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MSMS Grad Named Rhodes Scholar

I had the chance recently to have a conversation with Mississippi's newest Rhodes Scholar, Ericka Wheeler. Ericka, who is from Greenwood, graduated from MSMS in 2012. You can listen to the entire conversation she and I had by clicking the play button above, or you can download the interview by clicking the "Download" button above. I hope you enjoy this interview. If you'd like to hear more like it, please let me know by emailing me at


Wade Leonard
Coordinator for Alumni and Public Relations
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

A graduate from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science has been awarded one of the most prestigious academic awards in the world.

Ericka Wheeler, a senior at Millsaps College in Jackson and a member of the 2012 MSMS graduating class, discovered last week that she had won the honor. 

Wheeler is the daughter of Dr. Harold J. Wheeler and Dr. Valencia Martin, both of whom are practicing physicians in Greenwood, Mississippi.

This makes Ericka the first African-American woman in Mississippi's history to be named a Rhodes Scholar. Beginning in October, Ericka will move to Oxford University in England where she will study medical anthropology.

"She has always been motivated and she is so kind," said Mrs. Emily O'Bryant who regularly works with students and parents in the Mississippi Delta Region who are interested in pursuing MSMS. "She has never met a stranger. I'm so proud of her, and I'm so proud she's part of the Delta."

Ericka was recently interviewed by Wade Leonard, the MSMS Coordinator for Alumni and Public Relations, about becoming a Rhodes Scholar and how she wants to use her education to help make the Mississippi Delta a better place. You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the play button above.

MSMS would like to extend its warmest congratulations to Ericka. We know she will do our school, our state, and our nation proud. You can read the Clarion-Ledger's cover story of Ericka's achievement by clicking here.

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