Getting in drive

MCC Honors College students prepare for voter registration drive

Eleven Phil Hardin Honors College at Meridian Community College students got a head start on their Tuesday when they learned how to conduct a voter registration drive on the MCC campus.

The students, Brent Rivers, Jonah Null, Dunnam Shirley, Brinnon Powell, Marlee Martin, all of Meridian; Jeff Knight of Union; Brice Gordon of Pascagoula; Jillian Gregory of Louisville; Josh Cochran of Lucedale; and Ridge Mathis and Haleigh McNeil, both of Enterprise, met with Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk officials who explained the processes needed to conduct a successful drive.

“We think it’s vital that our college students know the importance of voting during election times,” said Barbara Jones, Phil Hardin Foundation Honors College at Meridian Community College co-director. She added it was especially important for incoming freshmen who have not had the opportunity to register to vote to do so.

With that in mind, the Honors College is scheduling a voter registration drive at the College on Tuesday, Sept. 25. “We’re planning to have the drive spread across the campus at various locations,” Jones said.

This year’s Phil Hardin Honors College at Meridian Community College class numbers 70 students. The Honors College is designed for academically gifted students and provides a challenging curriculum, featuring top teaching faculty, smaller class sizes, an honors forum and a leadership class. Specifically, it is geared for students pursuing and achieving academic excellence and focuses on creating an environment that fosters active and innovative learning.