Nearly two dozen Mississippi State seniors are new members of the university's prestigious Society of Scholars in the Arts and Sciences.
At the conclusion of each fall and spring semesters, the limited-membership organization recognizes the most outstanding upper-level undergraduate students in all majors.
Persons selected for the rigorous screening process must have demonstrated a sound foundation in languages, mathematics, science, oral and written communication, humanities, and social sciences.
In addition to Mississippi, the 22 members of the 2012 fall scholars' class represent the states of Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee. They include (by hometown):
BRANDON--Anne Elizabeth Robinson, a psychology major and the daughter of Bob and Jan Robinson.
CLEVELAND--Robbie G. Henry, a history major and the daughter of John and Ruth Henry.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn.--Anthony J. Favaloro, a double-major in aerospace engineering and mathematics, and the son of Ronald and Deborah Favaloro.
GERMANTOWN, Tenn.--Catherine A. Waddell, an accounting major and the daughter of Michael and Anne Waddell.
GULFPORT--Kara M. Massie, a psychology major and the daughter of Allan and Debbie Massie.
INDIAN SPRINGS, Ala.--Zehra N. Syed, a double-major in biological sciences/pre-medicine and business administration, and the daughter of Shahid and Lisa Syed.
LELAND--Jessica S. Ford, a psychology major. [Parent names not given.]
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Ryan B. Hoke, a geosciences/professional meteorology major and the son of Kenneth and Linda Hoke .
MARIETTA--Avery N. McNeese, an anthropology major and the daughter of Lisa McNeese of Marietta and Jesse McNeese of Tupelo.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Rachel M. Drummond, an educational psychology major and the daughter of Arthur and Terry Drummond ; and Matthew T. Reed, a biomedical engineering major and the son of Kevin and Linda Reed .
NOXAPATER--Mary Margaret Kirk, a psychology major and the daughter of Bruce and Linda Kirk.
OCEAN SPRINGS--Megan L. McKeown, a double-major in communication/broadcasting and political science, and the daughter of Kenneth and Julie McKeown.
RIPLEY--Lee G. Barkley, an international business (business administration and Spanish) major and the son of Maria Barkley of Ripley and Gregory Barkley of Holly Springs.
ST. JOHNS, Fla.--Sara H. Vance, a political science/pre-law major and the daughter of Arie and Susanna Vance .
STARKVILLE--Maureen R. Hughes, an accounting major and the daughter of Ben and Lorraine Hughes; Gal Shemi, an international business (business administration and Spanish) major and the daughter of Haim and Michal Shemi; Sarah K. Webb, a clinical exercise physiology major and the daughter of Joe and Deree Webb; and Matthew W. West, a political science major and the son of James and Peggy West.
TUPELO--Elisa Canali, an international business (business administration and Spanish) major and the daughter of Sergio and Simona Canali.
VICKSBURG--Rachel C. Clarke, a psychology major and the daughter of Douglas and Joan Clarke.
WESSON--Whitney L. Knight, an English education major and the daughter of Phillip and Lea Ann Knight.