A rose to the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District for using a grant to help students hear instructors more clearly through audio enhancement electronics, an innovative technology now in place in 12 classrooms at Starkville High and another 12 at Armstrong Middle School. This technology allows teachers to clearly project through masks, offering all students a learning environment free of miscommunication due to masks. SOCSD received a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund to pay for the technology. The relief fund was established in 2020 to help schools negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The technology works with speakers installed in the ceilings evenly dispersed throughout the classroom. A teacher wears a microphone fob around their neck, and their voice comes out of the speakers. We applaud the innovative approach this new technology represents.
A rose to Critz Campbell of Starkville and Monique Montgomery of Columbus for their recent appointments to the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. Campbell, head of the Department of Art at Mississippi State, has received awards and fellowships throughout his career, including a federal Art in Architecture commission through the General Services Administration. He is a member of the National Association of Arts Administrators and serves on the Board of Trustees at Penland School of Craft. Montgomery is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 1995, later opening her own law firm. In 2008, she opened The Montgomery Law Firm LLC and has since served on two state boards. Montgomery recently graduated from Mississippi’s Certified Supervisory Management Program, a nationally recognized leadership development program. We congratulate Critz and Montgomery as they represent our arts community here in the Golden Triangle and the state.
A rose to the Sim Scott Community Center senior citizen group for its support of local charities. Now back into its space in the renovated center, the senior citizens group has resumed its normal activities after a more than a year hiatus due to the February 2019 tornado that destroyed the senior center and the COVID-19 pandemic. Members recently donated canned goods and hygiene items to Helping Hands and will continue to make donations to area charities as they resume their normal activities.
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