Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.
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Honors Scholars carry 12 or more honors hours and must maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 or better, take two Honors Forum classes and have at least 10 hours of community service.
“I feel honored and grateful – emotional and happy – to have been selected for this special award. Of course, I do recognize that I am no worthier of this distinction than hundreds of other Hinds employees; however, that anyone believes me deserving is rewarding beyond measure.”
Hinds Community Relations won 15 awards in the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi contest, including eight first place awards.
“We attended college during a pandemic. Many of us may have also had other struggles outside of the pandemic or struggles that the pandemic made even worse. Yet, we did not let those obstacles hold us back, so, again, well done.”
“She is the most courageous person I know. She has never let any of her hurdles stop her or slow her down. She continues to push through life and continue to accomplish everything that she feels she should,” Hudson said.
The Jackson native and 1963 Lanier High School graduate had returned to school about five years ago to work on a college degree he’d long thought about, but just hadn’t finished.
“It’s been crazy getting here,” he said. “But after 31 years in the making, it’s special.”
“Every graduation ceremony is special to the college, as we celebrate the success of each student. It is important that we truly celebrate what our graduates have achieved – they have overcome a series of unusual circumstances over the last several months,” said Hinds President Dr. Stephen Vacik.
“Hinds has been absolutely incredible to my journey, more than I could have ever imagined. I had been home-schooled and came to Hinds five years after I had finished high school. I was unsure how I would do, but I was able to thrive here because of the instructors and small class sizes.”
A lot of praying, studying and a few cries every now and then. But it’s a great program with great people who teach you a lot. You learn a lot about yourself during the process.”
The festival is held each spring to encourage and support the pursuit of literary arts among Rankin County high school students and foster their interest in higher education.
“The night was so surreal. It was confirmation of all my hard work and I could not have done it without the help of my instructor and my WHUC News 7 team. It was just a blessing to see our hard work prevail.”
Her record of service is 42 years and counting, as she continues to serve as a part-time instructor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department.
“Being chosen for something like this makes me feel that my hard work is paying off as I’ve been attending Hinds as a full-time student and working part-time in the Student Services area on the Raymond campus since last summer,”
“I was one of seven kids growing up, so I’ve always been around them,” she said. “I love seeing those little ‘a-ha’ moments when they figure something out and get interested in learning. I was homeschooled and helped my mom teach my siblings.
Bolton has attended Hinds on three scholarships and is president of the Alpha Iota Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.
“I’ve always been a mechanic, but I’d love to learn more about these,” Barrett said. “So I thought I’d ‘go big’ and attend the program here.”
She “encourages her students to try new things, form ideas that challenge them and use collaboration to gain new perspectives.”