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Simpson Central School Students Claim Win Once Again in State History Competition

After advancing to the Mississippi History Day State Competition in Jackson, Simpson Central School students Kami Patrick and Garnet Gary have once again taken home a first-place win.

Competing in the Junior Group Exhibit category, Patrick and Gary won first place for their exhibit on civil rights activist Medgar Evers. The title of the project was called Medgar Evers – Leading Mississippi to a New Frontier.

In February, at the Mississippi History Day Southern Regional Competition in Hattiesburg, the students completed a similar exhibit on the icon, which awarded them a first-place title.

Because of their recent victory, both students are qualified to attend the national competition, which will take place this summer in College Park, Maryland.

The Mississippi History Day State Competition was held at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson and is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. 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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