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The Mineral Area College Board of Trustees met on Thursday morning, announcing graduations and recognizing students.

To kick off the meeting, Scott Sikes administered the oath of office to Camille Nations, Stuart “Mit” Landrum, Jr., and Alan Wells who were unopposed in the April 2 election for the MAC Board of Trustees.

Graduation dates were announced. 

The Mineral Area College commencement ceremony will be held on May 11. At this time, the college has 357 students on track to graduate. Central Methodist University's commencement will be held on May 18.

Dr. Diana Stuart announced that Mineral Area College has surpassed other schools because of their pathways in mathematics. A film crew from Hubbard Broadcasting will be on campus on April 25 to interview students.

The campus has been busy with several events, including the job fair that was held Thursday. 

The Elementary Math Contest was held on Jan. 26 with 10 area schools participating. Students were in grades 4-6. Out of 137 students, 60 of them qualified for regional competition at Southeast Missouri State University.

The Mineral Area College 36th Annual Science Fair was held on April 5. Four schools, including 60 students competed. Out of those students all 60 qualified to move on to regionals.

Seven local schools participated in the Word Fest on March 22. Word Fest is a high school writing competition. The English department received 130 submissions and six local juniors were awarded $1,500 in scholarships.

On April 1-5, the Fifth Annual Mineral Area College Scholastic Book Fair was held in the C.H. Cozean Library. The event was organized by early childhood education and teacher preparation program students. The committee was guided by a team of faculty mentors including Jennifer Sikes, Dr. Shawn Young, Melissa Hopkins, Ellen Miller, and Pam Jaycox. This year’s book fair raised $3,200 for the committee, which is used for various charitable purposes in providing books to organizations. Last year’s fair bought all new books for a preschool that was destroyed in the Perryville tornado.

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Matt McFarland is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616, or at mmcfarland@dailyjournalonline.com.

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