April 25, 2019  

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DuBard School Recognizes Community Members at Speakeasy Event

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Maureen Martin, DuBard School director, presents Derrick Autmon with the DuBard School Special Service award. (Submitted photo)

At the recent DuBard School Speakeasy, the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards to four members of the community who have made a positive impact on the organization throughout the years.

DuBard School relies extensively on the generosity and support of individuals and organizations within our community. The DuBard School awards were developed in 2014 as a way to recognize and thank those who have made a positive impact on the DuBard School and its students.

Four awards were presented at the DuBard School Speakeasy this year: DuBard School for Language Disorders Special Service Award, University Friend of the Year, Community Friend of the Year and Award of Distinction. The recipients were as follows:

DuBard School Special Service Award – Derrick Autmon, Case Manager in the Office of Exceptional Children and Health Services at Hattiesburg Public Schools

Mr. Autmon has served the children of Hattiesburg Public Schools for 17 years and has worked closely with DuBard School for students placed there. His dedication is apparent as he works with parents and their children to promote success both inside and outside of the classroom. If a student missed the bus, Mr. Autmon found a way to get him to school. If adequate food was an issue, Mr. Autmon was involved with solving the problem. His love and generosity toward all children are apparent through his actions. He and his wife Deborah Martin have been faithful friends to children and to DuBard School for many years.

DuBard School University Friend of the Year – Dr. Mandi Schlegel, Assistant Professor in the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Mandi Schlegel has generously given her time and talents to teaching music to the children at DuBard School for the past few years. Through a partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, “Dr. Mandi” has helped to provided fun and educational classes for DuBard School children with enthusiasm and love. Thanks to Dr. Schlegel’s enduring support, the music program has become a beloved tradition at DuBard School and something the students look forward to each year.

DuBard School Community Friend of the Year – Camille Soulier, Instructor in the Health and Science Department at Pearl River Community College (PRCC); Head Coach of PRCC men’s and women’s tennis teams

Ms. Soulier has brought her impressive tennis skills and love of coaching to DuBard School children for 13 years. Each the summer, Camille patiently teaches DuBard School students basic tennis skills. Always encouraging, Camille invites her own students to participate in the workshops, leading some of them to have an interest in speech-language pathology as a career path. Camille is in an upbeat, inclusive teacher and her love of the game and of children is evident in all she does.

DuBard School Award of Distinction – Lampton O’Neal Williams, Jr., Attorney at Williams, Williams & Montgomery, P.A.

Neal Williams has had a tremendous influence in ensuring DuBard School’s success and growth throughout the years. His first connection to the school was as a father, when his son Trey Williams began attending DuBard School in 1983. Neal quickly became an advocate for the school and not only organized the Advisory Board, but also served as the first Chair. The Advisory Board has now been in operation for 25 years. Neal has continued to support DuBard School in various capacities and remains committed to educating others about the offerings at the school. Thanks to his efforts, DuBard School has thrived, allowing many students and professionals to receive invaluable services and education.