Leflore named HEADWAE Student of the Year

  • Thursday, 07 January 2016 03:43
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Mississippi Delta Community College student Hannah Leflore was recognized as the Higher Education Awareness Day Working toward Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) student of the year for 2015.

Sponsored by the Mississippi legislature, the award honors academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.

A Greenwood native, Leflore is a sophomore at MDCC and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a member of the Ambassadors, co-editor of the yearbook and a member of the Baptist Student Union. She is the daughter of Stan and Jan Leflore.

After graduating from MDCC, Leflore plans to attend Delta State University and major in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Leflore is among the state’s honorees invited to the Mississippi Capitol for Higher Education Appreciation Day. The goal of Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, and promote good citizens capable of thriving in today’s society and prepared to meet future challenges. To this end, one student and faculty honoree are annually selected from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the Appreciation Day activities.

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Hannah Leflore of Greenwood, Miss. was crowned the winner of the Miss Mississippi Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant Nov. 11, 2014 at MDCC’s Moorhead, Miss. campus.

Leflore was crowned by outgoing Miss MDCC Kaylan Frye of Leland, Miss. Leflore was presented roses by Dr. Larry Nabors, college president, and a title sash by Dr. Edward Rice, vice president of student services.

Contestant Shannon McKinney of Indianola, Miss. was named first alternate. Keyairra Frison, also of Indianola, was named second alternate. Eleven MDCC students competed in the categories of talent, evening wear, interview, and swimsuit.

The pageant is directed by Ms. Stacy Upton and is sponsored by the college, the MDCC Development Foundation, Inc., and the MDCC Alumni Association. The college provides a tuition scholarship for students returning to MDCC the next academic year. The Alumni and Foundation provide a stipend for wardrobe and fees associated with the Miss Mississippi Pageant.

Miss Mississippi is a scholarship pageant and state preliminary of Miss America. Mississippi Delta Community College holds a local pageant each year as a preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant.