Mississippi Delta Community College will have two representatives at the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, as both an instructor and a student at the school were recently named William Winter Scholars.
Jorene Pettiet, an English instructor at MDCC’s Greenville Higher Education Center, is this year’s William Winter Faculty Scholar. Shelby Ballinger, a sophomore attending MDCC’s Greenville campus, is being recognized as a William Winter Student Scholar.
Pettiet and Ballinger were chosen by MDCC as the humanities division’s most outstanding student and faculty member.
Outstanding humanities division students, faculty members, and professionals from Mississippi’s universities, colleges, and community colleges are honored each year by being named William Winter Scholars at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration. At the Feb. 26-28, 2015 event, "Bigger Than Life: Extraordinary Mississippians," Pettiet and Ballinger will be honored during the opening and closing sessions, in the printed materials, and in publicity.
William Winter Scholars also are photographed with former Mississippi Governor William F.Winter, after whom the scholarship is named. Winter has served as director of proceedings for the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration each year since the event began in 1990.
Mary Ellen Buchanan of Belzoni, Miss., was selected by her co-workers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s December 2014 Staff Member of the Month. Buchanan serves MDCC’s CAPPS Center as data entry/clerical assistant.
“The most enjoyable part of my job at MDCC is the interaction with my co-workers and customers both internal and external,” says Buchanan.
An MDCC employee since 2007, Buchanan’s daily responsibilities include entering training data for the workforce division, coordinating career readiness certification, and assisting in all areas at MDCC’s Capps Technology Center in Indianola, Miss.
The Capps Technology Center houses MDCC’s Workforce Education division, which serves as a local forum for economic development and a resource for all local industrial development groups to meet and promote regional economic development. The Capps Center primarily focuses on the training, education, and skills improvement needs of business and industry.
For more information, visit MDCC’s website at www.msdelta.edu or call 662-246-6322.
Seven Mississippi Delta Community College football players have been named to the All-State first and second teams for the 2014 season.
Named to the first team All-State Offense for the North was sophomore defensive back/returner Cedric Poole (5-10, 192 of Birmingham, AL). Poole had 43 tackles, 32 solo, during the 2014 season and averaged 17 yards per kickoff return.
Named to the second team All-State Offense North was wide receiver Derrick Jenkins (5-9, 180 of Benoit), running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219 of West Palm Beach, FL), and linemen Josh Cooper (6-1, 315 of Yazoo City) and Edrick Thigpen (6-3, 325 of Drew). Derrick Jenkins had 29 receptions for 317 yards (10.0 average) and four touchdowns. Roshard Burney had 614 yards on 111 carries (6.6 yard average).
Named to the second team All-State Defense North was defensive lineman Jordan Washington (6-3, 265 of Atlanta, GA) and defensive back Denarius Howard (6-1, 190 of Greenwood). Howard had 53 tackles, 34 solo, and four interceptions.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans pulled off their second lopsided victory in a row Monday night by defeating North Division foe Northeast Mississippi Community College 90-66 in Moorhead. The Lady Trojans were defeated 86-66.
The Trojans notched their first North Division game of the season in fine fashion never trailing after they tied the game 4-4 at the 16:28 mark of the first quarter. Mississippi Delta led by 13 points, 41-27, at the break.
The Deltans continued to pour in the points in the second half leading by 21 points, 58-37, at the 12:26 mark and by 30 points, 83-53, with five minutes remaining. The biggest lead was 33 points with 2:25 left in the game and came courtesy of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Darius Dukes who went 4-8 from beyond the arc and scored 16 points for the Trojans.
Sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin also score 16 points while sophomore center Travon Harper had a team high 19 points and scored a double-double with 10 rebounds for the night. Freshman guard Jabarie Escoffery also scored in double figures with 11 points.
The win puts the Trojans at 5-4 overall and 1-0 in North Division play. The Northeast Tigers drop to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in division play.
The women’s game was just the opposite of the men’s game. The Lady Trojans took an early lead but then went cold from the field. They trailed by as many as 13 points at the 2:56 mark but made a determined comeback that cut the deficit to six points, 42-36, at the break.
The Delta women’s cold streak continued in the second half while the Lady Tigers got hot running their lead to as many as 23 points, 79-56, at the 4:46 mark of the second half. Statistically Northeast hit 52 percent from the field while the Lady Trojans managed to hit just 36 percent.
Sophomore forward Niya Head was the only Lady Trojan with a hot hand pumping in a game high 20 points and notching another double-double with 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Eugenia Gilliam was the only other player in double figures with 12 points.
The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 2-7 overall and 0-1 in North Division play while the Lady Tigers improve to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in division play.
This was the final game of the year for both the Trojans and Lady Trojans. Their next action will be Monday, January 5th, against Southwest Community College in Summit.
Seven Mississippi Delta Community College sophomores have been chosen to play in the 41st Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Game to be held Thursday at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.
The seven include running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219) out of West Palm Beach, FL., quarterback Jaylon Daniels (5-11, 180) from Grenada, offensive lineman Edrick Thigpen (6-3, 325) from Drew, offensive lineman Josh Cooper (6-1, 315) from Yazoo City, defensive lineman Tony Williams (6-0, 260) from Jackson, defensive lineman Jordan Washington (6-3, 265) from Atlanta, GA., and defensive back Cedric Poole (5-11, 192) from Birmingham, AL.
The game will start at 1 p.m. and will feature players from all 14 Mississippi community colleges on two 33 man squads. The MDCC players will participate on the North squad under the direction of Holmes Community College Head Coach Jeff Koonz.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans trounced the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves for the second time this season with a 69-45 win at home Monday night while the Lady Trojans fell for the second time to the Lady Wolves 78-59.
The Trojans came out firing treys in the first half scoring 18 of their 28 points from beyond the arc. The half ended with the Trojans up 28-20.
They added six more three-pointers in the second half with sophomore guard Darius Dukes pouring in 6/9 treys and four buckets of the two point variety for a game high 26 points. In all, the Trojans drained 11/24 three-pointers with freshman Jaylen Ford hitting 3/5 and Travon Harper and Zarmarlus Griffin adding one each.
The Wolves, 2-5 overall, cut Delta’s lead to 28-26 early in the second half but four treys and three minutes later the Trojans were up by 16 and never looked back. The biggest lead of the game was a 26 point margin with under a minute remaining.
Both Griffin and Ford ended the game with 13 points each, good enough for second game high scorer status. The best the Wolves could muster was two players with 10 points each. Sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin was game high rebounder with 11 take downs for the night.
The win puts the Trojans’ record at .500 with four wins and four losses. The women’s loss drops them to 2-6 overall.
The Lady Trojans seemed on their way to avenging an early season loss to Co-Lin at Wesson after they led almost the entire first half, at one point by as many as 12 points, 23-11. But the Lady Wolves fought back to lead by one, 31-30, at the break.
The second half was all Co-Lin as the Lady Wolves pushed their lead out to double digits at the nine minute mark and led by as many as 19 points, 73-54, at the three minute mark.
Sophomore guard Antonique McGee led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 14 points. She was followed in double figures by sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble with 12 points. Kimble also scored a double/double with 10 rebounds on the night.
The Deltans are off for the remainder of the week. They will play their final game of the year next Monday night at home as they open up North Division play on December 8th against northeast Community College. Game times are 6 & 8 p.m.