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Holmes alumna Briana Hearn receives top honor at Ole Miss

Holmes alumna Briana Hearn receives top honor at Ole Miss

Holmes Community College alumna Briana Hearn was among more than 70 University of Mississippi students to receive a Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial Medal, the university's highest academic award. To qualify, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.86. The students were recognized during the annual Honors Day Convocation held in April.

The daughter of Jewel Hearn of Madison, Hearn graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Ole Miss on May 12. As a student, she was a member of the UM Pride Network, Rebels Against Sexual Assault and the UM Chapter of the Feminist Majority Foundation. She was also named to the Chancellor's Honor Roll.

Prior to Ole Miss, Hearn earned an Associate of Arts degree from Holmes in 2015. As a student on the Ridgeland Campus, she was an English major and member of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. She also received the English Composition Award during the Holmes Honor's Program.

"I remember Briana well," said Holmes English instructor Mary Brantley. "She was an excellent, quiet, but thoughtful young lady and we are so proud of her."

Now that Hearn has graduated, her plans are to finish her first poetry collection and apply to an MFA program in creative writing.


IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured is Holmes Community College English instructor Dr. Andrew Kelly presenting the English Composition Award to Briana Hearn when she was a Holmes student in 2015. Hearn graduated from the University of Mississippi on May 12 and received the university's highest academic award, the Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial Medal.

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