The National Weather Association announced Thursday afternoon that the East Mississippi Chapter has been awarded the Local Chapter Award for the 2018-2019 academic year.
This marks the second year in a row the East Mississippi Chapter of the NWA and AMS has been recognized by a national organization. The Chapter accepted the Student Chapter of the Year Award from the AMS in January 2019 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The National Weather Association awarded the chapter for providing unique opportunities to career growth and improving the connection between chapter members with the local community and national organizations.
The officers for the year awarded were
Alex Forbes, current President said, "I have been involved in the NWA since my high school years and the organization has already had a tremendous impact on my future career. It is an honor to be recognized for the work our entire team did as a whole. This award belongs to everyone who made last year as successful as it was."
Forbes is serving as President and has held the roles of secretary from 2018-2019, and Symposium Chair from 2017-2018. He is a junior at Mississippi State from Alpharetta, GA.
Lauren Pounds, former President said, “Our goal for the East Mississippi Chapter of the AMS and NWA was to make known the opportunities available, as well as provide our members with the means needed to go after challenging, but rewarding opportunities. The reward of the chapter’s efforts are chapter members shining through during summer internships, graduate school, and new jobs, and we are humbled to receive national NWA recognition.”
Pounds served as President between 2018-2019, and as secretary from 2017-2018. She graduated with a B.S. in Geosciences in 2019 from Mississippi State University and is currently in Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma.
Student representatives will accept the award from the National Weather Association at their annual meeting located in Huntsville, on September 11, 2019.