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Simpson Academy Future Business Leaders of America held an interview competition for seniors in the Class of 2021.  This competition scholarship was sponsored by business partners in the community.  The scholarship competition consisted of an essay students had to write on who they considered to be a great leader and why and then a 10-15 minute interview given by the sponsors of the scholarship.  The winner of the competition received a $1,000 scholarship and 2nd place received a $500 scholarship.  The winners of this year’s interview competition was Clair Polk 1st place and Gracie Welch 2nd place.

Claire Polk is a 2021 graduate of Simpson County Academy.  While at Simpson, Claire participated in God’s Girls, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was a morning devotion leader.

Claire was a member of the SCA seven time state champion archery team from fifth grade through senior year.  Individually, Claire earned top MAIS female archer four times, AIMS All-Star Archer, MS State Game Medalist, and 2019 Clarion Ledger Female Archer of the Year award.

Claire completed 186 hours of community service at Harvest Ministries as part of her senior project.  Her project primarily focused on the foster care ministry.

Claire graduated eighth in her class with high honors, MAIS honor society member, and MS Scholar.  She received the MS Professional Educators Essay Scholarship, M.F. Vaughn Memorial Scholarship, and the FBLA Interview Scholarship.  Claire plans to attend Jones College then transfer to William Carey University to pursue a degree in Christian Ministries and Nursing.

Claire is the daughter of Kevin and Marilyn Polk of Collins.  She is the granddaughter of Mitchell and Ann Rogers of Collins and Harold and Linda Polk of Prentiss.


Gracie is a 2021 graduate of Simpson County Academy.  Gracie was a member of the volleyball team and was awarded rookie of the year and was also named co-captain of her team.  She has been chosen homecoming maid all three years of high school and class favorite her junior and senior year.  Gracie was also chosen as class president of student council and also of her senior class.  She also received the citizenship award her senior year.  Gracie attends Corinth Baptist Church where she is very active in her youth group serving in vacation bible school and attending several mission trips.  Gracie will be attending the University of Mississippi this fall majoring in Exercise Science with plans to become a Pediatric Physical Therapist. is an online news site serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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