Northwest Mississippi Community College recently announced its 2017 HEADWAE honorees. The HEADWAE student is sophomore Joshua Douglas Bell, who attended Northwest on the Senatobia campus, and the HEADWAE faculty member is Tommy Watson, civil engineering technology instructor on the Senatobia campus.
HEADWAE stands for “Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence.” The award was established by Mississippi Legislative Resolution No.88 in 1987 to annually honor academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. Bell and Watson were honored at the 30th annual HEADWAE program in Jackson on Feb. 21.
Bell studied computer programming at Northwest. He is from Walls and attended Horn Lake High School. He has been honored on both the dean’s and president’s lists. He hopes to obtain an entry-level position at a company with room for growth, and enhance his professional skills in a dynamic and stable workplace. He is married to Rebecca Bell.
Greenwood native Tommy Watson is in his 10th year as an instructor at Northwest. Watson received his Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Northwest and his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Union University. He graduated from the U.S. Army Advanced Non-commissioned Officers Academy in 1995.
His honors include being top graduate of the Green Beret Engineer course and receiving a U.S. Army Combat patch and the U.S. Army Bronze Star. Recently, Watson was named Senatobia Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Month.
He and his wife Vicki live in Batesville and are the parents of Maegen Gentry and Drew and Joseph Watson.
For more information about Northwest, call 662-562-3200 or visit www.northwestms.edu.
Pictured: Northwest Mississippi Community College’s 2017 HEADWAE teacher Tommy Watson, civil engineering technology instructor and student Joshua Douglas Bell, computer programming graduate, were honored on Feb. 21 in Jackson. Pictured (l-r) are Richie Lawson, vice president for Education; Tommy Watson, Vicki Watson, Rebecca Bell and Joshua Bell. HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence) was established by Mississippi Legislative Resolution No. 88 in 1987 to annually honor academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. (Photo by Mary Margaret Busby, Holmes Community College)