Northwest Mississippi Community College would like to announce that student Madison Triplett and English Instructor Lance Mejia have been named William Winter Scholars.
Each year, Humanities students and faculty members from Mississippi’s higher education institutions are recognized as William Winter Scholars at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration (NLCC). This year, Triplett, of Coldwater, and Mejia, of Memphis, were selected to be honored at the 31st Annual NLCC on Feb. 28.
“I was shocked, honestly,” Triplett said. “I didn’t even realize it was a possibility, and I was so honored.”
Triplett is the daughter of Jeff and Laura Triplett. She is a sophomore studying communicative disorders.
“My classes at Northwest have been really good, and I’ve had some excellent teachers,” Triplett said.
Mejia has been an instructor at Northwest since 2013, and has taught full time since 2016. With Northwest as the 20th college for which Mejia has been an instructor, he has no shortage of experience as an educator. Still, this honor was not one he expected.
“I was thrilled and very much taken aback when I heard about it,” he said.
A Houston native, Mejia earned bachelor’s degrees in both literature and communications from the University of Houston. He received his master’s degree in rhetoric and composition from California State University at Dominguez Hills.
“The thing I love most about teaching is connecting with young people in ways that make a positive difference in their futures,” he said.
Mejia and his wife Anne have two children, Teddy and Madeleine.