CCHS holds commencement exercises at Amphitheater

By Daniel Brunty

The Choctaw Plaindealer

 

In what was a celebration and recognition of achievements of its students, Choctaw County High School held its Commencement Exercises May 19 at the Amphitheater located in Tom Glasgow Park of Ackerman.

 

Parents, friends, and family gathered in hundreds to share in the experience of the students making their final step towards their adult lives.

 

In honor of former classmate Jarvis Thomas, the Class of 2014 wore special blue ribbons in his memory.

 

The evening’s exercises began with the processional with a performance of the traditional graduation melody “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by an invocation led by Karie Pinnix. Woody Vowell presented this year’s welcome to the event.

 

CCHS Assistant Principal Amber Vowell was given the honor of presenting the graduating seniors with their recognitions and awards earned during their school years.

Recognitions and awards for this year include:

·    Makenzie Toombs – Valedictorian, High Honor Graduate, Hall of Fame Graduate, Citizenship Award, Highest Average Award – Economics, McReynolds Orthodontics Scholarship, Ackerman 20th Century Club,  “Living the Volunteer Spirit” Scholarship, Graham-Moss Scholarship, Itawamba Community College – Softball Scholarship, ACT Academic Achievement Scholarship, Leadership Scholarship.

 

·      Brennan Power: Salutatorian, High Honor Graduate, Hall of Fame Graduate, 2017 CCHS Outstanding Senior Girl, Highest Average Awards – Calculus, Dual Credit College Algebra, Economics, Oral Communications; Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete Award, Choctaw County DYW 2nd Alternate Scholarship, Choctaw County DYW Essay Winner Scholarship, The Bonnie K. Thomas and Mary O’Neal Ervin Academic Excellence Scholarship, Graham – Moss Scholarship, Mississippi Federation of Women’s Clubs District II Scholarship, Ride for Carmen Scholarship, University of Mississippi Awards – Academic Excellence Scholarship, Bledsoe Scholarship; Ole Miss Alumni Association – Dewees Alumni Association Scholarship, Ole Miss Alumni Association – Grove Society Academic Scholarship.

 

·      Karie Pinnix: High Honor Graduate, Highest Average Awards – American Government, Dual Credit English Comp I, Creative Writing; Ackerman 20th Century Club, Carol McAdams Memorial Scholarship, Mississippi State University Awards – Academic Excellence Scholarship, Bank of Kilmichael Scholarship.

 

·      Kaylie Cagle: High Honor Graduate, Highest Average Award – American Government; Holmes Community College ACT Academic Scholarship.

 

·      Woody Vowell: High Honor Graduate, Hall of Fame Graduate, 2017 CCHS Outstanding Senior Boy, 2017 STAR Student, Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete, Ackerman Reunion Scholarship, Graham-Moss Scholarship, East Central Community College Awards – Baseball Scholarship, ACT Scholarship, STAR Student Scholarship, Thomas Rudolph Mayes Memorial Scholarship.

 

·      Justin Paulk: High Honor Graduate, Highest Average Award – Creative Writing; East Mississippi Community College Achievement Scholarship.

 

·      Chloe Grissom: Honor Graduate, Itawamba Community College Awards – Centerstage Scholarship, Choral Scholarship, Chamber Choir Scholarship.

 

·      Damian Busby: Honor Graduate, East Mississippi Community College Achievement Scholarship.

 

·      Anna Shields: Honor Graduate, Choctaw County Career & Technology Center Hall of Fame, Choctaw County Career & Technology Center 2016-2017 Student of the Year, Ackerman Reunion Scholarship, Choctaw County Career & Technology Center Scholarship for Agriculture & Environmental Science Technology, Eva M. Cummings Memorial Scholarship, East Mississippi Community College Achievement Scholarship.

 

·      Jamie Hood: Honor Graduate, University of Mississippi Awards – Academic Excellence Scholarship, Bledsoe Scholarship.

 

·      Chris Townsel: Honor Graduate, Hall of Fame, Citizenship Award, Highest Average Awards – English IV, Zoology; Ackerman Reunion Scholarship, Army National Guard Military Scholarship.

 

·      David Ramirez: Honor Graduate, Hall of Fame, Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Scholarship – District Nominee, Graham-Moss Scholarship, Mississippi College Heritage Scholarship.

 

·      Keirra Fair: Honor Graduate, The Charles Thomas All-Purpose Athletic Scholarship, Graham-Moss Scholarship.

 

·      Kimberly Chapman: Honor Graduate, Highest Average Award – English IV; The James A. Keller Scholarship.

 

·      Trace Lindsay: Honor Graduate

 

·      Hannah Stribling: Honor Graduate

 

·      Dalton Whitehead: Honor Graduate, Highest Average Award – Dual Credit English Comp II, Choctaw County Career & Technology Center Hall of Fame, Mississippi Association of Supervisors Scholarship, East Mississippi Community College Achievement Scholarship.

 

·      Markel Ashford: Ackerman Reunion Scholarship, Mississippi State University Academic Excellence Scholarship.

 

·      Caleb Barry: Ackerman Reunion Scholarship.

 

·      Brady Dempsey: Highest Average Awards – Business Law, Personal Finance; Mississippi State University Academic Excellence Scholarship.

 

·      Anna Farmer: Highest Average Award – Introduction to Theatre Arts.

 

·      Isaiah Hunt: Hinds Community College Football Scholarship.

 

·      Zoe Hunt: Highest Average Award – SREB Math; Itawamba Community College Awards – Choral Scholarship, Chamber Choir Scholarship.

 

·      Nicholas Jones: Choctaw County Career & Technology Center Hall of Fame

 

·      Noah Lawson: Graham-Moss Scholarship, Ride for Carmen Scholarship

 

·      AJ Lilley: The Keyone Docher Memorial Scholarship, Eva M. Cummings Memorial Scholarship

 

·      Chantel Makamson: East Central Community College Band Scholarship, East Central Community College Choral Scholarship.

 

·      Abigail McNutt: Choctaw County Career & Technology Center Hall of Fame, Mississippi Association of Supervisors Minority Caucus Scholarship, Northeast Mississippi Community College Awards, Special Career Incentive Scholarship, GPA Achievement Scholarship, Leadership Scholarship.

 

·      Ryan Miller: East Mississippi Community College Opportunity Scholarship

 

·      Markevis Parish: Highest Average Awards – Employment English, Employment Math.

 

·      Austin Pennington: Ackerman Reunion Scholarship, George M. (Buck) & Jean Thrailkill Scholarship, East Mississippi Community College Achievement Scholarship.

 

·      Ashley Reed: Choctaw County Career & Technology Center Hall of Fame.

 

·      Tyler Riley: Graham-Moss Scholarship.

 

·      Malcolm Robertson: Highest Average Award – Nutrition & Wellness.

 

·      Shaketa Smith: University of Mississippi Academic Excellence Scholarship.

 

·      Linzie Steadman: East Mississippi Community College Opportunity Scholarship.

 

·      Martice Triplett: Graham-Moss Scholarship.

 

·      Robert Williamson: Army National Guard Military Scholarship.

 

·      Samuel Williamson: Choctaw County Career & Technology Center Hall of Fame, Choctaw County Career & Technology Center 2016-2017 Student of the Year.

 

·      Quandarius Yarbrough: Graham-Moss Scholarship.

 

This year’s Salutatorian, Brennan Power, gave the annual Salutatory Address, followed by a musical presentation by the senior Chorus members of “I’ll Always Remember You” by Miley Cyrus.

 

Valedictorian Makenzie Toombs delivered the Valedictory Address. This was followed by the presentation of the senior class by CCHS Counselor Laura Prisock.

 

The commencement exercises concluded with senior class president Makenzie Toombs performing the Declaration of Commencement and the benediction performed by Kaylie Cagle.

 

Choctaw County High School Class of 2017

 

Cameron Ashford

Markel Ashford

Caleb Mattox Barry

Alexandra Black-Murphy

Summer Genese Bowie

Bradley A. Boykin

Damian Scott Busby*

Kaylie E. Cagle**

Brianna Carroll

Kimberly Alexus Chapman*

La’Paul Deontae Adrion Cullum

Anna Alexis Dean

Brady Andrew Dempsey (Secretary)

Keirra S. Fair*

Anna Marie Farmer

Bryson Drew Flippo

Keith Omari Tyrell Gibbs

Chloe Elizabeth Grissom*

Courtney D. Harris

Brandon Robyn Hill

Jamie Hood*

Isaiah Z. Hunt

Zoe Hunt

Hannah Jones

Nicholas Jones

D’Angelo Trey Kennedy

Jasmine Laine

Noah Lawson

AJ Lilley

Trace Lindsay*

Faith victorious Lockett

Chantel Makamson

Abigail McNutt

Zania McNutt

Bubba Miller

Ryan Miller

Arthur S. Norwood

Markevis Parish

Justin D. Paulk**

Austin Jonathan Jay Pennington

Courtney Ann Perkins

Karie Pinnix**

Devon Tyler Pogue

Brennan Elizabeth Power** (Vice-President)

Wyot M. Pyron

David Ramirez*

Auston B. Ray

Ashley Jo Reed

Tyler Riley

Malcolm M. Robertson

Anna M. Shields*

Shaketa S. Smith

Shontez Smith

Tate Crowley Stallings

Linzie Ann Steadman

Hannah Margaret Stribling*

Lauren Makenzie Toombs** (President)

Christopher Townsel Jr.*

Martice Pierre Triplett

Woody E. Vowell II**

Dalton Whitehead*

Robert Leo Williamson

Samuel Reed Williamson

Quandarius T. Yarbrough

 

*Denotes High Honor Graduate

*Denotes Honor Graduate

 

Class Color – Blue Class Flower – Purple Iris Class Song – “Good Fight”

 

 

Cutlines:

Val, Sal – Brennan Power, Salutatorian and Makenzie Toombs, Valedictorian

CCHS – Choctaw County High School Class of 2017