Eight Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College students were honored on March 22 by the Mississippi Legislature for being named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team. One student, Adam Dunnels, of the Jefferson Davis Campus, was named to the first team, while the other students are second team.
Additionally, Dunnels was named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. Dunnels was among 1,800 applicants with selection based on scores he earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Silver Scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.
MGCCC second-team members are George County Center students Cain Kennedy and Clair Lundy; Jackson County Campus students Taylor Johnson and Danielle Kuper; and Jefferson Davis Campus student Theo Cervi; and Perkinston Campus students Khalil Markham and Keione Mellon.
Cervi was also named a Tennessee Valley Authority Scholar. The $2,250 scholarship is awarded to two Mississippi community college students annually who are eligible and nominated for the All-USA Academic Team Program and majoring in a STEM field.
During the All-Mississippi Academic Team Recognition Luncheon held at the Jackson Convention Center, the students were individually recognized for their academic accomplishments, and were presented with a legislative resolution and certificate.
Each two-year college in Mississippi may nominate two students per campus to the All-Mississippi Academic Team. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.