News Briefs: Three Ocean Springs students among seven at MGCCC to earn All-Mississippi honors


PERKINSTON, Mississippi — Three Ocean Springs residents were among seven students at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to earn All-Mississippi honors from Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society this month.

Two Ocean Springs students — Lucia Barberena and Chloe Nguyen — were named to the All-Mississippi Academic Team, while a third — Avery Higginbotham — was selected for the All-Mississippi Workforce Team.

The three, along with the other four honorees, were recognized at a luncheon on MGCCC’s Perkinston campus March 30.

Barberena is a business marketing major at the Jackson County Campus. She was named to the All-USA Academic Team and is a New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar and Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Semifinalist.

Higginbotham is an instrumentation, automation, and electronics major at the Jackson County Campus.

Nguyen of Ocean Springs is a pre-pharmacy major at the Jackson County Campus. She was also named a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar and a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Semifinalist.

The other PTK All-Mississippi honorees were Lindsey Diamond of Saucier; Lindsey Magee of Necaise; Luke Simpson of Gulfport; and Stephen Trest of Pass Christian.

Mississippi Aquarium sets date for annual ‘Sea of Stars’ fundraiser

GULFPORT, Mississippi — Mississippi Aquarium’s annual fundraiser, Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars, will return to Jones Park in September, the aquarium has announced.

A community celebration, the event features food, music and a one-of-a-kind drone lights and fireworks show. Drones launched into the darkness will create illuminated three-dimensional shapes and characters, such as alligators, dolphins, and turtles.

This one-of-a-kind light show is choreographed to a soundtrack of classic and modern favorites, with a fireworks show serving as the grand finale. The show begins at 8:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Admission to Jones Park is free and those attending are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the show. More than 20 food trucks will be on site, with the trucks and live music beginning at 5 p.m.

In conjunction with the Jones Park event, a VIP experience is available. The adult-only, private event will be held at the aquarium beginning at 6 p.m. VIP attendees will receive upscale cocktails, coastal cuisine and be treated to animal encounters and a premier viewing location for the drones and fireworks show.

Individual tickets for the VIP package are $300, or $500 per couple, and available through the aquarium website. For more information, contact the aquarium at 228-241-1300.

MGCCC offering variety of summer camps

PERKINSTON, Mississippi — From field sports to eSports, from culinary to clay sculpture, MGCCC has a summer camp to entice a wide variety of campers. Camps are offered to ages ranging from 6-19 and begin in both June and July.

“We want to offer as wide a variety as possible at our campuses so parents can find the camp that is just right for their children,” said Robert Weathers, coordinator of Wellness and Recreation at MGCCC’s Jackson County Campus.  “Our camps are not just fun; they are also educational. 

“At our (Gautier) campus, we are offering Chemistry Camp, which allows campers to learn about chemistry while making some wild concoctions.  It’s a lot of fun.  There’s also a robotics camp, which has a cool competition at the end.”

At the George County Center in Lucedale, there are two camps this summer for students in grades 6-12.  The Exploring Careers in Construction camp will be held in July and is for grades 6-8.  Each day, campers will focus on a different craft, which will include carpentry, electrical, welding, and more.

The Ag Science Summer Camp is for ages 13-16.  Participants will explore careers in agricultural science through discussion, hands-on activities, industry guest speakers, and field trips.

At the Perkinston campus, a Clay Camp will be offered for students ages 14-19. Daniel Calcote, fine arts instructor and camp leader, said the camp allows campers to create something to take home.

“Campers will work with clay using hand-building techniques, including building slab and coil forms,” he said. “They will also work on the potter’s wheel. All work created will be fired and glazed and will be theirs to take home.”

Other camps offered at the Perkinston Campus include basketball, soccer, tennis, football, and performing arts. The Harrison County campus will be offering camps featuring Robotics, Culinary Arts, eSports and Video Gaming.

For more information on MGCCC summer camps, visit www.mgccc.edu/gulfcoastsummer.



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