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14 MSMS Students Attend Scholastic Regional Awards Ceremony
Pictured are Landon Alexander, Ryley Fallon, Victoria Miller, Likhitha Polepalli, Jessikah Morton, Victoria Gong, River Gordon, Madison Wypyski, Indu Nandula, Mrs.Emma Richardson, Aja Ceesay, Morgan Emokpae, and Christian Couvillion. Not pictured: Chylar Gibson and Sarah Perry.

Pictured are Landon Alexander, Ryley Fallon, Victoria Miller, Likhitha Polepalli, Jessikah Morton, Victoria Gong, River Gordon, Madison Wypyski, Indu Nandula, Mrs.Emma Richardson, Aja Ceesay, Morgan Emokpae, and Christian Couvillion. Not pictured: Chylar Gibson and Sarah Perry.

Fourteen MSMS Creative Writing students traveled to Jackson recently to receive regional awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program in a ceremony held on the front lawn of the Eudora Welty House on Pinehurst Street.

Before the ceremony students were treated to a picnic lunch at Millsaps College, then toured the Eudora Welty House and museum. As a national Gold Medalist, Victoria Gong read from her short story "Game of Life" to the assembled audience of 400 students and parents.

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Wypyski and Jaiswal win Columbus Exchange Club awards
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Congratulations to Madison Wypyski and Dev Jaiswal!

Dev was selected as the MSMS ACE Award recipient (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence). Madison was selected as the MSMS Youth of the Year recipient. These awards are given annually by the Columbus Exchange Club. Students are nominated by the entire MSMS staff and the recipients selected by the Academic Leadership Team. 

In addition to being the MSMS recipient, Madison was also chosen as the Columbus Exchange Club Youth of the Year. Her name will go forward to the state level competition.

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12 STAR Students and Six STAR Teachers Recognized at Education Celebration
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Congratulations to MSMS students Grace Ann Beech, Cade Burton, Connor Chitmon, Caleb Colley, Austin Cosby, Alan Elgin, Victoria Gong, Lane Hughes, Maria Kaltchenko, Timothy Lewis, Kaelon McNeece, and Hamilton Wan on being recognized as STAR Students (Student-Teacher-Achievement Recognition Program). These STAR students were recognized for their academic achievement among the state’s high school students at the 2019 Mississippi Economic Council’s Education Celebration.

According to the MEC website, STAR students must have an ACT score of 25 or higher and an overall grade average of 93 or above in selected subjects in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and first-semester of twelfth grade.

Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher – the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.  This year’s STAR teachers are Dr. Philip Benge, Mrs. Shae Koenigsberger, Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, Mrs. Emma Richardson, Mr. Chuck Yarborough, and Mrs. Lauren Zarandona.

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) and the M.B. Swayze Foundation sponsors the STAR Program. The theme for the 2019 Education Celebration was Reach for the Stars. Each STAR Student received a medallion, lapel pin and certificate in recognition of their achievements.

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Journalism Students Attend Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Conference

Journalism students spent their Monday at the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association's annual conference at Ole Miss. In addition to attending workshops about how to grow in their craft, The Vision staff brought was awarded 22 certificates from the awards ceremony, far exceeding past numbers.

MSPA is made up of 67 schools, and the various contest categories combined bring in close to one thousand submissions. Like with the Oscars, to be a finalist means a story/photo/etc. has made it into the top-5 submissions (top-3 for the carry-in contest). From there, MSPA picks one winner. In the newspaper category, The Vision received the following recognition: 

Carry-In Contest (for work published after the Feb. 15 "Best of Mississippi" deadline):

News Photo--Gina Nguyen, Finalist

Feature Photo--Helen Peng, Winner

Headline--Davan Reece, Finalist

Lede--Davan Reece, Winner

Best of Mississippi (for work published between Feb. 16, 2018-Feb. 15, 2019)

Feature Story--Mariat Thankachan (c/o 2018), Finalist

Opinion Piece--Davan Reece, Finalist

Staff Editorial--Yousef Abu-Salah (c/o 2018), Winner

Review--Dairian Bowles, Finalist

Review--Hayden Stokley (c/o 2018), Finalist

Review--Helen Peng, Winner

Editorial Cartoon--Abigail Barker, Winner

Sports Story--Elijah Dosda, Winner

Sports Story--Victoria Gong, Finalist

News Photo--Gina Nguyen (x2), Finalist

Feature Photo--Gina Nguyen, Finalist

Feature Photo--Michelle Luo, Finalist

Sports Photo--Elijah Dosda, Winner

Page Design--Michelle Luo, Finalist

Best Online Presence--The Vision, Finalist

Best Social Media Presence--The Vision, Finalist

Adviser of the Year--Thomas Richardson, Finalist

Four juniors who have been selected to attend the 2019 Invitational Journalism Workshop for High School Students at Ole Miss this summer: Elijah Dosda, Gina Nguyen, Davan Reece, and Cameron Thomas.

Please congratulate these students when you see them, and keep reading The Vision!

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MSMS Students Recognized by Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce
MSMS Director for Academic Affairs, Mrs. Kelly Brown, with MSMS students Dennis Lee, Lori Feng, Hamilton Wan, and Tyler Branch.

MSMS Director for Academic Affairs, Mrs. Kelly Brown, with MSMS students Dennis Lee, Lori Feng, Hamilton Wan, and Tyler Branch.

On April 4th the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2018-2019 Education Awards Program. Five MSMS students were recognized for their academic excellence this year. 

Hamilton Wan, from Starkville, received the award for Outstanding Senior and also received the Chamber Scholarship for being Overall Senior.

The Highest GPA Awards went to MSMS junior, Dennis Lee, and MSMS senior Hamilton Wan, both from Starkville.

Corporate scholarships were awarded to three MSMS students.

Lori Feng, a senior from Starkville, received a scholarship from Edward Jones Investments.

Tyler Branch, a senior from Lexington, received a scholarship from Steel Dynamics, Inc.

Natalie Long, a senior from Louisville, received a scholarship from Mississippi University for Women Foundation.

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