Trojan Spirit Award 2020


Melinda Andrus, 2020 Trojan Spirit Award Recipient

“The atmosphere on our campus has always been one of ‘family’ and that includes all of our students.”

Melinda Andrus

In 1978, Melinda Bridgers Andrus took classes and graduated at what was MDJC. In 2020, the former Homecoming Queen, MDJC Beauty and Class Favorite has been named the MDCC Trojan Spirit Award winner. But the years in between for Andrus have been painted with Trojan red and black and overflowing with Trojan Spirit. Nominated by her peers, Andrus was a clear choice for this year’s award as seen from the comments that accompanied their votes.

“Melinda is always ‘fired up’ to speak about and support MDCC. She represents MDCC in all she does. In addition, she is a delight to work with because of her positive attitude and bubbling personality.”

Another voter noted, “She works wholeheartedly to promote all aspects of MDCC
and you can tell by her actions and attitude that she sincerely loves our school.”

The positive comments about Andrus continually extolled her Trojan Spirit.

“She is the definition of school spirit! She loves this school and always supports any and all activities.”

Another added, “She consistently gives of her time and devotes extra effort to recruit students to the college.”

Andrus serves MDCC as a recruiter and also handles the duties of coaching the cheer team.

“Mississippi Delta Community College has always held a very special place in my heart,” Andrus said. “There are so many opportunities available for students who choose MDCC and as a recruiter and coach I can share this information with our district High Schools.”

The cheer team holds a special place for Andrus as she took the position after her sister’s passing.

“My drive and goal for the MDCC Cheerleader Team has been to get them to a collegiate level,” she said. “My sister, (2012 Trojan Spirit Award Winner) Skeetie Griffin, was MDCC’s cheer coach for 19 years. She passed away in 2016 from pancreatic cancer. Her passion was cheerleading and the difference she made in so many girls’ lives is overwhelming. It was her wish for me to steer the MDCC cheerleading team to another level. I always tell my recruits that they are now a part of my ‘mission’ and I hope Skeetie is proud of the program and the direction I have taken with it.”

The Trojan Spirit Award winner understands the value of an MDCC education and works to provide that value to present and future students as well.

“The scholarships alone are incredible and many students are not aware of what they can accomplish and become by attending MDCC,” she said. “The atmosphere on our campus has always been one of ‘family’ and that includes all of our students.”

The Silver City native and now Moorhead resident has roots firmly in MDCC’s hometown as she’s an active member of the First United Methodist Church. Her children, twins Kyle and Kelsey Andrus along with her three grandchildren, Kam Andrus (11), Gray Andrus (5 months) and Ali Kyle Copeland (3) keep her busy when off campus as well as her three dogs – Huck, Finn and Murphy. As her time allows, you’ll often find her on area lakes and bayous in her kayak or keeping her eyes to the Delta ground hunting Indian artifacts. She also finds time to help with area animal rescues.

Her educational background includes graduating from Humphreys Academy then attaining a Medical Technology degree from MDJC and Delta State University. She initially worked in the medical field before joining the staff at Indianola Academy as Director of Development / Administrative Assistant and varsity cheer coach. But her true home was on the MDCC campus.

“It’s just a really great place to be whether as a faculty member, staff member or student,” she said.

Melinda Bridgers Andrus, MDCC’s Trojan Spirit Award Winner for 2020. 

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