Mississippi State announces fall 2017 Society of Scholars class

Mississippi State University’s fall 2017 Society of Scholars class includes: Front row, left to right: Katie Jones of Corinth; Erin O’Quinn of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Meghan Brino of Munford, Tennessee; Sarah Wooden of Biloxi; Caroline MacDonald of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Kennedy Moehrs of Waterloo, Illinois. Second row, from left to right: Megan Pirkle of Belden; Alexandra Wedderstrand of Ridgeland; Autmn Sizemore of Sulligent, Alabama; Terranecia “Bria” Henderson of Madison; Alivia Roberts of Shannon; Lindsey Winborne of Brookhaven and Lily Brooks of Huntsville, Alabama. Third row, from left to right: John Cole Gwin of Piperton, Tennessee; Kyle Winston of Shalimar, Florida; Wesley Dillard of Madison; David Sides of Birmingham, Alabama; Laura Herring of Panama City Beach, Florida; Alexandra Mazzola of Starkville; Kelley Mazzola of Starkville; Ruschewski Ragland of Yazoo City and Jeremy Burt of Starkville. (Photo by Russ Houston)

Contact: James Carskadon

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Twenty-three Mississippi State seniors are new members of the university’s prestigious Society of Scholars in the Arts and Sciences.

The honors organization recognizes top university students each semester from all majors who have demonstrated the highest standard of academic excellence while pursuing a broad exposure to courses in the arts, sciences and humanities.

Those selected for the rigorous screening process must have demonstrated a sound foundation in languages, mathematics, sciences, oral and written communication, humanities or social sciences.

In addition to Mississippi, the 2017 fall semester group represents the states of Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana and Tennessee. They include (by hometown):

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana—Erin O’Quinn, a mechanical engineering major.

BELDEN—Megan Pirkle, an English major.

BILOXI—Sarah Wooden, a marketing major.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—David Sides, a business administration major.

BROOKHAVEN—Lindsey Winborne, a chemistry major.

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee—Mary Ann Smith, a microbiology major.

CORINTH—Katie Jones, a biological sciences major.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Lily Brooks, a biochemistry major.

MADISON—Wesley Dillard, a biological sciences major; and Terranecia “Bria” Henderson, a communication major.

MUNFORD, Tennessee—Meghan Brino, a biological sciences major.

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee—Caroline MacDonald, a geosciences major.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida—Laura Herring, a management major.

PIPERTON, Tennessee—John Cole Gwin, a chemistry major.

RIDGELAND—Alexandra Wedderstrand, a psychology major.

SHALIMAR, Florida—Kyle Winston, a microbiology major.

SHANNON—Alivia Roberts, a communication major.

STARKVILLE—Jeremy Burt, a chemistry major; Alexandra "Alex" Mazzola, a biological sciences major; and Kelley Mazzola, a history major.

SULLIGENT, Alabama—Autumn Sizemore, a history major.

WATERLOO, Illinois—Kennedy Moehrs, a political science major.

YAZOO CITY—Ruschewski Ragland, a mathematics major.

Learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences at www.cas.msstate.edu.

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