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Catch up on last week’s cartoons from The Clarion-Ledger’s editorial cartoonist/mad genius, Marshall Ramsey.
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Nationally syndicated cartoonist and talk show host Marshall Ramsey received the 2018 Mississippi Excellence in Education Friend of Education Award.

Ramsey was honored on March 2, during the Mississippi Association of Educators’ inaugural awards ceremony held at the Jackson Convention Center. 

MAE officers Christopher Stevens and Erica Webber Jones offered the following in commending Ramsey for his dedication to public education:

“Most everyone in this room will recognize and applaud the recipient of the Friend of Education Award.  Besides his outspoken enthusiasm as a public school advocate, Marshall Ramsey is a two-time Pulitzer Finalist (2002 and 2006). His editorial cartoons are nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate and have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The Clarion-Ledger. He is the author of several successful books including three cartoon collections, two short story collections (Fried Chicken and Wine, and Chainsaws and Casseroles) and the delightful children’s book Banjo’s Dream. Ramsey’s cartoons, photos, stories and posts are frequently shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.   

“He’s also the host of the weekly statewide radio program, Now You’re Talking with Marshall Ramsey and the television program Conversations on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.   Ramsey’s also a cancer survivor, having been honored by both the Melanoma Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society for paying his survival forward. He actively promotes skin cancer awareness and sun safety through cartoons, speeches, skin screenings and a 5K race. He even ran the Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds for melanoma research.  We are proud and honored to present this award to one of Mississippi’s most well-known and cherished public school advocates.”

The inaugural event gathered over 300 educators, education supporters, family and friends to celebrate the achievements of award winners.

“It was our honor to recognize a number of Mississippians who have dedicated their lives and careers to making sure our students have every opportunity to succeed to their highest potential,” Joyce Helmick, MAE President, said. “We wanted to make sure that the atmosphere of the evening was befitting their status, so we created a formal event to showcase their achievements.”

Other individuals recognized were Lisa Shaw, Excellence in Education Middle School Teacher Award; Jennifer Bourbonais, Excellence in Education Elementary School Teacher Award; Heather Ferrell, Excellence in Education High School Teacher Award, New Albany High School; Colbry Lathan, Excellence in Education, Education Support Professional (ESP) Award, Okolona High School; Jessica Branning, Excellence in Education Teaching Inspiration Award, Union Middle School; Vickie McAnally, Excellence in Education Teaching Inspiration Award, Rankin Elementary School; Woodrow Price III, Excellence in Education President’s Award; and Dr. Pamela Brace, Excellence in Education Higher Education award, Mississippi State University.

More: Marshall Ramsey: The Bachelor — U.S. Senate Edition: March 8, 2018

 

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