LEXINGTON, Miss. – Look out world; here they come! Under beautiful, sunny skies over Holmes Community College’s Ras Branch Football Stadium in Goodman, Miss., 189 junior and seniors of Holmes County Central High School proudly walked across the stage Saturday, May 25, to receive the first high school diplomas issued by the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools of the Holmes County Consolidated School District (HCCSD).
The bright, goal-oriented 2019 inaugural class of Jaguar scholars blazed the trail for future success adorned in their red cap and gowns. The first graduating class of the Jaguar Nation collectively earned and received nearly half a million dollars in scholarships and awards. 55 students indicated they will attend a 4-year university in the fall, while 71 students plan to enroll in a 2-year college program. 13 students are heading to a technical school and 6 enlisted in a branch of the military.
“I’m just in awe of the intellectual capacity of many of our scholars who will one day compete on the global stage,” said Superintendent of Schools James L. Henderson, Ed.D. “While we still have much work to be done regarding our graduation and drop-out rates, I am so very proud of our scholars in the Holmes County Consolidated School District who are determined to graduate on time.”
“Yes, we have smart and capable children in Holmes County. This historic class boasts a Valedictorian and three salutatorians—outstanding!” Henderson said.
The class leaders are valedictorian Rabria Moore and co-salutatorians Kiersten Ellis, Samatha Deering and Shakenya Hester. Hester also holds the title of Miss HCCHS. Graduates will be attending colleges and universities throughout the state as well as out of state. Several of them are now privates in various branches of the U.S. military with lucrative scholarships, awards and incentives.
Parents and well-wishers braved the humid temperatures and packed the stadium as they cheered their graduates when their names were called. “Although it was hot, the ceremony was very nice, and I truly enjoyed it,” said Patricia Porter, the grandmother of graduate Ry’Anna Meeks.