Jessica Tedford crowned Miss Mississippi Delta Community College

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Jessica Tedford of Drew, Miss. was crowned the winner of the Miss Mississippi Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant Nov. 10, 2014 at MDCC’s Moorhead, Miss. campus.

Tedford was crowned by outgoing Miss MDCC Hannah Leflore of Greenwood, Miss. Tedford was presented roses by Dr. Edward Rice, vice president of student services, and a title sash by Leflore.

Contestant Taylor Couey of Rosedale, Miss. was named first alternate. Kiviyon Jones of Greenville, Miss. was named second alternate. Nine 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.

11 Nov 2015

MDCC splits with Co-Lin on the court

Mississippi Delta Community College’s basketball teams split with visiting opponent Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday night at J.T. Hall Coliseum. The Lady Trojans slipped to 0-2 after falling 51-99 to the Lady Wolves, but the men ended the night with their second win of the season after a nail-biting finish of 69-65.

In the woman’s game, sophomore forward McKinnon Skeen led the team in scoring with 16 points. The Cleveland, Miss. native was 5-of-10 from the field, with all five being three-point shots.

Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led the team in free throws making 3-of-4 and recorded four assists on the night. Clarksdale native Jasmine Jackson tallied the top number of rebounds on the night with five. The Lady Trojans ended the game making 38 percent of shots.

In the men’s competition, the Trojans went to half-time with a 12-point lead, but allowed the Wolves to make a run at an unsuccessful comeback late in the second half.

Travon Harper led the Trojans with 21 points, making 8-of-9 from the field. Harper was 100 percent on free throws and led the team with five rebounds. Collectively the team made 49 percent from the field and made 75 percent of free throws.

Jaylen Ford and Dantaveous Crawford both were 3-of-6 from the field scoring 11 and 10 points respectfully.

Both teams are slated to play at Southwest Community College on Monday with the women tipping off at 5 p.m. The next home double header will by Thursday, Nov. 12 starting at 5 p.m. Follow us on Twitter at MDCCATHLETICS for live updates during both competitions.

Letter to the editor from Athletic Director

Mississippi Delta Community College Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni penned an open letter to the editor that was sent to numerous media sources concerning the incident that unfolded at the East Mississippi - Mississippi Delta football game on Oct. 22.

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Dear Editor,

I write this open letter to the editor to state the facts and correct the misinformation being dispersed after an in-game altercation occurred between Mississippi Delta Community College and East Mississippi Community College on Oct. 22.

Several media sources have reported inaccurate information over many news outlets, including but not limited to social media, television broadcasts and newspapers.

It has been reported that an EMCC receiver was tackled out of bounds and then shoved back to the ground after the hit was made. However, after reviewing game film multiple times with our coaching staff and administration to understand how the altercation occurred, the footage shows the EMCC player was tackled approximately nine yards inside the white line that marks the out of bounds territory – meaning he was in bounds.

The receiver ran a short pass play toward the Mississippi Delta sideline and the ball went through his hands for an incompletion. Contact was made toward the end of the play by an MDCC defender, which prompted the official to throw a flag. According to a Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) official, the flag was thrown for helmet-to-helmet contact.

In the game film, you can see that no MDCC player shoved the EMCC receiver back to the ground, as has been reported. The footage shows both players involved with the play standing up and exchanging words, which led to the EMCC player hitting two different MDCC defenders in the facemask, which started the altercation.

It is a fact that football is a very physical sport and athletes sometimes lose their cool in the heat of a game. Incidents, such as this, happen when student-athletes play with passion and emotion and coaches can’t predict when something like this will happen. It takes a combined effort from officials, coaches and players to keep their actions in check and under control.

MDCC does not defend the unsportsmanlike behavior of some of its players and those players will serve the punishments assigned by the MACJC. The athletic department and college are satisfied with its findings and are ready to turn the page. The spreading of misinformation, as in this case, can shed a negative light on a very positive thing, such as MDCC Athletics, and I would suggest a little fact checking be conducted in the future.

Sincerely,
Domino Bellipanni
Athletic Director
Mississippi Delta Community College

Lamplighters attend 2015 conference

lamplighters2015wThree Mississippi Delta Community College instructors were among the state's best community and junior college faculty members honored at the prestigious Lamplighters Conference, on Oct. 20-22 co-hosted by Meridian Community College and East Central Community College in Meridian, Miss.

MDCC teachers Jorene Pettiet, Christie Kisner and Frankie Chandler attended the annual three-day conference for professional development, entertainment, fellowship and fun.

Representing MDCC's English department, Jorene Pettiet of Leland is currently in her 8th year at Mississippi Delta Community College. She earned her bachelor's degree from Delta State University and her master's degree from Mississippi State University. Pettiet was the co-recipient of the 2015 Steinreide Grant.

An MDCC employee for 14 years, honoree Christie Kisner serves as the college's radiology clinical coordinator. A native of Baird, she received her bachelor's degree from Florida College of Health Sciences and her master's degree from University of Phoenix. Kisner and her husband, Robert Dale, and children, Matt, Taylor and Reagan, attend Eastwood Baptist Church in Indianola, Miss.

Serving as a Career and Technical instructor for Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Cooling (HVAC) for four years, honoree Frankie Chandler is an MDCC Alumni. He is a graduate of the HVAC Program and continued studies at Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University. He and his wife, Patrice, reside in Ruleville, and have two children, Jacope Re and Franklin Pierce Chandler III.

The first Lamplighter Conference was held in 1989 with the goal of bringing in outstanding instructors who could share ideas. "Lighting the lamp" of the participants was to provide them the opportunity to return to their own schools and light the lamps of their fellow instructors. The conference is designed to recharge and invigorate faculty who shine on their individual campuses, while also providing an opportunity to recognize faculty who go above and beyond what is required. The program also gives effective instructors an opportunity to share with one another those teaching techniques that best promote learning.

05 Nov 2015

MDCC hosts its 2016 scholarship pageant

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Mississippi Delta Community College will hold its 2016 Miss MS Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant, a Miss America Preliminary Pageant, on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Yeats Fine Arts Auditorium on the Moorhead campus.

Ten young ladies are competing for the title this year. An admission of $7 will be taken at the door and $3 for all MDCC students, faculty and staff with their valid school ID.

Pictured are this year’s contestants with the 2015 Miss MS Delta Community College winner Hannah Leflore (middle). From left, Alexis Austin, Greenville; Taylor Couey, Rosedale; Jessica Tedford, Drew; Keyairra Frison, Indianola; Briana Knox, Vicksburg; Hannah Leflore, Miss MS Delta Community College 2015, Greenwood; Kiviyon Jones, Greenville; Jasmine Towers, Pace; Amber McCollum, Cleveland; Shakira Birge, Cleveland; Caroline Bradley, Drew.

04 Nov 2015

LETA graduates new cadets

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The next generation of law enforcement professionals recently graduated from Mississippi Delta Community College's Law Enforcement Training Academy on the college's Moorhead, Miss., campus.

Graduates not only received their law enforcement certification, but also completed 22 college credit hours.

Mississippi Delta Community College is proud to host law enforcement training for the officers of the great state of Mississippi. Our Law Enforcement Training Academy, more commonly known as LETA, is accelerating by leaps and bounds.

In an effort to produce more efficient and safety conscious officers, we offer our cadets a twelve-week training regimen including physical fitness examinations, firearms certification and classroom training. In addition to the mandatory 12-week training course, LETA also offers advanced training to police officers.

03 Nov 2015