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of Phi Theta Kappa, Student Body Association treasurer, and a member of the Warrior Corps, Wall O’ Sound Band, and Collegians rock-n-roll band. Davis, a graduate of Morton High School and a computer science major, was vice president of membership for Phi Theta Kappa, president of the President’s Council, co-president of Warrior Corps, and president of Alpha Alpha Epsilon. A graduate of Lake High School and a surgical technology major, Sanders was secretary of Phi Theta Kappa, a representative for and member of the ECCC Gospel Choir, and a member of Warrior Corps and Presidents’ Council.

ECCC sophomores Madison McLemore of Forest, Keshawn Davis of Morton, and Myla Sanders of Lake were named to the 2021- 22 Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team.

McLemore was named to the All-Mississippi First Team and received a $1,000 scholarship, while Davis and Sanders were named to the Second Team. The students received medallions and certificates at the college’s Awards Ceremony April 21. The All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team recognizes scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in the state’s two-year colleges. A graduate of Sebastopol Attendance Center and a pre- nursing major, McLemore was vice president of honors in action project research for the college’s Theta Xi chapter

(From left) ECCC students Madison McLemore, Keshawn Davis, and Myla Sanders, along with EC President Dr. Brent Gregory.

The All-Mississippi Academic Team program is coordinated by Phi Theta Kappa, Mississippi Association of Community Colleges, and Mississippi Community College Board. PTK is the international honor society for two-year colleges.

EC S tudent A lex S harp S elected S tate DECA C ollegiate P resident East Central Community College student Alex Sharp of Philadelphia was selected as the new president of the state of Mississippi’s DECA Collegiate Division for the 2022-23 year at that organization’s state conference. national DECA conferences, organizing ways to reach out to colleges to create more Mississippi DECA local chapters, and working with the vice president to plan next year’s DECA State Career Development Conference.

DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service.

Sharp, a graduate of Union High School, is a freshman business administration major. As state collegiate DECA president, his responsibilities will include organizing and attending state DECA conferences, attending

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ages. He has also worked extensively on numerous projects in the development of music curriculum. A graduate of ECCC, he continued his education in music at Mississippi College where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. In 2002, he began graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Master of Music (2005) and a Doctor of Musical Arts (2010). In addition to his work as a pianist, he is a composer and arranger, with performances of his music at numerous music festivals and conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Justin Sharp, a music/keyboard instructor at East Central, was selected the college’s Humanities Teacher of the Year and presented a special program in March. His presentation was titled The Nocturne: Listening to Music Through Imagery and Imagination. Sharp was also recognized during the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Public Humanities Awards Ceremony in Jackson in March. A native of Sebastopol, he has been employed at the college since 2015. Before this, he taught piano in various schools and privately to students of all


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