Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.More >>
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday, injuring at least 18, including two children and five police officers, authorities said. The attacker was later identified as a...More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- When you meet Marie Holowach, it is quite apparent that she is a highly intelligent and dedicated Southern Miss junior studying Speech Pathology.
"I would like to be a Clinician, I would really like to focus on autism, I would also like to work in schools to help make schools and the entire education system more supportive towards autistic students."
Marie has a 4.0 GPA, she's a Presidential Scholar, a National Merit finalist and she just learned she is the second student ever at Southern Miss to be awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship, which gives her $30,000 for graduate school and leadership training.
Robyn Curtis, with the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships at Southern Miss worked with Marie on the application process for the Scholarship.
"She worked harder than any other student that I have had in 30 years, she also had a compelling story to tell. I think they saw that she had a true personal commitment to seeing through the outreach that motivates her and not everybody has that."
Marie knows first hand, how important it is for teachers and peers to not only support kids with autism but to understand what it is. She was diagnosed at fourteen with Asperger Syndrome, a form of Autism which impairs social and academic development.
Marie said when she was younger, "I had a lot of trouble in social situations, I encountered a lot of bullying especially in middle school. That compounded with some of the anxiety disorder that comes along with Asperger's, made it extremely difficult to function in a main stream school setting."
With some home schooling, therapy and medicine Marie acquired the tools she needed to be as successful as she is today.
"I guess it's sort of like, I was born speaking a different language from other people. It's like you have the autistic language and the neuro-typical language and I had to learn everybody else's language. Now I speak fluently, but sometimes I still speak with an accent."
An accent which she plans to use in the near future, to help the 1 out every 100 kids like her, who live with autism.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
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First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
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