Mikayla Shelton of Bruce was awarded the 2018 Hugh K. Hart Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 by the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operators’ Association. MWPCOA President Anthony Hall presented Mikayla with this award on April 19 at the Association’s 48th Annual Conference in Biloxi. Leah is the daughter of Chris and Sandi Shelton; Chris is a water operator for Mt. Comfort Water Association.

Mikayla has received numerous academic awards in high school, including the 2016 Congressional Bronze/Silver Medalist, 2017 Senior 4-Her of the Year, and 2017 NEMCC
President’s Scholar. She is active in FCA, Junior Cattlemen’s Association, Calhoun County 4H, and serves as the MS 4-H State Council Secretary. She enjoys raising and
showing livestock and singing. Upon receiving the scholarship, Mikayla said, “It is a tremendous honor and humbling to be recognized by this great organization.”

Mikayla will graduate from Bruce High School in May with a 4.0 GPA, and is also currently attending Northeast Mississippi Community College. She plans to graduate from NEMCC in May 2019, and attend Mississippi State University to pursue degrees in Agricultural Science. She would like to work for MSU as an Extension Agent or Specialist.

Photo: (L to R) MWPCOA President Anthony Hall and Hugh K. Hart Scholarship recipient Mikayla Shelton from Bruce, MS.