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Ms. Marbeth Gray’s Public Speaking class at Simpson Academy did a phenomenal job presenting during Chapel on Wednesday. Their message correlated with the Christmas Story while answering the question, “Is the Bible still relevant today?” We are so very proud of each one of our cast members, and we give a special thanks to Mr. Buddy Mullins for providing a special message and music.

On Wednesday, December 8, students at Simpson County Academy presented a program that centered on the Christmas story. This presentation consisted of an integration of oral communication skills and Biblical principles intended to promote academic achievement and moral values. The students had the opportunity to apply classroom instruction in a real-life setting before an audience of faculty and peers. The message was intended to help the audience focus on the question “Is the Bible Still Relevant Today?” Students tried to convey the importance of on relying upon God and standing upon Biblical doctrine in a time when people are gravitating away from the traditional values that have provided a solid foundation for our nation. Students were dressed in Biblical costumes to help create a realistic scenario. When the students’ segment of the program was completed, special guest Buddy Mullins reinforced the message with his own reflections and sang for the audience.


Cast of Characters

Montgomery Booth – Introduction

Bryce Williams and Gage Smith – Reading of the Christmas story

Narrator – Braden Duncan

Connor Cone – Shepherd

Peyton Mitchell – Angel

Mary – Avery Daughdrill

Joseph – Brayden Ellis

Jesus – Barrett McKenney

The Wise Man – Chanse Funchess

The Donkey – Emma Scoggins

Address to SCA students – Ben Kennedy

Christmas Devotional – Tyler Flynt

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. 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. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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