MGCCC students win 22 awards at state Phi Beta Lambda competitions

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College students won 22 at the annual competition held during the Phi Beta Lambda State Conference at Mississippi University for Women on March 1-3.  

Perkinston Campus students won 15 awards.  First-place winners are Jamie Dykes, of Lucedale, Desktop Publishing; Alexis Bounds, of Biloxi, Justice Administration; and Cara Whittington, of Wiggins, Darin Aucoin, of Biloxi, and Rebecca Dubuisson, Social Media Campaign team.  Second-place winners are Darin Aucoin, of Biloxi, and Austin Lee, of McHenry, Computer Animation team; Allison Snell, of Saucier, and Braodrick Patrick, of Forest, Integrated Marketing Campaign; Alliison Snell, of Saucier, and Austin Lee, of McHenry, Website Design team; and Alexis Bounds, of Biloxi, Cara Whittington, of Wiggins, Rebecca Dubuisson, of Saucier, Ethan Wynn, of Saucier, Lynn Ashanta Jefferson, of Canton, Parliamentary Procedures team.  Third-place winners are Lynn Ashanta Jefferson, of Canton, Client Services; Kathy Nguyen, of Biloxi, Computer Animation; Braodrick Patrick, of Forest, Community Service Project; and Kathy Nguyen, of Biloxi, Desktop Publishing.

From the Jefferson Davis Campus, the winner is Mary Wells, of Vancleave, who won second place for her Community Service Project and third place for Business Law.

Three Perkinston Campus students were elected as 2017-2018 Phi Beta Lambda state officers.  They are Lynn Ashanta Jefferson, of Canton, state reporter; Allison Snell, of Saucier, state secretary; and Braodrick Patrick, of Forest, state vice president.   Austin Lee, of McHenry, and Peter Mersdorf, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, both Perkinston Campus students, were named to the Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame for having won first place at the 2016 national competitions.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master’s degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.