Kosciusko native and current Brandon resident Diana Rone Tate is this year's Young Alumna of the Year award winner at Holmes Community College.
Tate, a 2001 Holmes graduate, holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in speech and hearing science and a Master of Audiology from USM. She also attended Hinds, Mississippi College and Belhaven University for her medical school pre-requisites.
She is currently a pediatric resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She served as an audiologist at UMMC and the Ear, Nose and Throat Surgical Group during the 2005-2011 years.
At Holmes, Tate served as president of the Kappa Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and was also the MS/LA Regional Secretary of Phi Theta Kappa. She was a member of the Dazzlers dance team, Choir and Coachmen, Steel Band, Scholar's Bowl, Ambassador and served as a student tutor. Her awards at Holmes included: President's Scholarship, Kelly Gene Cook Scholarship, Dean's List, Miss Holmes CC, Sophomore Homecoming Maid, All-MS Academic Team, Holmes Hall of Fame and valedictorian.
She also received the following awards after leaving Holmes: USM, Dean's List; Hinds CC, Dean's List and Chemistry Award; and UMC, MS Rural Physician Scholar (awarded to students pursuing primary care specialty with a desire to practice in a rural area), The Gold Humanism Honor Society inductee (awarded to medical students demonstrating excellence in professionalism and humanistic attributes) and the Charles Preston Winters Scholarship (awarded to a senior medical student wishing to pursue pediatrics). She received the Frohn Award (Outstanding Pediatric Intern) and Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, both in 2016.
Tate and her husband, Jason, have three children, Rone Thomas, Edie and Max.