MHS Earns Recognition for Arts Education

The Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education has bestowed an arts education award on Meridian High School.

L to R front: Jennifer Davis, Penny McLemore, Elizabeth Fisher, Rob Larocco. Back: Bob Meng, Marsha Iverson, Elizabeth Hines, Steve Westbrook, Antonio Altman. (Photo courtesy: Meridian Public Schools)

Meridian, Miss. A local high school has been chosen to receive an award for its visual and performing arts program.

The Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education has designated Meridian High School to receive the 2014 Schools of Excellence High School Award for their small learning community in visual and performing arts.

The MAAE Award recognizes schools or school districts that make the arts an essential part of education.

"What we try to do in the small learning community is incorporate all of that into the student's core curriculum and prepare them for the world afterwards, the working world," said visual arts chair, Marsha Iverson. "Creating critical thinkers. Creating those that can work in any career and bring their arts background into it."

The award will be presented at the Whole Schools Institute at the MSU Riley Center July 16.

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