Dr. J’s Golf Tournament funds scholarship

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Dr. J’s Golf Tournament funds scholarship

The third annual Dr. J’s Memorial Golf Tournament, which funds an athletic scholarship in the name of the late Vicksburg dentist, Dr. Troy Lee “Doc” Jenkins, will be Oct. 12-13 at Meadow Oaks Golf Course in Clinton.

Jenkins was born and raised in Utica. He attended Hinds and Millsaps College and received his D.D.S. from the University of Tennessee Dental School. He was a member of both the Hinds Sports Hall of Fame and Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame. He died in May 2011.

The entry fee for the tournament is $125 per person with the field limited to the first 72 players. The tournament will be during both mornings with check-in to be at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday.  A sausage and biscuit breakfast will be provided both mornings by Elvis Sledge with lunch both days provided by Shelby Jean Lewis, Jenkins’ sister.

For information about the tournament, contact Cecil Jones, 601.259.4612, or Tammy Smith, 601.868.0222, For information about creating or donating to a Hinds scholarship, contact Betty Carraway, Hinds Community College Foundation coordinator, 601.857.3800,

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Kyle Williams, Hinds Athlete
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22 May

Kyle Williams, Hinds Athlete

Kyle Williams

Thanks to a solid academic record and a strong right leg, Kyle Williams could have chosen to go just about anywhere after graduating from Pearl High School. Williams, heavily recruited by Hinds Community College coaches, decided to join the Eagles instead.

That decision paid off as Williams, who is transferring to Mississippi State University in the summer to play football, earned all-American status as a kicker for the Eagles in 2011.

“Last year was fun because we made it to the playoffs and helped restore some of the tradition that Coach (Gene) Murphy built at Hinds,” he said.

Williams was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American Honorable Mention team.  He led Hinds in scoring with 70 total points, finishing the season 40-44 on point-after attempts and 10-17 on field goals, including a season-long 45-yarder against East Mississippi Community College in the final game of the season.

Williams was named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-Region team in 2011 and was named to the All-State second team as a freshman in 2010.

Williams continued his academic success at Hinds as well.

He was among several Hinds Community College students named “Who’s Who Among Students in American Community and Junior Colleges.” Sophomores are named to this program because of their achievements in academics and leadership qualities shown throughout their two years in community college.

“My time at Hinds helped me decide that I want to major in kinesiology because I wasn’t sure right out of high school,” Williams said.

Williams is the sixth Hinds Community College kicker to be named all-American since 1987. Mike Berry (‘88) kicked for Mississippi College. Jaret Homes (’95) continued his career at Auburn University and played in the National Football League. Scott Westerfield (’97) was a named All-Southeastern Conference in 1999 and 2000 at Mississippi State University. Neal Thomas (’99) left Raymond for Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the University of Alabama. Trey Crum (2000) stayed in-state to kick at Delta State University.

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Tori Still, Lauren & Lindsay Harper, Hinds Athletes
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22 May

Tori Still, Lauren & Lindsay Harper, Hinds Athletes

Tori Still, Lauren Harper & Lindsay Harper,

Lauren and Lindsay Harper, freshman twins from Richland, along with their childhood friend Victoria “Tori” Still of Richland, are dorm-mates at Marshall Hall on the Raymond Campus, play on the softball team together and are all nursing school hopefuls.

Still, who was a Hinds football cheerleader in fall 2011, chose Hinds partially for the opportunity to play softball. She’s a catcher who bats .265.

“It was close to home but not too close and not too far,” she said. “I really like the campus.”

Taking challenging nursing program pre-requisites such as anatomy and physiology allowed Still to debunk one college myth. “Everybody always says when you get to college, the teachers don’t really care. But they’re very helpful with everything,” Still said. “The teachers are very sweet.”

The suite-style rooms at Marshall Hall were an attraction for Lauren Harper. “We came and we saw the campus. We loved the dorm rooms because of the suites. We like how we are all together as a team,” she said.

For her Hinds is the perfect venue. “It’s not too big; it’s not too small. It’s different from high school but it’s a step before you go to university,” said Lauren, who plays first base on the Lady Eagles softball team.

Sister Lindsay Harper echoes her opinion. “I just like the environment here. It’s a way for independence, but it’s not too far away. You can always go home,” she said.

Lindsay Harper, who pitches and plays second base, was attracted to the fact that Hinds has a nursing program.

She agrees with Still about the strength of the Hinds instructors. “We are taking some really hard classes and without them, I don’t think we would have made it. The teachers have helped us a lot,” she said.

“For someone just out of high school, Hinds would be the place to go,” she said.


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David Yewell, Hinds Alumnus
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22 May

David Yewell, Hinds Alumnus

David Yewell

It was in the produce section of a Kentucky A&P grocery store that David Yewell’s life was changed forever.

Yewell (1962), a past member of the Hinds Community College Foundation board, worked at the store sorting produce.

In fall 1960, he was just a few days removed from high school graduation from Owensboro High School in Kentucky when a local man who had an eye for talent and an interest in helping students further their academic careers approached Yewell.

Donald “Quack” Butler asked Yewell, a standout high school basketball player, if he wanted to go to college. After Yewell replied it wasn’t financially possible, Butler told him to expect a phone call from Hinds Junior College basketball coach Troy Ricks. Two days later he and his father began the ride down to Raymond.

“It was a trip that opened a completely new world to me and changed my life forever,” Yewell said. “I fell in love with Raymond immediately. It felt like home after a few days.”

Yewell flourished during his two years in Raymond. He became interested in learning, studying and writing, all fostered by an “attentive, truly loving faculty, one of whom was Ricks.”

“I have a great appreciation for Hinds Community College and especially Coach Ricks for the opportunity they gave me to play basketball,” Yewell said. “I would not be where I am today, I’m sure of it.”

Yewell has been practicing law for more than 40 years. He currently counsels clients through Yewell Law, LLC, in Owensboro, KY. Yewell received his associates degree from Hinds, his bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

For the complete story, see the spring 2012 issue of Hindsight alumni magazine.

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William “Bucky” McElroy, Hinds Alumnus
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22 May

William “Bucky” McElroy, Hinds Alumnus

William "Bucky" McElroy

Eagles football hall of famer William “Bucky” McElroy (1950) looks forward to a completely different sport every April at Hinds Community College – golf.

McElroy, who many of his generation say is the greatest football player to ever wear an Eagles uniform, is still active with the Hinds Community College Alumni Association. He also fields two teams of four people each in the college’s annual Golf Fun Fest, traveling from his home in Monroe, La. The Golf Fun Fest is April 19 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raymond.

Like a lot of people associated with Hinds Community College – alumni and other supporters – McElroy’s generous giving is not limited to just the Golf Fun Fest. He has contributed to athletic scholarships over the past few decades, hoping to give other young athletes a start at Hinds like he had.

“I would do anything for Hinds Community College,” McElroy said. “I owe it to them. I answer the call every time because if I’m able to give a kid a boost through scholarship funds or anything, I’m going to do it.”

For the complete story, see the spring 2012 edition of Hindsight alumni magazine.

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Joey Sherman, Hinds Alumnus
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22 May

Joey Sherman, Hinds Alumnus

Joey Sherman

Probably few people can boast that they received degrees from two different colleges in the same month, but Hinds alumnus Joey Sherman can.

Sherman, a Terry High graduate, attended Hinds Community College from 2005 to 2007 but did not graduate before transferring to Mississippi State University to finish his degree in civil engineering.

A member of the Hinds golf team, Sherman said his experience at Hinds was so good he wanted not just an MSU degree but one from Hinds as well.

“I really enjoyed my time at Hinds,” Sherman said. “I met lots of new people there and established friendships that I continue to have today. The fact that it was so close to home made it even better because it allowed me to make a smooth transition from high school to college.”

The quality of instruction, caring teachers and small class size – coupled with the opportunity to save money by commuting from his home and drawing on scholarship dollars – all made Hinds a great choice for him.

Now that alumni can “transfer hours back” to Hinds from universities they’ve also attended, students like Sherman can still earn their Hinds degree. In December 2011, Sherman did just that, transferring 32 hours back to Hinds Community College for his associate’s degree at the same time he earned a bachelor’s degree from MSU.

Now he works as an engineer for Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station in Port Gibson.

Other alumni who are interested in following in Sherman’s footsteps can contact Ann Travis at 601.857.3214 to find out about earning their degree from Hinds Community College. 

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Alexis Levy, Hinds Student
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Alexis Levy, Hinds Student

Alexis Levy

Alexis Levy of Jackson considered jumping into university life when she graduated from Terry High School last spring but concluded she wasn’t ready for that.

“I wanted to stay close to home. I didn’t think it was time for me to move away yet,” she said. “Most people who go away end up coming back. You end up saving a lot of money.”

Instead, she came to Hinds’ Raymond Campus to participate on the women’s track team coached by Bill Ferguson and get started on her major – athletic training.

Levy expects to graduate in May 2013 with her associate’s degree but in the meantime she’s getting valuable experience as a trainer for the Eagles football team.

“I really like sports. I wanted to be in a medical field, and athletic training is kind of in between,” Levy said.

She works with the football team early in the morning, goes to class and runs track in the afternoons, a schedule that keeps her pretty busy.

“The teachers have really been helpful. I’ve grasped the work,” she said.

Next spring she’s considering going to the University of Southern Mississippi but in the meantime she’s enjoying what she’s doing and getting a head start on her career.

“I plan to get my education and do athletic training on a national level or even for a college like Hinds,” she said.

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J’Vontez Blackmon, Hinds Student
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22 May

J’Vontez Blackmon, Hinds Student

J’Vontez Blackmon

Playing football at Hinds Community College was a decision that may have saved the life of Forest Hill High School graduate J’Vontez Blackmon, 20.

During a routine preseason physical a doctor sent Blackmon to the hospital for further examination where it was confirmed he had a hole in his enlarged heart.  Doctors recommended surgery and Blackmon, one of the top Eagles in 2010, returned to play for his sophomore season.

“There were times during rehab when I thought I wouldn’t even be able to go to school any more, much less play football,” Blackmon said.  “I’m lucky to be alive and I’m ready to see if football is in my future.”

Blackmon, a computer science major, started every game as a safety in 2011 and collected 56 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three interceptions.

Blackmon signed with the University of Tennessee-Martin.

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