Salute to Excellence

Meridian High School #1:

Will Watts: soccer and tennis teams player, member of Central United Methodist Church Youth, plans to attend University of Alabama.

Uma Srivastava: Spanish Honor Society President, member of Student Council, Anchor Club, Scholars Club, Wise Cats, Pre-Med Club, National Honor Society, teaches Dance to young girls in her spare time, plans to attend University of Alabama at Birmingham, major in Biology and then attend medical school.

Thomas Deweese: soccer and tennis team player, school newspaper editor, student council senior minority representative, member of Central United Methodist Church, will be attending Millsaps College in the fall.

Cononiah Watson: National Honors Society, Scholars Club, Wise Cats, member of church choir, will be attending University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Math.

Daniel Young: football team, powerlifting team, academic team, Scholar’s Club, Conference Council on Youth Ministries President, member of Poplar Springs Drive UMC, plans to attend Mississippi State University.

Meridian High School #2:

Haley Semmes: Wise Cat, Anchor Club, Scholar’s Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, member of St. Patrick’s CYO, works in the nursery at St. Joseph and St. Patrick’s Spanish community, works month of June at Highland Park at the Special Needs Camp, plans to attend Meridian Community College.

Patrick May: Student Council President, STAR student, tennis team, Academic team, member of St. Patrick’s Church, plans to attend college in the fall.

Brianna Adkins: Cross Country, swim team, Anchor Club, Key Club, Ambassadors Club, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Secretary of Scholars Club, Treasurer of Student Council, Treasurer of Dusty Social Service Club, DAR Good Citizens, dance at Carol Merrill Academy, will be attending University of Mississippi in the fall, plans to attend Medical School and become a surgeon.

Lindsay Lang: Co-captain of cheerleader squad, Co-captain of soccer team, tennis, Key Club, 400+ Club, member of St. Patrick’s Youth Group, will be attending University of Mississippi majoring in Physical Therapy.

Serena Harwell: Reverie, FISH Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, Anchor Club, Chairperson of Service for church youth group, works in the After Hours program at St. Patrick Elementary School, plans to attend Meridian Community College in the fall and then transfer to Mississippi State University to pursue a career as a dietician.
Southeast Lauderdale High School

Shea Smith: Valedictorian, Beta Club, FCA, cheerleader, 21 Club, youth group at Hebron Baptist Church, will attend Meridian Community College in the fall and then transfer to Mississippi State University to pursue a career in Elementary Education.

Jessica Rose: Valedictorian, softball, Beta Club, FCA and Annual Staff, youth group at Hebron Baptist Church, plans to attend Meridian Community College.

Amanda Santillano: Valedictorian, soccer, bowling, Senior Class Secretary, Beta Club, 21 Club, FCA, SADD, Superintendent’s List, youth group at Central United Methodist Church, plans to attend Meridian Community College.

Rebecca Landrum: STAR student, Senior class Vice President, Academic Excellence in English II and US History, FCA, SADD, HOSA, Spanish Club, 21 Club, Beta Club, Superintendent’s List, youth group at Hebron Baptist Church, plans to attend Meridian Community College.

Kimberly Davis: Salutatorian, soccer, Beta Club, FCA, 21 Club, SADD, youth group at Bethany Baptist Church, plans to attend Meridian Community College then transfer to the Art Institute of Nashville to obtain a degree in Culinary Arts.

Lamar High School

Sarah Hicks: President of Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council rep, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Spanish Honor Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of MS, plans to attend either University of Georgia or Auburn University and major in Biology or Genetics.

April Massingill: Valedictorian, Student Council rep, Beta Club President, National Honor Society Secretary, Mu Alpha Theta, First Baptist Church of Newton youth group, plans to attend Mississippi State and major in Biological Science.

Andrew Follett: Salutatorian, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, National Honor Society, football team, Quiz Bowl, Boys and Girls Club, Central United Methodist Church youth, will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall.

Emmie Johnson: Dance Team Captain, soccer, Senior Class President, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, FCA, Union Baptist Church youth, plans to attend Birmingham Southern.

Laura Touchstone: Senior Class Secretary, Cheerleader Captain, softball team, Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, FCA President, Beta Club, Spanish Honor Society, will be attending Mississippi State University majoring in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising.

Northeast Lauderdale High School

Amie Clayton: Salutatorian, Junior Civitan Secretary, National Honor Society, FCA, HOSA, Leadership Lauderdale, Russell Baptist Church youth band, will attend University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Physical Therapy.

Valerie Penn: Valedictorian, National Honor Society President, Junior Civitan President, FCA, cheerleader, Leadership Lauderdale, Russell Baptist Church youth member, will be attending Mississippi State University majoring in Communications and Public Relations.

Donnie McCartney: National Honor Society, FCA, Science Club, Junior Civitan, Northpark Church of God youth member, plans to attend Mississippi State University.

Ashlyn Newell: National Honor Society Secretary, Junior Civitan Treasurer, Cheerleader Captain, Lauderdale County’s Junior Miss 2008, Leadership Lauderdale 2007, MCC Cheerleader, dance student at Suzie McCraw School of Dance, Northcrest Baptist Church youth member, plans to attend Meridian Community College then transfer to University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Criminal Justice.

Bailey Dorman: Salutatorian, National Honor Society Vice President, Junior Civitan, cheerleader, youth member of Evangel Temple, plans to attend University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Nursing.

Clarkdale Attendance Center

Shelby Harris: Salutatorian, National Honor Society, first place at State HOSA Competition 2 years in a row, Goodwater youth group, plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in Pre-Vet Medicine.

Amanda Tomerlin: HOSA Secretary 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, plans to attend UAB and major in Forensic Chemistry.

Justin Sollie: Valedictorian, golf, basketball, baseball, National Honor Society, Bible Club, WTOK All Scholastic Sports Team, plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall.

Elizabeth Harris: Valedictorian, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society, AP diploma, EMEPA Leadership Award, will attend Meridian Community College in the fall then transfer to University of Mississippi and major in Pharmacy.

Kylie Cumberland: Valedictorian, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Math and Science Team, State Bridge Competition Winner, plans to attend Mississippi State University.

West Lauderdale High School

Elizabeth Page: Salutatorian, Superintendent’s List, MVP of Slowpitch Softball, first place at HOSA competition 3 years, second place at TSA 2 years, President of HOSA, reporter of TSA, President of National Honor Society, Math and Science team, Student Council rep, New Harvest Church youth group, accepted into the University of Mississippi Early Entry Pharmacy program and the Honors College.

Kylie Rowell: 3rd in class rank, soccer, fastpitch softball, Most Athletic, National Honor Society, Student Council, Luckyday Scholar, church youth group, plans to attend University of Southern Mississippi and major in Accounting and play soccer.

Stephen Williams: Valedictorian, National Honor Society, Mr. West Lauderdale, Leadership Scholar, Chivalrous Knight, Class Officer, 2nd Place State TSA, MCC’s Encore, employed at Squealer’s BBQ, Fellowship Baptist Church youth group, plans to attend University of Southern Mississippi and major in Biochemistry and then attend medical school.

Ashley McCraw: 5th in class rank, All A Honor Roll, HOSA, Student Council, church youth group, plans to attend Meridian Community College and major in Pre-Pharmacy.

Kimberly Gaddis: 4th in class rank, soccer, Most Likely to Succeed, TSA State Finalist, Leadership Scholar, National Honor Society, plans to attend University of Southern Mississippi and major in Political Science and then transfer to Law School.

Meridian Community College

Betsy Mitchell: HEADWAE Scholar, Phi Theta Kappa, MCC Chorus, The Dimensions, Ivy League Recruiter, Math and Science tutor, member of Faith Baptist Church, employed at Barbara Henson’s Daycare, transferring to University of Southern Mississippi and major in Speech/Language Pathology.

Juan Nicolas Zabrodifc: Phi Theta Kappa officer, Varsity Tennis Team, Classical Guitar Ensemble, President’s List, Leaders of Promise Award, Foundation Scholarship recipient, 2008 All Mississippi Academic team, Spanish tutor, transferring to Mississippi State University majoring in Civil Engineering.

Marie Moser: Phi Theta Kappa, Organization of Student Nurses, accepted a position to begin in June 2008 with Adventist Health Systems in a critical care unit at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Kentucky.

Whitney Hoskins: Phi Theta Kappa, MCC Gospel Choir, Miss MCC Scholarship Program 2nd Runner Up, Dean’s List, transferring to the University of Mississippi and majoring in Pharmacy.

Blake Sherman: tennis team captain, Phi Theta Kappa – VP Fellowship, FCA, MAJCA #3 double and #4 singles Champion, President’s List, MCC Foundation Scholarship recipient, Adopt a Highway Foundation, Salvation Army, Denim Day, tennis instructor at MSU Tennis Camp, transferring to Mississippi State University to earn an undergraduate degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and then attend medical school.

Mississippi State University – Meridian

Trudy King: Outstanding Arts and Sciences Undergraduate, Who’s Who Among America’s Junior Colleges

Lynette Cooksey: Outstanding Business and Industry Undergraduate, Beta Gamma Sigma

David Burt: Outstanding Business and Industry Graduate, Beta Gamma Sigma

Jennifer LaBoe: Outstanding Education Undergraduate

Dena Patterson: Outstanding Education Graduate

University of Southern Mississippi – School of Nursing

Heather Patchin: Golden Key International Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing, currently in Master’s Nursing Program for Certified Nurse Midwifery, a Registered Nurse at Riley Hospital Labor and Delivery for nine years.

Jessica Taylor Meyer: Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Golden Key National Honor Society, currently employed at Rush Hospital Emergency Department.

Russell Christian Academy

Michael Thomas:
Future Plans: Pre-Med at Millsps then UMC Medical School

Other Interests: Body Building

Allyson Webb:
High School Activities/Accomplishments: National Honor Society of High School Scholars, Who's Who's Among American High School Students, and National Honor Roll.

Future Plans: Meridian Community College for one year then MS State's Bagegly College to pursue a career in electrical engineering

Other Interests: RCA Cheerleading Captain. 1st Place winner of MS Engineering Society's 2007 Model Contest, Leadership Lauderdale and Star Student.

Jonathan David Eggleston:
High School Activities/Accomplishments: State Games in Soccer. Made All Star District in Basketball.

Future Plans: Playing Soccer for MCC

Other Interests: Attends Russell Bapt. Church Youth.

Renee Knight:
Valedictorian

High School Activities/Accomplishments: Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and MPSA Honor Society. Lettered 4 yrs in basketball and three years in fast pitch and slow-pitch softball.

Future Plans: Plans to attend MCC for 2 years, then further education in the medical field.

Other Interests: Involved in church youth group. Helps with VBS and Children Church. Enjoys hanging out with family and friends.


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