Hanna, Hardy selected ECCC HEADWAE Honorees

From press reports

Sophomore Andrew Hanna of Union and biology instructor Kim Hardy of Philadelphia were recently selected to represent East Central Community College in Decatur at the 2012-13 Higher Education Appreciation Day: Working Toward Academic Excellence program scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Jackson.

The annual HEADWAE observance was established by the Mississippi Legislature to honor the academically talented students and faculty members from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges.

Honorees are invited to the State Capitol where they are welcomed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and recognized in each Legislative chamber.

A luncheon is scheduled at the Jackson Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson, during which each student and faculty honoree is recognized in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors and legislators.

In addition to the public recognition, a booklet will be published featuring photos and biographical sketches of each honoree. Hanna, a President’s List Scholar who holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average, plans to major in chemistry.

He has received several honors at EC, including the Frank Edwin and Nena Holt Leatherwood Biology Award, Frank M. Cross Chemistry Award and Secondary Education Award.

He also holds various positions of leadership in several campus organizations.

He serves as vice president for leadership of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, and is co-president of the Baptist Student Union and Warrior Corps. In addition, he serves as secretary of the President’s Council.

He is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as vice president his freshman year. He also holds membership in the Environmental Club.

Hanna’s involvement in campus activities also includes participation in athletics. He is a two-year member of the Warrior tennis team and was on the men’s basketball squad his freshman season.

He is a 2011 honor graduate of Newton County Academy, where he was valedictorian and chosen for the Hall of Fame. He was also selected STAR Student and was named to the WTOK-TV All Scholastic Sports Team. Other honors include selection as a Scholar Athlete and Citizenship Award recipient, in addition to numerous subject awards.

Hanna also held positions of leadership in several clubs and organizations and received numerous awards in basketball and tennis.

He is a longtime member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 29 of the Choctaw Area Council in Union and received the rank of Eagle Scout in 2007.

In addition, he is a member of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur and serves as a Sunday school teacher.

Hanna is also involved in mission work and went to Thailand in the summer of 2012 as a part of a team supporting missionaries in Southeast Asia. He plans to return to the same area this summer and assist a missionary doctor in his clinics and teach English speaking classes.

He was one of 48 students selected from across the nation to attend the FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program in 2008 at Quantico, VA. He was chosen president of the 11th Session of the FBINA Youth Leadership Program.

Hanna also participated in the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) program in 2009.

His parents are Rusty and Lanette Hanna of Union.

Hardy joined the EC faculty in the fall of 2005 after previously serving as an interim instructor and adjunct faculty member. She is also a former biology and human anatomy instructor at Philadelphia High School and previously served as a science instructor at Mississippi State University and Kosciusko Middle School.

Hardy has received several other teaching honors while at EC, including her selection as Lamplighter instructor in 2010, an annual program that recognizes the state’s outstanding community and junior college faculty members. She was also named to Who’s Who Among Community College Instructors.

In addition to her teaching duties, Hardy serves as sponsor of the Sigma Sigma Mu Tau Medical Club.

She received several teaching honors prior to joining the EC faculty. She was the 1993 recipient of the Herbert M. Handley Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Mississippi Science Teachers’ Association. She also received the 1992 Science and Mathematics Teacher Award from the Mississippi State University Chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

A 1974 graduate of Neshoba Central High School, Hardy received an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Meridian Community College in 1979, where she was graduated with highest honors and was chosen for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community Colleges.

She continued her education at Mississippi State University in Starkville, where she received bachelor and master’s degrees in biology in 1990 and 1991, respectively.

Hardy is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Her professional affiliations include membership in the Mississippi Science Teachers’ Association.

She is married to Bobby Hardy and they reside in Philadelphia. She has a daughter, Mrs. Tommy Wayne (Leigh) McDaniel; two step- daughters, Mrs. Grant (Carmen) Ford and Deanna Hardy; and four grandchildren, Mason Payne, Brian, Pasiley Grace, and Hooper McDaniel.

Hardy’s parents are Glois and Doris Daniels of Philadelphia.