Many Mississippians have chosen to purchase the special car tags with the phrase, "Nurses Touch Lives" on them. These special tags cost a few dollars more, but the proceeds from their sale go to the Mississippi Nurses Foundation School of Nursing Scholarship Fund.  

The Foundation awards a scholarship to a deserving recipient at each of 22 schools with nursing programs. This year $110,000 was available for stipends in the amount of $1,000 each to 22 students. Selection is based on academic excellence, leadership abilities, and community involvement.  Deans, Directors, and Scholarship Coordinators choose the recipients.

Jacob Whitney of Philadelphia, who is completing his last year of nursing school, was awarded one of the scholarships. Jacob had previously graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelors degree and decided to further his education in the field of nursing.  He feels honored and grateful for the financial support to help defray costs of his final year of school. Congratulations!

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The First Baptist Church Women's Enrichment group met in the church hall on the evening of July 16 for a fun evening of fellowship. The program was a painting party presented by Morgan Bailey Jay.

Each participant selected a copy of a favorite hymn and cut it out to mount on a canvas and then painted a picture that illustrated the hymn. They also wrote a few words from the hymn which became part of the picture. It was a great idea and everyone enjoyed the evening's activity. It was also Carla Chamblee's birthday and Kara Loper Kabore surprised her with a cake made by Amanda Tarver Pierce. What a delicious surprise!

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New York City can be a magical place to visit. It has everything! Sofia Satterfield who is ten years old, discovered the magic on her first trip to the City for a very special event.  She is the daughter of Sarah Benson Satterfield of Atlanta and Philadelphia, and Shawn Satterfield of Tupelo.

Sofia lives in Atlanta and has attended the Decatur School of Ballet in Decatur, Georgia, since she was three years old.  She has taken ballet, hip-hop, modern, and tap dancing lessons.  This fall she will begin pointe training.  Sofia has been a cast member with the Decatur Community Players Advanced and Travel Troupes since 2017 and has performed in nine musicals.  She starred as Little Red in the musical, "Into the Woods, Jr." and Pinocchio, in "Shrek, the Musical." She was also a background actor in feature films, "First Man" and "Boy Erased" which were released in 2018.

New York City is the home of the Joffrey Ballet School which is world renowned for its quality of instructors. The school offers Summer Intensives in eleven programs all over the country.  Sofia auditioned for the Summer Intensives and was accepted into all eleven. She chose to attend the Musical Theater Intensive in New York City where she was invited to perform in their 5 Year Anniversary Gala consisting of 10 numbers that had to be learned in 5 days. This performance told the story of the Joffrey Musical Theater Intensive's Journey. The dancers were taught by stars of existing major Broadway shows.  They taught the students acting, dancing, choreography, and singing. The students performed onstage in a NYC theater alongside the stars at the end of the workshop..  Sofia said her favorite part of the program was "getting to perform in such an open and public theater. It really was such an important experience in my life."  

When asked what her favorite number from the performance was, she replied, " My favorite dance that I did was "Lullaby of Broadway" because of the things that I learned while dancing and how the amazing choreography pushed me to try my absolute hardest." 

When not taking classes, Sofia, her mother, Sarah, and her grandmother, Lynn Benson, toured New York City and had a wonderful time sightseeing. They went to two Broadway shows including "The Prom" with its energy and different types of dance styles which Sofia loved. The trio left New York and returned to Atlanta where Sofia is looking forward to the fall and spring upcoming shows are "Once on This Island", "Legally Blonde," and "Frozen". Her grandparents are Bob and Lynn Benson of Philadelphia and Sonya and Ronnie Keith of Tupelo.  

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Tristan Stovall who graduated from the Catholic Seminary in Covington, Louisiana, has chosen to enter the religious life. After much prayer, he has discerned God's call to enter the priesthood and will begin formation in the Order of Preachers, more commonly known as the Dominicans on July 22. He is grateful for the constant prayers and support that he has been given. He has requested continued prayers as he embarks on his calling to seek to do God's will and be of service in His holy church.  Holy Cross's congregation will continue to pray for him and his future. He is the son of Robbie and Ginger Stovall.  God bless and keep him.