Roses and thorns: Cory Lucius laughs with Briana Williams during an activity sponsored by Leadership Group at Columbus Middle School Wednesday morning. The activity exposed students to the financial ups and downs of life. Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff
January 1, 1900
A rose to the "elite" Mississippi State Women's Basketball team, whose memorable season achieved a big milestone Friday. MSU defeated Washington, 75-64, Friday in The Oklahoma City Regional to advance to the "Elite Eight" as one of the final eight teams left in the NCAA Women's Tournament.
Tonight at 6:30, the Bulldogs (32-4) meet Baylor (33-3) in the regional championship game. The winner advances to the Final Four in Dallas. State, which has already set a record for wins in a season, has reached the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row and the fourth time in its history, but not until Friday had the Bulldogs managed to get this far.
A win tonight would be the second trip to the Final Four for an MSU basketball team. The Bulldogs' men team achieved that feat in 1996. Go Dogs!
A rose to Golden Triangle Leadership, which as part of its program, exposed students to the "Game of Life" Wednesday at Columbus Middle School. The game assigned students a job, housing, salary, education level and family size. Students then decided how to spend their money at stations that represented health care, a car dealership, the grocery store, college/career, housing and utilities.
Two hundred fifty students -- divided into three groups -- participated. The game also showed students how their earnings, lifestyle (number of kids, housing, etc), unexpected events and other factors shape their futures.
The idea of exposing students to such concepts is to be applauded. Choices have consequences and while these kids may not face the kind of choices they were exposed to in the game, it's never to early to begin learning about life's realities.
A rose to the men and women of the Columbus Police Department for the service they provide our community. While much attention has been paid to the rash of violent crimes that have occurred over the past few months, the sense of fear and frustration by citizens is almost palpable. In these circumstances, our police sometimes suffer the fall-out from those tensions, but every community-minded citizen understands that our police are our best weapon in this fight against those who would terrorize our neighborhoods.
It's tough work under tough circumstances and while it is true that our police department is under-staffed, shame on us if it is under-appreciated.
A rose to all those who were busy spiffing up our downtown last week in anticipation of the annual Columbus Pilgrimage, which begins this weekend. From the city's public works employees, to downtown business owners to home-owners to our "busy bees" of the Master Gardeners club, the efforts remind us that our downtown area and the adjoining neighborhoods are real treasures.
We're looking good, don't you think?
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