Laurel Class of 2017 Top 10

Laurel High School is pleased to announce the Top 10 Graduates of the Class of 2017.

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Valedictorian Tierra Cooper, the daughter of Melicia and Dwight Cooper, plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi where she will major in biological sciences and minor in communications. Her future goal is to become a pediatric dentist. While at Laurel High School, Cooper was a member of the Student Council where she served as Student Body President her senior year and Student Body Vice President her junior year. She was also a member of the choir, Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was a Superintendent’s List Scholar, Mississippi Scholar, Miss LHS, Association for Excellence in Education Student of the Month, member of the Future Leaders of Jones County and 2017 Junior Page for Lt. Governor Tate Reeves. She received the FCA Pink Huddle Christian Leadership Award, Perfect Attendance, Do You Know Foundation of Mississippi 2017 Youth of the Year, and was named Magnolia Girls State Secretary of State and South Central Sports Medicine Scholar Athlete. She was a captain of the cheer squad and soccer team. Active in the community, she served as a member of the Delta Gems, Girls Scouts and 180 Youth Ministry.

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Salutatorian Pamela Salgado, the daughter of Martha Munguia, plans to attend Mississippi State University on an academic excellence scholarship where she will major in marketing with a concentration in international business. Her future goal is to one day travel the world while owning an international company. While at Laurel High School, she was an active member of Student Council where she served as Senior Vice President, Interact, Beta Club, Academic Ambassadors, Mississippi Scholars and Select Choir. She received numerous awards including Superintendent Scholar Award, Top English Student, Top History Student, Class Favorite, Most Likely to Succeed and Association for Excellence in Education Student of the Month. Active in the community, Salgado assisted with breast cancer awareness activities and helped plan the Veteran’s Day program and senior lunch.

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Historian Keelyn Brown, the son of Michael and Melissa Brown, plans to attend Seton Hill University on football and academic scholarships where he will major in medicine. His future goal is to become a doctor. While at Laurel High School, he was an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Videogame Club. He was a Mississippi Scholar, Superintendent’s List Scholar and in 2016 placed first in the school science fair, first at regionals and third at the state science fair. A standout member of the Golden Tornadoes Football Team, he signed a football scholarship and was selected First Team All-District. He also participated in powerlifting and archery. Active in the community, Brown volunteered numerous hours reading to students at Maddox Elementary School.  Brown is an active member of Providence Baptist Church where he is a member of the choir and drill team.

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Ranking fourth, Christopher Pridgen, the son of Stephanie Pridgen and Bill Pridgen, plans to attend Penn State University. His future goal is to become a landscape contractor. A Superintendent’s List Scholar, Pridgen was a Mississippi Scholar and an active member of the Videogame club. Pridgen played varsity tennis for five years and played football and soccer during his time at Laurel High School. Active in the community, he has served numerous hours volunteering with Laurel First United Methodist Church. He works at Southern Motor Company after school.

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Ranking fifth, Miah Davis, the daughter of Richard and Juanita Davis, plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi where she will major in nursing. Her future goal is to work in a neonatal intensive care unit and one day become a nurse practitioner. While at Laurel High School, she was a member of the Concert Choir, Student Council, Beta Club and Key Club. She was an Advanced Placement Student, Superintendent’s List Scholar and Mississippi Scholar. She is an active member of the Judah Missionary Baptist Church Youth Department and serves as a Parks and Recreation Youth Worker.

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Ranking sixth, Kalen Brown, the son of Michael and Melissa Brown, plans to attend Seton Hill University on football and academic scholarships where he will major in astrophysics.  His future goal is to work for NASA. While at Laurel High School, he was an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, and Videogame Club and was a Mississippi Scholar and Superintendent’s List Scholar. In 2016 he placed first in the school science fair, first at regionals and third at the state science fair. A standout member of the Golden Tornadoes Football Team, he signed a football scholarship and was selected Scholar Athlete of the Year, and received Defensive First Team Honorable Mention. He was a South State qualifier in powerlifting and a member of the archery team. Active in the community, he volunteered at the soup kitchen and assisted with tornado relief efforts. Brown is an active member of Providence Baptist Church where he is a member of the choir and drill team.

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Ranking seventh, Kahdejah Moody, the daughter of Dedra Wallace, plans to attend William Carey University where she will major in music and minor in math. While at Laurel High School, she served as captain of the softball team, captain of the cheerleading squad and ran track. She was a member of the Future Leaders of Jones County, Concert Choir, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Fashion Club where she served as vice president. She was a Principal’s List Scholar, Mississippi Scholar and named Class of 2017 Most Talented. She is graduating with highest honors. Active in the community, she served meals at the senior citizens luncheon and is a member of her church youth department, youth and adult choir and praise team.

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Ranking eighth, JaMarcus White, the son of James White and Rowena White, plans to attend the University of Mississippi on an academic scholarship where he will major in political science.  His future goal is to be a human rights activist. He was a Superintendent’s List Scholar, Principal’s List Scholar and received awards for citizenship and academics. He was named Student of the Year and Top History Student. He also received academic achievement awards in health and biology. He was a member of the Student Council and Speech and Debate Team. He has volunteered with the Highland Baptist Church Youth Club and assisted with promotions for the Hillary Clinton campaign. 

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Ranking ninth, Raven Evans, the daughter of Courtney Jones and Larry Evans, plans to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where she will pursue an associate’s degree in nursing. She then plans to attend Alcorn State University where she will major in nursing. While at Laurel High School, she was an active member of Interact, Beta Club, Key Club and Student Council where she served as Junior Class Reporter and Senior Class Secretary. She was a Superintendent’s List Scholar, Principal’s List Scholar and received highest honors. She was a member of the varsity cheer squad for three years. Active in the community, she has assisted with providing winter jackets for families, helped provide meals for the elderly and has volunteered numerous hours reading to children. She is an active member of Judah Missionary Baptist Church.

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Ranking tenth, Joshua Cooley, the son of John Cooley and Temeka Evans, plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in international business with a minor in education. His future plans are to own a business and one day be a teacher and archery coach at Laurel High School.  While at Laurel High School, he participated in culinary arts, Interact and archery. He was named a Mississippi Scholar Tech Master.  He received the medal for highest male archer and served as archery team captain. Active in the community, he has volunteered numerous hours preparing meals for local churches, assisted at the local Good Samaritan Center and helped serve spaghetti plates at the downtown YWCO.

 

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