The Mississippi Center for Public Policy has hired Ava Grace Coley and Edward Wilson Jr. as its interns for the summer.
Ava Grace Coley, a native of Richland, Mississippi, will help the Mississippi Center for Public Policy this summer with data collection and direct mail, as well as aid in the production of audio and visual output.
This fall, Coley will be going into her junior year at the Magnolia Homeschool Program. In 2021, she participated in two formal debates and in 2020 participated in a mock trial.
Coley would like to help make the case for changes to improve the education system. She believes deeply in the need for an education system that takes into account everyone’s individuality. She also strongly supports women’s rights and religious liberty.
This summer, Edward E. Wilson Jr., a native of Jackson, Mississippi, will aid MCPP in crafting reports on the issues of governmental pay disparity and work with the Center in its data collection and storage.
Wilson recently completed his high school career at Jackson Prep and will be attending the University of Mississippi’s Sally McDonnell Honors College in the fall, pursuing a degree in international studies through the Croft Institute and Public Policy Leadership with the Trent Lott Institute for Public Policy. During his time at Jackson Prep, Wilson was Captain of his Debate Team, culminating in a 2023 second-place National Finalist finish. He also worked as an opinion writer for Jackson Prep's newspaper, “The Sentry”, for which he won the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association 2023 Award for Mississippi State Wide Best Opinion Editorial.
Wilson strongly believes in reforming the education system to account for greater autonomy in school choice, as well as increased economic reform to encourage further private investment into Mississippi.
"I am super excited to have Ava and Edward joining us over the summer!" said Douglas Carswell, President & CEO of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. "Ava and Edward will be working with us as we advocate for the changes Mississippi needs to prosper – and it is great to have them as part of our team."