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MSU alumni chapter to host Bulldog Blast

September 22, 2012

For Starkville Daily News

Over 250 MSU alumni and friends are expected to take part in the 19th Annual Oktibbeha County MSU Alumni Association’s Bulldog Blast scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29.

“Bulldog Blast is our biggest fundraiser of the year, which helps fund scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Oktibbeha County attending Mississippi State,” said Alumni Chapter President Donna Rupp. “Just within the last five years, we have awarded over $60,000 in scholarships.”

Activities for Bulldog Blast include a four-Person Golf Scramble and a Southern buffet dinner and raffle. The golf tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. at Starkville Country Club. Spots are still available and teams can register by contacting Jason Ryder at 312-6800 or at

Following the golf tournament on Saturday, a delicious southern buffet dinner will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Starkville Country Club. Dinner will feature fresh catfish, shrimp, chicken, several sides and dessert. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 10 and will be available at the door.

“Following dinner, we will hold a raffle for an array of items such as MSU memorabilia, home accents, gift certificates, autographed items, children’s toys, tailgating supplies, and much more,” said Rupp. “This event is sure to please every bulldog in your family.”

Because of the fundraising efforts from last year, the Oktibbeha Chapter was able to award 12, $1,000 scholarships. Scholarships recipients for the 2012-2013 school year were: Aaron Brownlee, West Oktibbeha County High School; John Buffington, Starkville High School; Meredith Pearson, home school; Deanna Thead, home school; Ashley Albritton, Starkville High School; Megan Carpenter, Starkville High School; Catherine Everett, Starkville High School; Garrett Hunt, Starkville High School; Kenneth Coats, Starkville Academy; and Ryan Lawrence, Starkville Christian School.

The Oktibbeha County Chapter’s two endowed scholarships were presented to Bailey Clark, a graduate of Starkville Academy and Morgan Buntin, a graduate of Starkville High School. Clark received the John and Gloria Correro Scholarship and Buntin the Oktibbeha County 100 Scholarship.

“We are extremely fortunate to live in a community where local businesses and individuals give their time and money to help local students,” said Rupp. “All our scholarship recipients are outstanding students who will be great ambassadors for our university now and in the future.”

For complete details about Bulldog Blast weekend, visit or contact Donna Rupp at 617-5730.

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