The University of Mississippi Medical Center held Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 24th in the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.  Among those receiving diplomas for advanced degrees was Meredith Nowell Boston who earned a Master of Science in Nursing Degree.  Meredith also graduated with Honors.

It has been a long two year process which was not easy. Meredith was not only a student, but was also  raising four children and a dog, being a doctor's wife, and working part time at Baptist ER toward obtaining her degree.  She was determined to realize her dream of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She passed her medical board exams on Thursday and her family and friends celebrated with a dinner at Cerami's Italian Restaurant in Jackson.  The food was wonderful and live music added to the festive mood.

As she walked across the stage to receive her diploma, she was finally fully aware of her dream's coming true!  Her family and many friends were in the audience to show their pride in her accomplishment.  Meredith will begin her new career in the Baptist Health System.  She will have no difficulty in passing the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners' Exam, I have no doubts at all.  Congratulations on a job well done! 

The day after graduation, the Boston family and the Bryan family loaded up and headed to Destin to celebrate on the gorgeous beach!  They relaxed in the beautiful weather, the perfect water, and enjoyed their favorite restaurants. What a great way to celebrate!

She is the daughter of Sam and June Nowell of Philadelphia and is married to Dr. Christopher Boston from Kiln.  They have three daughters and a son (and a precious poodle).

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The Fifth Wednesday Bridge Club met on May 29th at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club's restaurant for an afternoon of lunch, bridge, visiting, and fun.  Hostesses for the event were Jan Williamson and Charlene Webb.  Everyone ordered a delicious lunch from the menu and held many conversations with each other at the long lunch table.  It was a beautiful day for bridge in such a lovely venue.  Of course everyone was hoping for good cards with lots of points in each hand.  That didn't happen to some of us, but we had a great time anyway!

Members and guests enjoying the day were Jan Williamson, Ray Fleming, Susan Burt, Carol Oliphant, Joyce Dansby, Beth Henson, Marianne Enochs, Tommie Banks, Frankie Harpole, June Anderson, Billie Latting, and Joyce Hardy.

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Neshoba Country has gained another precious resident!  Gunner Wade Fulton arrived on May 29th weighing 6 pounds and 11 ounces of sweetness.  His nursery is perfectly decorated to welcome a baby boy.  It even has a small teepee in one spot.  His grandparents, the Fultons and the Wades, helped create the charming room. 

His Philadelphia Grandfather, Jim Fulton, said that Gunner is the fourth generation of Fultons and he is looking forward to throwing batting practice balls to him.  Gunner's parents are Coker and Chelsea Wade Fulton.  Philadelphia grandparents are Jim and Lee Ann Fulton. His great great grandfather is John Burt, Sr., also of Philadelphia.  Congratulations! He is a beautiful baby who will be surrounded by love from both the Fulton and Wade families.

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Congratulations to Leigh Anne Van Devender who received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center during commencement exercises in the Jackson Coliseum on Friday, May 24th.  Leigh Anne has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse.  She completed two years of study for her advanced degree.  

Not only did she earn another degree, she also graduated Summa Cum Laude, which is the highest honor given to a student in recognition of academic excellence!  Leigh Anne specialized in Adult Gerontology/ Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  She still has to take the State Boards to be a Certified Nurse Practitioner but I am sure she will pass with flying colors.

Leigh Ann credits her husband, Bryan Van Devender, for stepping up to help so much during the two years she was studying for her degree.  During this time frame, the couple had their first child, a precious little girl, Leigh Anne worked, and she also entered graduate school. That was a heavy load! Bryan did double and sometimes triple duty while he also worked. She is excited about what the future holds for her and her little family. Best wishes for a bright future!

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Philadelphia Public Schools received a National Beta District of Distinction Award which is a very special honor on the national level.  The Philadelphia Beta Clubs have outstanding performances in the many areas judged for the recipients of this award.  Congratulations to the members and their sponsors!

The Junior Beta Club Convention will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, during the summer.  Middle School Students, Leyten Turk and Maggie Taylor, will represent the Philadelphia Middle School at this national convention.  They will be great representatives of our city and our public school system.  Congratulations to both of them!