University of Southern Mississippi student Wilton Jackson received a special surprise recently with a resolution from the Mississippi House of Representatives honoring his scholastic achievements and internship as a USA Today correspondent.
District 69 Rep. Alyce Clark sponsored the initiative that led to House Resolution No. 57 in Jackson’s honor. A junior broadcast journalism major, Jackson is a member of the Southern Miss Honors College and the recipient of the 2014 Most Outstanding Male Student Eagle Award.
The resolution reads in part: “WHEREAS, it is the policy of the Mississippi House of Representatives to recognize a young and bright Mississippian such as Mr. Jackson, whose achievements not only bring great honor to the USM community but to this great state as a whole:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF 70 REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby congratulate Mr. Wilton Charles Jackson, II, upon his participation in one of the nation's premier journalism opportunities as a USA Today Collegiate Correspondent, and wish him continued success in all of his future endeavors.”
“I am grateful and truly honored for someone, let alone a member of the House of Representatives, to think of me in terms of writing a resolution on my behalf,” said Jackson. “When I first heard about the idea I immediately thought to myself and assumed resolutions are only written for the most distinguished individuals or those who have passed away.”
The Jackson, Miss., native was one of only 20 students nationwide selected for the USA Today Collegiate Correspondent Program which ran from Jan. 13 – May 9. During that time he wrote 14 articles that were published by the national newspaper.
“Writing for USA Today was truly rewarding and fun, but challenging. I knew before I started that it would not be easy, and it was not,” said Jackson. “Not only did this internship help me in terms of my writing, it also helped in terms of preparing me for the media industry and the competitive nature that resides in the field of journalism.”
Jackson’s busy spring includes participation in the 2014 Undergraduate Leadership Institute on behalf of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Sponsored by General Electric (GE), the eight-day leadership conference is highly selective, with only 100 undergraduate members chosen from across the country who possess exemplary leadership skills within the community, at the university and in the fraternity. The conference took place in Cincinnati, Ohio from May 31 to June 7.
To view the House resolution honoring Jackson in its entirety visit: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2014/pdf/HR/HR0057PS.pdf