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Class of 2016 Simpson County MS Scholars banquet was held Monday, April 25, 2016.

DSC_2053Magee, Mendenhall, Simpson Academy, New Life Christian Academy, and Simpson County Technical Center scholars were  honored.

The Mississippi Scholars Initiative is an education program managed by the Public Education Forum of Mississippi, which utilizes business leaders to motivate students to complete a rigorous course of study in high school.  This course path gives students a boost – not just for college but for life.  The Initiative pairs trained local business leaders with classes of 8th grade students.  These leaders present the students with a powerful presentation, which provides the rationale for the recommendation that students take more rigorous course.

DSC_2048General Jeff Hammond from the University of Southern Mississippi was the guest speak for the evening. General Hammond invited a  USM  Army ROTC Student scholar (Williams) to assist with his presentation.  General Hammond spoke on “Standing up for Something” that makes others better, “Believing in Things” greater than yourself, Living your life with a strong set of “Core Values”, “Making A Difference” each and every day. General Hammond was an outstanding motivational  speaker.DSC_2040DSC_2042

DSC_2039DSC_2047Several elected officials were in attendance for the night event. Mayor Jimmy Clyde, Supervisor District 2 Danny Craft, Superintendent of Education – Greg Paces, School Board Member District 2 – Linda Curlee,  and SCA Board,  Tim Harvey. The committee thanks each of these who were in attendance. The presence of elected officials has a great impact on teens.

Each Scholars from each school was recognized and given a medal along with a certificate.

Scholarships were given to each school.  Winners from Magee were:  DSC_2054Trevor Maddox, and Takeyah Holloway; Simpson Academy – Ashley Bruce, and Carley May; Mendenhall – Kayla Liddell and McKayla Butler; New Life Christian Academy- Katira Banks, and Simpson County Technical Center Tech Masters Program – Chance Layton.

The committee would like to thank all that helped  make this program a success. Special recognition DSC_2035 DSC_2036 DSC_2038 DSC_2041 to Copiah Lincoln Community College, Dr. Dwayne Middleton, and Anika Floyd for their partnership and continued support in the program and awarding scholarships.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.

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