Reed, Cullen selected to All-Mississippi Academic Teams

From press reports

East Central Community College sophomores Raychal Reed of Louisville and Dustin Cullen of Carthage were recently named on the 2012 All- Mississippi Academic Teams. The annual program recognizes scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in the state’s two-year colleges and is coordinated by The Clarion-Ledger, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and the Mississippi Community College Board. This year’s 54 honorees were recognized Wednesday, March 7 at the State Capitol by the Mississippi Legislature and were guests of honor at a luncheon held at the Jackson Convention Center. State Senator Terry C. Burton of Newton served as master of ceremonies. Reed is among 15 students selected on the All-Mississippi First Team and will receive a $1,000 stipend to continue her education. As a First Team member, Reed will also compete for placement on the All-USA Academic Team for Community Colleges, sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges. The 20 students receiving All-USA First Team recognition will be featured in the April 19 issue of USA Today and each will receive a $2,500 stipend. Reed was also recently chosen a 2012 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar. Selection for the prestigious honor is based on scores earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,700 applications were received this year. The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. As a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar, Reed will receive a $1,000 check later this year to continue her education. Her name will also be listed in the April 23 issue of USA Today featuring the Coca-Cola New Century and Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars. Reed, a President’s List scholar with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, has received numerous honors at EC while also participating in various campus activities. She was selected Most Beautiful for 2011 and was a sophomore maid on the 2011 Homecoming Court. She was recently selected a sophomore class favorite. She is also an award-winning member of The Tom-Tom newspaper staff, having won second place in the Best Sports Story competition. She also serves as co-editor of the WO-HE-L0 yearbook, which has won various honors in state competition. Reed serves as president of the President’s Council and is vice president of the Astronomy Club, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). She serves as public relations chairman of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, treasurer of the Student Body Association and secretary of the EC Environmental Club. In addition, she is co-captain of the Centralettes, the dance line for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band. Reed is also a member of the Warrior Corps, Diamond Darlings, EC Players and Wesley Foundation. She was recently named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She is a recipient of the EC Scholars Award and received numerous other scholarships to attend East Central. An honor graduate of Winston Academy, Reed is the daughter of Ray and Shelia Reed of Louisville. She plans to continue her education at either Mississippi State University or the University of Mississippi. Her career goal is to become a physical therapist. Cullen, who was named to the 2012 All-Mississippi Academic Second Team, is also a President’s List Scholar with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He was selected the College’s HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day: Working Toward Academic Excellence) Student of the Year for 2012 and was recognized with other honorees at the special program sponsored by the Mississippi Legislature and coordinated by the Mississippi Association of Colleges.

Cullen was also chosen a freshman and sophomore class favorite.

He serves as president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Alpha Epsilon, “The Engineers,” and Baptist Student Union. He is also an active member of the Astronomy and Environmental clubs, BSU’s “The Way” and Wesley Foundation.

Cullen is also a member of the ECCC Players and was a cast member for the 2010 fall dinner theater performance of Smoke on the Mountain and 2011 spring musical production, All Shook Up.

He was a recipient of numerous scholarships to attend ECCC, including Dr. Margaret Mosal, Ann Burkes PTK, Dr. Shelby L. Harris Memorial, Landon Bryan Burt Memorial, Pleas Clayton and Amanda Breazeale Blount Memorial and ACT.

Cullen was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

He is a 2010 honor graduate of Leake Academy, where he participated in numerous clubs and activities.

He also attended several Academic Betterment competitions and the Mississippi Math and Science Competition.

He plans to major in chemical engineering at Mississippi State University in Starkville.

His parents are Allen and Monica Cullen of Carthage.

Phi Theta Kappa administers the All-State and All-USA Academic Team Programs from its Jackson-based headquarters. This year 38 states will sponsor All-State Academic Team programs using the All- Mississippi program as a model.


Bubby Johnston Vice President for Public Information East Central Community College P. O. Box 129 Decatur, MS 39327 Phone 601-635-6242 Fax 601-635-4398