MCC s TRiO Talent Search Hosts March Madness
With college basketball tournament season in full swing, Madisonville Community College
(MCC) played host to over 200 TRiO Talent Search Middle School students for a day
of fun and learning. March Madness 2013 brought 6th-8th grade students from Crittenden,
Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties to campus to hear from MCC personnel about the world
of possibilities available to people who earn a college degree. Middle schools represented
were Browning Springs, James Madison, South Hopkins, West Hopkins School, Muhlenberg
North, Muhlenberg South, and Crittenden County.
Upon arrival at MCC, students were divided into teams and given gear in their teams
colors that they could proudly wear around campus. From there, they set off to the
first of three sessions to learn about subjects such as how the college financial
aid process works, what a radiographer does, how foreign language opens doors to careers
at home and abroad, the way math factors into many different career fields (even sports),
and what a career in biology or ecology could mean for them. Instructors included:
Sharie Davis and Stacie Gary (Bracket Probability); Katrina Florea (Origami); Patricia
Fouse and Dianne Jernigan (Clase de Espanola Baloncesto Locura de Marzo); MCC Radiography
Students Penny Berry, Helen Diuguid, and Stacey Ferrell (X-ray Vision); Casey Johnson
(Money Madness); Octavia Lawrence (College/University ~ PREZI); Lisa Miller (Breathe
Your Best); Dr. Mike Shifflett and Dr. Aseem Talukdar (The Night Sky); Pam Smith (Environmental
Study/Biology Careers); Randy Wolfe and Tom Hughes (Mining Simulation). Each team
had a different journey!
After teams completed their sessions, they joined their competitors to share lunchtime
as a group, mingling among other schools and meeting new friends. Each team had a
Guide (many of whom were current or former Talent Search participants) who led them
from place to place and awarded points for things such as asking good questions, being
respectful, and playing to win. Each guide was also on the lookout for his or her
team MVP. At the end of the day, after they had calculated teams point totals, Talent
Search staff presented trophies and medals to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. First
place went to James Madison Middle School s black team, second place went to West
Hopkins navy blue team, and the third place winner was Browning Springs tan team.
Each team had a MVP that received special recognition along with a Murray State University
t-shirt. All Talent Search students conducted themselves with maturity and showed
great willingness to learn. It was a March Madness to remember!
For more information about services provided by the federally funded TRiO Talent Search
program, please contact Anna Leasure, Director; Wes Ausenbaugh, J Nora Anderson, Corey
Downey, Advisors; or Marcia Evans, Administrative Advisor. Offices are located in
the John H. Gray Building on the MCC North Campus.