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Students were recognized during the regular schedule Simpson County School Board Meeting Thursday, April 13, 2023.

Mendenhall High School Senior Lillion Hamil received the Outstanding Saha MS-JAS Award at the 2023 Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Convention. Hamil was the only high school student to present at the convention. Lillion received this prestigious award for her involvement in research on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Next, Kami Patrick was recognized. Kami is an eight-grade student from Simpson Central School.  Kammi was the first-place winner of the Simpson County School District Spelling Bee. Kami represented the district at the State Spelling Bee at the Mississippi State University for Women in March. Kami made it to the second round in the state competition.

Lastly the Simpson County Technical Center was recognized for their students achievements.

Competing in the 2023 Mississippi SkillsUSA State Championship, the following CTE students in metal fabrication was honored:

  • Jody Stevens, who won 1st place in Sheet Metal
  • Eli Peacock, who won 1st place in CNC Milling Specialist.
  • Coby Wilmut who won 2nd place in CNC Turning Specialist.

As first place winners Jody and Eli will advance to the National SkillsUSA Competition in Atlanta this summer.

Colby Wilmut, others not pictured

The following students won 3rd place in TeamWorks: (not present)

  • Hunter Booth
  • Gage Kemp
  • Allison Shows
  • David Shows

Third, Diesel Technology student Alex Anderson won 1st place in Motorcycle Service Technology. He will also advance to the national competition this summer. (not present)

Also, placing in the SKillsUSA State Championship were Law and Public Safety students

  • Xylan Cox
  • Andrew Carlisle
  • John Parker
Xylan Cox and John Parker

Finally, the healthcare and clinical sciences students who competed in the 2023 Health Occupations Students of American State Leadership Conference are

  • Ralia Hanna
  • Chloe Heil
  • Cameron Scott
  • Cameron Scott
  • Jackaline Sills – who won 2nd place in HOSA Bowl
Jackaline Sills
  • Jamea Funchess
  • Makayla McRay
  • Emily Wicker – who won 4th place in Public Service Announcement.
Makayla McCray

Annalyse Floyd won 4th place in Medical Reading.

Annalyse Floyd is an online news source serving 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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