HEADWAE 2018

Boschert and Harper Tapped for HEADWAE Awards

Barbara Boschert, history instructor and chair of the Social Science Department, and Yasmine Harper, CCC Student Government Association president, have been selected to represent Coahoma Community College at the 32nd Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Program. The event is slated to take place on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in Jackson, Miss.

Boschert and Harper Tapped for HEADWAE Awards

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Thu Dec 6, 2018

Barbara BoschertBarbara Boschert, history instructor and chair of the Social Science Department, and Yasmine Harper, CCC Student Government Association president, have been selected to represent Coahoma Community College at the 32nd Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Program. The event is slated to take place on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in Jackson, Miss.

The HEADWAE program was established by the Mississippi Legislature to annually honor the scholastically talented students and exceptional faculty members of Mississippi's higher education institutions. The goal of the program is to recognize and thank these remarkable individuals for their commitment to the future of the State of Mississippi.

Dr. Rolonda Brown, dean of the Division of Academic Affairs, is elated with the selection of these Coahoma trailblazers and believes they are fitting representatives of the institution.

“Yasmine was chosen for HEADWAE because she is an outstanding student. She has displayed distinctive leadership on campus while demonstrating academic excellence. Dr. Boschert was selected because she has made extraordinary contributions to teaching and learning at Coahoma Community College,” said Brown.

HEADWAE Appreciation Day is enormously significant in that it provides an opportunity for Mississippi colleges and universities to showcase and honor their best. Each year, member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities (MAC), select a student and faculty member to be recognized during Appreciation Day Activities. The honorees are students who have excelled academically and faculty members who have made extraordinary educational and civic contributions on campuses and in their communities.

Barbara Boschert believes that CCC’s greatest strength is its ability to academically prepare underprepared students for work or higher education.

Boschert joined CCC in 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of Arkansas. She also holds a master’s degree in History Education from Delta State University and is a doctorate in Educational Leadership.  In 2004, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards granted her national board certification to teach Social Studies to adolescents and young adults. She is also certified as a Master Teacher of Economics by the National Council of Economics Education.

Boschert is humbled by this honor and is truly proud of Yasmine and her achievements.

“I am honored and humbled to represent CCC and to accompany Yasmine Harper, one of our most outstanding students, to HEADWAE.  Watching Yasmine excel both academically and as a student leader has been exciting. As her history teacher, I am very proud that she will continue to study history with the ultimate goal of completing her Ph.D.

Yasmine HarperYasmine Harper is a native of the Mississippi Delta, where she currently resides in Lambert. She describes herself as being nothing short of hard working and overachieving.

Harper is a sophomore at Coahoma where she serves as the 2018-19 Student Government Association president. Yasmine is also a member of the cheerleading team, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, as well as the UptoUs non-partisan campaign leader. Yasmine enjoys making anyone she comes into contact with smile, and she feels as if it’s her duty to give everyone she encounters at CCC a positive experience. Yasmine has recently completed her studies in both English and Mass Communications and is eager to pick up her first love, History in the Spring. Upon completion at Coahoma Community College, she plans to further her education at Fisk University where she has been recently admitted.

“To receive this honor was overwhelming. To know that my diligence isn’t in vain is warming and comforting. Of course, I work hard because I want to secure my future and I serve others because it’s the only way of leading. But it’s good to be recognized,” stated Harper. “I owe all honor and glory to God as well as those who support me and push me. I’m very grateful and still very humbled by this high honor.”

Appreciation Day activities will include honoree recognition by political and corporate groups, educators from public and independent MAC member institutions and others who value and support excellence in higher education. Honorees are invited to tour the State Capitol where they are welcomed by legislative officials, followed by a recognition and awards luncheon program made possible by the support and generosity of Mississippi's corporate community.