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Mississippi College Hosts Capital Area Student Council

Hundreds of junior and senior high students are coming to Mississippi College for a series of programs on the Clinton campus to enhance their leadership skills.

Dolphus Weary, president of the Jackson-based Mission Mississippi, is the keynote speaker for the junior high leaders Wednesday Nov. 12. The group promotes racial reconciliation and unity in the body of Christ across denominational lines. Weary is also an author and member of a number of national and local boards, including the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi.

On Thursday Nov. 13, the Capital Area Student Council Workshop will feature a welcome by President Lee Royce and a performance by the MC Choctaw Cheerleaders. Speakers include Karen Lindsey-Lloyd, director of Career Services at the Baptist-affiliated university and Shari Barnes, director of MC's Community Service Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

As Career Services director, Lloyd helps students and alumni refine their resumes and improve their interviewing skills. She assists in their search for meaningful careers. The University of Wisconsin graduate brings more than 15 years of corporate communications, media relations and marketing experience to her MC role.

During her keynote address, the Clinton resident will discuss the importance of honesty, integrity, compassion and courage when taking on leadership roles. Lloyd also serves as a motivational speaker, is a specialist in strategic planning and a leadership consultant.

Others to address the students include: Gayle Ladner Bentz, executive director of the Mississippi Association of Student Councils and Sherman E. Jackson, the group's associate executive director.

MC student leaders will share their experiences with the high school and junior high students from the Central Mississippi area and nearby regions such as the Delta. Students from schools in neighboring Louisiana are also expected to attend. Students from public and private schools are participating in the workshops, said Ken Gilliam, director of MC's Office of Continuing Education.