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Desks, classrooms, athletic fields and arenas, stages, auditoriums— without the Northwest student body, these empty 
campus locales have no pulse, no heartbeat. When Northwest students breathe hope, dreams, creativity, talent and 
intelligence into our fair campus, Northwest comes to life. We are Northwest. 

{student life 4} 

WE ENGAGE. Through student activities, academics 
and athletics, we show our Ranger pride beyond the 

{distinctions 26} 

WE ACHIEVE. Together, faculty, staff, alumni and 
students rise above the minimum standards to a higher 
level of education. For example, each year, a select 
number of students are chosen to be inducted into the 
Northwest Hall of Fame based upon grade point average 
and overall student involvement. Achieiving this award is 
the highest honor you can receive as a Northwest student. 

{clubs & organizations 40} 

WE UNITE. Through clubs and organizations, we unite our 
professional, academic and special interests — activities 
essential to camaraderie and resume building. Art 
enthusiasts can join Les Fauves Art club, while students 
interested In the health care field can join clubs such as 
the Health Care Assistants, Student Nurses Association or 
even the Respiratory Care Society. 

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WE PERFORM. We collaborate to create musical and 
theatrical masterpieces. The offerings from the Fine Arts 
Division at Northwest vary from musical performances such 
as the Northwest Singers and Ranger Marching Band to more 
visual performances with the Rangerettes and theatre. 

{athletics 72} 

WE COMPETE. As Rangers, we pride ourselves in 
a competitive athletic environment. With over 600 
Northwest student athletes going on to play at 130 four- 
year colleges and universities around the country in just 
the past 20 years, competition at Northwest is pertinent 
to the school's reputation for athletic and academic 

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WE ADAPT. We believe in meeting students' needs 
by expansion and creation of new resources and 
technological advances. With centers located across 
northwest Mississippi and over 300 classes offered online, 
Northwest adapts to students of all ages and hometowns. 

{profiles 118} 

WE EXCEL. As students, we know the importance of 
completing our degrees at Northwest. Year after year, over 
1,000 students cross the finish line and graduate with an 
associate degree or have enough credits to transfer to a 
four-year university. 




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How are you adjusting to life at Northwest? 


"I'm adjusting to it pretty well. I 
thought it would be harder, but I'm 
meeting new people and having a 
good time which makes it easy." 
- Patrice Hughes, freshman, secondary 
education major from Grenada 

{Back} to School 

Written by Brittany Grant 

As school starts, students learn where their new 
classes are. Students spend a week figuring 
out when the best time to wake up is, what times 
they should eat meals and what activities they 
have time for. Students reconnect with old 
friends and make new friends. 

In order for the students to become more 
familiar with each other, the school holds an 
event called Meet the Rangers. In this event, 
all students who participate in a fall sport are 
brought out on the field and introduced to the 
students, faculty and staff in the stands. The 
marching band plays at this event, allowing 
students to observe their performance skills. 

The cheerleaders and Rangerettes are also 
introduced during Meet the Rangers. This year 
the cheerleading team is co-ed. which is a 

first in recent years for Northwest. Meet the 
Rangers opens possibilities for students to get to 
know one another outside the classroom while 
bolstering school spirit for the season ahead. 



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Rangers Raising Awareness 

A vibrant pink replaced the usual sea of red 
and blue that regularly floods Northwest 
football stands as Ranger fans came 
out in droves dressed to support breast 
cancer awareness during the "Rangers Go 
Pink" game versus Northeast Mississippi 
Community College on Thursday. Sept. 29 to 
kick off October as Breast Cancer Awareness 

Throughout the pre-game, Ranger 
cheerleaders collected donations and invited 
any supporter to join "Team Northwest" 
as the squad continues to raise money 
for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Team 
Northwest" participated in the Memphis 
Race for the Cure on Oct. 29 and raised 
more than $700 for the cause. 

Keila Duarte of Batesville. Ashley McNair 
of Philadelphia and their fellow Northwest 
cheerleaders adorned Ranger fans with pink 
beads, temporary face tattoos and pom- 
poms as the spectators made their way into 
the stands. "Northwest is promoting breast 
cancer awareness, because it is a major 
issue any woman or man could face," said 

"We are trying to show everyone that it is 
very important to get checked." said McNair. 

In the weeks leading up to the event, Liesl 
Davenport, cheer sponsor and Intramural 
coordinator, invited faculty, staff, students 

and friends of Northwest or Northeast who 
are breast cancer survivors and those who 
are still fighting to overcome the disease 
to sign up to be recognized during halftime 
for their courage and strength and to bring 
attention to the importance of breast cancer 
screenings. Northwest President, Dr. Gary 
Lee Spears, joined members of the Ranger 
cheerleaders as they delivered pink roses to 
five breast cancer survivors during a special 
halftime presentation on the 50-yard line. 

"In 2010 there were more than 2.5 million 
breast cancer survivors in the United States." 
said halftime announcer and Assistant 
Director of Campus Life and Housing, Ed 
Carroll. "Tonight we honor our survivors." 
"The 'Rangers Go Pink' game is so important 
to me, because I am a 10-year survivor 
of breast cancer and a former teacher at 
Northwest," said Marilyn Spears, retired early 
childhood education technology instructor. 
"It makes me very proud that they would 
support breast cancer awareness for the 
month of October." 

Brenda Hurst, grandmother of Northwest 
student Samantha Woods of Horn Lake, 
joined Marie and Donna Beard. Marilyn 
Spears and Linda Blount, mother of 
Northwest Athletic Director, Cameron Blount 
for the special halftime presentation. 





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I Catherine Hood of Hernando stands on the shoulders of Ranger 
cheerleaders Macy Morris (left) and Fisher Sullivan during Homecoming 
pre-game Oct. 22. Hood, the cousin of Rangerette Kelsey Woods, 
participated in a cheer camp earlier that day. She is the daughter of Lloyd 

2. Sophomore liberal arts major Mary-Alice Burns, (l-r) freshman 
respiratory therapy major Sharon Hackman. and sophomore nursing 
major Ashlea Stephenson, join each other for a few moments of fun at the 
DeSoto Center Homecoming tailgate and cookout. 

3 A Northwest student enjoys caking her picture as her face becomes 
First Lady Michelle Obama during the Homecoming activity Faces in 
Fantasy Places. 

4 Kimberly Willis, (l-r) a freshman pre-physical therapy major from 
Gore Springs; Bethany Pictman, a sophomore general college major from 
Batesville. Attelia Garrison, a sophomore paralegal major from Oxford; 
and Kearra Smith, a freshman psychology major from Oakland show their 
school spirit during Homecoming week. 

During homecoming week, there were many festivities that took place including Faces in 
Fantasy Places, which allowed students and faculty to have their face placed onto a head 
of an NBA star, a sociallite or even the President of the United States, the Ranger Pep Rally 
that attracted dozens of community locals, students, faculty and staff to get pumped up for 
the coming Saturday's game against Holmes Community College and even the annual dorm 

On Saturday, Alumna of the Year, Jacqueline Collinsworth was surrounded by many family, 
friends and co-workers to honor her continual legacy at Northwest. Northwest President, Dr. 
Gary Lee Spears said "I want to thank you, Jackie You are the spark that keeps our students 

Northwest ended homecoming week with a 66-41 victory over Holmes Community College. 
Fans filled the stadium seats to not only watch the game but see who would be named 
homecoming queen for each campus. 

'Homecor 1 !!' g is always great because I get to see all my friends who graduated," Jade 
Henry, a sophomore chemistry major from Pope, said. 

"This is a big deal for a lot of the community as well, it is more than just a school wide event," 
Jessica VanDyke, a sophomore pre-veterinary major from Olive Branch, said. 

Students who experienced Northwest homecoming for the first time found it unlike their high 
school's homecoming. 

"This was completely different than what I am use to," Nicole Crawford, a freshman vocal major 
from Southaven, said. "Seeing the whole town be involved with homecoming is a good change." 
Events for next homecoming are already being planned. 

Northwest's homecoming festivities excite and allow not just current students and faculty a 
chance to show their Ranger Pride, but also past graduating students, former faculty members 
nity locals to come out and celebrate the history of Northwest. 







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Written by Shaneka Flowers 

Northwest's 2011 Alumna of the Year goes 
to American history instructor Jacqueline 
Perry Collinsworth. She was honored at the 
Homecoming Alumni and Friends Celebration 
Luncheon and Program on the Northwest campus 
m Senatobia on Saturday. Oct. 22. "I really did 
not expect to win. I was very surprised, pleased 
and excited." said Collinsworth. 

Collinsworth. daughter of James Jackson and 
Mildred Dodson Perry of Horn Lake and niece of 
Bob Perry of Southaven, married Emmett William 
Collinsworth in 1974 and joined the faculty in 
the Social Science Division, offering courses in 
government, western civilization and American 
history, at what was then Northwest Mississippi 
. ;nior College. 

Growing up in Horn Lake, she was very lucky 
to have good teachers. "They were very caring, 
involved and good role models," said Collinsworth. 
She attended Northwest in 1968 and graduated 
in 1970 with an associate degree in education. 
She attended Christian Brothers College for one 
semester in an elite group of "first women" to be 
admitted and later transferred to The University 
of Mississippi to earn her Bachelor of Arts in 
education in 1972. Later. Collinsworth continued 
her education by receiving a Master of Arts in 
education at Memphis State University in 1973. 

Collinsworth enjoys teaching and tries to make 
it interesting for her students by keeping them 
up-to-date on current events. "I like her sense 
of humor and I like her class because she lets 
us know what to expect and thoroughly explains 
it," Brittney Irvin, a sophomore pre-radiological 
sciences major from Southaven. said Not only 
has Collinsworth made a good impression on 
her students, but her co-workers as well. "Mrs. 
Collinsworth is always ready to help anyone out 
in our department at any time, for anything they 
need." Chris Tingle, an American history and 
western civilization instructor, said. She has 
worn many hats for Northwest besides currently 
offering 23 class sections each calendar year. 
Collinsworth has served as the chairperson of 
the hall of fame committee and on the athletic 
committee. She currently works with Disability 
Support Services, serves as co-adviser for the 
criminal justice department, and the Senatobia 
Library Board and is also serving on the Board 
of Directors at Wesley Meadows Retirement 
Community in Hernando. 

Collinsworth received the first President's Award 
for Customer Service at Northwest in 2008 and 
received the Educator of the Year Award from the 
Tate County Economic Development Foundation 
in 2011. 


Homecoming Carnival 

Written by Brittany Greer 

The second annual Fall Family Fun-Raiser and Homecoming 
Carnival was held on Saturday, Oct. 22 prior to the Northwest 
Homecoming game. The carnival was a fundraising event hosted 
by Northwest Cares. All proceeds from the carnival benefited the 
Northwest Cares Health Majors Exam Assistance Fund, which aims 
to held with medical exam costs for Northwest health majors who 
have financial need and otherwise wouldn't be able to afford these 
additional expenses. 

Children of all ages enjoyed the carnival games and prizes. 
Games included beanbag toss, football toss and pluck-a-duck. 
Other activities included face painting, arts and crafts, one-on-one 
basketball hoops, inflatable tee ball and an inflatable obstacle 
course and slide. 

Approximately 20 Northwest students participated in the carnival 
by helping set up, working games and by selling homecoming 

"We are extremely grateful for the Northwest students 
who participated in this year's carnival," said Brittany Greer, 
Communications assistant. "It is because of them that the 
Homecoming Carnival continues to be a success. We hope to have 
the carnival grow in size and number of participants each year." 
Proceeds raised from last year's carnival, along with donated school 
supplies, were given to East Tate Elementary School in Coldwater. 
Northwest Cares will continue to hold fundraising events to raise 
money for the exam fund. 

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LEFT: DeSoto Center queen Nicole Martin, (left) a sophomore edut 
major from Southaven; and LYTC queen Kristi Ray, (right) a sophom 
on Oct. 22. Congratulating them is Northwest President, Dr Gary Lee Spears, 
BELOW: Representing the DeSoto Center on the 201 1 Northwest Mississippi Com 
tobia, freshman maid Treniqueski Jones of Senatobia. Jordan Griffin of Southaven, Qu 
Elliot of Batesville; Preston Pearce of Olive Branch and freshman maid Caitlm Newtr 
Water Valley, freshman maid Emily Hatcher of Cleveland; Nate Cox of Southaven, Qi 
Plummer of Pope; Conor Ferguson of Batesville and freshman maid Alex Shaw of Ba 
Turner ofWater Valley, freshman maid Christina Rogers ofWater Valley. Collin Giles 
maid Sara Ferguson of Atlanta: Devin Cobb of Memphis and freshman maid Jessica C 

mumty College Homecoming Court are (l-r) DeUndraus Copela 
een Nicole Martin of Southaven; Ethan Taylor of Pope, sophomor 
ian of Southaven Representing the Senatobia campus are Hunter 
jeen Leigh Tedford of Southaven, Josh Cobb of Sardrs, sophomon 
tesville. Representing the Lafayette- Yalobusha Technical Center ai 
of Oxford. Queen Krlstl Ray of Oxford; Mark Guillory of Oxfon 
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Northwest students engaged in milestones, distinctions 
and new beginnings in the Academic Education 
Division at Northwest this year. 

A record number of graduating students earned their 
Associate of Arts degrees in front of thousands of their 
parents, family members and friends who filled Howard 
Coliseum for the commencement program held on the 
Senatobia campus in the spring. 

Four Northwest students were honored in Jackson 
on March 2, 2011 for being named to the first and 
second All-Mississippi Academic Teams. The Mississippi 
Legislature honored first-team honoree. Suzanne Fischer 
of Water Valley, and second-team honorees Leigh Ann 
Healy of Southaven, Jennie Estep of Senatobia and 

Jessica Kibler of Hernando, at the State Capitol for their 
academic success. 

Northwest's Division of Nursing welcomed more than 
300 guests on April 19, 2011 to the new Northwest 
Nursing Facility Dedication and Open House. U.S. Sen. 
Thad Cochran, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi 
Chief Health Officer, Dr. Mary Currier, were featured 
speakers at the event held on the Senatobia campus. 

With funding made possible through Cochran's 
legislative support and help in securing a $495,000 
Health Resources and Services Administration grant, the 
facility was furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, 
including high-fidelity, life-like human simulators designed 
to let students practice critical decision making while 

administering medications and performing interventions in 
a safe setting. 

Finally, to meet the changing needs of the Northwest 
student body and its students' future employers and four- 
year institutions, Academic Education at Northwest added 
six new majors— recreation, pre-communicative disorders, 
pre-tandscape architecture, pre-landscape contracting, 
pre-horticulture and pre-vetennary medical technology — to 
its already robust catalog of offerings, along with 20 new 

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Northwest Career-Technical students 
engaged in volunteerism and 
iomonstrated vocational excellence 
throughout the year. From computer 
networking and information systems 
to welding and cutting, Northwest 
students used their technical skills to 
lend a helping hand and establish their 
expertise on a state-wide level. 

Five Northwest students volunteered 
their spare time and skills during the 
spring to help with renovations at the 
Sam Lapidus Public Library in Crenshaw, 
saving the library upwards of $10,000 
they would have paid professionals for 
installation and testing of networking 

The on-going restoration project 
of the historic Spring Hill Cemetery in 
Hernando reached new heights as a 
20-foot-tall sign was erected this spring, 
marking the entrance to the cemetery. 
Tiie sign was designed by Northwest 
alumnus Brandon Parker of Sarah and 
built by approximately 50 students in 
the Welding and Cutting program over 
the course of the project's completion. 
The sign was welded together on site 
and raised into place on Feb. 18. Civil 
Engineering Technology students dug 
the holes, poured the concrete and set 
the sign once erected. While the sign 
was being set in place, welding students 
fixed several broken fences at the 
cemetery, and students in Northwest's 
Environmental Science Organization 
(ESO) cleaned up the grounds. 

Students enrolled in the Northwest 
systems analysis and design course 
in the Computer Information Systems 
Technology program made routine 
paperwork processes for Hope Ministries. 

Inc. — a non-profit, non-denominational 
organization responsible for helping 
people of Tate County in need of food, 
clothing or housing since 1982— more 
efficient by updating their forms during 
the fall semester. The class analyzed the 
organization's processes and redesigned 
their form bank to better meet their 
needs and give them a professional look. 
While the students gained professional 
experience to add to their resumes, 
they also provided a valuable service 
to an organization that could not have 
afforded to contract the service from IT 

Seven career-technical students 
from Northwest competed and placed 
during the SkillsUSA state competition 
April 13-14 at Mississippi Gulf Coast 
Community College- Winners included 
Kyle Long of Marks, bronze medal 
in precision machining technology, 
Erica Partee of Sardis, gold medal in 
cosmetology; Wesley Tucker of Oxford, 
gold medal in CNC milling; Bradley 
Bishop of Batesville, silver medal in CNC 
turning; Ronnie Rogers of Rome, silver 
medal in collision repair technology; 
Scott Jaco of Senatobia. silver medal in 
extemporaneous speaking; and Gerald 
Reeves of Grenada, gold medal in power 
equipment technology. 

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Freshman Keila Rachael Ouarte of Batesville was named 
"Most Beautiful" at Northwest's annual Beauty Review 
on March 1. 2011. The 19-year-old pre-medicine major is 
the daughter of Albert Duarte and Michelle Sorrelis. Duarte 
is a Ranger cheerleader and Diamond Girl for the Ranger 
Baseball team. Duarte was motivated to enter the pageant 
because of her experience in high school. "I entered a beauty 
review when I was in high school. I thought it'd be a fun way 
to meet new people," she said. 

Duarte really enjoyed the experience. "We had so much 
guidance from the sponsors. We were told exactly how to 
turn for photographs, where to walk. Everyone was really nice 
and sweet," she said. 

Duarte says that being crowned the winner came as a big 
surprise. 'It was unexpected and the best part of this whole 
experience." she said. 

According to Duarte, she was really nervous and that 
was her least favorite part of the experience. She plans to 
attend The University of Mississippi upon graduating from 

Ashlea Mane Stephenson of Como. an 18-year-old 
freshman pre-pharmacy major, was chosen first runner-up. 
Stephenson is the daughter of John and Khristy Stephenson. 
Chosen as second runner-up was Vivian Kelsey Hill of Olive 
Branch, a sophomore secondary education major. She is the 
daughter of Michael and Tina Hill. Third runner-up was Hillari 
Lynn Plummer, an 18-year-old elementary education major 
from Pope. Plummer is the daughter of Damon and Brandie 
Plummer. Winning fourth runner-up was Alexia Constance 
Sanders, 23, of Oxford. Sanders is a sophomore nursing 
major. She is the daughter of Paul and Nellie Sanders. 

"We were really excited about this year's Beauty Review," 
said Liesl Davenport. Northwest Intramural coordinator 
and Beauty Review coordinator. "We had a lot of great 
contestants, and I am pleased with the outcome," she said. 

Escorts were Titus Hawkins of Clarksdale and Braden Greer 
of Coldwater. Northwest Payroll Officer Brenda Stepp and 
math instructor Kristie Waldrop served as auditors. Judges 
were Mandy Price. Penny Byrd and Allie Love. 


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Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears, welcomed a record 
number of graduating students and thousands of their parents, 
family members and friends to Howard Coliseum for the two 
commencement programs held on the Senatobta campus May 13. 
"This ceremony, added to the one we had this morning, represents 
the largest commencement program in the history of Northwest." 
said Spears during his welcome address at the afternoon program. 

'"In addition to the 756 graduates that will participate in the 
two ceremonies held today, there are hundreds more who have 
completed this phase at Northwest and are either moving into the 
workforce or to a four-year university." Northwest Board of Trustees 
Chairman, M. Clarence Sparks Jr., congratulated the graduates on 
behalf of the Board of Trustees. "We are pleased with the success 
that you have accomplished in your studies." said Sparks, "We are 
impressed by your academic record." 

The awarding of diplomas and certificates during the morning 
commencement was preceded by an address by Brent Warren of 
Senatobia. A Northwest graduate and accomplished manufacturing 
engineer for Integrity Systems, Warren described his first-hand 
experience with establishing a successful career with a Northwest 
career-technical education. 

Warren described the potential that career-technical graduates 
have to lead both intrinsically and financially rewarding lives with 
the degrees or certificates they earned at Northwest. "All of this is 
a desire," said Warren. "It's a passion. It's a gift. When you're In the 
field, I want you to be successful at doing that— always staying true 
to what's here in your heart. We don't know what the future is going 
to hold for us, but you've got an education. You've got a foundation 
to build upon and be successful in the world." Mississippi Rep. 
Kelvin Buck of Holly Springs offered the afternoon address to 
Associate of Arts conferees and their guests. Buck challenged 

the graduates to give back to the state of Mississippi and make a 
difference in the world, no matter what their chosen profession. 

"Being a graduate is more than about just getting a grade or 
receiving a degree." said Buck. "It brings with it a tremendous 
amount of responsibility as a citizen of this state. I challenge you to 
be original thinkers, problem solvers and discovery makers. If you 
make a difference, this world will become the kind of place we all 
want it to be." 

"I applaud you on your accomplishments." said Buck. "I applaud 
you on the degree that you are receiving now and all the degrees 
you'll receive later, but if at the end of the day all you have is a de- 
gree to hang on the wall, then you have failed. If you take that de- 
gree and turn those things that are bad into good and work to build 
rather than destroy, we can be the kind of nation we always knew 
we were destined to be." According to Dean of Enrollment Manage- 
ment and Registrar. Larry Simpson, the ceremonies were executed 
according to plan thanks to the help of Northwest faculty, staff and 
administration, and he looks forward to breaking the record set by 
this year's number of graduating students at next year's ceremony. 

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TOP CENTER: Jennie Estep, Phi Theta Kappa officer and All-Mississtppian, shake 
the hand of Mississippi Rep Kelvin Buck Buck addressed candidates during the 
Associate of Arts commencement ceremony at Northwest Ma/ 13. 

TOP RIGHT: Twin sisters and Northwest Lady Ranger basketball player; 
Brittany and Brandy Walls of Red Banks, graduate from Northwest with 
Associate of Arts degrees. 



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as one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation. 

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Howington.leshia llion. Sarah Irby.Janika James, Jessica James, Camille Jenkins, Jerbnna Jones. Spencer Jones, Wesley Kennedy, Daniel L 
ris McCaskill.Yostin McKelroy, Ryan Mossakowski. Katherine Mullen. Crystal Mullins, Jonathan Nawatka.Will Nicholas, Kayla Peebles. P 
e, Cassandra Rudd. Dalton Russell, Beverly Shelton, Kenneth Sigler.William Sisson, Nat Smith. Robin Smith. Melissa Stanford.Alex Strai 
Erica Turner, Brandon Tyner. Megan Wallace. Mary Waller. Jonathan Wand.Thomas Webb, Jonathan White. Kayla Whice. Zachary Widdo 

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Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Gary Lee 
Spears, congratulated nine students for their induction to the 
2012 Hall of Fame at the Feb. 9 Board of Trustees meeting on the 
Senatobia campus. From the Senatobia campus. Giovanni Biffle of 
Marks. All Cheatwood of Potts Camp. Logan Dodson of Senatobia and 
Katie Hardeman of Southaven; from the Lafayette- Yalobusha Technical 
Center. Samantha Allred of Oxford and Terese Adair of Water Valley; and 
from DeSoto Center. Donna Proctor of Hernando, Kayta Peeples of Horn 
Lake and Chase White of Southaven. were awarded the highest honor a 
Northwest student can attain, based upon their academic prowess and 
involvement in student life at the college. 

Biffle is a criminal justice major with a 4.0 cumulative grade point 
average. A member of Gay/Straight Alliance, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, 
Phi Theta Kappa, Society for Pre-Law Majors. Honor Choir. Student 
Government Association and President's List, Biffle is working toward 
degrees in business and law and hopes to eventually play a role in 

Cheatwood is an elementary education major from Potts Camp High 
School with a 3.87 cumulative grade point average. A member of the 
Northwest Education Association, Phi Theta Kappa. Ranger Cheerleaders 
and President's List. Cheatwood has been recognized as Outstanding 
Student for Elementary Education and Rotary Club Student of the Month. 
She hopes to finish her education and go back to her hometown to teach 
and ultimately become a principal. 

Dodson is a secondary education major, originally from Homewood, 
Ala., and attended Homewood High School. A member of Mu Alpha Theta 
Math Society, Phi Theta Kappa. Student Recruiters and President's List, 
Dodson has been recognized twice as Outstanding Student and as Rotary 
Club Student of the Month. His career goal is to teach math and coach 

Hardeman is a theatre major from Southern Baptist Educational Center 
(SBEC). A member of Northwest Players. Phi Theta Kappa, President's 

List, Northwest Singers and Chamber Choir, Hardeman has also been 
recognized for her outstanding performances in multiple theatre 
productions with a Northwest Mississippi Theatre Alliance Award, the 
Irene Ryan Acting Award and a Regional Theater Award. After graduation 
from Northwest, she plans to attend William Carey College in Hattiesburg 
and pursue a degree in theatre. Eventually she wants to get her master's 
degree in performance or directing and work professionally or teach. 

Allred is an elementary education major from Faith Christian Academy 
with a 3.95 cumulative grade point average, A member of Phi Theta 
Kappa. Allred was also recognized as a member of Who's Who Among 
Students in American Universities and Colleges Her career goal is 
to complete a master's degree in mathematics at The University of 

Adair is a health-care data technology major from Tupelo High School 
with a 3,92 cumulative grade point average, A member of Phi Theta 
Kappa. Adair was also recognized as a member of Who's Who Among 
Students in American Universities and Colleges. Her career goal is to 
obtain employment in her field of study. 

Proctor, a graduate of Hillcrest High School, is an accounting technology 
major with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average She is a member of 
Phi Theta Kappa and plans to complete her undergraduate degree in 
accountancy in the 2+2 program at The University of Mississippi-DeSoto 
Center and pursue a career in accountancy. 

Peeples, a pre-nursing major with a 3,87 cumulative grade point 
average, is a graduate of Gateway Christian School. A member of Phi 
Theta Kappa, Peeples was recognized as the Outstanding Student in her 
major last fall. Her career goal is to become a nurse practitioner. 

White, an accountancy major from Bolton High School with a 3.87 
cumulative grade point average, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. His 
goal is to attend The University of Mississippi to obtain a bacheior's and 
master's degree in accountancy. 




Robert Cox 
Benjamin Lambert 

Northwest Mississippi Community College announced its 
2012 HEADWAE honorees in February 2012. Sophomore 
pre-med major Benjamin Lambert of Como was selected 
as the HEADWAE student, while criminal justice instructor 
Robert Cox of Senatobia was selected as this year's 
HEADWAE faculty honoree. 

HEADWAE stands for "Higher Education Appreciation Day- 
Working for Academic Excellence." It was established by the 
Mississippi Legislative Resolution #88 in 1987 to annually 
honor the academically talented students and faculty 
members of Mississippi's higher education institutions who 
have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic 
excellence. Cox and Lambert was honored at the 25th 
annual HEADWAE program in Jackson on Feb. 28. 

Having graduated as valedictorian from Magnolia Heights 
School, Lambert currently has a 4.0 grade point average at 
Northwest. Currently on the President's List for his academic 
excellence and a Mississippi Eminent Scholar. Lambert is a 

member of Phi Theta Kappa and the 2012 Northwest Who's 
Who. Lambert is also a Mississippi Council on Economic 
Education InvestWrite essay winner. 

"After completing my associate degree at Northwest. I plan 
to further my education at Delta State University and receive 
a biology degree with a minor in chemistry," said Lambert. 
"After DSU, I hope to attend the University of Mississippi 
Medical Center to become a family physician." 

Cox is in his 39th year at Northwest. Currently serving on 
the Legal Studies Advisory Board, Cox earned his bachelor's 
and a master's of criminal justice from The University of 
Mississippi. He was selected to attend the Lamplighter's 
Conference in 1992 and received the Sandy Grisham 
Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. 

"I consider it a special honor to be chosen from a group 
of the finest educators in the state." said Cox. "I appreciate 
being chosen to represent Northwest." 

Benjamin Lambert 

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Club Members are: Advisers- Marcus Perkins. Robin Robison. Melissa Greene. Student Members- Beth 
Todd. Michael Flegel. David Lewis, Marlon Sampson, Shannell Zachary.Tarvis Giles, Marcus Murry, Malcolm 
McKinney.Tykeshia Richardson, Dustin LaCook, Dee Brownleejalen Gipson,Tee Brownlee, Charles Powell, 
Becky Hawkins. ReginalTenner.Anna Borchers, Bobby Bryson. Jr., Paula Gallagher 

t Row (l-r): Signey Givens. Adviser; Mario Hopkins, Patricia Whitehead, Chylana Rudd, 
lonica Bridges, Robert Brower; Second Row (l-r): Christopher Jones. Shawn Alexander, Andrt 
"lichael Ragon. Corey Tarn 

Back Row l-r:Adam Wilson, Kole Oakes.Taylor McGhee, Russell Barth, jasmine Lee, President, Niarobi 
Bailer, Treasurer (from row l-r) Nora Moore, Assistant Secretary, Ab by Wells, Mitchell Grace.Anna Beth 
Lacy, Glynda Hall, Adviser 

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Front Row {l-r): Rebecca Simmons.Ashley Chavis (An In 
Danny Joe Taylor (back row l-r) Chandraleka Cobb.Taylo 
Jmberger. Lawayne House (Arc Chairman) 

tructor), Malcohm McKinney.Travis 1 
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ack row (l-r): Cheryl Rice. Phillip Casey; Middle 
arrolotta. Olivia Ward. John Dacosta; (fronc row 
jeorge McEwen.AustinTomberlin 

row: Amber Morgan, William McArthur.Andrew 
l-r) Ginger Hannah, Lydia Shoto. Jennifer Tarrance, 



Club members are: Logan Dodson, president, Mary Hilton, vice president, Holly Wells, Mary Wilson, 
Maegan Wilson, Haleigh Ferguson, Stacey Moncrief, Emily Wilson, Mitchell Gardiner. Mark Minyard, Katie 
Dunaway, Kristen Cosby, Mary Hilton, Jasmine Alford, CierraTranum, Kriscen Badd ley, Trevor Skelton, 
Chase Carpenter, Adviser Cody Harville and Adviser Marcus Perkins 

First row (l-r): Samuel Wilson, Priscilla Sims, Angela Bland. Rochelle Strickland, Pamela Folsom, Chelsea 
Nichols. De'Asia Carr.Ashley Dees (second row l-r) Alice Camp.Adviser; Kelli Clark, Tammy Bland, 
Tarsha Perkins, Alana Cecil, Samneitrea Davis, Catonya Newson, Mallory Dover, lesha Mosley. Daneisha 
Wiseman. Monica Hodges, Tiffany Reed, Byneikque Sanders. Judy Barham, Adviser (third row l-r) Danielle 
Glover, Khadejah LeGrande. Chandra Morgan, Tiara Dixon.Torri Lee-Jone. Deckion Hall. Kadi Brisendine 
Qualesha Turner. Briana Moore, Courtney Powers 

Club Members are: Samantha Beard, Brand! 
Birmingham. Tavoris Burdette, Natalie Carber. Ali 
Cheatwood, Jessica Correia, Regina Cowley, Terry Craft, 
Jake Dover, Haleigh Ferguson, Lauren Fowler, Mitchell 
Gardiner, Hannah Goff. Katherine Greer, Kendall 
Hardin, Emily Haccher. Mary Catherine Lloyd, Stacey 
Moncrief, Erikson Plante, Jessica Reeder, Emily Robbins, 
Stormy Robison, Haley Webb, Holly Wells. Kayla White, 
Mary Wilson; Advisers are Julie Correro, Pam Simpson 
andTeri Hawkins 

V (l-r): Dalton Russell.Tory Eggers, Michael Clark.TravisVanderbik (second ro 
s, Ashley Strawn, Hayden Montgomery, Gabby D'Arcangelo (third row l-r) 
Katie Hardeman, Camille Bishop.Anthony Guy.Trever Ayersjake Dover.Abi 
1 Kelly, Garrett Atkinson, Adviser Joel King.Kevar Maffit,Nic Temple 

First row (l-r): Paula Harris, Carolyn O'Conner. Crystal Smith.Tiffany Tillman, Heather Sumner, Erica Todd, 
(second row l-r) Mandy Simmons, Bridgette Martin, Kristina Austin, Kelly Smith, (third row l-r) Tiffany 
Kelli Brewer. Jack Nabors.Traci Chambers, Me-Me Hullerte. (fourth Row l-r) Amanda Casey, 
Rebecca Sambola.Toni Sillah. Rhonda Lamar, (fifth row l-r) Brittney Cook, Jessica Herron, Melisa Poe, 
Megan Padron. 


Front row (l-r) Skylar McNi 

Porter, Anna Ashcraft (back 

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Front Row: (l-r) Holley Harris.Whitney Red, Amy Wildmon. Summer Pure, 
Justin Matthews. Bradley Grantham, Shawna Martin, Loren Coke (second 
row l-r) Pam Briscoe, adviser.Victoria Wilbanks, Brooke Miller, Brittany 
Miller, Elizabeth Eads. Amber Chambers, Carol Tramel.TeenaWaltersdorff, 
Karkela Dunn, Brittany Cox, Whitley Holmes, Beth Fili, Lacey Gentry, adviser 
(third row l-r) Stacie Pigues, adviser, Monica Williams, adviser, Katherine 
Johnson, Molly Davis, Alison Womack, Nicole Jeans, Angel Gibson, Leesa 
Hausmann, Amanda Schneider, Julie Hart,Amy Clark, Brooke Ricks, Dianne 
Score, adviser, Denise Bynum, adviser.Alex Havens (fourth row l-r) Elizabeth 
Cole, Jenny Cole, KacyAcree, Jessica Cagle, Dana Cashion. Kelly O'Neal, 
Darla Moneymaker, Rachel Jones.TiaTubbs, Joel Word and Adam Clay 

Front row (l-r) Elizabeth Jones, Haley Webb. Kacey 
Johnson, Mary Wilson, Ariel Bailey.Ashley Strawn, 
and Chandraleka Cobb (second row l-r) Valencia 
Cook, Sharmaine Flowers, Ashley Tenner, Chelsea 
Feathers, Shelby Jamison, Kimberly Williams. Dee 
Brownlee (third row l-r) Jeff Barham, Sam Perkins, 
Dex Herrington, Joseph Kelly, Rebecka Lynchard, Craig 
Johnson, Mary Hilton, Logan Dodson, Emily Wilson, 
Hunter Matherne, Lafabian Conley. Elliott Mabry, Kyle 
Blount, Phillip Correro 


mm. Christina Eads. Cami Bohng, Joshua Carroll (advise 
Seanna Hamm, Seth Wallace. Treniqueski Jones. Wesley Tice.Andranetce Subber; (thin 
Martin, Dane Broomer, Chaz Flower, Joyce Jelcz,Josh Caldwell, Danielle Rautenberg 

': Drew Fondren, Tolly Reynolds (president). 

First row (l-r): Treniqueski Jones, Anne Greene, Cami Boling, Stephanie Sylvester, Desiree Garrett, Kendra 
DaCosta, Seth Wallace, Kacie Dowell.Yava Harris;(second row l-r) Kay Mistilis (adviser). Raymond Spencer, 
Wesley Tice.Terri Smith, Danielle Rottenburg, Mickey Heilman, Jimmy Poe, Debbie Thompson, Joseph 
Estrada, Carol McGarrity, Joshua Carroll (adviser); (third row l-r) Dane Broome, Jonathan Ward, Nicole 
Martin, Peter Franklin, Rusty Casey, Joyce Jeltz 

First row I to r: Sarah Leister, Cody Roberts, Amber Child 
Wes Kennedy. Judy Hood; (second row l-r) Ashlea Stepher 
Monteith (adviser), Lindsey Green, Veazey Powell, Joyce Jel 

ra Peeler, Shelby Briggs.Juan Acevedo, 
on, Leiahanna Keenum; (third row l-r) Sturgis 
. Michael Severs, Frankedra Mathis 


Club members are: Brandon Champion, 
Kathryn Glenn, Nina James.Aaron Lawson, 
Veronica Rapp, Kim Holloway, Katrina Taylor 
Sara Hignight, Tristan Lowe, Lela Caffey, Mar 
Hannah Garrett, Sarah Whitman. Heather 
Max, Troy Leoppard, Melissa Benjamin, 
Heather Nicole Grist, Keith Lewis, Natasha 
Howard, Una Mounce, Channing Tipton, 
Chelsa Davis. Laura Moore, Christy Fiveash, 
Christy Riem. 


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First row (l-r): Bobby Cleveland (adviser), Ebone' Lipsey, Dillon Dickey, Will Moore, Britni Dodson, Sharee 
Stuckey.Teaerra Lockridge; (second row l-r) Keith Reed (adviser). Dawn Smith. Doug Turner, Chad Hardy, 
Charles Fowler, Alicia Dickenson, Mindy Justice, and Seanna Hamm 

Club members are: Roxanne Boyer, Mary Thompson. Carol Chism, Laci Elliott. Rebecca Perry, David Cook, 
David Bennett, Brandi Barnes.Andranna Fitzgerald, Steven Jeffery Billings ley. Amy Gibbs, CadieTownsend, 
Christine Smith, Elizabeth Waldrop, Jerri Butler, Scott Gordon, Kim Hale, Anthony Hunt. Taylor Pounders. 

:: Christopher Nolan 
(treasurer), Amanda Bolen (president), 
Britney Robison (vice president), Brittany 
Bonds, Janet Bunch (adviser), Nathan Parker, 
Frankedra Machis, Benjamin Beam, Lance Sipes. 
Eddie Herrera, Blitz Hayes, Ethan Hargrave, 
Magen Jendras. Ryan Minks. 





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First row (l-r): Samantha Owen. Kelly Wright, Joy McNeil. Melinda Meyer.Abbey Humes. Erica Burch, 
Brandy Painter; (second row l-r) Laura Thompson .Tiffany Whitehurst, Ricky Stevens (adviser), Chris 
Coopwood, Cindy Stanford-Means (adviser) 


r- Ridling. Elizabeth Ross, Ashley Tisdale.Decon Garner, Jan Bern 
na Perry. Shaquilfa Watkins, Tammy Dye, Coy-Anna Stewart, Chri 
ick. Jovez Rucker. Shaquica Austin, Kayla Jones, Quantavious Nabt 

First row (l-r): Mallory Lee. Kasey Kelsey, Jordan Conway, Deneen Williams (second row l-r) Amy Roberts, 
Kayla Snyder, Terria McMinn, Christy Pickens, Katty Priest, Barbara Clyatt, Cara Clay (third row l-r) Trisha 
Jones, Mary Lindsey Bruce, Amanda McLarty, Lauren Parrish, Paige Thomas, Jessica Cooper, Nastassia Leslie, 
Elaine Varner.Jasmon Ellis.Vicky Lucius (fourth row l-r) Lisa Brady, Pam Watts, Myra Hill, Stephanie Cannon, 
Hillary Hudson, Meagan Hamilton, Devin Cobb, Jennifer Coggins, Taylor Cleveland 

First row l-r:Aima Hercules. Samantha 
Atkinson, Kristi Ray, Bailey Stanley (second 
row) l-r:Valerie Buford, Cynthia Harden, 
Jessica Sinkfield. Nicholas Core, Miranda 
Core. Greta Parker, Samantha Allred. 
Stephanie Core 

v (l-r): Virginia Bowden, Deanna Kirk, Debbie Turner, (second row l-r) Crystal 
e, Jennifer Chapman, Alicia Luster, Terase Adair. Jessica Sinkfield, Cassandra Rudd, Angel 
s.Tamasana Kirk. Kathleen Booker, Phyllis Wadley, Jasmine Bobo 

irst row (l-r): Rebecca Sdhroeder, Kellie Deaton, Kayln Cole.Tameisha Powell (second 
ow l-r) Tereka Robins on, Travia Moss. Nicole Cohen, Miriah Mansfield (third row l-r) Stacy 
jodinez, Jessica Clements.Angela McLaughlin, Jessica Sullivan, Pamela Wright, Natosha 
Huffman.Janna Brown, Jonathan Plotrowski 



Front row (l-r): Stacy 
Thomason, Kayla Skelton, 
Chelsea Knighton (second 
row l-r) CassieWilbren, 
Brittany King, Jessica Tucker, 
Summer Alley, Chelsea 
Wagner, Glenda Honeycutt 

Front row (l-r): Megan Jones, 
Lauren Alexander (second 
row l-r) Hannah Cook, Shauna 
Grisham, Emily Brown, Brittany 
Smith, Sandra Cuevas, Amanda 
Garrison. Sheila Burcham 
(instructor) (third row l-r) 
Candice Green. Anna Williams. 
Sheklia Cox. Phillip Mercer, 
Cathy Moffitt. Stephanie Palmer, 


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Written by Lydia Shoto 

Composed of over 150 members, the Northwest Ranger Marching Band performs during the fall semester each 
year at all home and select away Ranger football games. The band hosts and performs at an area marching 
festival called the Northwest Classic and also performs at some parades and community events The band's purpose 
is to provide color and atmosphere at athletic and community events and promote and enhance the dignity and 
reputation of the college. 

Very few people know the life of a band member While everyone else is milking out the last bit of their summer by 
going to the beach or visiting family members before returning to college life, the Ranger band members are hard at 
work. Band camp acts as the opener for what the semester will hold. There are few band members who dread this 
time of the year. "I wish I could do it again," Aimee Sallee, a member of the color guard, said. 

Although many members are in band for the love of music, others love to support their football team. Jeff Triplett. 
assistant director of bands, says that the band is the biggest support system of the football team. "No matter how 
many people attend the game, the band members are the loudest and most excited at every game." Triplett said. 
The Ranger Band's 2011 half-time show presented songs from "Van Halen," which included the songs "Dreams," 
"Dance the Night Away" and "Why Can't This Be Love." The band is under the direction of Kenneth Ortlepp, John 
Ungurait and Jeff Triplett. 


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• Learn a set. 


• March through set repeatedly. 

• Eat healthy. 


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Dalton Shipley 

Payton Swindle 

Tristan Mynatt 

Tenor Sax 



Kaitlyn Rothwell 



Briuanca Hamilton 

Casey Byford 

Madison Baldwin 

Jake Hawks 

Nick Grondin 

Kajwan Houston 

Juan Aldana 

Attelia Garrison 

Ban Saxophone 

Blake Nichols 

Tim Butler 

Donnie McGee 

Tenor Sax 

Michael Vickey 

Matt Miller 


Keenan Casey 

Dylan Lockham 

Jessica Van Dyke 


Chaz Tucker 

Steven Williams 

Ashley Thibaut 


Luke Jones 

Will Nicholas 

Amy Bostick 



Hannah Simpson 

Angeline Card 

Samantha Francis 

Kiree Hanna 

Taylor Conklin 


Ban Saxophone 

Spencer Graham 

Matthew Kutz 

Charlotte Cother 

Sarah Irby 


Tori Ballard 

Rachel Strong 
Aron George 

Gavin Dees 

Erik Plante 
Bryce Dickerson 

Cody Lindsey 

Seth Reinsager 

Nairobi Baker 
Bass Clair 

Sela Smith 
Donnie McGee 

Alex Akers 
Willie Stevenson 


Samantha Francis 

Alan Wade 

Aimee Sallee 


Malcolm Smith 


Tim Lester 

Ben Evans 




Matthew Hicks 



Ashley Thibaut 

Sarah Irby 

Andrew Van Velsor 



Marquette Holts 

Jamison Hunter 

clarinet during one of 

Stanley Spearman 

George Money 

George Money 


Joshua Wyse 

Tucker Griggs 

RIGHT Drum Majors 


Daniel Smith 

Haleigh Ferguson 

Joseph Clarkson 

Brandon Pearman 

Nic Rier 


Bass Clarinet 

Andrew Frost 

Tyler Lamkin 


Jay Garfman 

Jacob Ferguson 

Tripp Burchfield 

Darius Woodard 

Daniel Herron 

Jared Hicks 


Jade Henry 

Michael Perez 

Cassie Marsh 

Holden Gray 

Shana Livingston 

Andrew Allen 

Kendall Davis 

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Written by Olivia Ward 

This year was an exciting year for the Rangerettes. For the first 
time in Rangerette history, they performed at the Northwest 
basketball halftime show. This experience is much different from 
what they are used to when performing with the marching band, 
and it adds a little bit more fun to their routines. According to Aime 
Anderson, adviser of the Rangerettes, instead of the usual attempts 
to keep up with the musical counts of the band, they are able 
to choose a song and break it down into their own counts where 
it's easier and more fun for them to learn. It is not sure if they 
will continue to perform in future basketball games, but with the 
unbelievable talent that the Rangerettes possess, there is no doubt 
that the school will want them to continue to showcase their talents 
during both football and basketball s 



Northwest offers performance opportunities in a 
number of small instrumental ensembles. The 
Percussion Ensemble. Steel Drum Band, Brass Ensemble 
and Woodwind Ensemble perform at concerts of the 
larger Northwest concert ensemble, both instrumental 
and vocal These ensembles may also perform at 
other on and off-campus events. The Steel Drum Band 
performed during the 2011 Homecoming Celebration on 
Saturday. Oct. 22. 


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The Northwest Jazz program has developed a 
reputation for excellence in northwest Mississippi 
through performances on campus and at select 
community events throughout Northwest's 11-county 

The college's three ensembles (the Northwest Jazz 
Band, the Lab Band and the Dixieland Band) perform 
jazz literature in all jazz idioms. Through the program 
students learn to understand and appreciate this 
American art form through study, rehearsal, listening 
and performance- Memberships for the groups are by 

audition only and open to any regularly enrolled student. 
Band scholarships are available for the Ranger 
Marching Band, Jazz Band. Northwest Symphonic Band 
and the Mighty Ranger Pep Band. Any incoming student 
may audition, and scholarships range from tuition 
to tuition, room and board. Students must perform 
scales or rudiments and a short etude of about one 
to two minutes in length. Students must also submit a 
recommendation from their high school band instructor. 
There is no limitation on the number of scholarships 

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Senatobia native, Jennifer Roberts Jenkins, performed as the guest artist during the Northwest 
Singers' spring concert in March. 

The Northwest Singers, under the direction of Susanne Spencer VanDyke, and the 65-voice 
choir, joined Jenkins on stage during the Sycamore Arts Council's spring concert held in April, 

Jenkins is an award-winning soprano who has created over 20 operatic roles in the U.S., Europe 
and the Middle East to include performances with Opera Memphis. The Connecticut Opera, 
The New York Chamber Opera, The New Israeli Opera, The Como Opera Guild. The International 
Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari. Italy, and The International Vocal Arts Institute, in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Jenkins is the daughter of Sybil Canon of Senatobia and Danny Roberts of Atlanta, Ga. Canon 
serves as the associate vice president of Development and Special Projects at Northwest. 

"I am thrilled to come home to Senatobia to sing and so delighted to share the stage with the 
wonderful Northwest Singers," said Jenkins. "This will be a concert of the music that I have loved 


since my childhood, and I am deeply grateful to Sycamore Arts for this tremendous opportunity." 
The Northwest Singers performed their fall concert on Nov. 8, 2011. Mary Sipley and Dr. 
Saundra Bishop, director of the Northwest Entertainers, served as accompanist during the 

The Northwest Singers fall concert consisted of "The Word Was God." "The Road Home." 
"Shantey" and "Beati Mortui " The Men's Chamber Choir performed "Joshua Fit de Battle of 
Jericho," "I Love the Lord" and "Song of Ruth," The Women's Chamber Choir performed "I Want 
to be Ready," while the Northwest Singers men's chorus sang "Ritmo." 

The following choir members were chosen to participate in the University of Southern 
Mississippi-sponsored Southern Invitational Choral Conference Community College Honor Choir: 
Kayla Murchison of Waterford, Nicole Crawford, Kayla Baker, Brannon Gilliland, Asa Sanders, all 
of Southaven .Tiffany Davis of Oxford. Daniel Lawson of French Camp and Will Whaley of Nesbit. 



Tiffany Davis* 

Anthony Guy 

Amanda Trest-SL 

Hayley Aired 

Isaiah Brassell* 

Nicole Crawford* 

Ashley Roy 

Asa Sanders' 

Camille Bishop 

Ashley Strawn 

Hallye Sklllion 


Alexandra Lee* 


Daniel Lawson-SL* 

Shelby Hobbs* 

Rachel Strong-SL 

Dalton Russell* 

Emma Wilson* 

Grace James 

Josh Simmons* 

Maegan Russell* 

Jerbrina Jones* 

Nic Temple 

Sheyna Pruitt* 

Cannon Moyer 


Kaitlyn Campbell* 

Chaz Tucker 

Kayla Murchison-SL* 

Jesse Lugar 

Brittany Hill* 


Jay Lee 

Sarah Fairley* 

Kevar Maffit-SL* 

Trevor Ayers 

Danielle Williams* 

Nathaniel Kirk 

Darius Rogers* 

Lauren Young 

Will Whaley 

Kayla Baker* 

Ian Eubanks 


Jessica Laura-Pattzy 

Justin Lightfoot 

Brannon Gilliand-SL* 

Lauren Stephens* 

Larry Brooks* 

Daniel Jones 

Joseph Kelly* 

Kyle Mallett 


George Money 

Jillian Catchings-SL* 


Dannah Moyer 

Taylor Summers-SL* 

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Katie Hardeman 

Nick Parr* 

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Christmas Concert 

The Northwest Entertainers are a show-stopping ensemble of talent. The group is composed 
as a show choir and performs a contemporary style of music at a wide array of events for the 
college and the community. 

The select members of the Entertainers are chosen from the group the Northwest Singers. 
This is done by a highly competitive audition. The Entertainers are a song and dance troupe 
who perform with piano accompaniment and occasionally with the Northwest Jazz Band. 

The Entertainers held their annual Christmas performance, "All I want for Christmas." on Dec. 
1, 2011 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Many Christmas songs were sung and performed with a 
holiday twist. 

"It was emotional for me because it was my last performance." Will Whaley. a member of the 
Northwest Entertainers, said. "I think it was one of the best shows we have ever performed " 

LEFT: josh Simmons from Grenada 
and Shannon Prime from Nesbic. sin; 
their favorite Christmas tune. 
RIGHT: Emma Wilson from 
Southaven and Anthony Guy from 
Olive Branch sing their duet 

RIGHT: (l-r) Shelby Hobbs from Olive Brand 
WiHWhaley from Nesbit, Nicole Crawford 
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character," said Atkinson. To prepare for his part, Atkinson thinks about what 

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2011 season falls short of high expectations but ends on a high note 

In one of the most anticipated football seasons in recent years, with aspirations of state and national title 
hopes, Northwest fell well short of its goal by finishing the 2011 season at 6-3 overall. The Rangers closed 
the year with three consecutive wins to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the north division, but a 

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3 state playoffs for just the second time ii 


debatable tiebreal 

Despite missing the playoffs, Northwest boasted a sixth consecutive < 
a regular in the NJCAA Top 20 Poll through the first seven weeks of the 
weeks in the national polls was snapped on Oct. 12 

With a convincing 45-7 win at Itawamba in the regular season finale, l 
second place on the all-time wins list at Northwest with victory No. 27 
Woods is 27-11 with one north division title and two runner-up finishes 

Northwest finished the season seventh in the nation tn total offense at 485.4 yards- per-game. a third- 
straight year finishing in the Top 15 under Offensive Coordinator, Jack Wright. The Rangers scored 40 points 
or more in six games, finishing the year averaging an impressive 41.6 ppg. 

The Ranger offense was paced by MACJC second team All-State sophomore quarterback. Ryan 
Mossakowski of Frisco, Texas, who threw for 2.422 yards (8th in a single season) and 26 touchdowns (T-5th 

J coach Ricky Woods moved into 
iur seasons with the Rangers, 

in a single season) while completing 60 percent of his passes. A transfer from the University of Kentucky, 
Mossakowski threw for 325 yards or more in four games and accounted for 33 total touchdowns. 

The running game really stood out during the final five weeks, a huge compliment to the offensive line 
and to coach Jim Jones, with Northwest going over the 200-yard mark four times. Northwest broke out for 
an unofficial school record 439 yards against Holmes in a 66-41 homecoming win. with freshman Al Hentz 
of Batesville rushing 13 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman Teshadi Talton of Monroe. 
La., was the workhorse all season long, rushing for 814 yards and three t> 

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2011 with a young group of players. The R. ir-i.eors burrenr:l<:-r.x! 27 6 ppc i L6 4 ppg in 2010) and held just 
three of nine opponents under 20 points on the year. 

Northwest did. however, have some bright spots on defense. The Rangers racked up 61 tackles-for-loss 
and a whopping 26 sacks, closing the year by forcing 12 turnovers their final three games while outscoring 
opponents 148-48 Freshman defensive end Theodore Jackson IV of Tampa, Fla.. was also named the 
NJCAA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct 19— one of three Rangers to earn national accolades during 
the year (Lance Ray, Chase Carpenter). 


No Name Pos Yr Hometown/Previous School 

Dex Hernngton 



, Miss./Senatobia HS 


Jeffrey Carlyle 
Dominique Price 




Clarksdale, Miss/Horn Lake HS 
Abbeville. Miss/Lafayette HS 


Tyson Sims Sr. 



Southaven, Miss./DeSoto Central 


Teshadl Talton 
Terrance Evans 




West Monroe, La/River Oaks Academy 
Bristol. Fla./Liberty County HS 

Marcus Henry 
D.J. McChristian 


Ryan Mossakowski QB 

Adrian Golden RB 

Jalerio Merritt OB 

Darryl Kinkle WR 

La'Darrick Anderson DB 

D'shun Henderson DB 

Jayson Saff old DT 

Bakan Trotter DB 

David Conner LB 

Aaron Thompson 
Tyler Holloway 
Londen Parker 
Demanus Pegues 
Chase Carpenter 

Jerry Richardson 
Erih Wilder Jr 
Christopher Hines 
i D Fondon 
Brandon Timmons 
Jeremy Carson 
Robdreck Little 
Michael Robbms 
Demarcus Pegues 
Kadeem Co-? 
Donald Hawkins 
Jibn Cole 
Kendrick Mack 

Danternus Young 
Randolph Williams 
Adam Hyland 
Will Reynolds 
Thomas Campbell 

Kenyahti McMurry 


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Deshondrick Hines OL 

Deantae Smith 

Theodore Jackson IV DE Fr. 

Jerome McClaln DT Fr. 

Cortez Hibbler DE Fr. 

Stephen Saulsberry DT Fr 

ch: Ricky Woods (4th Season) 
Coaches: Jack Wright, Andy Greening, T< 
Coach: Oanny Ray Cole ■ Athletic Trainei 
formation Director: Kevin Maloney 

Courtland, Miss./South Panola HS 
Abbeville. Miss/Lafayette HS 
/Horn Lake Hi 
Lafayette HS 
/DeSoto Cent 
./River Oaks A 
ty County HS 
/Southaven HS 
Frisco, Texas/University of Kentucky 
Tarpon Springs, Fla./Butler CC 
Southaven, Miss./Southaven HS 
Holly Springs, Miss /Holly Springs HS 
Oxford. Miss./Oxford HS 
Batesville, Miss./South Panola HS 
Clarksdale, Miss./Rosa Fort HS 

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Batesville. Miss./South Panola HS 
Batesville, Miss./South Panola HS 
Calhoun City, Miss./Calhoun City HS 
Southaven, Miss./Southaven HS 
Independence, Miss./lndependence HS 
Oxford. Miss./Oxford HS 
Slayden, Miss./Marshall Academy 
Lewisburg, Miss /Lewisburg HS 
Charleston, Miss./Coahoma CC 
Olive Branch, Miss./Olive 8ranch HS 
Courtland, Miss./South Panola HS 
Water Valley, Miss./Water Valley HS 
Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch HS 
Lake Cormorant, Miss./SBEC 
Charleston. Miss./Coahoma CC 
Southaven. Miss. /Southaven HS 
Oxford, Miss./Oxford HS 
Olive Branch, Miss /Olive Branch HS 
Tunica, Miss./Rosa Fort HS 
Meridian. Miss. /Meridian HS 
Coldwater, Miss./Coldwater HS 
Batesville, Miss./South Panola HS 
Tunica. Miss./Rosa Fort HS 
Fort Valley, Ga. /Peach County HS 
Oxford. Miss./Lafayette HS 
Charleston, Miss./North Delta School 
Batesville. Miss./South Panola HS 
Oxford. Miss./Oxford HS 
Batesville. Miss./South Panola HS 
Olive Branch. Miss. /Olive Branch HS 
Batesville. Miss./South Panola HS 
Oxford, Miss./Oxford HS 
Tampa. Fla./Butler CC 
Tampa, Fla./Pensacola HS 
Sardis, Miss./Alcorn State 
Oiive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch HS 

Edwards, Scott Oakley, Jon Fabris, Jim Jones 

A tolal of nine Rangers earned all-conference honors at season's end The Rangers were led by MACJC first team selections Lance Ray, Donald Hawkins, Austin Douglas, David Conner and La'Darnck 
Anderson. Second team accolades went to Ryan Mossakowski, Teshadi Talton. Chase Carpenter and Jerome McClain. Hawkins, Ray and Conner were each named All-Region XXIII, 

MACJC first team selections 

#16 • La'Darnck Anderson ■ DB #20 • David Conner • LB #54 • Austin Douglas • OL #51 • Donald Hawkins • OL #1 • Lance Ray • WR 

MACJC second team selections 

#26 • Chase Carpenter • K/P #90 • Jerome McClain • DT #12 • Ryan Mossakowsk 

#9 • Teshadi Talton • RB 

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The Ranger Cheerleaders are high-energy, 
have loads of personality and love to cheer. 
This year, Liesl Davenport, Intramural Activities 
coordinator and cheer sponsor, decided to 
make the cheerleading squad co-ed, making it 
the first time in several years that the Ranger 
Cheerleaders were both male and female. "We 
have a tremendous amount of talent from all 
over North Mississippi. We are very excited to be 
co-ed again and expect to see great things on the 
sideline this fail," said Davenport. 

The Northwest Cheerleaders are a co-ed, 
non-competitive squad. They cheer at all football 
games and all home basketball games and 
travel with sporting teams to playoff games, 
tournaments and bowl games. 

Prior to the pre-game Homecoming show, the 
cheerleaders host a mim-cheer/dance camp 
allowing local kids to participate in a cheerleading 
routine and perform in front of the Homecoming 
fans and family sitting in the stands. 

Northwest Cheerleaders must be proficient in 
stunting, motions, toe touches and cheering while 
maintaining a certain fitness level to represent as 
the on-field and court voices of Ranger pride. 



Ranger Soccer 

Under lOth-year head coach. Petei Jarjoura. the Northwest soccer teams 
showed vast improvement during the 2011 season. The women's team 
finished the year 5-9-1 overall (4-3-1 north) while the men closed the season at 
5-7-3 (2-4-2 north). 

Although both teams finished under the .500 mark in the win-loss column, the 
season had its share of highlights and was filled with national accolades. The 
women had their best season since 2006, recording their most overall wins and 
league wins, and fell just one win shy of a state playoff berth and north division 
title. The men opened the season with an upset over eventual Region XXIII 
Champions Gulf Coast, 1-0, and boasted a three-time NJCAA National Player of 
the Week in freshman goalkeeper John Denton. 

Led by All-State selections Morgan Taylor of Grenada and Kelli Brewer of 
Vicksburg, the Lady Rangers nearly doubted their scoring from a year ago and 
controlled their destiny the final game of the year against Hinds. 

Northwest fell 3-0 to the Lady Eagles, needing a win to clinch a north division 
title, which left them with a third-place finish. Taylor led the team in all major 
statistical categories, including goals (seven), assists (four), points (18), shot 
percentage (.194) and shot-on-goal percentage (.611). Brewer stopped a total of 
112 shots (33rd nationally) tn net in a stellar sophomore campaign, being named 
the NJCAA National Goalkeeper of the Week during the season and also earning 
NJCAA All-Region XXIII honors. 

The men saw what could have been an unbelievable run steadily slip away. In 
a tale of two halves of the season. Northwest opened the year 4-2-1 and was 
leading the division after three weeks, but they couldn't finish down the stretch in 
going 1-5-2. 

Led by a pair of All-State selections in sophomore defenders Fakhry Khulfan of 
Memphis and Rosendo Barron of Southaven (two-time selection). Northwest tied 
a school record with four shutouts on the season. Khulfan capped a fantastic 
two-year career with a breakout season offensively as well, scoring a team-best 
12 goals (four game-winners) and adding four assists for 28 total points. His 
selection as the top player in Region XXIII also made him eligible for NJCAA All- 
American honors. 



Northwest sophomore defender Fakhry Khulfan was named an NJCAA Men's 
Soccer Third Team All-American on Friday, the first Ranger since 2003 to earn the 
postseason award. 

Khulfan is just the second men's soccer player in school history to earn All- 
American honors, with Tommy Robison a two-time second team selection in 2002 
and 2003. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Kelli Brewer and sophomore midfielder Morgan Taylor 
of the Northwest women's soccer team have been named to the 2011 MACJC 
All-State Team, 







Olive Bram 


Allie Hodges 



Olive Branch, Miss. 


Sarah Bishop 



Horn Lake, Miss. 


Amanda Hinton 



Oxford. Miss 


Morgan Taylor 



Grenada, Miss. 


Kayla Kelly 



Vicksburg, Miss. 


Allie Thomas 



Southaven. Miss. 


Kelli Brewer 



Olive Branch, Mtss. 

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The 2011-12 Northwest men's and women's basketball seasons 
went in opposite directions, with the women slowing down 
the stretch and missing the postseason but the men picking up 
steam and making an appearance in both the state and region 

Head coach Don Edwards' Lady Rangers opened the year 6-1 
with an upset win over state runners-up Copiah-Lincoln, 55-54, but 
closed the season winning just two of their final 15 games to finish 
at 8-14 overall and 2-10 in the north division. Five losses were by 
three points or less, including the final four games. 

A pair of freshmen led the way all season, with Shaquilla Isom 
(Abbeville/Lafayette HS) averaging a team-best 12.0 ppg while 
shooting 44 percent from the floor. The combo guard also averaged 
4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists-per-game, chipping in 24 steals and 
17 blocks. Monique Biggins (Horn Lake/Horn Lake HS) closed 
the year averaging a double-double with 11.7 points and 10.4 
rebounds-per-game. accomplishing the feat 13 times in the regular 

Erica Turner (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind HS) had another solid 
season for the red and blue, leading the team in assists (87) and 
blocked shots (51) and ranking second with 42 steals. She closed 
her career with 87 blocks, good enough for third in school history, 
while averaging 10 points and 7.5 rebounds-per-game in her 
sophomore campaign. 

Third-year head coach Jimmy Adams' Rangers snapped a five- 
year drought with a third place regular season finish in the north 
(7-5) and punched a ticket into both postseason tournaments. 
Northwest opened the year just 3-7, but turned it on after the 
Christmas break and finished the regular season 12-10 overall. 

The return of second team all-state selection and sophomore 
Everick Morris (Olive Branch/Olive Branch HS) turned the Rangers' 
entire season around, with the crafty point guard averaging 10.3 
points and a league-best 6.1 assists-per-game in 14 games after 
the break. 

Freshman DeMarcus McVay (West Memphis, Ark. /West Memphis 
HS), also a second team all-state nod. averaged a team-best 11.5 

points and 8.0 rebounds-per-game while shooting an impressive 54 
percent from the floor. McVay had a team-best five double-doubles 
and 34 blocks on the year, while adding 37 assists and 33 steals. 

As a team, the Rangers' defensive play really carried the team 
down the stretch. Northwest blocked 118 shots through the first 23 
games (6th in a single-season), with five players posting 10 or more 
blocked shots, and turned the opposing team over 19.3 times-per- 

The emergence of numerous other freshmen, including first team 
all-state selection Kenyatta Jones (Byhaha/Byhalia HS), Jordan 
Hulsey (Memphis, Tenn./Xavier University) and Domonique Harris 
(Southaven/Southaven HS) also added to the Rangers' success. 

Northwest was knocked off in the opening round of the state 
tournament by Pearl River, 75-59, and opened play at the Region 
XXIII Tournament against Southern-Shreveport on March 8 in 
Clinton. The Rangers were defeated 83-77 by Southern-Shreveport 
in the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Northwest ended its 
season at 12-12 overall. 

2011-12 MEN'S ROSTER 






Jordan Hulsey 



Memphis, Tenn. 


Darius Woods 



Walls, Miss. 


Antonio Jones 



Batesville, Miss. 


Kenyatta Jones 


Byhalia, Miss. "'- 


La'Barron Collins 


Tunica, Miss. 


Tevin Moore 



Olive Branch, Miss. 


Domonique Hams 



Southaven, Miss. 


Chris Kelley 



Olive Branch, Miss. 


Kendrick Moore 



Walls. Miss. 

Caleb Van Tassell 



Hickory Flat, Miss. 


DeMarous McVay 



West Memphis, Ark 


Jimmy Henderson 



Houlka, Miss. 


A.J Cunningham 



Memphis, Tenn. 


Bernard Jones 




Evenck Morris 



Olive Branch, Miss. 


Willie Williams 



Sumner, Miss. 

■ Head Coach; Jimmy Adams (Third Season) 
" Assistant Coach: Troy Howell (First Season) 

■ Team Managers: Damien Alexander. Leonardo Sanders 

■ Sports Information Director: Kevin Maloney 








Brittam Smith 



Oxford, Miss. 


Brittany Patton 



Sardis, Miss. 


Tiesha Tunstall 



Olive Branch, Miss. 


Monique Biggins 



Horn Lake, Miss. 


Sherneal Thompson 



Abbeville, Miss. 


Shermeka Lewis 



Memphis, Tenn. 


HolK Wells 



Grenada, Miss. 


Erica Turner 



Memphis, Tenn. 


Queena Booker 



Oxford, Miss. 


Sara Waldrip 



Clarksdale, Miss. 


Shaquilla Isom 



Abbeville, Miss. 


Kristiana Fisher 



Indianola, Miss. 


Domonique Early 



Jackson, Tenn, 


Jearica McBride 



Carrollton, Miss. 

• Head Coach. Don Edwards (25th Season) 
> Assistant Coach; Troy Howell (First Season) 
» Team Managers: Phylisha Fondren, Manesha Y 
■ Sports Information Director: Kevin Maloney 

, Jasmine Jeffenes 



Behind sixth-year head coach, Mark Carson, 
and the leadership of eight sophomores, the 
Northwest Ranger baseball team enjoyed its first 30- 
win season since 2007 while claiming a share of the 
MACJC North Division Championship with Holmes. 

The Rangers finished the year at 31-21 overall 
and 18-6 in north division play, their most league 
wins in nine years. By finishing 10 games over the 
.500 mark, it also marked a 16th winning season in 
the last 17 years for Northwest. 

En route to a division co-championship, Northwest 
capped off the first four-game season sweep of 
Itawamba since the 1998 season by outscormg the 
Indians 36-8 in the series. Northwest also went a 
perfect 4-0 against Coahoma and East Mississippi 
and 3-1 against Mississippi Delta and Northeast. 

Northwest capped the season hitting a solid .314 
as a team (26th nationally), led by Drew Griffin and 
Bradley Noland who shared the batting title with .366 
averages. Chad Wardlaw led the Rangers with 55 hits, 

giving him 106 for his career, while Dex Herrington 
led the team in doubles (14) and triples (five) and 
Jeremy Carlisle pounded out eight home runs (second 
in the state). 

The Ranger pitching staff was equally as 
impressive, boasting a 3.77 team ERA with 10 saves 
and five complete games. Tarus Hervey (8-2. 3.91 
ERA, 2 CG) and Garrett Radicioni (6-4, 3.53 ERA, 3 
CG) paced Northwest on the bump, while eight other 
Rangers picked up at least one win on the year in 
holding opposing teams to a .264 average (sixth-best 
in school history). 

The 2011 edition of Ranger baseball also etched 
its name in the school record books, swiping 100 
bags (104 of 128) for just the fourth time in school 
history, while setting new school records in hit-by- 
pitches (61). sacrifice hits (36) and pickoffs (20). 
The 39 double plays turned and 13 triples also rank 
second in single-season history. 


No. Name Pos. B/T Yr. 



Kyle Blount 




Independence, Miss. 


Drew Griffin 




Bolivar, Tenn. 


Josh Hopkins 




Olive Branch, Miss. 


Tyler Hadaway 




Olive Branch, Miss. 


Jimmy Braswell 




Senatobia, Miss. 


Dex Herrington 



Senatobia, Miss. 


Chad Wardlaw 









Olive Branch, Miss. 



Marshal Hamrick 
Drew Klepzig 
Keaton Hankins 
Bradley Noland 
Austin Overall 



Senatobia, Miss. 
Hernando, Miss. 



Olive Branch, Miss. 
Collierville, Tenn. 
Walls, Miss. 


Luke McCullough 



Oxford, Miss. 


Josh Johnson 
Jeremy Massie 
Chris Casto 

Water Valley, Miss. 



Sardis, Miss. 
Olive Branch, Miss. 


Colt Burns 




Olive Branch, Miss. 


Denzel Goolsby 





Oxford, Miss. 


Colby Key 



Jeremy Carlisle 




Senatobia, Miss. 


Tarus Hervey 
Ethan Sanderlin 




Water Valley, Miss. 







Collierville, Tenn. 


Dylan Castoria 



Lewisburg, Miss. 


Jake Brigman 


Hernando, Miss. 


Heath Kitchens 



Pontotoc, Miss. 


Bill Higdon 



Olive Branch, Miss. 


Joseph Blair 


Batesville, Miss. 


Spencer Pierce 




Yazoo City, Miss. 


Shanquayle Jenkins 




Water Valley, Miss. 


Justin Rose 




Gulfport, Miss. 


Garrett Radicioni 




Clarksdale, Miss. 


Brandon Brooks 




Water Valley, Miss. 

Head Coach: Mark Carson (6th Season) 

Assistant Coach: Bill Selby • Volunteer Assistant: Taylor Walker 

Managers: Justin Gordon, Patrick O'Neal 

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Drew Griffin (SS) 

Dex Herrington (OF) 

Bradley Noland (2B) 

Chad Wardlaw (OF) 

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Jeremy Carlisle (IB) 

Tarus Hervey (RHP) 

Drew Klepzig (C) 

Garrett Radicioni (RHP) 

At season's end, a total of eight Rangers were rewarded for their outstanding play by being named to the 2011 MACJC All-State Team. Northwest was led by first team selections Chad 
Wardlaw (OF), Drew Griffin (SS), Dex Herrington (OF) and Bradley Noland (2B). while second team honors went to Jeremy Carlisle (IB), Tarus Hervey (RHP). Garrett Radicioni (RHP) and Drew 
Klepzig (C). Griffin and Wardlaw were also later named to the All-Region XXIII Team. 



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Ranger Softball 


Under the direction of eighth-year head softball coach. Mike Rowan, the 
Northwest Rangers finished this year's campaign with a 23-17 overall mark 
and third place finish in the north standings with a 14-8 record. 

The softball season came to a close falling to 19th-ranked and eventual state 
champion, East Central. 4-0. behind a complete-game two-hit shutout from Taylor 
Bailey. The playoff appearance marked the Rangers' seventh in eight seasons 
under Rowan. 

Although the season got off to a rocky, 4-7 start due to some stiff competition 
at the Northeast TigerFest Feb. 25-26 in Booneville. Northwest was able to right 
the ship at the midway point in the season heading into league play. The Rangers 
won 11 of their next 15 games into the first week of April and sat near the top of 
the north division standings after darting out to an 8-3 mark. 

Northwest had its best shot to solidify a first place spot on April 2 in Senatobia. 
taking a 9-2 win over EMCC in the first half of a doubleheader. But the Lady Lions 
were able to earn a twinbill split in the second game of the afternoon, rallying for 
five runs in the top half of the seventh to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 win. 

After the tough loss, Northwest would bounce back to close the year with wins 
in eight of its last 12 games and earned the North's No. 3 seed into the state 

Northwest ended the year hitting a solid .321 as a team, paced by sophomore 
Candice Brasher and freshman Hillari Plummer who tied for the batting title with 
identical .431 averages. Brasher had another standout year, leading Northwest 
in four offensive categories including doubles (17), RBIs (37), total bases (75) 
and slugging percentage (.610). Plummer had a team-best 20 multi-hit games, 
also leading the Rangers in runs (41), walks (15). on-base percentage (.490) and 
stolen bases (10-for-ll). 



Led by first team selections Candice Brasher and Linsey Hebert, a total of eight 
Northwest Rangers were named to the 2011 MACJC All-North Division Softball 
Team. Second team honors went to sophomore Lmdsey Brewer (C), sophomore 
Kayla Wilson (IB), freshman Hillari Plummer (SS) and freshman Stormy Robison 
(OF), while sophomore Min Kandies (3B) and sophomore Magen Fullwood (RHP) 
received honorable mentions, respectively. 



> his rodeo members and knows the 

Northwest's rodeo program is continuing to wrangle 
Going on his fourth year, Head Coach Bruce Lee \ 
importance of competition. 

The rodeo team consists of men and women, and members include Brian Dowdy, a 
sophomore from Ponotoc; Rachel Speltz, a freshman from Hernando, Morgan Winters, a 
freshman from Hernando; Lauren Sanders, a freshman form Yazoo City; Taylor Inglish, a 
freshman from Senatobia; Michael Crenshaw, a freshman from Hernando, Lucas Boatwnght, a 
sophomore from Olive Branch and Ben Cullum. a freshman from Rossville, Tenn. 
In the second rodeo event of the fall season hosted by West Alabama, the Northwest men 
finished eighth of 17 teams and got a third place finish from Lucas Boatwright in the bull 
riding event. 

The Northwest Mississippi Rodeo Team completed its third event of the fall semester with 
the Ranger men placing seventh behind strong performances from bull riders Ben Cullum and 
Lucas Boatwright. Cullum tied for first with 77 points, along with Missouri Valley College's 
Mason Ormesher The Ranger men had their best outing of the season with 200 points and a 
fourth place finish while a pair of Ranger women also completed strong outings. 

Northwest currently boasts four of the top seven bull riders in the Ozark Region- and is 
looking to send two back to the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming. 

"I think we've got an excellent shot of getting at least two of our guys back to nationals this 
year," Lee said. "We won or tied for first in the bull riding event in all five rodeos in the fall and 
hope to keep that going in the future." 

Lucas Boatwright (3), Michael Crenshaw {4}, Brian Dowdy (6) and Sen Cullum (7) currently 
hold four of the Top 7 spots and are eighth overall in the men's team standings with 690 total 

think we've got an excellent shot of getting 

at least two of our guys back to nationals this year " 

-- Bruce Lee 



2011-12 ROSTER 





Brian Dowdy 


Pontotoc, Miss. 

Bull Riding 

Rachel Speltz 

Hernando, Miss. 

Barrel Racing 

Morgan Winters 

Hernando, Miss. 

Barrel Racing 

Lauren Sanders 

Yazoo City, Miss. 

Barrel Racing 

Taylor Inglish 

Senatobia, Miss. 

Barrel Racing 

Michael Crenshaw 

Hernando, Miss. 

Bull Riding 

Lucas Boatwright 


Olive Branch, Miss.Bull Riding 

Ben Cullum 


Rossville, Tenn. 

Bull Riding 

■ Head Coach: Bruce Lee 

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ier going wmiess since 

won first place at both the Northwest Invitational (Mar. 21-22) 
and EMCC Invitational (Apr. 3-4) during the 2011 season. 

Ranger Golf 


The Northwest men's golf team capped a spectacular spring season with a 
second place finish at the Region XXIIt Championships on Tuesday at River 
Birch Golf Club, finishing seven strokes back of state and region champion 
Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

The second place finish bettered last year's third place finish and marked the 
fifth Top 3 finish of the spring in six events, including two tournament wins. 

Gulf Coast took its fourth consecutive region championship with a 599 (293- 
306). followed by Northwest's 606 (294-312), Co-Lin's 614 (304-310), East 
Mississippi's 622 (314-308) and Itawamba's 660 (330-330). 

Gulf Coast led by seven strokes at the turn on Day 2 and Northwest just 
couldn't overcome the deficit. The Rangers played the Bulldogs even on the back- 
9, but it was too little, too late. 

"The biggest problem we had today, just like yesterday, was our putting," 
volunteer assistant coach Guy Purdy said. "We felt like we had a chance to win it 
but just couldn't pull it together. The guys played hard and it was a hard loss for 

Freshman Cameron Thomas carded a two-day 150 (74-76) to finish in a tie for 
sixth place, followed by sophomore Garrett Tidwell who finished ninth after firing 
a two-day 151 (72-79). Ryan Williams (10th). Trey Howell (T13th) and Mark Slay 
(T22nd) rounded out the finishers for the Rangers. 

Northwest did not qualify for the national championships next month in 
Scottsdale. Ariz., but did have two players chosen as alternates in Thomas (first 
alt.) and Tidwell (second alt.). 




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DeSoto Center 


The DeSoto Center meets the 
educational, cultural, career and 
special needs of its students by 
offering academic and career-technical 
curricula, university-parallel courses 
and programs. Workforce Development 
training along with continuing 
education and service programs for 
the community surrounding it. DeSoto 
Center also offers student support, 
along with library services, cultural and 
enrichment opportunities, information 
technology services and extracurricular 
activities for students and the 

Northwest has had a iong-standing 
educational partnership with the 
University of Mississippi at its 
Southaven campus, offering a 2+2 
Program where a student may take 
the first two years of courses at 
Northwest and junior and senior-level 
coursework through the University, 
all at DeSoto Center. The university 
offers bachelor's degrees in a wide 
variety of popular areas, including 
education, business, accountancy, 
criminal justice and liberal arts. This 
year a new program — integrated 
marketing communications— was 
added to the curriculum. Master's and 
specialist degrees are also available at 
the center. 

The DeSoto Center in Southaven 
enrolled the largest number of 

students of Northwest's five campuses 
this year. With close to 3,200 
students attending the DeSoto Center, 
expansion to accommodate students 
is more critical than ever. The current 
facility totals 157,925 square feet and 
is situated on 48.5 acres of land, and 
plans to further expand the center are 

This year, community service has 
been the focus of many of the center's 
clubs and organizations. Students 
in the Respiratory Care Society 
participated in the American Heart 
Association's Heart Walk, culinary I 
and II classes hosted their annual fall 
luncheon to benefit Collegiate DECA 
and their service projects and Phi 
Theta Kappa members sold Boo Bags 
during the Halloween season to raise 
money for community projects. 

The center saw new faces this year 
as six new faculty members were hired 
during the summer. New full-time 
faculty members included Piyatilake 
Adns, biology instructor; Derek Tambe, 
mathematics instructor; Sakondra 
Moore and Daniel Scherer, computer 
information systems instructors; 
Rebecca Allen, psychology instructor 
and Keith Wilbanks, commercial truck 
driving instructor at the center's Olive 
Branch campus. 

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Olive Branch Center 


In an effort to meet the training needs of the citizens of DeSoto County and the surrounding are. 
a career-technical campus was established in the Olive Branch Metro Industrial Park in the fall 
of 1985. Today, the Olive Branch center is located near the hub of the Memphis-area trucking 
industry and within close proximity to the Olive Branch Airport, a privately-owned airport open to 
the public. The campus offers two in-demand programs, commercial truck driving and aviation 
maintenance technology. 

The commercial truck driving program is an eight-week course which meets five days per 
week. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded a certificate and 
nine semester hours of credit. Course work includes classroom instruction in Department of 
Transportation regulations, freight handling, defensive driving, accidents, insurance, customer 
relations and maintenance of equipment Field work includes day and night driving in highway 
and city conditions to master basic driving skills, handling of equipment, yard tests and various 
transmissions. Graduates of the program have found employment at several area trucking 
companies and distribution centers. 

The aviation maintenance technology program offers an FAA-certified curriculum designed To 
prepare students for a career as aircraft, airframe and powerplant mechanics. Upon completion c 
the two-year program, students must complete required FAA certification examinations to receive 
the Associate of Applied Science degree. Classroom lecture and hands-on laboratory work are 
combined to instruct students in various procedures in aircraft mechanics, including aviation 
electricity, weight and balance, engine theory, flight control, landing gear and instrumentation. 
Many graduates of the program are employed as aircraft mechanics by FedEx at its worldwide 
headquarters in Memphis, while others have found work as mechanics for major airlines as well e 
for private and farm aircraft. 

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LYTC-Oxford Center 


The Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center (LYTC) in Oxford is always adapting tc 
accommodate its growing and changing student body. 
New computers were installed throughout the campus to meet the changing 
technological needs of a growing campus. Twenty new computers were installed 
in the math lab. while all new computers replaced old ones in the library 
and Business Office Technology classrooms. All Smart Classrooms were also 
The old cosmetology lab was renovated into two new classrooms — one for 

public speaking and speech classes and one for art appreciation. 

LYTC even executed a campus beautification project in the spring, including the 
planting of new trees and the addition of new groundcover and shrubbery. 

Surgical Technology, unique to the Oxford campus, adopted a national board 
certification into their curriculum for graduation for the first time. Through the 
National Center for Competency Testing, 100 percent of the first class passed 
their Tech in Surgery Certification. 

Ashland Campus 


" orthwest's Benton County/NWCC Vo-Tech Center in Ashland offers a convenient location for 
students living in Benton County and surrounding areas who are interested in practical nursing 

The Practical Nursing program prepares students to assist in providing general nursing care 
requiring basic knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, psychological and sociological 
and of nursing procedures. This care is performed under the direction of a registered 
licensed physician or dentist. 
Students who complete the program requirements, as identified by the Mississippi Department of 
Education, will be eligible to apply for LPN licensure. Admission to the Practical Nursing program is 
limited on each of the four campus sites. Candidates must complete a special application process. 
The Cosmetology program prepares students to care for hair, nails and skin with emphasis on 
sanitation, customer relations and salon management. Satisfactory completion of the 
qualifies students for the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology certification examination. 
Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. This program requires a minimum of 850 clock 

Students are only accepted during the fall semester. Applicants must be 18 years or age or older 
and have a high school diploma or GED certificate. 

Division of eLearning 


Now counted as its own campus. eLearning 
classes have become a major part of 
Northwest, according to eLearning Dean Phyllis 
Johnson. Johnson reported that enrollment for 
online classes nearly doubled in summer 2010 and 
have continued to show high numbers. The college 
was up 626 students from the previous year with 
an additional 31 online classes. 

The eLearning Division has added several new 
features that will allow students to better interact 
with instructors and classmates, according to 
Johnson, These features include Blackboard 9.1, 
Pronto and iTunes University. 

Blackboard is a web-based course management 
system designed to allow students and faculty to 
participate in online classes. Blackboard enables 
instructors to provide students with course 
materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online 
quizzes, an academic resource center and more. 

"The new Blackboard 9,1 features YouTube 
integration for instructors, personal journals, wikis, 
blogs. video clips and audio clips," said Johnson. 
"Instructors can use these features in any way that 
best works for their particular class. The features 
can either be made public or kept private." 

Johnson said a new feature to eLearning is 
Pronto, which is an instant messaging and video 
chat tool that allows students and instructors 
to simultaneously meet live online at any time 
to discuss their coursework. Pronto works with 
Blackboard to automatically populate students' 
contact lists with their classmates' names, thereby 
making it easy for students to collaborate live 

"Pronto allows instructors the ability to instantly 
communicate with students by either sharing their 
screen and working through a problem, speaking 
with them through a microphone, or by using a 
white board that allows the instructor to do live 
demonstrations," said Johnson. 

"This program brings online classes in line 
with regular classes. Instructors now have the 
advantage of showing students how to do different 
things," she said. 

Another new campus-wide feature is iTunes 
University. The program gives students access 

to lectures, presentations, readings, videos and 
podcasts produced by instructors. Students are 
able to download the material to their Mac or PC. 
iPhone, iPod or iPad. allowing the material to be 
viewed at any time in any place. 

"iTunes University is a good study tool for 
students because they have access to lectures 
and other materials," said Johnson. "We hope to 
continue to build the number of instructors that 
we have who are using iTunes University. This is a 
great interactive too! for students." 

"Our goal with eLearning is to reach all learning 
styles— visual, auditory and kinesthetic — with 
our online classes, and this new technology 
incorporated in our online classes is helping us to 
achieve that," said Johnson. 

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and Emily Wilson of Independence watch a pre! 
class downloaded from Northwest's iTunes Uni 
content on Conley's iPhone. 




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{Northwest art instructors' work 
displayed in statewide exhibition} 

Three Northwest Mississippi Community College visual art instructors — department chair. Lawayne House of Olive Branch, and 
instructors Eunika Rogers of Memphis and Ashley Chavis of Oxford— had work on display in a group exhibition of statewide 
community colleges in the Art Instructors Art Exhibit in Miller Art Gallery on the Meridian Community College campus, Jan. 17- Feb. 21. 

"This exhibit is important, because it allows individuals to see the quality of work being created by instructors across Mississippi." said 
House. "It is always good to promote our skills and ability in relation to teaching the foundations of art." 

Chavis hopes his two submitted pieces demonstrate his love for using common objects as personal visual metaphors. "Although 'Shoe 
Stretcher' is a watercolor and 'House Wren with Pendulum' is a ceramic vessel, each share a common visual denominator by displaying 
ordinary objects as narrative symbols." said Chavis. "For me, exhibiting work is the culmination of the artistic process. It's personally 
fulfilling, and I simply enjoy sharing what I create. 1 think it makes you valuable and relevant in the classroom by staying creatively 

Rogers' paintings, "If I Could Tell You" and "El Momento Descuidado," are painted with Mississippi red clay and charcoal on heavy 
watercolor paper and were previously on display in the Northwest Faculty Art Show. "As art instructors in this state, we meet once a year 
to discuss things related to our curriculum. One of the things we discussed at the last meeting was to periodically showcase our work 
in Mississippi colleges to encourage us to be creative, allow Mississippi students to see what other college instructors are doing and to 
encourage us to stay closer in touch with each other. The idea is to have a showcase of this every year in a different college." 

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Glennie Leversor 

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Sandra Martin 
Theresa Massie 
Lizzie McClinton 
Sandra McCrary 
Glenn McDowell 
Mary Beth McGehee 


{National League for 

Nursing certifies Northwest faculty} 

Northwest nursing instructor Stephanie Stevens of Independence is the first among 
Division of Nursing faculty at the college to be designated a Certified Nurse Educator 
by the National League for Nursing, the accrediting body for the college's Associate of Arts 
in nursing program. 

According to the National League for Nursing, certification establishes nursing education 
as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their 
expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers and the academic and health 
care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. 

"Certification is a mark of professionalism," said Stevens. "As a part of my lifelong 
learning and professional development, I wanted to demonstrate my expertise in nursing 

In order to earn the certification, Stevens passed the Certified Nurse Educator exam 
and met criteria set forth by the National League for Nursing which requires a currently 
active registered nurse license in the United States or its territories; a master's or doctoral 
degree in nursing (with a major emphasis in a role other than nursing education); and four 
years or more of full-time employment in the academic faculty role within the past five 

In her 24th year as an instructor at Northwest, Stevens always knew she wanted to 
teach. She was, in fact, the first graduate of the Division of Nursing program at Northwest 
to come back to the college to teach. Having completed her bachelor's degree in 
nursing at then Memphis State University and her master's degree in nurse practitioner 
at Mississippi University for Women, Stevens was in practice at St. Francis Hospital in 
Memphis as an ICU float nurse when she felt compelled to come back to Northwest as an 
instructor. "I love teaching, educating others and making an impact on health care in our 
state," said Stevens. 

Stevens hopes her recent recognition will encourage other faculty to pursue the same 
certification. Currently, there are 2,650 certified nurse educators in the U.S. with 53 in 


Alanna Adams, Senatobia 
Brittany Adams. LYTC 
Kimberiy Adams. LYTC 
Nathaniel Afra, Senatobia 
Richard Akers. Senatobia 
Ranesha Akins, Senatobia 

Scarlet Alexander, Senatobia 

Jasmine Alford. Senatobia 

Barry Alien. Senatobia 

Melissa Allen. LYTC 

Eric Amos. Senatobia 

Lasonya Anderson, Senatobia 

Lucinda Ankston. Senatobia 
Lori Annestedt, Senatobia 
Auntarias Armstrong, LYTC 
Anna Ashcraft Senatobia 
Chelsea Austin. Senatobia 
Shaquita Austin, LYTC 

Amber Aven, Senatobia 

Allie Aycock, DeSoto Center 

Trever Ayers. Senatobia 

Kristen Baddley, Senatobia 

Haley Bailey, DeSoto Center 

Jessica Bailey. Senatobia 


osters and flyers as well as a dedicated website tout 
le advantages of completing an associate degree: 

rsons age 25 or older with an associate degree made approximately $7,000 
; per year than a high school graduate. 

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ployment growth are in the professional/busint 

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For more information about crossing 
the finish line at Northwest please 
scan this QR Code or go to 
crossi ngthefinishline 

You can't walk ten feet across the Northwest campus this fall without noticing that a new theme has emerged— 
crossing the finish line. From posters and flyers touting the perks of having an associate degree in every building to 
advisers giving their students a small token like a tote bag, jump drive or ID holder to remember the theme, it is clear 
Northwest administrators want to hammer home the idea of going the distance with Northwest all the way to the gradua- 
tion stage. 

"There is a national emphasis on improving graduation rates at the community college level," said Dan Smith, vice 
president of Student Affairs. "It starts at the White House and it just flows down." 

The state and Federal government are constantly looking at ways to improve accountability for tax dollars, and with 
that comes a new way of measuring funding for community colleges. Although Northwest has the fourth highest gradua- 
tion rate in the state, behind Gulf Coast, Hinds and Itawamba, according to the State Board of Community Colleges, the 
college is preparing for the inevitable shift in funding formula that will put a more serious emphasis on graduation and 
completion rates for schools. 

Crossing the Finish Line committee members— administrators and campus-wide representatives from all academic 
and career-technical divisions, meet bi-weekly to discuss their sub-committee research and recommendations to improve 
the graduation rate at Northwest. From examining campus technology, registration practices, graduation requirements, 
orientation and retention to creating a full integrated marketing communications plan, the committee has been focused 
on improving graduation rates this academic year. 

Students have also taken notice of the new academic theme, and it has caused some to rethink their academic plan. 
"I think it is good to graduate from a community college, because at least you have something to show for the two years 
that you were here," Hayden Montgomery, a freshman theatre major from Southaven, said. Other students agree, though 
some are skeptical about keeping their majors. 

"Changing my major has always been a possibility, but it is best to wait, especially if you are in your last semester," 
Kayla Murcnison. a sophomore vocal major from Oxford, said. 

Administrators are anxious to see the fruits of their labor this May. as they anticipate a record graduating class from 
both academic and career-technical students. 



Shameka Brinkley, Senatobia 
Kadi Brisendine. Senatobia 
Grant Brokaw. Senatobia 
Taylor Brooks, DeSoto Center 
Tillman Brooks, Senatobia 
Anthony Brown, DeSoto Center 


Tristian Bulluck, Senatobia 
Rashad Burdette. Senatobia 
Kayla Burns, Senatobia 
Aaron Burrell, Senatobia 
Deshundrick Burt, LYTC 
Brenda Bush. Senatobia 

Tylar Bush. Senatobia 

Houston Butler, Senatobia 

Timothy Butler. Senatobia 

Damien Byrd. Senatobia 

Derrick Byrd. Senatobia 

Thomas Campbell. Senatobia 

Stephanie Cannon. LYTC 
Angeline Card. Senatobia 
Kristen Cardwell, Senatobia 
Brian Carlson, Senatobia 
Jessica Chambers. DeSoto Center 
Jennifer Chapman. LYTC 

Tiffany Christie, DeSoto Center 

Summer Clabum, DeSoto Center 

Cameron Clark. Senatobia 

Kelli Clark. Senatobia 

Kimeyatta Clark. Senatobia 

Santerrica Clay. LYTC 



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Northwest faculty, staff and students consider community service a part of everyday life at the college. Clubs and 
organizations from all disciplines get involved in everything from raising money for breast cancer research and 
awareness to feeding the hungry and highway cleanup. 

1. Northwest cheer sponsor. Liesl Davenport (center), is joined by Northwest supporter and Senatobia resident Audra 
Henson (left) and her daughter. Leeah Henson. at the Memphis Race for the Cure held Oct. 29. Northwest cheerlead- 
ers and friends of Northwest joined "Team Northwest" as they raised money through this Susan G. Komen for the 
Cure event. 

2. Students in the Northwest Division of Nursing collected 80 jugs of soda tabs or "pop tops" for the Ronald McDon- 
ald House in Memphis that the organization recycles to help cover operating expenses. (First Row L-R) Crystal Stamps 
of Horn Lake, Sarah Bailey of Pope. Michelle Furnish of Southaven. Carol Tramel of Batesville, Melissa Parrish of Sena- 
tobia, Leigh Tedford of Horn Lake, Jessica Skaggs of Hernando, Teena Waltersdorff of Hernando, Christina Massengill 
of Olive Branch, Kecia Ivy of Southaven. Lorie Parham of Southaven, (Second Row L-R) Margaret Carroll of Oxford, 
Breck Crouch of Oxford, Crystall Hester of Red Banks. Shawna Martin of Hernando, Lindsey Wall of Oxford, Kyrstyn 
Willis of Olive Branch, Cindi Rutherford and Jennifer Mitchell, both of Olive Branch, Kristina Brown of Southaven, (Third 
Row L-R) Mark Thomas of Southaven. Bradley Grantham of Horn Lake, Robin Smith of Potts Camp, Heather Roberts of 
Potts Camp, Rachel Felkins of Horn Lake. Justin Mathews of Byhalia. Chelsea Kramer of Hernando and Jessica Jansen 
of Hernando participated in collecting the tabs last fall. 

3. Division of Nursing student Teena Waltersdorff of Hernando lends a helping hand at Senatobia Middle School with 
conducting vision screenings for all of the middle school students. 



Northwest John Deere Tech instructor 
releases first book during Elvis Week 


Northwest Agricultural/John Deere Technology instructor Shane Louwerens released his debut book, "A John 
Deere Fit for the King," just in time for fans of the rock and roll icon to order it during Elvis Week, celebrated 
Aug. 10-16. 

The book, available on and, details the 2009 restoration of Elvis Presley's John 
Deere 4010 tractor that Elvis acquired in the late '60s as a part of the Circle G Ranch purchase. Unbeknownst to 
the sophomores in Louwerens' class, they were working on a secret restoration of a tractor belonging to the legend 

While antique farm equipment enthusiasts, toy collectors (Ertl Toys made a replica of the restored tractor), John 
Deere loyalists and Elvis fans will enjoy this quick read, anyone can appreciate this story about a teacher believing 
in his students and trusting them to complete a project of this magnitude. 

"When I put my faith in my students, they came through with flying colors," said Louwerens. "This book shows the 
pride students can take in a project and will hopefully influence other teachers to let their students live up to high 

The book took just over two years to finish, including writing, proofing, getting approval through the legal channels 
at two of the largest corporations worldwide, John Deere and Elvis Presley Enterprises, re-writing and publishing. 
"I shelved the project several times along the way, but I wanted the people I worked with at Northwest, my family 
and students to see the importance of seeing something out to the very end," said Louwerens. 

"As teachers, we are always looking for ways that we affect our students, so I hope that this gives readers a 
chance to get that feeling— of being a teacher and having an impact on other people's lives. This way everyone 
gets to see the behind the scenes, the hard work, the camaraderie, the long hours and everything it took to make 
this project possible. As I told my students, 'This is your chance to not just read about history, but to be a part of 
history— grease and oil, velvet ropes, news reporters and flash bulbs included.' 

For more information about the 
Agricultural/John Deere Tech 
program at Northwest please scan 
this QR Code or go to 
and look under our programs and 
courses page. 


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Kiesha Gilliam, Senatobia 
Jalen Gipson, Senatobia 
Donielle Gleaton, Senatobia 
Danielle Glover. Senatobia 
Angela Gober, DeSoto Center 
Lisa Godsey. DeSoto Center 

Brittany Grant, Senatobia 
Charles Gray, Senatobia 
Melanie Green, LYTC 
Katherine Greer, Senatobia 
Bridgette Griffin. Senatobia 
Jordan Griffin, DeSoto Center 

Matthew Griffin, Senatobia 
James Griffith, Senatobia 
Marilynn Guerrero, DeSoto Center 
Ruddy Guzman, Senatobia 
Nadia Hackett, Senatobia 
Joshua Hailey. LYTC 

Terry Hailey, Senatobia 
Emily Hall. LYTC 
Zackary Hamblen. Senatobia 
Peyton Hamblin, Senatobia 
Sharonda Hamer. Senatobia 
Briuanca Hamilton, Senatobia 


Meagan Hamilton, LYTC 

Seanna Hamm. DeSoto Center 

Lemuel Hardaway, Senatobia 

William Harden. Senatobia 

Kendall Hardin. Senatobia 

Kenya Hardin, Senatobia 

Stephen Hardy. DeSoto Center 

Latoya Harp, Senatobia 

Octavia Harp. Senatobia 

Dynasty Harper. LYTC 

Hunter Harrell, LYTC 

Warren Harrington, Senatobia 

Brandon Harris, DeSoto Center 

Florine Harris, DeSoto Center 

Kenneth Harris, Senatobia 

Machelle Harris, LYTC 

Raven Hams, Senatobia 

Kendall Harvey, DeSoto Center 

Lacedrtc Hassell, Senatobia 

Brittany Hayes, LYTC 

Devonte Henderson. Senatobia 

Anthony Henson, Senatobia 

Chelsea Hentz, Senatobia 

Laraven Hentz, Senatobia 

opens to help spark wntin 

RIGHT: Writing Center tutors (;-r) Tyler Janes, 

a senior secondary education major atThe 

University of Mississippi and La'Keena Neal, 

a junior criminal justice major at Ote Miss 

are pictures with Jeanine Rauch, the DeSoto 

Center Writing Center director. 

Written by Bryant McEwen 

A student-orchestrated Writing Center opened this spring on 
the DeSoto Campus. 
Open to both Northwest and The University of Mississippi 
students, the Writing Center currently employs four student 
tutors available to assist students in all aspects of the written 
word, from resumes and cover letters to English essays and 
articles. The Writing Center at DeSoto Center is a joint effort 
between Ole Miss and Northwest. Paula Miller coordinates 
this partnership, while Jeanine Rauch oversees the day-to-day 
operations as center director. 

"Students can make reservations for one-on-one appointments 
with the tutors online," Rauch said. 

Being resourceful is probably an understatement because 
the term "ease of use" is clearly one of the goals of the Writing 
Center that Rauch and her team have put first. 

"The Writing Center is also free," Rauch pointed out. 

The tutors include: Lucas Dodson, Tyler Jaynes, La'Keena Neal 
and Emily Hoselton. 

"The Writing Center is definitely peer-oriented, so many 
students want to come into the Writing Center for help on 
cover letters, essays, narratives, you name it." Dodson said. 
"They just don't have the bravery to ask for help, which is 
really unfortunate. There will be no awkwardness, ridicule or 

"I realize there's a difference between being a tutor and 
teaching, but they do go hand-in-hand." Jaynes said. 

For further information about the Writing Center or to make £ 
appointment visit 



{Northwest offers six new majors, 

20 new courses} 

ABOVE: Majors in the new pre-horticulture curriculum v 
located adjacent to the Physical Science Building. Students h 
native plants through a hands-on teaching approach. 

Northwest Mississippi Community College recently 
added six new majors to its Academic Education 
offerings for the coming fall — recreation, pre- 
communicative disorders, pre-landscape architecture, 
pre-landscape contracting, pre-horticulture and 
pre-veterinary medical technology — and 20 courses 
to their curriculum to meet the changing needs of 
the Northwest student body and its students" future 
employers and four-year institutions. 

"The overall benefit for the Northwest student 
body is that options are expanded," said Vice 
President for Educational Affairs, Dr. Chuck Strong. 
"These new programs will give more flexibility in their 
choices. Also, as with all programs of study, when 
a student chooses a major, he or she is paired with 
a faculty adviser in that particular area for one-on- 
one advising. It is a matter of giving more options to 
students for transfer to four-year colleges, and all of 
these programs contain courses that we are already 

According to Division of Natural Sciences Director, 
Dr. Stacy Jones, all new majors were added by 
consistent popular demand from prospective and 
current Northwest students, and all meet the 
specifications for articulation agreements with popular 
programs at Mississippi's four-year colleges. He 
explained that four of the new majors will be advised 
or jointly advised by his division faculty because of the 
science-based nature of the new curhculums. 

"For example, one of the new majors students have 
constantly been calling every year to ask about is 
the veterinary technology program we used to offer 
years ago," said Jones. "We have worked to create a 
2+2 program with Mississippi State, so students can 
come to Northwest to get a solid science background 
and transfer to State to earn a bachelor's degree in 
veterinary technology. It is great for students who love 
to and want to work with animals, but they don't have 

the time to devote seven years to veterinary school. 
Student-driven demand drove the addition of all the 
new majors within the natural sciences, and that is 
what makes us so unique." 

While students' common interests and collective 
requests sparked many of the 20 new courses added 
for the fall throughout varied curriculum, others were 
added to meet the changing technological, financial, 
political and social landscape students will face as 
they seek full-time employment after graduation. 
Two new courses developed by Northwest career 
counselors were created for the fall to help Northwest 
students taking general college curriculum find a major 
that suits their aspirations and prepares them for the 
job hunt ahead. 

"The employment readiness course is designed 
to prepare students for employment by teaching 
them the importance of interviewing skills, employer 
expectations, employability skills, work ethic and 
job retention skills," according to Northwest Career 
Counselor, Kristin Watson. "The career exploration 
course, offered in both a traditional classroom 
and online setting, is designed to assist students 
in determining career goals, and using interest 
assessments, personality inventories and aptitude 
tests to help students determine career choices." 

"Many times students don't understand what it 
means to choose a major, and the career exploration 
class will begin with that idea," said Watson. "To take 
it to the next level, once a student decides what they 
want to do, the employment readiness class will better 
prepare them for getting the job they really want. Since 
the average student changes their major at least four 
times and Northwest has a large population of general 
college majors, we know it is important to offer as 
much assistance as possible to help them make the 
best choice, putting Northwest students one step 
ahead of their future competitors in the workforce." 


Ryan Lamer, Senatobia 

Shameika Lane, LYTC 

Antwone Lawrence, Senatobia 

Kierica Lawson, Senatobia 

Alexandra Lee, Senatobia 

Jay Lee. Senatobia 

Mallory Lee. LYTC 

Courtney Leggette, DeSoto Center 

Andrea Leland, LYTC 

Misty Lemly, DeSoto Center 

Timothy Lester. Senatobia 

Denise Lewis. DeSoto Center 

Martha Lewis, DeSoto Center 

Patrick Locke, Senatobia 

Lafashon Logan, LYTC 

Miguel Logan. LYTC 

Sherman Logan, Senatobia 

Diane Lowrance. DeSoto Center 

Vickey Lucius, LYTC 

Rae Luker. DeSoto Center 

Rebecka Lynchard, Senatobia 

Ashley Mabon, DeSoto Center 

Phillip Malatesta, Senatobia 

Mikenzie Mallett, DeSoto Center 





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{State Sen. & Miss. Bureau of 

Buildings visit Northwest to discuss 

expansions, changes} 

Members of the Northwest administration welcomed Miss. 
Bureau of Buildings representatives Glenn Kornbrek, Jimmy 
Foster and Randy Turner and State Sen. Nolan Mettetal to the 
Senatobia campus this summer for a presentation about future 
building projects for which the college will be seeking state bond 

Chief of Staff and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dan Smith, 
along with Director of Physical Plant Mike Robison presented 
an overview of completed, current and future campus projects, 
including six projects on the horizon— an Allied Health Building, 
Career-Technology Education buildings renovations, residence 
hall HVAC renovations, a new addition to the DeSoto Center and 
soccer/softball and football field houses. 

The new Allied Health Building, according to Smith, would allow 
for the addition of new career and technical programs in health 
care related fields. The building would also house current Northwest 
programs such as emergency medical technicians, health care 
assistant and practical nursing. After current allied health programs 
move to the proposed new building, space would be made for 
much-needed renovations to current Career-Technology Education 

Smith explained that Northwest's DeSoto Center's need to 
build additional classroom space stems from the high demand for 
higher education in DeSoto County— one of the 30 fastest growing 
counties in the country. With last year's fall enrollment reaching 
3,401, this Southaven-based campus had the highest enrollment of 
any Northwest campus. 

Athletic programs at Northwest, according to Smith, are in need 
of appropriate field houses for their athletes. Proposed facilities for 
a combined soccer and softball field house and a separate field 
house for football would give the students and coaches the privacy, 
locker and training facilities similar to other competitors around the 
state and the region. 

Currently the Bureau is providing the bond money and overseeing 
construction of the new Career-Technology complex that will house 
heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology (HVAC). tool 
and die and welding programs, providing expanded facilities for 
Northwest programs that produce graduates in high demand from 
area business and industry. 

BELOW: Northwest Mississippi Community College Chief of 
Staff and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dan Smith (far left), 
and Physical Plant Director of Buildings. Mike Robison (far right), 
welcome Miss. Bureau of Building representatives (second from 
l-r) RandyTurner.Jimmy Foster and Glenn Kornbrek and State Sen. 
Nolan Mettetal to the Senatobia campus for a presentation about 
building projects on the horizon, including an Allied Health Building 
and DeSoto Center addition. 

RIGHT:The proposed Allied Health Building will be adjacent to the 
new Division of Nursing facility, allowing the health care dedicated 
programs to easily share common area: 


James Matlock, Senatobia 

Breonna Mauney, Senatobia 

Tallie May, Senatobia 

Jearica McBride, Senatobia 

Lindsey McClelland. Senatobia 

Lynzie McCool, DeSoto Center 

Eric McCray, Senatobia 

Nicole McCullar, Senatobia 

Charles McCullough. Senatobia 

Christopher McDaniel, LVTC 

Montreal McGee, Senatobia 

Jami McLennan. DeSoto Center 

{Art major earns $47,000 scholarship} 

Northwest art major Britni Morgan of Olive Branch was 
recently awarded a $47,000 scholarship to attend 
Memphis College of Art. 

Morgan was awarded the scholarship after the college 
reviewed her artwork in January. Her scholarship will be 
distributed over a four-year period. She plans to major in 
graphic design or ceramics. After college she hopes to 
work in the art field. 

"This scholarship makes it possible for my dream 
of attending MCA to come true. I wouldn't have been 
able to afford to go there otherwise. I look forward to 
improving my artistic skills and learning more about 
ceramics and graphic design," said Morgan. 

Morgan became interested in art in the first grade 
after winning first place for a drawing of a giraffe in an 
art contest. "My teachers, Mrs. Manley and Mrs. Brown, 
encouraged me, believing that I had a special talent for 
art," said Morgan. 

Her interest continued to grow after another picture of 
hers was published in the book "Kids Talk About God" at 


; of eight. 

Morgan finds inspiration for her art through 
imagination, research and things that interest her. "I 
enjoy re-creating images as realistically as possible, 
using a lot of detail," said Morgan. 

"Having little formal art instruction prior to Northwest, 
I believe my art instructors have provided me with 
the skills and encouragement that I will need to be a 
successful artist," said Morgan. "They have continually 
encouraged me as well as provided me with constructive 
criticism, which I know will benefit me in the future." 

Northwest Art Department Chair, Lawayne House said, 
"The art faculty is always impressed with an art major 
who will apply themselves and go the extra mile with 
each assignment. Britni Morgan is one of those students 
who understands that making art takes dedication, 
patience and persistence. She embodies 'tenacity' and 
her hard work has paid off. We are very proud of her and 
look forward to seeing her continue to grow and develop 


Pictured are (first row. l-r) Jennifer B. Davis, 

Tiffany Houston of Si 
Chamber of Senatobia, LeAnn Boutleiller of Sarah, 
n Hendricks of Marks, Kelii Brewer ofVicksburg, 
Holly Thornton of Sardis, Paula Harris of Southaven; 
(second row) Josh Steele, flight paramedic; Nicki 
; Rebecca Sambola of Senatobia, 
Crystal Smith of Coldwater, Bridgette Martin of 
Batesville, Kelly Smith of Hernando, Ji 
of Sarah, Brittney Cook of Senatobia, Megan Padron 
of Senatobia, Toni Sillah of Memphis, Heather Sumner 
of Charleston, Kristina Austin of Coldwater, Carolyn 
O'Conner of Batesville, Melisa Poe of Hernando, 
Rhonda Lamar of Sardis. Kierra DeBerry of Horn 
Lake. Jack Nabors of Harmi 
instructor; (thrird row) Amanda Casey of Senatobia, 
Erin Murphy of Senatobia. Me-Me Hullette of 
Senatobia, Brandi Strickland of Batesville, Tiffany 
Tillman of Senatobia, Mandy Simmons of Coldwater 
and Erica Todd of Cold> 


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the practical nursing program in the Career-Technical Division. 


Avery Norris. LYTC 

Billie Olive, Senatobia 

Greggory Oliver. LYTC 

Mario Oliver. Senatobia 

Michael Osterbrink, DeSoto Center 

Destany Oswalt, DeSoto Center 

Angela Owens, LYTC 

Megan Padron. Senatobia 

Reginald Page, 

Casey Pairmore, DeSoto Center 

Taylor Pang, Senatobia 

Amber Pappa, Senatobia 


Tamika Robertson, Senatobia 
Hunter Robison, Senatobia 
Rakiya Rockett, Senatobia 
Jeremy Romine, LYTC 
Crystal Rooks, DeSoto Center 
Elizabeth Ross. LYTC 

Princess Roy, DeSoto Center 
Jovez Rucker, LYTC 
Christopher Russell. Senatobia 
Rachel Russell. LYTC 
Donald Rutherford, Senatobia 
John Sadler, DeSoto Center 


Lakesha Sigger. LYTC 

Christian Silva. Senatobia 

Chelsea Simmons, Senatobia 

Anthony Simpson, Senatobia 

Caprise Simpson. Senatobia 

Lavita Sims, LYTC 

Jessica Sisk, Senatobia 

Patreace Sisk. LYTC 

Sharmeka Sisk. LYTC 

Jacob Skelton, DeSoto Center 

Donna Skipworth. LYTC 

Ashley Smith. Senatobia 

TOP: Public Works employees from the City of Hernando do the heavy 
lifting as the sign is raised. 

ABOVE: Welding student Dante Bennett of Horn Lake adds finishing 
touches to the Spring Hill Cemetery sign before it is raised. 

e on-going restoration project of the historic Spring Hill Cemetery 
l Hernando reached new heights recently as a 20-foot-tall sign was 
erected, marking the entrance to the cemetery. The sign was designed 
by Northwest alumnus Brandon Parker of Sarah and built by students 
in the welding and cutting program at Northwest. 

The sign project started in the fall of 2009 with a contest sponsored 
by Community Bank. Parker earned a $200 prize for his winning 

"My design contains trees that are very significant to the area. The 
oak tree is a much respected tree by the Chickasaw Indians that once 
inhabited this area and is still very important to the inhabitants today," 
said Parker. 

Parker included two animals in his design— an owi and a turkey. "The 
reason I chose these two animals is that they are enemies, but not 
enemies with a predator/prey relationship, much like the relationship 
between the Indians and the very first settlers of the Jefferson area," 
said Parker. 

On the side of the gate is a lattice-type design to resemble the oak 
tree branching system. 

Parker was able to work hand-in-hand with Rodney Steele's welding 
students during the construction of the sign. 

"Brandon Parker drew the design on a flat piece of metal, which was 
then cut out by hand by last year's welding students. It took a year and 
a half to cut out the sign, working in our spare time." said Steele. 
This year's welding students worked on the posts and name portion 
of the sign, according to Steele. Approximately 50 students helped 
construct the sign, which was completed in the fall of 2010 and 
transported to the cemetery on Feb. 16, 2011. The sign was welded 
together on site and raised into place on Feb. 18. Civil engineering 
technology students dug the holes, poured the concrete and set the 
sign once erected. The City of Hernando also assisted with raising the 

The sign's dimensions are 16-feet-wide, 20-feet-tall, with a 12-foot- 
wide, 10-foot-tall opening for cars to drive through. 

The sign was transported to the cemetery in pieces, according to 
Steele. "It took the help of the entire class to move it," said Steele. 
"The students will forever be a part of history. Their children and 
grandchildren will be able to visit the Spring Hill Cemetery and see 
their work for years to come." 

Welding student Casey Rowland of Nesbit said he enjoyed working 
on the project because it gave him the opportunity to do something 
out of the ordinary. "It's not everyday you get to work on a project like 
this. I am very proud of the work I've done," said Rowland. 

While the sign was being set in place, welding students fixed 
several broken fences at the cemetery, and students in Northwest's 
Environmental Science Organization (ESO) cleaned up the grounds. 
The organization has been involved in a year-long beautification project 
at the cemetery, according to sponsor and biology instructor Bud 

"The students cleared out two walking trails, planted trees and 
flowers, removed brush and cut down large trees. Our goal is to have a 
walking trail through the woods and cemetery," said Donahou. 
"The group has worked pretty hard. We take on projects that will help 
the community," said Donahou. 

The sign and beautification project are part of a larger restoration 
project at the Spring Hill Cemetery spearheaded by Tom Ferguson of 
Hernando and archaeologist Mary Evelyn Starr of Sledge. Starr got her 
classmates in Tommy Watson's advanced surveying class at Northwest 
involved with the project by mapping the cemetery. 

"We did a complete survey so that if and when the city wants to add 
on to the site or do construction, they will have the information they 
need. The second part of our work was doing artifact identification," 
said Watson. "We identified every grave marker, tree, fence, etc. In 
earlier years, animals grazed at this location, so many markers had 
been knocked over. We mapped them where they lay. We mapped the 
markers by using Mississippi West State Plane Coordinates, by name, 
date and by affiliation, such as Masonic affiliation, and created a 

The next phase of the project will involve Watson's students in 
his fundamentals of GIS {Geographic Information Systems) class 
formatting the information gathered. 

"When the project is complete, a person from another country 
can do research through the DeSoto County website and using GIS 
technology can get a photo of the site and get the exact coordinates 
of where a relative is buried," said Watson. 

The cemetery, according to Ferguson, is the oldest established 
cemetery in DeSoto County. The site was chosen for restoration 
because it is one of the only historic cemeteries with such antiquity in 
north Mississippi. 

Spring Hill Cemetery was established with the town of Hernando 
around 1836 shortly after the Chickasaw cession of 1832. Several 
historical figures of the surrounding counties are buried there. Although 
not buried there himself, the land once belonged to Edward Orne, 
who purchased and granted the original land on which Hernando was 


Trent Spratlin, Senatobia 

Cody Stafford, Senatobia 

Laneequa Standi. Senatobia 

Hunter Stanford. LYTC 

Jerry Stapleton, Senatobia 

Jack Starkey, Senatobia 

Shanikqua Stclair, Senatobia 
Shelia Stevens. DeSoto Center 
Russell Stewart, LYTC 
Cleneisha Stigger. Senatobia 
Dominique Stinson, Senatobia 
Jessica Sullivan, LYTC 

Tyler Sullivan, Senatobia 

Taylor Summers, Senatobia 

Matthew Swinford, Senatobia 

Merika Swint, Senatobia 

Pierre Tabor, LYTC 

Gena Tarver, Senatobia 

Amber Taylor, Senatobia 

Ashley Taylor, LYTC 

Catherine Taylor, Senatobia 

Jamese Taylor. Senatobia 

Kaylen Taylor, LYTC 

Kelsey Taylor. LYTC 

Rashiqua Taylor, Senatobia 
Versondra Taylor, Senatobia 
Bishup Temple, Senatobia 
Ashley Tenner, Senatobia 
Jamisia Terrell. DeSoto Center 
Howard Thomas, Senatobia 

Antionette Thompson, Senatobia 
Courtney Thompson, DeSoto Center 
Maggie Thompson, LYTC 
Wesley Thompson, LYTC 
Marbreshia Ticer, Senatobia 
Angel Tocco, DeSoto Center 

Jacquisha Todd. Senatobia 
DontaviousToles, Senatobia 
Keyondric Townes, Senatobia 
Tiffany Tran. DeSoto Center 
Jessica Tubbs, LYTC 
Tiara Tubbs, Senatobia 

Anisa Tucker, Senatobia 

Erica Tunstall, Senatobia 

Amy Turnage, LYTC 

Debbie Turner, LYTC 

Jason Umberger, Senatobia 

Stephen Underwood. DeSoto Center 


{Duncan receives Gnsham award for excellence 
Holmes and Rutledge recognized for customer service} 

Northwest Mississippi Community 

College President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears {r), 

recognizes Office Systems Tech instructor 

Debby Rutledge (I) and Special Populations 

Coordinator Brenda Holmes (third from 

left) for winning the 201 1 Customer Service 

Awards and mathematics instructor Kristie 

Duncan Waldrop for winning the Sandy 

Grisham Excellence inTeaching Award at the 

Aug. 1 1 Board ofTrustees meeting. 

Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears, announced 
mathematics instructor Kristie Duncan Waldrop as the 
recipient of the Sandy Grisham Excellence in Teaching Award 
for her work on the Senatobia campus and with eLearning at 
the Aug. 8 opening faculty meeting. This award is given to an 
academic faculty member on the Senatobia campus in honor 
of Sandy Grisham, a retired instructor in the Social Sciences 
Division. The selection is made by the Academic Division 
Directors on the Senatobia campus. The award winner 
received a check in the amount of $300 from the Northwest 
Foundation, which represents earnings on the endowment 
established by faculty and staff. 
According to Associate Vice President of Development and 

Special Projects, Sybil Canon, this year's award winner is a 
dedicated and innovative instructor whose work ethic and 
passion for teaching create a role model who is admired 
by peers and students alike. "One characteristic that is 
particularly admirable is the unique talent for problem solving 
utilizing the latest technology available," said Canon. "The 
faculty in this instructor's division, as well as other divisions, 
have benefitted enormously from this person's training 
sessions in the use of the SMART Classroom, including the 
Sympodium Pad. From the very beginning of online classes 
at Northwest, this instructor has served on the E-Learning 
Council and has taught virtual classes for a number of years." 
Spears congratulated Lafayette Yalobusha Technical Center 

(LYTC) Special Populations Coordinator Brenda Holmes for 
being awarded the staff Customer Service Award. Holmes is a 
22-year employee who has served in numerous capacities — 
adviser, teacher, tutor, counselor, administrative assistant and 
testing coordinator. Spears also recognized Office Systems 
Tech instructor Debby Rutledge with the faculty Customer 
Service Award for her work at the DeSoto Center. Rutledge is 
one of the Charter Members of the DeSoto Center faculty and 
for the past 20 years has been the designated lead instructor 
in the Business and Office Management Technology program. 


{2+2 Scholarship Golf Tournament} 

The tournament, held Oct. 6 at Cherokee Valley Golf Club in Olive Branch, was held in honor of Dr. Bonnie Buntin, who recently retired as dean of the University of 
Mississippi-DeSoto Center after serving in that capacity for the past 15 years. Proceeds will be used to fund the Dr. Bonnie Buntin 2+2 Endowed Scholarships for 
students attending Northwest Mississippi Community College and The University of Mississippi DeSoto Center. 

bove: First place winners in the BancorpSouth 2+2 Scholarship Golf 
aurnament are (I to r) Chris Plumlee of Southaven, Jason Robinson of Olive 
ranch, and Jason Smith and Shannon Logsdon, both of Southaven. 
tght: Representatives from BancorpSouth present a $10,000 sponsorship 
neck to Northwest Mississippi Community College and University of 
Mississippi officials at the BancorpSouth 2+2 Scholarship GolfTournament 
>cL 6 at Cherokee Valley Golf Club. Pictured are (l-r) David Beene, senior 
ce president, DeSoto Division, BancorpSouth; Mike and Debra Herrington, 
-urnament chairpersons; Mike Anderson, president, DeSoto Division, 
incorpSouth; Dr. Bonnie Buntin, retired dean. University of Mississippi-DeSoto 
enter; Dr. Fannye Love, interim dean. University of Mississippi-DeSoto Center; 
>r. Robert L Smith.Jr., president. Northwest Mississippi Communicy College 
Dundation Board of Directors; and Sybil R. Canon, associate vice president of 

Top; Second plac 

2+2 Scholarship Golf Tout 

Hill of Hernando. Scott Gentry of Memphis, Shelly 

Henry of Southaven and Carey Smith of Olive 


Boctom:Third place winners in the BancorpSouth 

2+2 Scholarship GolfTournament are (I to 

r) Milton Kuykendall, Joey Treadway, both of 

Hernando, Jay Treadway of Cockrum and Robert 

Phillips of Hernando. 


Mary Allen. LYTC 

Samantha Allred. LYTC 

Brittany Arendale. LYTC 

Lindsey Astor. Senatobia 

Robert Aubert, DeSoto Center 

Daryl Ayers. Senatobia 

Grace Baca. LVTC 

Niarobi Baker, Senatobia 

Will Baker, Senatobia 

Loretta Banks. LYTC 

Frank Barber. LVTC 

Andrew Bartolotta. Senatobia 

Kalecia Bean, LVTC 

Eulana Beavers, LVTC 

Vanika Belaski, Senatobia 

Lakisha Bell, Senatobia 

Damarcus Bennem, Senatobia 

David Bennett. DeSoto Center 

John Biffle, Senatobia 

Bradley Bishop. Senatobia 

Paul Bishop, DeSoto Center 

Tiffany Bishop. Senatobia 

Crystal Blackard, Senatobia 

Samuel Blaine, Senatobia 


{Shoot for the Heart raises 
awards scholarships} 

1. Keith Wilson (second from left) and Tom Pittman (third from left), CEO of The Community Foundation of North Mississippi, presents Northwest Dean of Nursing. Ellen Williams (left), with a check for $35,000 
from The Community Foundation of North Mississippi. The money was raised during Shoot for the Heart, a benefit sponsored by Wilson and the Paper Packer's Association. More than 400 shooters from across 
the United States attended the event, which was held April 28 in Tunica. During the event. 44 Northwest students and 10 faculty members volunteered. The Northwest Nursing Division shared the proceeds 
with St. Thomas Hospital of Nashville. The money will be used to purchase and maintain equipment for the Nursing Division and for nursing scholarships. Also pictured is Sybil Canon, associate vice president of 
Development and Special Projects. 

2. Northwest nursing students Keisha Ivy (third from left) of Southaven. Josiah Jones (fourth from left) of Hernando and Tonya Cheatwood (fifth from left) of Potts Camp were awarded $500 scholarships for their 
service at Shoot for the Heart, a clay shooting event that raised $35,000 for the Nursing Division, Also pictured are Northwest Dean of Nursing. Ellen Williams (left), Tom Pittman (second from left), CEO of The 
Community Foundation of North Mississippi, and Keith Wilson, event founder. 

{Caring for Mississ 

Mississippi needs health care workers, and Northwest continues 
to play an integral role in addressing the state's critical 
shortage. Over the past five years, the college has graduated more 
than 1.000 allied health majors into the health care industry and 
almost 500 health profession majors into institutions of higher 
learning for advanced degrees in medicine, pharmacy and other 
health care professions. 

According to the U.S. Health Resources and Services 
Administration (HRSA). Mississippi has 135 Health Professional 
Shortage Areas in primary medical care. These medically 
underserved populations are areas or populations designated by 
HRSA as having too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, 
high poverty and/or high elderly population. Northwest Mississippi 
Community College is working diligently to curb this crisis by training 
highly qualified allied health care workers and providing exceptional 
pre-requisites for those going on to four-year college and beyond. 

With this health care shortage reaching fever pitch in Mississippi, 
it should be no surprise that the number one occupation in the 
U.S. with the largest projected employment growth through 2018 
is registered nurses. The critical need for highly qualified nurses in 
Mississippi was clear as more than 15 area health care facilities 
and universities turned out to the Health Care Career Day hosted 
by the Division of Nursing at Northwest Mississippi Community 
College on Oct. 26. Nursing homes, hospitals, rehab centers, 
health departments and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 
sent representatives to the event in hopes of interesting potential 
Northwest nursing graduates to apply for employment. 

Plenty of successful Northwest graduates attended the event 
as representatives of area health care facilities. The Senatobia 
Convalescent Center and Rehabilitation owner, Marty Northrop; 
Director of Nursing, Cindy Veazey: and Assistant Director of Nursing, 
Candy Spencer, are all Northwest graduates. Veazey and Spencer 
attended the event to help students understand the great need for 
elder care in the area and the rewarding experiences they have had. 
"Our elderly generation is growing. People are living longer and 
longer. Many years ago. families would take care of the elderly in 
their homes, but now most homes require the whole family to work 
outside the home." said Veazey. "They're not able to take care of 
their elderly, so there is a much greater need for nursing homes and 
assisted living facilities." 

North Oak Hospital's Director of Nursing and Northwest graduate. 

Pam Ayers, enjoys the Northwest nursing students in clinicals at 
her facility, so she was happy to meet with potential employees at 
the event. "We hire a lot of R.N. and L.P.N, nurses from Northwest. 
Their students are more geared to learning by hands on experience 
because they've been given that experience in their labs and 
clinicals," said Ayers. "Their teachers have been so supportive. They 
are eager to learn, and they are eager to experience things. The 
clinical experience I got at Northwest helped me not be scared of 
the clinic setting. I felt my clinical knowledge right out of school was 
higher than a lot of my peers. I felt more self-sufficient." 

Because of the recent shift to electronic patient records in the 
booming health care industry, health information managers are also 
in high demand across the state and the nation, with an expected 
16 percent growth in employment before 2018. Health information 
administrators are responsible for the maintenance and security of 
all patient records. As patient data become more frequently used 
for quality management and in medical research, health information 
administrators must ensure that databases are complete, accurate 
and available only to authorized personnel to ensure smooth 
business operations. HIPA Privacy Officer and Director of Health 
Information Management for Tri- Lakes Medical Center and Tri-Lakes 
Behavioral Health in Batesville, John Farris, is a 2009 Northwest 
graduate and 2011 graduate of The University of Mississippi 
Medical Center (UMMC) who is intimately acquainted with the 
intricacies of health information management. 

"As a health information administrator you have to tackle the day- 
to-day challenges of bringing the financial aspects and the clinical 
aspects of a hospital together." said Farris. "Health information 
management is the center of health care. If you cannot provide 
proper documentation to support your clinical findings, then you will 
never be paid for them." 

Farris is currently working with his staff to streamline patients' 
medical information by using a barcode system to create one 
master electronic medical record that can be accessed by any 
department in the hospital — all the way from triage to billing. This 
new technology allows each person who interacts with a patient to 
fully understand where they are in their course of treatment when 
they come in contact with them. 

Farris attributes his success in the health care industry to the 
relationships he had with Northwest faculty and staff. "If it had not 
have been for the teachers and all the wonderful supportive staff 

at Northwest, I never would have made it here." said Farrish. "If it 
had not been for instructors such as Amy Payne, I would have never 
known about UMMC. If it had not have been for Aime Anderson and 
her molding abilities to teach me as a leader as I served as student 
body president at Northwest. I wouldn't be here today." 

The increasing numbers of middle-aged and elderly people will 
continue to spur demand for pharmacists in the coming years. In 
addition, as scientific advances lead to new drug products, and as 
an increasing number of people obtain prescription drug coverage, 
the need for these workers will continue to expand. Northwest 
graduates, like Makena Boehm, will fill the need for pharmacists as 
the profession's employment continues to grow by a predicted 17 
percent before 2018. 

"Pharmacists provide their communities with many services 
throughout the range of the healthcare field." said Boehm. "In 
part because of the number of services we provide, the need for 
pharmacists is pretty great right now in this area and has been that 
way for awhile." 

Boehm is a Wal-Mart pharmacist in Senatobia. After completing 
her pharmacy school pre-requisites at Northwest, she finished her 
professional degree at The University of Mississippi. Boehm credits 
Northwest's small class size as a large component of her early 
academic success. 

"The small class size allowed my teachers at Northwest to spend 
more time with students as they needed it, which in turn translated 
to a greater understanding of the material and hence improved 
grades and a wider knowledge base. That helped when it came time 
to take the PCAT, the test you must complete to apply for pharmacy 

The good news for current and future Northwest students: health 
care will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs before 
2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid 
growth in the elderly population, according to the Bureau of Labor 
Statistics, and wage and salary in the health care industry is 
projected to increase 22 percent over the same period, compared 
with 11 percent for all industries. The good news for Mississippians: 
Northwest is sharpening its focus on health care with plans to offer 
even more courses of study in allied health fields upon the addition 
of a new Allied Health Building currently on the drawing board. 

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By Shelby Louwerens 

Garrett Atkinson, a sophomore theatre major at Northwest, introduced his original screenplay "Shoulder Men" on Sept. 7, in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Senatobia campus. The entry cost 
was $1. and all proceeds went to the Northwest Players Club, a campus theatre organization. 

The psychological thriller revolved around Chase, a boy accused of a crime, and Dabym, a mysterious character who gives Chase troubling advice. The cast consisted of five members, including 
sophomore theatre major Tory Eggers from Batesville, who played Chase, the main character. 

Danny, Chase's troubled best friend, was played by A.J. Cail, a freshman criminal justice major from Olive Branch. Camille Bishop, a freshman theatre major from Orlando. Fla.. played Ms. 
Gibbons, a take charge police officer. 

Joel King, Northwest technical director, played Dabym. the mysterious character who inserts himself into all of the chaos that ensues. Travis Vanderbilt, a freshman theatre major from Horn Lake, 
rounded out the cast as the narrator, giving instructions and details throughout the show. The performers used only vocal tones to portray emotions as they stood stationary onstage. 

At the end of the night, the cast was pleased with their performance. "The energy was nice with a small crowd, and the cast was still vocally engaged even with limited movement." said King. 

The author of the screenplay was also pleased. "It went really well," Atkinson said. The crowd of approximately 30 was enthusiastic about the show, giving it a standing ovation. 

"We did better tonight than at any other rehearsal, and I'm glad we got to raise the money for the Players Club," said Vanderbilt. Atkinson plans to turn the screenplay into a short film by the 
same name. Filming for the show started in late 2011. 


Laurie Burrell. LYTC 

Bobbie Burton. LYTC 

Andrew Campbell. Senatobia 

s Campbell, Senatobia 

Rosalynn Campbell. LYTC 

Samantha Carpenter. LYTC 

Denise Carter, Senatobi 

Jillian Catchings. Senatobi 

Alana Cecil. Senatobi 

Jonathan Chadwick. Senatobi 

Amber Chambers. Senatobi 

Traci Chambers, Senatobi 

{DC student's essay to be published} 

Sophomore social work major Angelika Teasley won third place for her literary essay, 
"Having Children Does Not Make a Parent," from the Mississippi Community College 
Creative Writing Association. An awards ceremony and workshop was held on April 14 at 
Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. 

"When I submitted my essay I did not dare to hope that it would be chosen out of all the 
submissions. I am very grateful for this recognition and honored that someone thinks so 
highly of my writing," said Teasley. 

Teasley was born in Munich, Germany but spent most of her childhood in Nuremberg. She 
now lives in Hernando with her husband and son. 

English instructor at Northwest's DeSoto Center, Mark Alan Vinson, said. "I can think of 
no student who is more deserving of this award than Angelika. Her writing and analytical 
abilities are exceptional, and she is truly one of the best students that I have had in both 
lower and upper division courses." 

The competition was open to students attending any Mississippi public community 
college. Teasley was Northwest's oniy winner. 

Categories included poetry, short story, essay, literary essay, dramatic writing, college 
literary magazine and web cover design competition. 

Teasley received $40 for her third place win. All winners will be published to the MCCCWA 
website and/or The Community College Writer. 


Kendal Davis, Senatobia 

Kellie Deaton, LYTC 

Dustin Depriest, Senatobia 

Patrick Depriest, DeSoto Center 

Britne Dodson, DeSoto Center 

Logan Dodson, Senatobia 

Meishunna Doyle. Senatobia 

Tammie Dumas, LYTC 

Katherine Dunaway. Senatobia 

Marcia Dunlap, Senatobia 

Shaquita Dunn, Senatobia 

Haleigh Ferguson, Senatobia 

/northwest honors lamplighters! 

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Northwest Mississippi [ 

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Conference hosted at Northeast 
Mississippi Community College 
Sept. 28-30— Jane Williamson of 
Olive Branch and Whit Perry of 
Southaven — at the Ocl 13 Board 
ofTrustees meeting. 

Northwest Mississippi Community College President. Dr. Gary Lee 
Spears, recognized the two Career-Technical instructors selected 
to attend to the 2011 Lamplighters Conference hosted by Northeast 
Mississippi Community College Sept. 28-30— Jane Williamson of Olive 
Branch and Whit Perry of Southaven— at the Oct. 13 Board of Trustees 

The Lamplighters Program was begun in 1990 by the Academic 
Deans Association to honor excellence in teaching. One community 
college hosts the conference each year. The conference is designed to 
recharge and invigorate faculty who shine on their individual campuses. 
The conference provides an opportunity for recognizing faculty who 
go beyond and above what is required. The major objectives of the 
project are to recognize and reward effective teaching in the Mississippi 
community colleges and to give effective instructors an opportunity 
to share with one another those teaching techniques that promote 

According to Spears, each community college sends its best 
instructors to the conference each year. Northwest traditionally sends 
two. "It is an honor to be chosen to represent Northwest and an even 
greater honor to attend the conference and share with other outstanding 
community college teachers throughout the state," said Spears. 

Williamson teaches business and office technology. She has taught 
at Northwest for 32 years. She received her Bachelor of Science 
degree in business education at The University of Mississippi, Masters 
of Education at The University of Memphis and advanced study at 
Mississippi State University. She has been a member of the National 
Business Education Association for 30 years. She was recognized as 
Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1996. 

Whit Perry is in his ninth year teaching heating, air conditioning and 
refrigeration technology. Perry received his Associate of Applied Science 
degree from Northwest and a Masters of Heating, Air Conditioning and 
Refrigeration from Coleman Evcon Industries. He has also received 
various licenses and certificates throughout the states of Tennessee and 
Mississippi and served on several prestigious committees such as the 
Council of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Educators (CARE) Board of 
Directors and the North American Technician Excellence (NATE} Board of 





orthwest Mississippi Community College announced Asa Sanders, a freshman vocal 
performance major from Hernando, as the winner of the bi-annual "Northwest Idol" on 

Aug. 30, 

The audition for the talent competition was held on Aug. 23 and featured all types of 
talents, from singers and dancers, to instrumentalists and poets. All Northwest students 
were eligible to participate at the cost of $3 for participants and $2 to view the show. Out 
of the students that auditioned, the audience voted for twelve semi-finalists to compete 
Aug. 29. The three judges, Joel King. Sadie Shannon and Imani Flowers, gave each student 
feedback on their performance. 

Each ticket provided one free vote, and every additional vote cost $1. The proceeds 
then went to the Northwest Players Club, a campus theatre organization. This contribution 
helps the organization to attend the American College Theatre Festival to compete for 
scholarships among other students from all over the southeast region. 

After the twelve semi-finalists competed, the audience voted for the top six to compete in 
the finals on Aug. 30. After each contestant performed, the three judges and the previous 
Northwest Idol performed as the votes were tallied. 

After the brief intermission, Sanders was announced as the winner of Northwest Idol, and 
Daniel Jones, a freshman theatre major from Kaiserslautern, Germany, was named runner- 
up. Sanders and Jones both received a trophy. 

"I am very very happy," Sanders said. "Most people don't even make it to the finals." 

Jones was also pleased with being runner-up. 

"I feel pretty great. I'm just happy," said Jones. "I have my mom, sisters, friends and 
people from church all out here supporting me." 

The judges commented multiple times about the positive attitudes the contestants had 
during the entire Idol show. 

"The competition is growing and students seem to enjoy it," said King, one of the judges 
for the competition and theatre instructor. "It's a good outlet for students who wouldn't 
usually get the chance to perform for others. It's always interesting for teachers to see 
students who don't normally talk in class getting on stage and performing." 

The competitors were not the only ones to benefit from Northwest Idol. This competition 
raised more money for the Northwest Players Club than any previous Northwest Idol. 

"The talent level is increasing, and we also have more support from the community than 
ever before," said judge and theatre instructor, Shannon. 

"If you're thinking about doing Northwest Idol, come out and do it." said Jones. "It's kind 
of scary at first, but when you come on stage and do what you love, it's the best feeling in 
the world." 



e to the Sea} 

Bringing life into the world is a precious and wondrous gift. 
With a deep passion for marine life and love of biological 
science. Northwest graduate Holley Muraco has been helping 
our friends of the deep blue bring the miracle of life into oceans 
worldwide for more than 15 years. 

Dolphins, killer whales, seals, sea iions, manatees, sharks, 
sting rays, sea turtles, tropical fish and walruses alike can 
thank Muraco for her research in the advanced reproductive 
technologies that will help ensure their species' continued 
survival. Her studies on the walrus have produced the only 
known effective reproductive technology for this large marine 

"As for the walrus breeding, there have only been 11 babies 
born in zoos ever." said Muraco. 'So it is very rare to have that 
happen successfully. "We are definitely working hard at this. 
Right now there are only 17 walruses total in the United States." 

Muraco works as a zoological reproduction consultant, 
providing expertise and advanced reproductive technology 
services for zoo and aquarium species and acts as a primary 
investigator for a variety of reproductive research projects. She 
currently works out of the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in the 
San Francisco Bay area. Prior to working as a consultant, Muraco 
worked as an animal trainer at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt 
Disney World, Discovery Cove. Sea World Adventure Park, the 
Living Seas exhibit at Walt Disney World and the Marine Life 

A four-time published author. Muraco has been invited to 
speak at both domestic and international industry workshops 
and events for the International Association of Aquatic Animal 
Medicine Annual Conference, International Marine Animal 
Trainer Association Regional Conference. Association of Zoos 
and Aquariums Annual Conference and the International Marine 
Animal Trainer Association Annual Conference on such topics 
as ultrasound in marine animals, managed reproduction and 
training for artificial insemination and reproductive management. 

Muraco is looking forward to publishing her latest walrus 
research findings in her dissertation. "Each chapter will be on 
different species. Dolphins, walruses, even the killer whale," said 
Muraco. "It has been quite a ride. My parents look at me like 
'who is this person?' We have gotten a lot of attention about 
the walrus work, including many news articles and a full year of 
filming for a future documentary that may air on the National 
Geographic Channel." 

Currently a Ph.D candidate at Mississippi State University. 
Muraco got her bachelor's from MSU in a pre-vetermary track. 
Muraco credits Northwest for giving her the confidence she 
needed to succeed. "Because I came from a very tiny town and 
college was very intimidating for a very shy person like me, I 
would have been so intimidated if I had started at a four-year 
university," said Muraco. Northwest gave me the confidence that 
I needed. It was just a great stepping stone for me." 

Muraco is married to Mike Muraco. The couple has 2 boys, 

Jordan age 9 and Coiton age 4. 

Muraco comes from a long line of Northwest graduates. She is 
the daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone of Potts Camp, both 
Northwest graduates. Jeanette graduated Northwest in 1973 and 
worked at Northwest's Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center in 
Oxford for 24 years, retiring in 2010. Mitch attended Northwest 
and played basketball from 1965-66. He worked 20 years 
for Northwest and retired in 2005. Their youngest daughter. 
Emily, took several classes from Northwest as she pursued a 
computer science degree from MSU. She got a graduate degree 
from Savannah College of Art and Design and now works in San 
Francisco as an artist for Lolapps. Inc. 

Pam Gurley, Muraco's aunt, was a member of the first 
Northwest Nursing class in 1975, while her other maternal aunt, 
Gurley Rowland, a Northwest graduate, was the first in the family 
to get a college degree. 

All three of Mitch's sisters and their husbands attended 
Northwest — Tommye Ann Stone Goode, basketball star and Miss 
NWCC, and husband, Gale Goode. both 1963 graduates; Cherri 
Mark Stone Shaw and husband, Tim Shaw; and Merri Holley 
(Pebble) Stone Gadd and husband, Representative Jack Gadd. 
2010 Alumnus of the Year. 

The family established The Charles Allen Gurley and Paula 
Virginia Gurley Endowed Scholarship in memory of Jeanette's 
brother Charles and his daughter. Paula. 


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TOP: Holley is posing with Sivuqaq the male Pacific walrus at Six Flags Discovery 
Kingdom. Sivuqaq's been one of the key study animals helping to learn more about walrus 

ABOVE: Holley with Holley's sister Emily Stone and Valerie the Asian elephant at Six Flags 
Discovery Kingdom. 

RIGHT: Holley worked on a project characterizing the reproductive biology of killer 
whales. She is posing with Shouka a killer whale. 


Thomas Giles. LYTC 

Jackie Gillespie. DeSoto Center 

Tisha Giompoletti, LYTC 

Christopher Gipson, LYTC 

Marvetta Gipson. LYTC 

Stacy Godinez. LYTC 

Amanda Goodwin, LYTC 

Tera Goolsby, LYTC 

Olivia Gordon, LYTC 

Debra Goss, DeSoto Center 

Ashley Gowen, LYTC 

Larry Graham. DeSoto Center 

Brent Gregory, DeSoto Center 

Christy Grover. LYTC 

Dayanna Guerrero. DeSoto Center 

Mark Guillory. LYTC 

Alexis Guy. DeSoto Center 

Markeshia Hall. DeSoto Center 

Katie Hamp, DeSoto Center 

Shamane Hampton, Senatobia 

Lydia Hannaman, DeSoto Center 

Cynthia Harden. LYTC 

Samantha Hardin. LYTC 

Marilyn Harris, Senatobia 


{Major Decisions} 

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ABOVE: Kristin Watson, (left) career-tech counselor, talks to students at the Major Event 
{l-r) LaTonyaWilkins, sophomore social work major from Holly Springs;Ty1ar Bushi, freshman 
business administration major from Leland; and Bria Brown, sophomore computer information 
systems major from Holly Springs. 

By Will Whaley 

The Major Event works to help students decide on their future career. The Major Event takes place every 
semester, and this fall it was held on Oct. 26-27. 

This event coincides with the start of pre-registration so that students can be better prepared for meeting with 
their advisers. 

"The Major Event is an opportunity for the Career Center to set up in a location accessible to most students, 
which is outside the library and for the students to stop by and talk about their major," Kristin Watson, career 
counselor, said. 

The Major Event also helps students find out who their adviser is and gives them information about changing 

Inclement weather conditions in the fail forced the Major Event to go indoors. 

"The first day we had a really good turnout; we had a lot of students, but then the weather on the second day was 
not so nice. We had to move inside, and we did not have as much traffic as on the second day." Watson said. 

For incoming freshman, choosing a major is part of the college process. 

"A lot of times after a student has gone through a semester or two is a good time choose a major, because 
the first semester is so overwhelming." Watson said. Watson said the important thing is to not stress out about 
choosing a major. 

"Statistically students will change their major at least three to four times." Watson said. 

Changing majors can also be a big decision for students. "More important than changing your major is exploring 
what you really want to do." Watson said. Watson suggests doing some interest inventories or even talking it over 
with somebody and doing research about the career choices the major can offer. 

Changing majors also affects a students' graduation time. 

"It would impact the Crossing the Finish Line theme if a student changed majors from a career tech to academic, 
but from an academic to an academic major, it would add on at least a semester to get all the classes you 
needed," Watson said. 

Northwest offers career interest testing and other career advising through the Career Center. Online interest 
inventories include a test called "Choices," Watson also offers personality tests to better fit a students' personality 
with careers. 

{Recipients say Thank You' for scholarships} 

Approximately 600 people attended the two-day event hosted by the Northwest Foundation held Oct. 3-4 that allowed many of the 378 students receiving almost $300,000 in scholarships for the 
2011-12 academic year to meet their scholarship donors for the first time, according to Associate Vice President for Development and Special Projects, Sybil Canon. The program also celebrated 
the establishment of 17 new endowments with the Northwest Foundation. "I am happy I didn't have to pay for anything or worry about getting all of my books." Brandi Birmingham, a freshman 
secondary education major from Olive Branch, said. She was awarded the Bela J. and Ruby Black Chain Endowment Scholarship. 

The ceremony also consisted of proud parents. "I was very proud. The scholarship has helped to pay her school tuition." Suzane Chandler, mother of Kayla Chandler, a freshman elementary education 
major from Southaven, said. 

According to Canon, Northwest has 6 million in endowed scholarships fund. Each scholarship has specific criteria determined by the donor and Foundation, but all full-time Northwest students and 
Mississippi residents can apply. 


ABOVE: Olive Branch Alderwoman Pat Hamilton (right) joinedTaylor McGhee of Olive Branch ac the Annual Scholarship 
Recognition Ceremony on the Senatobia campus of Northwest Mississippi Community College. McGhee is a sophomore 
majoring in graphic design technology. She is receiving The City of Olive Branch 2 + 2 Endowed Scholarship. 

OPPOSITE PAGE: David Beene (left), senior vice president. DeSoio Oivision, BancorpSouth, joined Amber Jones (center) 
of Como and Abigail Smith of Olive Branch at the Annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony on the Senatobia campus 
of Northwest Mississippi Community College. Jones is a freshman majoring in business administration, and Smith is 
a freshman pre-nursing major. BancorpSouth established an endowed scholarship in 1 998. In addition, the DeSoto 
County BancorpSouth banks provide three, full-tuition scholarships each year. Other students receiving BancorpSouth 
scholarships are Edan Everett and Chelsea James, both of Walls. 

ABOVE LEFT: David Slocum (left), president of the Senatobia Rotary Club and Parke Pepper (right), president-elect, 
joined Taylor Boyd of Senatobia at the Annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony on the Senatobia campus of Northwest 
Mississippi Community College. Boyd is a sophomore majoring in respiratory therapy technology and is the recipient of 
the Senatobia Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship. 

LEFT: Mack Young (right) joinedTaylor Pang, both of Marks, at the Annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony on the 
Senatobia campus of Northwest Mississippi Community College. Pang is a freshman majoring in agricultural business 
and management technology and is the recipient of the Quitman County Farm Bureau Endowed Scholarship. Young is a 
member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors and the Quitman County Farm Bureau. 


Naquita Harri: 

Paula Harris, Senatobia 

Troymun Hawttiorne. Senatobia 

James Heilman, DeSoto Center 

Jennifer Henderson. Senatobia 

Elizabeth Henry. Senatobia 

'. DeSoto Center 

Daniel Herron, Senatobia 

Thereasa Hibler. Senatobia 

Jazzlynn Hickman. Senatobia 

Denise Hicks. DeSoto Center 

Kayla Hilliard. LVTC 

Christopher Hines. Senatobi 

Daniel Hodge. Senatobi 

Monica Hodges. Senatobi 

Cheryl Holcomb. Senatobi 

Erica Holmes. Senatobi 

James Hood, Senatobi 

Judy Hood, DeSoto Center 

Valerie Horton. LYTC 

Courtney Huels, Senatobia 

John Hughes. DeSoto Center 

Shamesa Huliette, Senatobia 

Amber Humphrey, 


Paula Kyle, DeSoto C 

Cameron Lacook. Sent 

Dustin Lacook, Serial 

Khadejah Legrande, Serial 

Nastassja Lesli 

Teaerra Lockridge. DeSoto Center 

Raven Lofton, DeSoto Center 

Mars Logan, LVTC 

Lindsey Lombardo. DeSoto Center 

Lauren Lott, Senatobia 

Alisha Lundy, DeSoto Center 

Kevar Maffitt, Senatobia 

Julius Manning, Senatobia 

Kirstie Manning LVTC 

Leonard Manning LVTC 

Marian Mansfield, LVTC 

William Marino, Senatobia 

Christy Marshall, Senatobia 

Jay Martin, Senatobia 

Tyler Martin, Senatobia 

Mona Mason. DeSoto Center 

Frankedra Mathis, DeSoto Center 

Clayton Mayer, Senatobia 

Jennifer McClain. LVTC 

{Northwest Career-Technical Students place} 

Seven Career-Technical students from Northwest Mississippi Community College competed and 
placed during the SkillsUSA State competition on April 13-14 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community 

Winners included Kyle Long of Marks, bronze medal in Precision Machining Technology; Erica Partee 
of Sardis. gold medal in Cosmetology; Wesley Tucker of Oxford, gold medal in CMC Milling; Bradley 
Bishop of Batesvilte, silver medal in CNC Turning; Ronnie Rogers of Rome, silver medal in Collision 
Repair Technology; Scott Jaco of Senatobia. silver medal in Extemporaneous Speaking; and Gerald 
Reeves of Grenada, gold medal in Power Equipment Technology. 

"These students competed against the best from every other community college in the state of 
Mississippi," said Shelly Tims, drafting instructor. 

SkillsUSA is a national student organization for the Career-Technical division programs. Each year 
state championships are held to give students, from each community college throughout the state, 
the opportunity to challenge their acquired skills and compete against other individuals in various 
leadership and occupational programs. 

The contests are designed by industry professionals to simulate a working environment with a 
problem situation that might be encountered in any given day. The contestants must formulate and 
accomplish a solution to the situation with limited or no assistance from instructors or technical teams. 

"Our students made a fantastic showing, and returned to Northwest with three gold medals, three 
silver medals and one bronze medal." said Tim Chavez, drafting and design instructor. 

The three gold medal winners will advance to the National Skills Championships in Kansas City, Mo. 
on June 19-24. to compete against the state's other gold medal winners. 

For more information on about Northwest's Career- Technical programs, contact (662) 562-3361 or 
visit the Northwest website at 

ABOVE: Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears (right), congratulates the Career- 
Technical students who won during the SkillsUSA State Competition help April 13-14 at Mississippi Gulf Coast 
Community College. Pictured are (l-r) Gerald Reeves of Grenada. Scott Jaco of Senatobia, Ronnie Rogers of Rome, 
Bradley Bishop of Batesville, Wesley Tucker of Oxford, Erica Partee of Sardis and Kyle Long of Marks. 


Crystal Mooneyham DeSoto Center 

Amanda Moore, DeSoto Center 

Daniel Moore, DeSoto Center 

Ezra Moore. DeSoto Center 

Sherman Moore. Senatobia 

Tyler Moore, DeSoto Center 

Vanity Morgan, LYTC 

Everick Mortis, Senatobia 

Robin Morrison, LYTC 

Coressa Mosley, LYTC 

Travia Moss, LYTC 

William Moyer, Senatobia 

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Northwest Fine Arts Center recently hosted 'Sycamore Arts 
Presents..-.' a regional art exhibition where many local artists 
displayed their work. 

SA is a non-profit organization in Tate County and surrounding 
areas that encourages art programs in schools and the 

SA provides donations to different schools, churches, youth 
groups and other organizations to bring artistic programs back into 

"There's a nice mix of artists and business people here." Karen 
Brown. SA program director, said. 

She also said this is the organization's 29th year in action and 
the first year to have an exhibition hosted at Northwest. 

"We're trying to bring art programs back to the schools," Brown 

The exhibition was a great opportunity for local artists to have 
their work displayed to sell. 

SA has recently added a gallery in the new boutique Stripes 
in Senatobia. Local artists sell paintings and crafts. The art is 
regularly rotated, so there is always something new 

Memberships are readily available to those who wish to 
participate and can be found on the website www.sycamorearts. along with upcoming events. 

"I started out with portrait art to get my son through school," 
Megan Meyers, an artist of two of the paintings at the exhibition, 

Meyers said it was her first time attending the SA exhibition, 
though she enjoyed it. 

"My mother was my inspiration for both of my paintings," 
Meyers said about her southwestern-inspired artwork. 

Lee Nelson, another artist, said he was the editorial cartoonist 
for the Ranger Rocket while he attended Northwest. 

Nelson is currently the gifted arts teacher at Senatobia High 
School. SA is helping to continue Northwest art students' 
scholarships by donations. 


{Training opportunities available for basic 
manufacturing at Northwest} 

Area residents looking to gain the basic 
manufacturing skills needed to be considered for 
employment at emerging area industries are looking 
to Workforce Development at Northwest Mississippi 
Community College to provide them the manufacturing 
basic skills (MBS) certification program they need. 
Pipe manufacturer Schulz Xtruded Products LP in 
Tunica; Soladigm. a supplier of next-generation green 
building solutions in Olive Branch; and Twin Creeks 
Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer 
of crystalline silicon solar panels in Senatobia, have 
agreed to give additional consideration to job applicants 
who successfully complete the program. 

The Mississippi Corridor Consortium, made up of 
East Miss. Community College, Itawamba Community 
College, Northeast Miss. Community College and 
Northwest, developed the MBS certification program 
to help dislocated or under-employed individuals gain 
the skills needed to hold a shop floor position with a 
modern manufacturing company and to lessen the 
training burden on employers. The curriculum is not 
specific to any one company, but is instead designed 
to be general to introduce participants to a variety of 
concepts and job skills that are common in the modern 
manufacturing environment. The program consists of 
lectures and hands-on exercises, including the use of 
micrometers and calipers and participation in a lean 
manufacturing simulation. 

According to Employee Administrator at Schulz 
Xtruded Products LP, Gail Adams. Northwest is providing 
an incredible opportunity to area residents who are 
looking to gain employment at these new plants. "From 
our standpoint, there hasn't been a lot of manufacturing 
in Tunica, so the workforce has been in service," said 
Adams. "We are excited about partnering with Northwest 
to give the existing workforce of Tunica County those 
basic manufacturing skills they need to break into these 
new professions." 

According to Adams, the MBS program covers 
everything new employees should know about basic 
manufacturing. "It's easy to do, because Northwest has 
been so generous with scheduling — making classes 
available for working people during non-traditional hours. 
It is also very affordable." 

In addition to a 10-hour basic OSHA certification, 
knowledge of basic industrial safety and computer 
skills, students who complete the 86-hour MBS program 
demonstrate to employers that they have a serious 
interest in a career in manufacturing, according to 
Adams. "It sends a message that they are committed 
to furthering their education and working for us," said 

Twin Creeks Technologies Business Development 
Senior Manager, Tarpan Dixit, echoed Adams' 
applause for the college's MBS certification program, 
"The training gives introductory forays into basic 
computer skills, first aid, OSHA safety procedures, 
lean manufacturing and ISO certification guidelines," 
said Dixit. "All these concepts are very pertinent to our 
factory, and any prospective employee interviewing will 
have a leg up in coming to speed with our operations. 
Obviously, a prospective employee who has not been 
exposed to these concepts will take a longer time to 
integrate, thereby increasing cost to the company and 
lower productivity." 

Dixit explained that by Twin Creeks working with 
Northwest, they are helping improve the skill level of the 
existing employee pool in the area, which is beneficial 
to the numerous companies relocating to the region. 
Schulz Xtruded Products LP will hire 150 employees 
before the end of the year, with an overall goal of hiring 
500 employees within the next three to five years. 
Their target date to begin manufacturing is set for 
mid-October. Soladigm will bring 300 jobs to the Olive 
Branch community, and Twin Creeks Technologies looks 
to create 512 jobs over two phases in Senatobia. 

(l-r) Crystal Norman and Rodney Mai lory, both of Senatobia, work on their in-class assignment 
during the manufacturing basic skills certification class offered at Northwest Mississippi 
Community College. Pipe manufacturer Schulz Xtruded Products LP in Tunica; Soladigm, 
a supplier of next-generation green building solutions in Olive Branch; and Twin Creeks 
Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar panels in Senatobia, 
have agreed to give additional consideration to job applicants who successfully complete the 
program. Photo by Brittany Greer 


Christy Riem. DeSoto Center 

Medina Rivero. Senatobia 

Amy Roberts, LYTC 

Max Robinson. LYTC 

Tereka Robinson. LYTC 

Barissa Rose, Senatobia 

Cathy Rucker, LYTC 

Dalton Russell, Senatobia 

Erica Russell. Senatobia 

Frederica Russell. LYTC 

Maegan Russell. Senatobia 

Stacey Russell, LYTC 

David Russom. Senatobia 

Heather Rutkowski. Senatobia 

Manuel Sanchez. LYTC 

Chantel Sanders. DeSoto Center 

Heather Sanders, DeSoto Center 

Heather Saunders, LYTC 



ABOVE: Brittany Greer is ch< 
at Northwest. ABOVE LEFT 
Rocketeer yearbook entitled 

ABOVE: Liesl Davenport (left) poses on her editorial 
themed "Solid as a Rock" 

ABOVE RIGHT: Liesl Davenport is the sponsor for tl 
the intramural coordinator. 

1989 Rocketeer yearbook 
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{Former Rocketeer Editors 
now find themselves among 
orthwest Staff} 

By Brittany Grant 

Brittany Greer is the Communications Assistant in the Communications office at Northwest. In 2005, she was the Rocketeer 
yearbook editor. She enjoys working at Northwest after being a student, helping with the yearbook and helping students 
get started. "It's a unique experience because Northwest is where I started to develop my passion for writing, journalism and 
yearbook," Greer said. 

When Brittany was yearbook editor, there were changes. It was the first year that the yearbook went to an all color book. 

Greer has always been interested in journalism since the earliest that she can remember. She began working at Northwest 
when she learned about a possible job, and had never worked on a yearbook or knew even the basics of layout and design. 
Wanting to try something new and return to Northwest, she applied and had a telephone interview. She had no experience, but 
Northwest gave her a chance. The first spread she did was a graduation spread. She started on the spread and figured it out. 
She learned about the software and the Public Relations staff was a huge help with learning about the yearbook. "It wouldn't be 
possible without them," Greer said. 

Greer graduated from Delta State University in 2008 with a bachelor degree in journalism. She is passionate about her work 
at Northwest and looks forward to working there for years to come. 

Greer is not our only former yearbook editor that has returned to Northwest as an employee. Liesl Davenport was also a 
yearbook editor when she was a sophomore at Northwest in 1989 and now is the Northwest cheerleading and intramural 

When Davenport became editor, she decided that things would be different in the yearbook office. Everything would always 
be organized, the office would be spotless, and Davenport and her staff would always make every deadline on-time. Her 
ambition was showing through brightly until reality had another plan. Not everything ran as smoothly as Liesl had hoped for. 
She even had a little outside help from her mom when she was very busy. 

In the end though, with motivation and determination, Davenport and the 1989 Northwest Rocketeer staff pulled through. 

With support and help from the entire staff of '89 Davenport made a stunning debut with the yearbook. Her vision shone 
through bright as ever. Now as intramual coordinator and cheerleading coach, Davenport shows her love for Northwest through 
student activities, special events and through coaching the co-ed Northwest Cheerleading squad. Davenport is a role model for 
many of today's students, sharing ambitions, goals and visions of what can be achieved during and after obtaining an associate 
degree from Northwest. 


Veronica Shipp. DeSoto Center 

Tedenion Shorty, Senatobia 

Kyle Sibley. Senatobia 

Kenneth Sigler, Senatobia 

Jessica Sinkfield, LYTC 

Sondra Sipp, Senatobia 

Hallye Skillion. Senatobia 

Deantae Smith. Senatobia 

Jessica Smith. LYTC 

Jordan Smith. Senatobia 

Justin Smith. Senatobia 

Kristen Smith. LYTC 

Leshe Smith, DeSoto Center 

Kayla Snyder. LYTC 

Raymond Spencer. DeSoto Center 

Theresa Spencer. DeSoto Center 

James Spraggin. Senatobia 

Connie Starks. LYTC 

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Last spring the Northwest Singers, under the direction of Susanne VanDyke, were invited to join a guest artist for the Sycamore Arts Spring Concert. The music presented 
a wonderful challenge — which they met with flying colors. However, according to Dr. Saundra Bishop of the Fine Arts Division, "It would have been impossible to execute 
the music for that concert using the pianos that the department owned at the time." Bishop has her doctorate in piano pedagogy, and she is also a Fine Arts instructor and 
director of the Northwest Entertainers. 

Chuck Taylor and Scott Lane of Memphis Music came to the rescue by loaning the school an incredible piano. Within a year of the purchase, the technician who actually 
built this piano will visit Northwest and "voice" the piano to the room. The great news is that Dr. Gary Lee Spears, president of Northwest, approved the purchase of this 
piano at a tremendous savings, thanks to Taylor and Lane. 

While that took care of the auditorium, a quality piano was also needed for the Recital Hall for rehearsals and for student performances. Once again. Memphis Music 
came to our rescue by offering to sell us a Yamaha baby grand piano for $15,000. 

Morgan Freeman, acclaimed actor and generous supporter of the Foundation scholarship program, donated half of the $15,000 to purchase the piano. He was joined by 
dozens of other Northwest Fine Arts friends who contributed an additional $12,000. The additional funds were used to replace keyboards in the piano labs. 


{Northwest becomes a 
obacco-Free Campus} 

Northwest is taking action against tobacco use on campus. On July 
14, the Board of Trustees passed a new regulation banning tobacco 
products on every campus. The regulation affects students, faculty, staff 
and visitors. 

According to Dan Smith, vice president of Student Affairs and chief of 
staff, "The new tobacco policy was brought to us mainly because of the 
second-hand smoke that was affecting our campus." 

Smith says that the second-hand smoke is not the only reason the 
regulations were passed. It was also due to the litter from the used 
cigarettes. He feels that the new regulations are going well and that as the 
semester progresses it will be easier for students. 

There are many non-smoking students that have given Smith positive 
feedback like Nicole Crawford, a freshman vocal performance major from 
Southaven. "I like the new regulation because it reduces second-hand 
smoke on campus," said Crawford. 

There are others who are not so happy and believe there are alternatives 
to the banning of tobacco on campus. 

"I think that there should be just one specific place on campus where 
students can go smoke," said Zachary Cole, freshman general college major 
from Batesvilie. 

Some students also feet that the new regulations restrict the independent 
feeling that some students experience in college. 

"I am not okay with the non-tobacco on campus because I am 20 years 
old. I am of age, and i do not think that it is hurting anybody to have a 
designated area," said Gabby D'Arcangelo, sophomore theatre major from 
Southaven. Faculty members have also responded to the new regulations. 

Theatre and Speech instructor Sadie Shannon said, "I feel like it is a great 
addition to this campus. Several colleges in this state have already started 
the same rules. Plus it is a public setting and not everyone is a smoker, so 
it should be an enforced rule." 

Shannon also feels that this should help promote students on campus to 
stop the habit of smoking. 

Dr. Saundra Bishop, a faculty member of the Fine Arts Division said, "I 
support the new non-tobacco policy on campus. It is nice to be able to 
step outside of the building and not breathe in the cigarette smoke, and it 
encourages a healthier lifestyle." 

For help on quitting, visit www.healthyms.c 

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Former Northwest Mississippi Community College and Kansas State 
standout running back Daniel Thomas was selected by the Miami 
Dolphins with the 62nd overall pick in the second round of the 2011 
NFL Draft on Friday evening, April 29. the first Ranger in 11 years to 
hear his name called. 

The 6-foot-2, 227-pound product of Hilliard, Fla., is the 20th former 
Ranger drafted in school history and becomes the first since Willie 
Blade and Colston Weatherington were taken in the 2001 NFL Draft 
by the Dallas Cowboys. 

A 2007 J.C. Gridwire All-American Honorable Mention. Thomas 
played in 17 games for Northwest during the 2006-07 seasons at 
both running back and quarterback, carrying the ball 172 times 
for 956 yards (5.6 ypc) and nine touchdowns and also completing 
31 of 67 passes for 578 yards with four touchdowns and three 

Thomas was an immediate star for the Kansas State Wildcats 
during the 2009-10 seasons, earning First Team All-Big 12 and 
Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors as a junior with a conference- 
leading 1.265 rushing yards and 11 scores. He was even better as 
a senior, being named to the 2010 Maxwell Award, Doak Walker and 
Hornung Award Watch Lists while rushing for 1,585 yards and 19 
touchdowns in a Second Team All-Big 12 season. 

"Daniel was a guy that when he touched the ball, he made great 
things happen," former Northwest offensive coordinator and current 
SW Mississippi OC David Thornton said. "He was so smooth and such 
a great athlete, that he made things look so easy. He was a lot of fun 
to watch and coach and I have no doubt that he'll do what it takes to 
be successful in the NFL." 

Thomas is the also the first former Northwest Mississippi running 
back selected since John Avery was drafted in 1998 out of Ole Miss. 


Christopher Tucker, Senaiobia 

Douglas Turner. DeSoto Center 

Kimberly Turner. LYTC 

Lakesha Turner. LYTC 

Jessica Vandyke, Senatobia 

Molly Vanwinkle. LYTC 

Elaine Vamer, LYTC 

Ernest Vassar. LYTC 

Rachel Voss. Senaiobia 

Phyllis Wadley. LYTC 

Doretta Walton. LYTC 

Jonathan Ward, DeSoto Center 

Michelle Ward. LYTC 

Robert Ware. Senatobia 

Synterika Welch. Senatobia 

Shayla Westmoreland. LYTC 

Jonathan White. DeSoto Center 

Patricia Whitehead, Senatobia 

Darryl Wiggins. Senatobia 

Danny Wilkins, DeSoto Center 

Deneen Williams, LYTC 

Rodriquez Williams, Senatobia 

Shaterrtca Williams. Senatobia 

Derek Wilson, DeSoto Center 



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Jhelesia Young, LYTC 
Lauren Young, LYTC 
Brandy Yount, Senatobia 
Kenneth Zelaya, Senatobia 

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Northwest's Child Enrichment Center is the laboratory school associated 
with the Early Childhood Education Technology Program. The primary fum 
tion of the center is to prepare personnel for employment in day care centers, 
schools, nursery schools and federally-funded programs for young children. 
Each day the Northwest students are involved in planning two snacks and a 
noon meal for the children. The students also get experience planning crafts 
and activities and being involved in daily supervision- The Child Enrichment 
Center is made up of learning centers, which include reading, music, blocks, 
art and science. The center, along with the ECET program, moved in to the 
new Marilyn R. Spears Building in fall 2009 The 8,800-square-foot center 
includes a state-of-the-art kitchen lab, two classrooms, conference room and 

The student resource room contains teaching activity books, files for preparing 
a teaching unit and five computers. The facility also has a fenced playground 
for the children. Children are placed on a waiting list for the fall of the year 
that they will be three years of age, and they must be age three on or before 
Sept. 1. Children of Northwest faculty and staff have first priority and if for any 
reason the program cannot fill all spots available, they will take children of 
Northwest students and the community. 



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n the official yearbook of Northwest Mississippi Community College since 1929. In 1928. 1 
iior College opened its doors as a junior coltege, naming Olivia Hood editor-in-chief of its fir; 
n was dedicated to the president of the Board of Trustees, W. W. May. From the 59 stude 
; nine organizations initially established, the annual recorded early history and its dedicatic 
; students ever since. At some point the name changed to the Rocketeer. The annual has 
i. The annual took a brief hiatus during World War II. 


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: Rocketeer, with the theme "We are Northwest" was printed at Balfour Publishing (formerly Taylor) in Dallas, 
ated by a staff of multiple students including editor, Andrew Bartolotta. The yearbook is produced in the Ann Yates 
cated in the Communications Office on the main Northwest campus in Senatobia. Events that happened after Feb. 
j in the 2013 Rocketeer The final deadline for the 2012 Rocketeer was Feb. 20, 2012. Distribution occurs in the 


Body copy throughout the book is set in TeeFranklin Book in 10 point type with 12-pomt leading. Headline fonts were also TeeFranklin 
and used in varying weights, styles and sizes. By-lines are set in GUI Sans MT in 8 point type and variable tracking. All pages are printed or 
100-pound enamel stock. Pages are 9 x 12 inches in size. 


The 2012 Rocketeer cover was designed by the Rocketeer staff and advisers. Cover fonts a 
cover material used is Heather/ Arlington with a blue 868 screen and silver 9 


, Photographs used in the 2012 Rocketeer were made by Northwest Staff Photographer Justin Ford and student staff members using 

/ Canon Rebel digital cameras and one Nikon D700 digital camera. Class photos for the 2012 book were taken by Stroud Photography o 

Southaven. Board of Trustees photos were taken by Morehead Photography of Batesviile. 


i This 224-page book was produced in 4-color process using several iMac computers purchased through grants from the Mississippi Press 

Association Education Foundation. Pages were produced using the Adobe Creative Suite version 5.5. . 


Lead adviser for the Rocketeer is Carroll Gunn. Consulting advisers are Sarah Sapp, Julie Bauer, Brittany Greer and Kevin Maloney. Karen / 

Loden is the representative for Balfour Publishing. Student editor is Andrew Bartolotta. 





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