Carew Spirit of Excellence Award
2022 Carew Spirit of Excellence Award recipient, Ms. Anika Ravi from Meridian MS.
Dr. Bonnie Carew designed the Rural Medical Scholars Program in 1998 and delivered it successfully until her retirement in 2016 with a strong Spirit of Excellence. The program which is a beacon of innovation for the MSU Extension Service provides an enriching experience for rising high school seniors to take college-level classes on campus at MSU, to shadow rural physicians, to engage in pre-professional development activities, and to attend lecture and lab-based learning experiences at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
As a tribute to her dedication to rural healthcare, excellence in programming, and desire to mentor and lead teens, the Rural Medical Scholars Bonnie Carew Spirit of Excellence Award was instated in 2016 upon her retirement from Mississippi State University.
The scholar chosen for this award is judged on the following attributes: consistent display of compassion, inclusion, kindness, healthy habits, trustworthiness, responsiveness and for being a model Rural Medical Scholar.
This year’s recipient of the Rural Medical Scholars Bonnie Carew Spirit of Excellence Award was Ms. Anika Ravi. She is from Meridian, MS in Lauderdale County and was presented the award at the Celebration of Scholars event on June 16, 2022.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Community improvement starts with a volunteer spirit and a desire to serve as a role model for positive change.
In north Mississippi, plenty of teenagers are ready to step up. They just need to know how to help.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program hosted 69 14- to 18-year-olds April 22 at the Mill Conference Center in Starkville to help some of these future leaders learn not just how to lead, but also how to take care of themselves and help their peers during challenging times.
MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. -- High school juniors can explore health and science careers and get a jump on college during the Rural Medical and Science Scholars program this summer at Mississippi State University. The June 10-29 program is now accepting applications until April 1.
A Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist was recently reelected to the National Board of Public Health Examiners board of directors. Initially elected in 2020, David Buys, Extension health specialist and associate professor in the MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, will now serve a second two-year term.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- The rollout of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline offers more hope to individuals dealing with mental-health-related distress. That population includes farmers and farm workers, who are among those most at risk for suicide and mental health distress.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, male agricultural workers have the fourth highest suicide rate among men in all industries.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- For Nathan Casburn, the land that has been in his family since the early 1900s is now more than simply his workplace.
The Tallahatchie County farm is a place of healing from an opioid addiction that began with pain medication prescribed after he was in a car accident during high school.
Casburn explained in a miniseries titled “On the Farm” that one of the biggest hurdles in his recovery was “saying I can’t do this on my own, and I need help with this.”