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Tippah County Native Amelya Hatch Named Distinguished Scholar by White House at Rust College

Tippah County native and former Ripley standout student athlete Amelya Hatch has been named a STEM scholar by the White House Initiative on HBCU.

Hatch is currently a starter on the Rust College basketball team.

From the release from Rust:

Rust College proudly announces that two of its outstanding students, Annan Quento Odongo and Amelya Hatch, have been selected as distinguished scholars for the 2023 HBCU Scholar Recognition Program by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Annan Quento Odongo, a senior on the path to earning a degree in Computer Science, comes to Rust College from Kenya, East Africa. As a non-traditional student, Odongo brings a unique perspective and dedication to his studies. His presence and commitment enrich the campus community.

Amelya Hatch, a gifted biology major and a formidable student athlete, hails from Ripley, Mississippi. In addition to her academic pursuits, Hatch also serves as the point guard for Rust College’s basketball team. Her remarkable academic prowess, combined with her exceptional skills on the basketball court, exemplifies the spirit of excellence that Rust College cultivates in its students.

These remarkable scholars will be honored at the upcoming HBCU Week Conference, scheduled for September 24-28, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport. This recognition program is a part of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The HBCU Scholar Recognition Program seeks to celebrate and elevate students who embody the core values of scholarship, leadership, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. It is a testament to the commitment of HBCUs and their students to advancing equity and fostering excellence.

Rust College takes immense pride in the achievements of Annan Quento Odongo and Amelya Hatch. Their recognition on a national platform is not only a testament to their individual excellence but also a reflection of Rust College’s commitment to nurturing talent and promoting academic excellence.

As these exceptional scholars are honored at the HBCU Week Conference, Rust College congratulates them and eagerly anticipates the future accomplishments that they will undoubtedly achieve. Their journey inspires all students at Rust College to strive for greatness and make a meaningful impact on the world.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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