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SCSD Recognizes Graduating Seniors at First Career, Military and College Signing Day

Simpson County School District (SCSD) held its first Career, Military and College Signing Day event today, May 19, at the Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Simpson County Center.

Designed to honor graduating students from both Magee and Mendenhall high schools, the event brought together seniors, families, and community members and partners to recognize the students on their future endeavors.

During the event, career coaches for SCSD and other district and school administrators acknowledged the students’ next steps after graduation — whether they would be attending college, enlisting in the military, or entering the workforce.

Misty Hanna, SCSD’s federal program director, said she is looking forward to the event next year and hopes that the venue space will be full to capacity with student participation.

“It was an honor to be able to recognize our students who have committed to a college, career, or enlistment in a military branch,” said Hanna. “Our career coaches, April Dear and Louise Coleman, did an outstanding job of making this event a success and memorable for our seniors.”

Participating in the Career, Military and College Signing Day included students attending:

Alcorn State University

  •  Cameran Bramlett, Mendenhall High School, biology/nursing major


Copiah-Lincoln Community College

  • Alva Foxx, Mendenhall High School, business administration major
  • Braya McCLendon, Mendenhall High School, neonatal intensive care unit major
  • Savanna Chappell, Mendenhall High School, nursing major


Hinds Community College

  • Jaden McKinnis, Mendenhall High School, business administration major 


Jackson State University

  • Singleton Moore, Mendenhall High School, pre-physical therapy major and Air National Guard enlistee


Jones Community College

  • Yasmine Mackey, Mendenhall High School, nursing major
  • Vivian Russell, Mendenhall High School, radiology major


Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

  •  Amoni Banks, Mendenhall High School, radiology major


University of Mississippi

  •   MaKayla McCray, Mendenhall High School, biology major


United States Army

  • Charles Lyman, Mendenhall High School, infantryman enlistee


The Career, Military and College Signing Day event is a component of SCSD’s new strategic vision, Portrait of a Graduate, which serves as the district’s north star in how administrators, educators, staff, and community partners work together to help students ensure become college, career, or life ready after graduation.

Simpson County School District would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible and providing refreshments, awards, supplies and goodies for the students: AirSouth Cooling and Heating; Assured Partners; Central Mississippi Planning & Development District; Copiah Lincoln Community College; Dr. Kimberly Blair Smith; New Vision Fellowship; Peoples Bank of Mendenhall; Polk’s Meat Products; PriorityOne Bank of Mendenhall; Trustmark Bank of Magee; and 3Girls Trucking Academy. is an online news website covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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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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