Five JCJC freshmen named Tullos Scholars

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2014-05-09 14:08:42

ELLISVILLE – Only five Jones County Junior College freshmen were recently awarded medallions and scholarships in recognition of being named Tullos Scholars. These students, Naomi Clark, Harlan Mapp, Ryan Shoemake, Meaghan Simmons and Bridgette Wagner have distinguished themselves through their scholarship and service to others, including their academic achievements, involvement in college activities, community service and leadership positions, according to Vice President of Instructional Affairs, Dr. Laverne Ulmer. The Tullos Scholar’s Program is funded by Jones alumni Eugene and Nada Tullos of Raleigh.

“Jones gave me the opportunity to play basketball and get college paid for by scholarships. Jones gave me a jumpstart and a great background for Law School. I want to return the favor to the college that has been so good to me,” said the 1962 JCJC alumnus, explaining the main reason for endowing the Tullos Scholars program. The former Bobcat basketball player was elected as Mr. JCJC in 1962 by his peers and he has served on the JCJC Foundation, Inc. Board from 2008 until present.  Tullos was also named JCJC Honor Alumnus in 1999, and was inducted into the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and into the Mississippi JUCO Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Each Tullos Scholar will receive a $1000 scholarship and a medallion. After receiving the award, Bridgette Wagner from D’Iberville and JCJC Lady Bobcat softball player expressed her gratitude for the accolade and scholarship.  
“I’m honored to be a Tullos Scholar because not many students get this and it will help my parents financially,” said Wagner. “When I was researching this my mom said I needed to get this scholarship because it was a big one. I’m glad I can make her proud.”
Wagner is a left outfielder for the softball team that has made history by winning three state championships. She is also a member of the Honor’s Institute, Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and numerous community service projects. The chemical engineering student is planning on staying on the coast, “to give back to her home.”
Chemistry instructor, Rhonda Robertson nominated Wagner for the honor for several reasons. “Bridgette formed a study group with other students to facilitate their study of difficult concepts and to help prepare for quizzes and tests. Bridgette has chosen one of the most difficult majors…because it combines the extensive science classes found in pre-med and pharmacy majors with the extensive calculus classes and higher math required for engineering. Bridgette is not intimidated by hard work and is willing to work toward her education and career goals.”
Elementary education and ministry major, Meaghan Simmons was nominated by philosophy and religion instructor, Dr. Ronald Bishop. The Laurel resident earned the most points possible in his Old Testament class and he shared at the award ceremony he was proud to have been her teacher. Simmons is a member of PTK, Science Club and Philosophy Club, and she is a volunteer at the Animal Rescue League of Laurel and at her church.  
“I feel so honored to have been chosen as a Tullos Scholar. Receiving the scholarship is such a blessing in my life. The scholarship is important to me because it helps in the continuance of my education. I have many goals but the most important goal for me is working in the ministry,” said Simmons.  
Also receiving the Tullos Scholar designation is non-traditional student and mother of five children, Naomic Clark of Wayne County. The marketing technology major was nominated by her marketing technology instructor, Ginger Keeton who bragged about Clark’s ability as a salesperson. Clark sold 130 tickets for a non-traditional student scholarship fundraiser, she assists at the campus blood drives and recruiting events at Jones and at Camp Shelby, and she is a member of PTK. Keeton also shared Clark is a volunteer firewoman for Wayne County, she has been on the Dean’s List Honor Roll and she is an inspiration to her. 
“Her good deeds are inspiring good deeds in others. I am so proud to have her as my student and to see her receive this deserving honor,” said Keeton.
Harlan Mapp of Hattiesburg was nominated by music instructor, Meri Newell.  She explained the non-traditional student has inspired so many students with his enthusiasm and excitement as a music major. Mapp played the lead role, Ebenezer Scrooge in the original JCJC musical theater Christmas show last December. The FCAHS graduate is also a member of the JC Voices vocal ensemble, JC Jazz Band, the Saxophone Quartet, PTK and the Student Voices group. 
“Harlan was out in the real world working for four years before coming back to school last year. He is an excellent example of Jones giving people a second chance to ‘get it right.’ Harlan recognized his shortcomings on his first try in getting a degree at a four year school, and has applied himself diligently this time around to getting the most out of his undergraduate education. He puts 100% into every endeavor, whether it is a vocal performance or playing tenor saxophone in the saxophone quartet.  He has been a wonderful asset to all phases of musical life here at Jones,” said Newell.  
Math instructor, Jessica Bunch nominated West Jones graduate, Ryan Shoemake of Laurel. The nuclear physics major impressed Bunch as a member of her fast-track Calculus I and II classes this semester. She shared how Shoemake is a very hard working student. Bunch said she is very proud to be his teacher and to have nominated him for this honor.  
“Although I have only known Ryan for a short time, I know that he is a very hard working individual.  I know that no matter where his life takes him, Ryan will always be wholly devoted to each endeavor he pursues,” said Bunch.
Shoemake is a member of PTK, the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, while also working as a computer technician for the Jones County School District. 
The five Jones students were nominated by faculty to apply for the Tullos Scholarship at the end of their freshmen year. Requirements for the scholarship include being a full-time freshman, submitting a resume’ with two-faculty recommendation letters, having outstanding academic achievements, and being engaged in college activities, leadership positions and participating in community service. 


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