News by Mary Margaret Busby August 19, 2022
Nikki Merchant Boutwell has been named Holmes Community College’s new Goodman Campus recruiting specialist. At Holmes, she will supervise the Ambassador student recruiters, instruct a Leadership & Communication Skills class and serve as a liaison between business and industry leaders, recruiters and university admissions counselors.
Boutwell returns to her alma mater after working as a marketing support specialist for Morgan White Group in Ridgeland. A 2017 Holmes graduate, she was a Hall of Fame inductee, an Ambassador, a President’s List scholar, Freshman Homecoming Maid and Student Body Maid. She was also a member of Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Baptist Student Union, the Spirit Team, Chorale and the Holmes Connection! show choir. She received the Foreign Language Award and the Ambassador Award, as well.
Following graduation from Holmes, she transferred to Mississippi College where she majored in public relations and graduated cum laude in 2019 as a Dean’s List scholar. While at Mississippi College, she was active on campus as part of Phi Theta Kappa, Laguna Social Tribe and Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM). She gained experience as an intern for Mississippi Magazine and as a manager for Once Upon a Dress, as well.
Before coming on to the staff full-time, Boutwell returned to Holmes, both in 2019 and 2022, to serve as emcee for Holmes’ Parade of Beauty pageant. In 2019 she emceed as the reigning Miss Catfish, which is a scholarship pageant for young women that allows them to be a representative for the U.S. farm-raised catfish industry. Additionally, she is active in the community and has participated in a number of community service activities including, but not limited to: Crown Club Chairman for Junior Auxiliary of Yazoo City, Chairman of Fundraising and Events for Echelon – JXN, Arlington mission trip volunteer, Vacation Bible School leader and reading fair judge. She has also volunteered with Horses for Handicapped, toy drives for Blair E. Batson, a food drive for KARA and as a B.A.R.K. volunteer.
Boutwell resides in the smallest town in Mississippi, Satartia, with her husband, Trent and springer spaniel puppy, Ellie.