MPB's 2016 American Graduate Champions

2016 Community Champions

Community Champion: Rosaline McCoy

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Rosaline McCoy is a community activist who enjoys supporting people in their growth and providing access to resources in efforts to improve the state educational system.

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Community Champion: Carol Johnson-Burger

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Carol Johnson-Burger was named Community Champion for Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Dropout Prevention Initiative for her many accomplishments in serving at-risk students across the state.

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Community Champion: David Johnson

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Over the past 37 years, David Johnson has worked diligently through the youth ministries of his church (Zion Chapel Church of God in Christ) and his employer’s (BankPlus) outreach programs to encourage and empower the youth of the church and community to achieve greatness in their lives.

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Community Champion: David Broadaway

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Mr. Broadaway is responsible for providing services and lending opportunities to businesses across the state, while also implementing scholarship awards to schools located in the Metro area.

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Community Champion: Dr. Laurie Lawson

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Laurie Lawson discovered the perfect fit as a Mississippi College professor and leader of a social service agency in Clinton. “Serving others comes natural to me. I feel so blessed to spend 30 years doing what I love,” Lawson said.

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Community Champion: Summer Media Institute Mentor-Producers

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This year’s Summer Media Institute was nothing short of amazing. Mississippi Public Broadcasting was graced with the presence of some amazing mentor-producers.

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Community Champion: Taylor Neyland

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Taylor is a recent graduate of Terry High School. This is where she received the honor of being named the 2016 Valedictorian, with a GPA of 4.38. That accomplishment, along with her score of a 30 on the ACT, helps set the stage for success in her college endeavors.

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Community Champion: Tiffany Withers

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Tiffany Withers, Community Champion, is a special education teacher at Brandon Middle School, teaching 7th and 8th grade special education classes.

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Community Champion: John Neal

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John Neal serves as the Associate Superintendent of Community Relations and Dropout Prevention for the Hinds County School District, and is MPB's Community Champion for January 2016.

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