Championships, four NJCAA District Championships and four NJCAA World Series (1989, 1994, 1995, 1999). Clarke’s 1989 squad is the only MACJC team to ever win a division, state, regional, and district championship and play in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. in the same season.

As of 2005, Clarke’s 22 seasons as head baseball coach marked the longest tenure of any head coach at Hinds and also the longest tenure of any Mississippi community college head baseball coach at that time. He was inducted into the Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame on September 26, 2010.

For more information on the Grand Slam Dinner please contact MDCC Head Baseball Coach Michael Avalon at (601) 497-4300. Space is limited so reservations are requested. 

luncheon2 webState Representative Sara Thomas talks with members of the MDCC Delta Delegation & Student Voices about visiting the capitol and thanks them for attending the luncheon. From left, Miracle Hurns, Tyler Holeman, Lee Strickland, Thomas, Robin Grisham and Paytin Mitchner.

 

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Mississippi Delta Community College was well represented at the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) Legislative Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday in Jackson. Chef Instructor David Crews and his students prepared two sides to accompany the entre for the meal. From left, Tyler Holeman, Lee Strickland, Jeremiah Simpson, Latonya Warren, Crews, Dr. Brent Gregory, associate vice president of instruction for enrollment management/director of admissions, Miracle Hurns, Reed Abraham, associate vice president of advancement and public relations, Robin Grisham and Paytin Mitchner.

 

Several Mississippi Delta Community College students traveled to the state capitol Tuesday to participate in the Legislative Appreciation Luncheon. The annual event is a collaborative effort of Mississippi’s community and junior colleges.

Culinary arts technology students representing Mississippi Delta Community College cooked and served tableside as state leaders filled their plates with shaved cabbage with ginger, lime and sesame yogurt dressing along with chilled hoppin’ john with delta blues rice. Students representing culinary programs throughout the state prepared all food at the luncheon.

MDCC’s Culinary Arts Technology program, located on the college’s Greenwood campus, provides a solid foundation in the methods and science of cooking through exposure to classical, American and international cuisine as well as the art of baking. The heart of the Culinary Arts Technology program is hands-on lab instruction in a commercial kitchen with Chef Instructor David Crews.

Also traveling to the state capitol were members of the MDCC Delta Delegations & Student Voices group, a student-led advocacy that encourages students to be civically engaged. Ultimately, the goal of the group is to produce a desire for students to understand, be involved and support the political process of lawmaking. While in Jackson, the MDCC students were recognized by the House of Representatives and toured the capitol.

 

Mr. and Miss MDCC selected by peers

  • Thursday, 28 January 2016 13:46

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Donnell De’Quan Harris, of Glen Allen, and Shakira Birge, of Cleveland, were voted as the 2015-16 Mr. and Miss. MDCC.

Harris is a graduate of Riverside High School and the son of Barbara Green and Curtis Harris Jr. He is also the student government vice president. Harris is a nursing major who plans to enlist in the United States Airforce and pursue a Ph.D. in nursing and general psychology.

Birge is a graduate of Unity Christian Academy in Leland and the daughter of Alisha and Jerrius Jackson. She is involved in the MDCC Ambassadors Show Choir. Birge plans to pursue a degree in nursing at MDCC.

CLARKSDALE – Monday’s matchups against Coahoma proved to be two physical and hard-fought games on the court for the Mississippi Delta basketball programs.

Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team held the lead through the entire first period until Coahoma pushed ahead late in the second period to take a 32-23 lead at the break. Racquel Harper led the Lady Trojans in scoring at the half with seven.

Coahoma would continue to lead the contest the rest of the game. MDCC rallied for a comeback late in the fourth quarter but dropped the decision 64-63.

In the men’s nightcap, Coach Derrick Fears’ squad (10-7, 2-4) would battle Coahoma through regulation play and into its first overtime appearance to decide the game’s outcome. In the end, the Trojans fell 93-86, but not before displaying an energetic two halves of play.

The game was tied 18 times during regulation play including being tied at 35 at the half. The largest lead by either team in the second half was four points.

With .01 second remaining on the clock, sophomore Travon Harper drew a foul sending CCC to the free throw line, but they couldn’t convert, which sent the game into overtime.

MDCC took a brief two-point lead to start overtime play, but CCC quickly regained the lead and carried throughout the remainder of the ballgame.

For MDCC, sophomore Dantaveous Crawford had a double double and led the team in scoring with 24 points making 12 of 18 from the field and recording 12 rebounds.

Sophomore Travon Harper had 18 points making 5 of 11 from the field and 8 of 12 free throws. Harper also had eight rebounds on the night.

Both squads will resume play at J.T. Hall Coliseum on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. against Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Daniels hired as student success coach

  • Monday, 11 January 2016 00:00

danielsMississippi Delta Community College is pleased to announce the hire of Anna Daniels as its Student Success Coach.

The Indianola, Miss. native will be working under a Student Success Initiative Grant in the Student Success Center, which will provide students additional support services with the goal of increasing both retention and graduation rates.

“It became apparent during the interview process that Ms. Daniels was uniquely qualified to develop this office and provide a valuable resource for our students,” says Brent Gregory Ph.D., MDCC associate vice president for enrollment management.

“We look forward to having her on our staff and developing new strategies to assist students at MDCC.”

Daniels is an Indianola Academy graduate and received a bachelor’s degree in human sciences from Mississippi State University in 2015.

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