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Mississippi Honors First African-American Woman To Receive Rhodes Scholarship

Mississippi Honors First African-American Woman to Receive Rhodes Scholarship
BY KELLY HAWKINS | SUN HERALD
IMAGE CREDIT: COURTESY MEGHAN F. ANNISON

Ericka Wheeler, a Mississippi native and 2012 graduate of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, was named the first African-American woman in Mississippi to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, and on April 20, the Mississippi House of Representatives even stepped up to honor her accomplishments.

According to the Rhodes Scholarship’s website, “The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world,” and “Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.”

This week, the Mississippi House of Representatives commended Ericka’s historical achievement during a ceremony with House Concurrent Resolution 122.

As a fellow MSMS graduate, I wish I could express the pride that I — and the rest of the MSMS community — feel about Ericka’s outstanding academic career thus far. I graduated six years before her, so I don’t know Ericka personally, but this particular community is strong, supportive and excited to sincerely celebrate our fellow graduates and their big moments.

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MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL FOR MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE
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