Kalil and Moorer named William Winter Scholars

Goodman Campus student Christopher Kalil and Goodman English Instructor William C. "Chad" Moorer recently were recognized as William Winter Scholars during the 29th Annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration.

The celebration was sponsored by Copiah-Lincoln Community College and held at the Natchez Convention Center in late February. Kalil was the student William Winter Scholar while Moorer was the faculty William Winter Scholar.

Kalil, son of Lewis and Laura Kalil, grew up in the Mississippi Delta. As a child he attended a small, private, elementary school. It was there that he fell in love with reading and writing. As a teenager, he attended Manchester Academy where a passion for literature was instilled in him by a group of excellent English teachers. He is now in his final semester at Holmes Community College on the Goodman Campus.

He has placed multiple times in the Goodman Campus' creative writing contest in the categories of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction and is an English major. After graduating from Holmes, he plans on attending Delta State University as an English Major with an emphasis in creative writing. His long term goal is to obtain his doctorate so that he can study and teach literature at the highest level possible. He hopes to one day write at the same quality as the works he so loves to study.

Moorer is in his sixth year as an English Instructor at the Goodman Campus and was named the Sally Wilson Distinguished Educator in 2017. He currently teaches the Developmental English, Composition, and Creative Writing classes and serves as the Director of the Goodman Writing Center. Prior to teaching full-time at Holmes, Moorer was an adjunct instructor at Hinds Community College and Holmes.

He is a State Board member and Past President of the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association and Holmes' representation to the Executive Council of the Two-Year College English Association of Mississippi. He also organizes and judges the Goodman Campus Creative Writing Contest.

Moorer received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and his Bachelor's in English: Writing from Rhodes College.