Angela Jones Miles, a mathematics instructor, and Britton English Grace, a civil engineering major, have been named Holmes Community College's honorees for the 2020 Legislature's HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence) program. Miles is an instructor and Grace is a sophomore on the Goodman Campus of Holmes.
Miles, who has worked at Holmes for 14 years, holds an associate degree from Jones College, a bachelor's in mathematics from Delta State University and a master's in mathematics education from Mississippi State University. She is a National Board Certified teacher in mathematics and a member of the Mississippi Collegiate Mathematical Association. Previously, Miles received the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa Sally Wilson Distinguished Educator Award and was named a 2010 Holmes Lamplighter recipient.
"Angela deserves this award for her countless hours of dedication to her students," said Goodman Academic Coordinator Wendy Grace. "She is always concerned for their well-being and will go out of her way to make sure they understand and excel in her classes.
"She is also always willing to serve on numerous committees and pitch in to help with whatever is needed. There is not a week that goes by that Angela does not call me to see if I need help doing anything. She is tremendous behind-the-scenes support system for me. From a mother's standpoint, I can tell you first hand that she is an excellent instructor who has a way of making sure her students know her difficult subject areas and are very well prepared to move on to the next level at the university."
Outside of Holmes, Miles is an active member of Williamsville Baptist Church's Love-Out-Loud Ministry and enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband Scott have three children, Whitney, Jeffery and Anna, and two grandchildren, Powell and Collins.
A graduate of Kosciusko High School, Grace is the son of Wendy and Bill Grace. He is a student-leader who stays busy as a Holmes Plus Scholar, an Ambassador, a Baptist Student Union Lead Team member and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He also a manager for the Bulldogs softball team, a math lab tutor and a work-study student for both the Athletics Department and Academic Programs. He escorted the 2019 Homecoming Queen Lily Kate Saxton, and served as a Parade of Beauties escort as well.
"Britt is one of the best students in my class, both in engineering mechanics and engineering physics," said Durga Siwakoti, physics and engineering instructor. "He is curious, hard-working and most importantly, diligent in his work We have had several discussions in and out of the classrooms on the topics related to course content or academia and I have enjoyed every bit of those conversations with him. He is a good listener, but does not hesitate to ask questions if he thinks something is missing in the discussion. It is a dream of a teachers to have students like Britt in his class. I wish him a very bright future ahead."
Grace is also a Board of Trustees ACT scholarship recipient, a President's Scholar, a Scholar-Athlete and has a perfect 4.0 GPA.
"Britt has had and continues to maintain an excellent overall average in both Calculus II and III," Miles said. "He has also demonstrated some leadership qualities such as being a diligent and prepared student. In his responses, Britt is usually direct, accurate and to the point. He pays attention and strives to perform well in class. I am confident in saying that he deserves this recognition. Even though he is involved with many campus activities, he is a great representative for the Holmes Plus program. He is a wonderful student with a positive attitude."
Upon graduation from Holmes, Grace plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. His career goal is to design and build structures to help improve infrastructure within the state of Mississippi.HEADWAE, which is supported by the corporate community and coordinated by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, was established in 1988 by the Mississippi Legislature to recognize outstanding students and faculty in Mississippi's colleges and universities. The honorees will be will be recognized at the 33rd Annual (HEADWAE) program at the Jackson Marriott Hotel in February of 2020. The program will begin at the State Capitol with the Awards Luncheon following.
For more information about HEADWAE, visit: http://www.mississippi.edu/headwae/.