March 7, 2009
A rose to retired banker Bobby Harper for being honored with the Exchange Club''s 36th Book of Golden Deeds Award, an "honoring and humbling" experience, he said.
"I was just very honored that they would select me to receive this award," Harper, former Cadence Bank regional president, said.
The award is the Exchange Club''s highest honor, bestowed only upon those displaying a lifetime of community service.
"You definitely have to have a pretty daunting list of volunteer and community service projects on your resume (to receive the award)," noted Exchange Club President Elton Thomas.
Over the years, the affable Harper has been tireless in his efforts to keep Columbus Air Force Base open and in his service on the boards of directors for the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, Columbus Main Street and many others.
We all could take a page from Harper''s Book of Golden Deeds. Congrats, Bobby, and a big thank you for all you''ve done for the community. You''ve make a difference.
A rose to Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science student Alex Qiong Wang, for winning the Siemen''s Award for Advanced Placement.
Wang, son of Robert Rossie and Julie Zhu, is originally from China, but moved to Clinton in 2004, where he attended school for three years until coming to MSMS last year.
He earned the award after achieving perfect scores on science and math advanced placement tests. About 100 Siemen''s Awards, along with a $2,000 scholarship, are given each year.
Wang, a senior, already has been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The California Institute of Technology and Mississippi State University.
And Wang''s interests stretch far beyond math and science; he plays chess and the clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, harmonica and piano.