From left: Rebecca Havens and Sydney Fletcher
MGCCC student Rebecca Havens, left, and MGCCC School Chair and Instructor Sydney Fletcher were recognized as William Winter Scholars at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration in February.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Instructor Sydney Fletcher and student Rebecca Havens were selected as William Winter Scholars and were recognized at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration (NLCC) in February.  The event, hosted by Copiah-Lincoln Community College, is held annually and recognizes several dozen outstanding humanities students, faculty members, and professionals from Mississippi’s universities, colleges, and community colleges.

Fletcher of Pascagoula has taught at MGCCC since 2003.  She is also chair of the School of Business, Law, Hospitality, and Culinary at the Jackson County Campus.  As a business instructor, she teaches Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Legal Environment of Business, Business Statistics, and International Business.  During her tenure at Gulf Coast, she has taught at all three campuses.

“I love what I do for the college and this award is just one more thing that makes me love being here,” she said.  “The students are certainly the reason I do what I do, but recognition from my peers is certainly an honor.”

Havens, of Hurley, graduated this May with an Associates of Arts degree.  She begins Mississippi State University in August as a political science and economics major with plans to eventually attend law school.

Both Fletcher and Havens attended NLCC and said it was a wonderful time.

“The conference theme this year was based on women and there was a discussion of beauty pageants, women’s rights, the history of women in Natchez, and many other great topics,” Fletcher said.  “We both learned a lot and enjoyed the event so much.”

Each Winter Scholar is chosen by his or her educational institution as the Humanities Division’s most outstanding student, faculty member, or professional. This award allows winners to attend most of the Celebration free of charge. The annual award also carries with it prestige and public acknowledgment of how highly the person is regarded by his or her institution. Winners are honored publicly at the opening and closing sessions, in printed materials, and through publicity.

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