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Fall is my favorite season!<br />

And while it doesn’t necessarily cool down in Mississippi until, oftentimes,<br />

mid-November, I still enjoy what the season itself has to offer.<br />

I love hearing the drumlines practicing in the distance and the offerings<br />

in the stores of harvest colors and flavors. This year, I have a sophomore<br />

in college. I think it took us a full year to figure out how to navigate life<br />

as a college family. But this year is going to be different. We’ve purchased<br />

season tickets and have carved out a place to tailgate with our friends.<br />

I’m being intentional about shopping for “gameday” colors—something<br />

I’ve never done in my life. It’s something I’m looking forward to and<br />

I’m thankful for the opportunity to start making new memories—in my<br />

own new personal season.<br />

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the color pink will<br />

be taking center stage in many upcoming events. I’m thankful for the<br />

stories of survivors and their relentless pursuit of finding a cure and<br />

supporting one another during what could be considered a very<br />

dark season. I have friends that have survived and friends that haven’t.<br />

It’s a great reminder that women should remain vigilant and proactive<br />

regarding their health.<br />

My prayer is that whatever season you’re in, that you are looking<br />

forward to whatever is coming. Even if it’s different than what you’re<br />

accustomed to—just keep looking forward.<br />

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Leah<br />

COX<br />

Why did you decide to make Madison<br />

your home?<br />

Our family had a major change in April of 2021 when<br />

we decided to move our three boys to MRA. At that<br />

time, we were living in the reservoir area. As business<br />

owners in Flowood, we weren’t really planning on<br />

moving because our house was just as close to the boys’<br />

current school as it was MRA. But then it just kind of<br />

happened, we found a house that would be close to<br />

the school and yet still very doable for us to get to our<br />

businesses in Rankin County.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Jason and I were high school sweethearts and have<br />

been married for 27 years. Jason has practiced<br />

dentistry for 20 years and owns Belle Meade Family<br />

Dental in Flowood. We have three very active boys<br />

that keep us on the go with MRA sports and summer<br />

baseball. Jonas (17) is a cross country and track<br />

runner at MRA. Fletcher (15) and Asher (13) both<br />

play football and baseball for both MRA and each of<br />

their spring/summer teams. We have been members<br />

at Pinelake Church for 22 years, teaching Bible studies<br />

and Ieading worship on the worship team. Jason and<br />

I both love physical activity and spent many years<br />

competing in marathons, sprint triathlons and<br />

Ironman triathlons.<br />

Where are your three favorite places to<br />

eat in Madison?<br />

With three boys in our home, El Ranchito should<br />

probably have their own budget line in our family<br />

budget. It is a family favorite! I love to gather with<br />

friends for a great lunch at The Strawberry Cafe and<br />

Jason and I love a quiet evening at Caet. There are so<br />

many great restaurant choices in Madison County.<br />

What are some fun things to do in<br />

Madison County on the weekends?<br />

With three kids, our weekends are slam-packed with<br />

either entertaining their friends at our home or sitting<br />

at a ball field watching one of them play. We have<br />

spent many hours at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland.<br />

Our kids also frequent Malco Grandview Cinema<br />

watching movies with their friends. We love the<br />

access to the Natchez Trace for some long bike rides<br />

and there are plenty of trails around Madison County<br />

for family bike rides or long runs with friends.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in<br />

your spare time.<br />

Spare time, what is that? We are in the season of<br />

parenting that keeps us on the go all the time. And<br />

honestly, I love every bit of the craziness our life is,<br />

chasing kids all over the place. I do love to run and<br />

work out several days a week. I also love to read and<br />

have enjoyed some good books this summer while<br />

traveling out of town for baseball. A morning spent<br />

with a friend sipping coffee and chatting about<br />

spiritual things and life is one of my all-time favorite<br />

things! I also love to spend time with my husband<br />

while he is prepping for deer season. Whether it’s<br />

riding with him to the Delta to get things prepped<br />

or a quick trip to Illinois to visit farmers there, we<br />

love to catch up in the quietness of a long drive.<br />

Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

Without question, my mother. In 1983, while living in<br />

Memphis, Tennessee, my father had a heart attack.<br />

My mother, who was only 34, was left widowed with<br />

three kids. She says that at my father’s funeral the<br />

Lord spoke and told her to take care of her children<br />

and He would always take care of us. She leveraged<br />

her entire life to provide for my siblings and me. She<br />

was determined to never miss a thing of ours growing<br />

up. She was our greatest cheerleader. She was always<br />

hosting the gatherings, heading up committees, and<br />

volunteering just so she could be with her children.<br />

She is the same way with her grandchildren. She was<br />

handed a very hard blow at an early age, but she has<br />

walked with grace, love, and excellence, every step<br />

of the way. She has taught me many things in life but<br />

the thing that radiates from her, at all times, is joy.<br />

I long to live a life that radiates joy and brings life<br />

to the people around me.<br />

Where do you see yourself in ten years?<br />

I hope that I’m traveling the country watching my<br />

boys play professional ball somewhere. And if not,<br />

I hope that I am enjoying a lot of travel with Jason<br />

talking about our empty nest!<br />

What is your favorite childhood memory?<br />

I come from a very strong family who took great<br />

joy in gathering together with extended family. My<br />

grandparents’ house was the gathering place. Aunts,<br />

uncles, and cousins always gathered there. Every<br />

holiday, it was a given where we would all gather.<br />

But also, most Sunday afternoons were spent there<br />

as well playing front yard wiffle ball and eating<br />

homemade ice cream.<br />

If you could give us one encouraging<br />

quote, what would it be?<br />

God can do more with the broken fragments than<br />

we can do with a whole. One of my favorite stories<br />

is when Jesus fed the 5,000. While the miracle, in<br />

itself, is an amazing reminder of God’s provision, it<br />

is what He said in John 6:12 that has marked my life,<br />

“Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing<br />

will be lost.” It is a constant reminder to me that even<br />

the broken places of my life, God can still use them!<br />

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Camille Anding<br />

“Where did that come from?” Roxanne thought to herself after Shaw,<br />

her husband of twenty-eight years, asked her when she had been to her last<br />

doctor’s appointment. “I’m fine, I don’t need to see a doctor,” she answered.<br />

“I’m talking about a mammogram – that<br />

kind of doctor.” Roxanne continued to ignore the<br />

comment and went back to her train of thought<br />

which was far removed from any doctor’s visit.<br />

“Roxanne,” Shaw said with a strange<br />

sternness in his voice, “God is telling me you<br />

need to make this appointment.”<br />

Now it was Shaw Case delivering a message<br />

from God. She didn’t ignore Shaw’s request and<br />

was at the doctor’s office the following Monday<br />

morning.<br />

For women with mammogram experience,<br />

it’s not a pleasant checkup, but Roxanne’s<br />

appointment went without any thought of<br />

complications or questions. She left the office<br />

with a “see you next year” and a glad to have<br />

that checked off my list of to-dos.<br />

When the nurse called her Wednesday,<br />

wanting to schedule an ultrasound, Roxanne<br />

wasn’t too concerned. “We just need a closer<br />

look at something that might be suspicious,”<br />

the nurse explained. As a busy attorney with<br />

clients to meet and assist, Roxanne’s detailed<br />

schedule didn’t leave much time to “fret” or be<br />

overly concerned about a follow-up test.<br />

That test went without alarm – nothing<br />

to pinpoint showed up on the ultrasound, but<br />

someone would call her with the test results.<br />

Two days later, another call from a nurse<br />

stated that a biopsy needed to be scheduled at<br />

the hospital. Suddenly these tests that had been<br />

interfering with her routine of life were getting<br />

her attention. “We’ve seen two spots in your<br />

left breast, and a biopsy will give us more<br />

information.” Still, Roxanne remained strong,<br />

but the waiting for test results was becoming a<br />

major challenge.<br />

The biopsy was painful–causing Roxanne<br />

to cry. The next call that she received was from<br />

the doctor. Roxanne knew before he gave any<br />

information that this couldn’t be good. The<br />

diagnosis was carcinoma – Grade 2. Her doctor<br />

said that if given a cancer diagnosis, this was the<br />

best kind to have. There were two options –<br />

a lumpectomy (surgical removal of the tumors)<br />

or bilateral surgery (double mastectomy.)<br />

Shaw was with her on the next visit. She was<br />

thankful that there were two people to hear the<br />

news that would change them forever. Not only<br />

was major surgery ahead, but cosmetic surgeries<br />

and possible radiation and chemo treatments—<br />

plus years of meds.<br />

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We’ve got to make women aware that treatments are there to cure breast cancer.<br />

We’ve just got to convince them to do regular screenings.”<br />

“This is when we began having serious<br />

discussions and compartmentalizing our coming<br />

days and weeks,” Roxanne explained. “When do<br />

we tell our two sons and other family members?<br />

How do I share this with my clients? How long<br />

do I tell them this will keep me away from my<br />

work?” There were a multitude of questions and<br />

not all had answers, but a bilateral mastectomy<br />

was one of their first conclusive decisions.<br />

It would take a medical dictionary, doctors’<br />

reports, Roxanne’s journal, and a mind-reader<br />

to describe the six-hour surgery and its aftermath<br />

that has been an ongoing healing and educational<br />

process. The reconstruction after the<br />

mastectomy requires cutting the back muscles<br />

to relocate them, expansion process lasting<br />

approximately six weeks, additional surgeries, and<br />

weeks of drainage tubes requiring constant care.<br />

Roxanne describes the post-surgery as<br />

waking up in a near-helpless state. “I had zero<br />

strength in my arms and couldn’t raise them<br />

nor could I push myself up in bed.” All this was<br />

even more complicated by a raging COVID<br />

outbreak, which made keeping her doctors’<br />

appointments a feat in itself.<br />

The one thing she shared with Shaw that<br />

she feared most was getting COVID. Due to<br />

the complicated muscle redistribution in the<br />

mastectomy and reconstruction, Roxanne’s<br />

breathing was adversely affected. But she realized<br />

her worse fears when she tested positive for<br />

COVID. Just days later, Shaw began wrestling<br />

with the virus. They survived severe cases and<br />

were able to establish greater faith in the power<br />

of prayer.<br />

One of the statements that stands out amid<br />

this cancer ordeal is the one offered by a good<br />

friend to Roxanne: “I know you will not waste<br />

your cancer.” At the beginning of this valley<br />

descent experience, Roxanne couldn’t understand<br />

or process that statement. Now that her<br />

path is leading to recovery, she not only<br />

understands but so does her husband, family,<br />

and friends – all who have seen cancer from a<br />

different vantage. As a result, Roxanne and<br />

Shaw are avid supporters of a fundraiser<br />

dedicated to the needs of breast cancer patients.<br />

“Real Men Wear Pink” is an arm of the<br />

American Cancer Society that operates<br />

nationwide and is a vital platform for survivors<br />

like Roxanne Case and their spouses to raise<br />

money and awareness of the multiple needs of<br />

breast cancer patients. The funds raised by the<br />

men nominated as members of this unique<br />

group go toward breast cancer research, rides<br />

to and from cancer appointments, chemo and<br />

radiation treatments, and places to stay for<br />

those having to stay overnight for treatments.<br />

Roxanne said, “I can’t imagine feeling like I did<br />

after my surgeries and not having anyone drive<br />

me home or help me navigate through all the<br />

labyrinths involved in cancer treatments.<br />

This annual fundraiser has reached<br />

$90,000 of the $300,000 goal. Twenty-eight<br />

men – ambassadors – have been nominated to<br />

head the fundraising in Mississippi, and Shaw is<br />

“pumped” to be a lead-man in this project that<br />

gets officially underway on September 22. Shaw<br />

is quick to insist that breast cancer is one sorority<br />

ladies don’t apply for, but if you become a member,<br />

the allegiance to one another runs deep.<br />

The excitement and commitment that<br />

Roxanne and Shaw express toward their<br />

support of breast cancer prevention is self-evident.<br />

Roxanne said her mindset changed from<br />

“Why me?” to “Why not me?” during their<br />

journey. She continued, “I can truthfully say<br />

that in my own experience, cancer hasn’t just<br />

left me with scars and memories of pain and<br />

suffering. I’m a better wife, mother, and friend.<br />

I’m even a better attorney.”<br />

Shaw’s smile confirmed her cancer<br />

testimonial and with an obvious mission that<br />

he’s adopted said, “We’ve got to make women<br />

aware that treatments are there to cure breast<br />

cancer. We’ve just got to convince them to do<br />

regular screenings.”<br />

There’s no doubt that pink is the Case<br />

family’s new favorite color!<br />

_______________________<br />

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and how you can contribute or be involved, please visit<br />

Real Men Wear Pink for more details.<br />

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Sailing<br />

into the Future<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

On the fourth of July, Anna Marie “AM” Jones<br />

was a bartender at the Jackson Yacht Club.<br />

The next day, she was named the club’s<br />

full-time sailing director.<br />

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And five days later, she was headed to the<br />

Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis,<br />

Maryland, for immersion<br />

training with one of the<br />

nation’s premiere sailing programs.<br />

“It was a lot in a short period of time,” she laughs.<br />

Anna Marie grew up two minutes down the street from the<br />

Yacht Club. “I went to sailing camp there when I was fourteen years<br />

old,” she recalls. “Everyone has fun at sailing camp, but only a small<br />

percentage really get into it. I was in that small percentage. I loved<br />

everything about it.” She attended camp again at age fifteen, and by<br />

the time she was sixteen, she was an instructor at the camp. “I also<br />

went to work at the Yacht Club. I think I had every job you could<br />

think of there while I was a teenager.” From server to lifeguard to<br />

sailing instructor, Anna Marie has learned all aspects of the club.<br />

After graduating from Madison Ridgeland Academy, Anna Marie<br />

attended Ole Miss. “I finished in three years with a degree in general<br />

business and a minor in English.” She then returned to the place she<br />

knows best, the Jackson Yacht Club.<br />

While in Annapolis, Anna Marie had to piece together the various<br />

programs the club there offered. “They had adult sailing classes, but<br />

they had to look beyond that and provide something after the classes<br />

were done. They also had classes and programs that considered a<br />

person’s age, type of boat, and their skill level. They also did family<br />

sailing classes. I was most impressed with the Tuesday night sail,<br />

where hundreds of boats were out on the Chesapeake Bay.<br />

We could easily do that at the Reservoir.”<br />

When she returned from Annapolis, Anna Marie hosted Nan<br />

Walker, a national sailing program consultant, at the Jackson Yacht<br />

Club. “Nan came in and evaluated our existing programs. We are<br />

now creating a framework for programs that we can implement<br />

here for future generations of the club to support and sustain a<br />

community of sailors and a culture around water-based activities.<br />

We are looking at what our club can be in the future, starting with<br />

our current assets. We have six Catalinas that no one knows about.<br />

We need to start by utilizing those.”<br />

Anna Marie will also be implementing additional water activities<br />

such as stand-up paddle boards, rowing shells, and kayaks. “During<br />

sailing camp, if there is no wind, the kids usually end up in the<br />

swimming pool. That’s fine, but since we are lake-based, I wanted<br />

other activities. If sailing doesn’t resonate with a kid, they may end<br />

up loving kayaking.”<br />

A US Sailing Level 1 instructor, Anna Marie has spent several years<br />

as a summer sailing camp leader at JYC, as well as teaching Scouts<br />

at Camp Hood in Hazlehurst. She is also CPR and SafeSport trained<br />

with US Sailing.<br />

On the go since she was named as the club’s first ever full-time<br />

sailing director, Anna Marie attended the Junior Lipton’s regatta at<br />

Fairhope Yacht Club in Alabama, followed by an adult regatta in Pass<br />

Christian. “It was time for the Jackson Yacht Club to have a full-time<br />

director,” she says. “Until I came on board in July, it was a volunteer<br />

position.” As the club has grown, and the emphasis on sailing has<br />

become more intense, Anna Marie is poised to grow the program<br />

and carry it into the future. “I feel blessed to be here. We already<br />

have so many wonderful amenities here and so many wonderful<br />

things we can offer.”<br />

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Malee Davidson<br />

Leigh Ramsey<br />

Though she’s no stranger to the stage, this<br />

past year Malee Davidson of Ridgeland got a<br />

new experience on the platform, participating<br />

in the Distinguished Young Women program.<br />

Malee is the daughter of John Davidson of<br />

Davidson Bowie Law Firm, and Marisa<br />

Davidson, CEO of Mississippi Health Partners.<br />

Malee has a 15-year-old brother, Ty Davidson<br />

who attends Jackson Prep.<br />

Distinguished Young Women is a national<br />

program in which young ladies compete during<br />

their junior year of high school. They present to<br />

the judges their strengths in several categories,<br />

including scholastics, talent, self-expression,<br />

physical fitness, and interview. One of the reasons<br />

Malee decided to compete was to continue a<br />

legacy. Her mother, Marisa Davidson, was the<br />

winner of this program when it was called<br />

“Junior Miss of Madison County”.<br />

Malee competed in the local competition<br />

and won the scholastics, talent, self-expression,<br />

and interview categories of the program. She<br />

was also named Distinguished Young Woman<br />

of Madison County. This honor comes with<br />

rewards of college scholarships and wonderful<br />

new friendships and experiences. During the<br />

winner’s senior year, they also carry the<br />

responsibility of participating in service<br />

projects and being held as a community role<br />

model. They are also responsible for guiding the<br />

girls who are participating in the program the<br />

following year and helping host the competition<br />

the next year. Winners of the local competition<br />

move on to compete at a state level.<br />

Distinguished Young Women is a program<br />

that focuses on “Be Your Best Self.” The specific<br />

areas of focus are being healthy, being ambitious,<br />

being involved, being studious, and being<br />

responsible. The state competition required<br />

participants to submit a video project focused on<br />

the “Be Your Best Self” message. Malee shared<br />

that throughout her childhood, she spent many<br />

years at the local library, and credits that<br />

experience with giving her a love of reading.<br />

She wanted to inspire other young readers, so<br />

she created bumble bee craft bags that included<br />

the Be Your Best Self message. Children could<br />

pick up one of these bags and take them home<br />

to read about the message and do a small craft.<br />

At the state competition, Malee was the<br />

scholastic and talent preliminary winner. She<br />

also placed in the top ten. When talking about<br />

her time competing at a state level, Malee shared<br />

with admiration, “By the time the competition<br />

started, competing wasn’t even the main focus<br />

anymore.” She shared how valuable the<br />

experience was and how much she cherishes<br />

the memories and the friendships she made.<br />

Outside of the Distinguished Young<br />

Women program, Malee is very involved at her<br />

school. She is now a senior at Madison Ridgeland<br />

Academy. She is on the student council, is the<br />

dance team captain and is involved in the<br />

performing arts program and in choir. Her<br />

school participated in a musical theater<br />

competition at the Orpheum in Memphis this<br />

past year called the “High School Musical<br />

Theatre Awards.” Ms. Davidson was named<br />

Outstanding Featured Actress for her role as<br />

Amayzing Mayzie in “Seussical the Musical.”<br />

She learned she had won this title while she<br />

was on a trip to Germany with her history<br />

teacher. During the trip, they visited Germany,<br />

Munich, Bavaria, Italy, Austria, and France.<br />

They spent twelve days studying the culture<br />

and history of these European countries.<br />

When Malee was asked if she had anything else<br />

she wanted to say about the Distinguished<br />

Young Women program, she said she wanted to<br />

make sure she took this opportunity to give a<br />

shout-out of gratitude to Barbie Bassett, who<br />

guided her through the DYW process from the<br />

local competition to the state competition.<br />

Malee advised any young ladies interested in<br />

this program to go into it with a good attitude<br />

and understand it is a learning process that<br />

involves hard work and great reward. For more<br />

information on the Distinguished Young<br />

Women program, visit distinguishedyw.org.<br />

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James Worthy and Warner Cannada<br />

Carson Dean, Trent Stokes, Terri Stokes, and Raigan Stokes<br />

2022<br />

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Mary Kate Rankin and Jamie Lake<br />

Tonya McCall and Andreau Brown<br />

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The Landing<br />

at Georgia Blue<br />

Amber Couer and Kevin Loud<br />

Pam Files and Jill Ford<br />

Eric McKie and Peyton Brown<br />

Beth Kitchings, Jan Collins, and Rhonda Newell<br />

Darlene Ballard, Cynthia Brewer, Buddy Voelkel, and Barney Daly<br />

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William Collins, Spencer Pipitone, and Dillon King<br />

Guy Bowering, Tondra Hall, Heath Hall, and Nicky Cobb<br />

Theresa Erickson and Bennie Butts<br />

Doug Jones and Ray Balentine<br />

Lee Balch and Amy Ainsworth<br />

Tracy Wofford and Koby Wofford<br />

Peyton Parker and Wilson Nichols<br />

Rob Mayo and Andrew Lester<br />

Andrew Temple, Mason Phillips, and Landon McCaskill<br />

Lauren Scheel, Emily Harrison, and Elizabeth Stanga<br />

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Honey Glazed Carrots<br />

• ¼ cup butter<br />

• 2 Tbsp. honey<br />

• ½ tsp. dried rosemary<br />

• ½ tsp. garlic powder<br />

• Kosher salt<br />

• Freshly ground black pepper<br />

• 15 carrots (2 lbs.), peeled and<br />

halved lengthwise<br />

• Fresh thyme, for garnish<br />

(optional)<br />

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a<br />

saucepan over low heat, melt butter.<br />

Stir in honey, rosemary, and garlic<br />

powder and season with salt and<br />

pepper. Place carrots on a large<br />

baking sheet. Pour over<br />

glaze and toss until<br />

coated. Roast until<br />

caramelized and<br />

glazed, 35 to<br />

40 minutes.<br />

Garnish with<br />

thyme, if<br />

desired,<br />

before<br />

serving.<br />

Honey Garlic Glazed<br />

Salmon<br />

• ⅓ c. honey<br />

• ¼ c. low-sodium soy sauce<br />

• 2 Tbsp. lemon juice<br />

• 1 tsp. red pepper flakes<br />

• 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil,<br />

divided<br />

• 4 6-oz. salmon fillets, patted dry<br />

with a paper towel<br />

• Kosher salt<br />

• Freshly ground black pepper<br />

• 3 cloves garlic, minced<br />

• 1 lemon, sliced into rounds<br />

In a medium bowl, whisk together<br />

honey, soy sauce, lemon juice and<br />

red pepper flakes. In a large skillet<br />

over medium-high heat, heat two<br />

tablespoons oil. When oil is hot but<br />

not smoking, add salmon skin-side<br />

up and season with salt and pepper.<br />

Cook salmon until deeply golden,<br />

about 6 minutes, then flip over and<br />

add remaining tablespoon of oil.<br />

Add garlic to the skillet and cook<br />

until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the<br />

honey mixture and sliced lemons<br />

and cook until sauce is reduced by<br />

about a third. Baste salmon with the<br />

sauce. Garnish with sliced lemon<br />

and serve.<br />

Honey Balsamic Glazed<br />

Brussels Sprouts<br />

• 1 lb. Brussels sprouts,<br />

cleaned and halved<br />

• 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil<br />

• ½ c. balsamic vinegar<br />

• 2 Tbsp. honey<br />

• 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard<br />

• 2 cloves garlic, minced<br />

• Kosher salt<br />

• Freshly ground black pepper<br />

In a large skillet over medium heat,<br />

heat oil. Add Brussels sprouts, cut<br />

side down, and cook undisturbed,<br />

3 to 4 minutes, until golden on the<br />

bottom. Add ¼ cup water and cover.<br />

Let Brussels sprouts steam until<br />

tender, three minutes. If the skillet<br />

seems dry, add more water one<br />

tablespoon at a time. Remove<br />

sprouts from skillet and set aside on<br />

a plate. Add vinegar, honey, mustard,<br />

and garlic and whisk to combine.<br />

Bring to a simmer and cook until<br />

thick and syrupy, 6 to 8 minutes.<br />

Return sprouts to pan, toss to coat,<br />

and heat through, 2 to 3 more<br />

minutes. Season with salt and<br />

pepper and serve immediately.<br />

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Herb Chicken with<br />

Honey Butter<br />

• 1 large egg, lightly beaten<br />

• ¾ cup seasoned breadcrumbs<br />

• 2 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes<br />

• 1 tsp. Italian seasoning<br />

• ¾ tsp. garlic salt<br />

• ½ tsp. poultry seasoning<br />

• 4 boneless skinless chicken breast<br />

halves (6 oz. each)<br />

• 3 Tbsp. butter<br />

Honey butter<br />

• ¼ cup butter, softened<br />

• ¼ cup honey<br />

Place egg in a shallow bowl. In<br />

another shallow bowl, combine<br />

breadcrumbs and seasonings. Dip<br />

chicken in egg, then coat with bread<br />

crumb mixture. Heat a large cast-iron<br />

or other heavy skillet over medium<br />

heat. Cook chicken in butter until a<br />

thermometer reads 165, 4-5 minutes<br />

on each side. Combine softened<br />

butter and honey. Serve with chicken.<br />

Honey Cinnamon Bars<br />

• 1 cup sugar<br />

• ¾ cup canola oil<br />

• ¼ cup honey<br />

• 1 large egg, room temperature<br />

• 2 cups all-purpose flour<br />

• 1 tsp. baking soda<br />

• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon<br />

• ¼ tsp. salt<br />

• 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted<br />

Honey Citrus Iced Tea<br />

• 4 tea bags<br />

• 2 cups boiling water<br />

• 3 medium navel oranges<br />

• 2 medium lemons<br />

• 2 cups orange juice<br />

• ¼ cup lemon juice<br />

• 3 tablespoons honey<br />

• 1 liter ginger ale, chilled<br />

• Ice cubes<br />

Place tea bags in a teapot; add boiling<br />

water. Cover and steep for 3 minutes;<br />

discard tea bags. Pour tea into a<br />

pitcher. Peel and section 2 oranges<br />

and 1 lemon; add to tea. Stir in the<br />

orange juice, lemon juice and honey.<br />

Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or<br />

overnight. Cut remaining orange and<br />

lemon into slices; freeze. Just before<br />

serving, strain and discard fruit from<br />

tea. Stir in ginger ale. Serve with<br />

frozen fruit slices and ice.<br />

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl,<br />

beat sugar, oil, honey, and egg until<br />

well blended. In another bowl, whisk<br />

flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and<br />

salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture.<br />

Stir in 1 cup walnuts. Spread into a<br />

greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.<br />

Bake until golden brown (edges<br />

will puff up), 10-12 minutes.<br />

Cool completely on a wire rack.<br />

Honey Cornbread<br />

• 1 cup all-purpose flour<br />

• 1 cup yellow cornmeal<br />

• ¼ cup sugar<br />

• 3 teaspoons baking powder<br />

• ½ teaspoon salt<br />

• 2 large eggs, room temperature<br />

• 1 cup heavy whipping cream<br />

• ¼ cup canola oil<br />

• ¼ cup honey<br />

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a<br />

bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar,<br />

baking powder and salt. In a small<br />

bowl, beat the eggs. Add cream, oil,<br />

and honey; beat well. Stir into the dry<br />

ingredients just until moistened. Pour<br />

into a greased 9-in. square baking pan.<br />

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a<br />

toothpick inserted in the center<br />

comes out clean. Serve warm.<br />

Glaze<br />

• 1 cup confectioners’ sugar<br />

• 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise<br />

• 1 tsp. vanilla extract<br />

• 1 to 2 Tbsp. water<br />

• Additional toasted chopped<br />

walnuts, optional<br />

In a small bowl, mix confectioners’<br />

sugar, mayo, vanilla and enough water<br />

to reach desired consistency; spread<br />

over top. Sprinkle with additional<br />

walnuts. Let stand until set.<br />

Cut into bars.<br />

Salted Honey Pie<br />

• Pie crust, refrigerated or homemade<br />

• 4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten<br />

• 2½ cups heavy whipping cream<br />

• 1 cup unpacked light brown sugar<br />

• ⅓ cup cornstarch, sifted<br />

• ½ tsp. salt<br />

• ½ cup honey<br />

• 2 tsp. vanilla extract<br />

• Sea salt, optional<br />

Prepare the pie crust in a deep dish<br />

8-inch pie pan, or a 9-inch pie pan, and<br />

set it in the fridge. Do not pre-bake it.<br />

Preheat the oven to 375. Add egg yolks<br />

to a large bowl. Set aside. To make the<br />

filling, heat the heavy cream, brown<br />

sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium<br />

saucepan on medium heat until it<br />

comes to a rolling boil, stirring regularly.<br />

Remove from heat. Temper eggs by<br />

adding a little bit of the cream mixture<br />

to the eggs and whisking, then adding<br />

a little more. Add the remaining cream<br />

mixture and stir until combined and<br />

smooth. Add the honey and vanilla<br />

extract to the custard and stir until<br />

well combined. Pour into the chilled<br />

pie crust. Bake the for 40-45 minutes.<br />

It will bubble up and start to brown<br />

on top. Remove from the oven. It will<br />

still be pretty jiggly. Set it on the<br />

counter to cool until it comes to room<br />

temperature. It will firm up as it sits.<br />

Refrigerate the pie until it’s cold and<br />

fully firm. Sprinkle with sea salt<br />

and serve.<br />

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Take A Trip<br />

to The Islands<br />

Without<br />

Leaving Town<br />

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It’s hard to miss the big<br />

red building situated on<br />

the Ross Barnett Reservoir<br />

in Brandon that is<br />

Shaggy’s on the Rez.<br />

With its island vibe and laid-back atmosphere, Shaggy’s quickly<br />

became a popular “vacation destination” for locals looking to get<br />

away. “Key West inspired our bright colors and vibrant energy,”<br />

says Rimmer Covington, Jr., president and CEO of Shaggy’s<br />

Restaurants. “The moment you walk in the door and hear the<br />

island music, you’re immediately transported to a tropical<br />

destination, and that’s exactly what we want for our guests!”<br />

Shaggy’s on the Rez, voted Best Outdoor Dining for the<br />

second consecutive year, is situated on the<br />

water, making for that laid-back island<br />

vibe you get at every Shaggy’s<br />

location, not to mention the<br />

delicious food! The menu<br />

has everything from<br />

fresh seafood to juicy<br />

cheeseburgers and<br />

even healthier fare,<br />

such as stuffed<br />

avocados and<br />

creative salads.<br />

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Rimmer says, “A common misconception is that<br />

we are just a seafood joint. While we certainly serve<br />

incredible seafood dishes, our menu also features<br />

many vegetarian and gluten-free options.”<br />

Shaggy’s is known for its creative coastal cuisine<br />

and relaxed atmosphere, and the story of Shaggy’s is<br />

just as colorful as the restaurant, with the original<br />

turning 15 this year. “It started when my wife and I<br />

purchased a bait shop in Pass Christian Harbor with<br />

the idea of serving cold beers, seafood, and burgers,”<br />

says Ron Ladner, founder and chairman of Shaggy’s<br />

Restaurants. “We were aiming to create a place for<br />

people to gather with their friends in a relaxed and<br />

fun setting, and we did just that!”<br />

“Even though Shaggy’s is now<br />

visited by people from all over the<br />

world,” says Ron, “we’re proud that<br />

the Shaggy’s environment is still<br />

a comfortable gathering place<br />

where you always feel like you’re<br />

among friends.”<br />

Now, 15 years later, Shaggy’s has six waterfront<br />

locations in Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana, with<br />

plans to expand and share the customer-centric<br />

Shaggy’s experience with a continued focus on<br />

prioritizing their employees.<br />

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“Ron and I developed a unique<br />

culture that focuses on caring for our<br />

employees to produce a positive,<br />

fun-loving, lively environment for all<br />

of our guests to enjoy,” says Rimmer.<br />

“Our culture of appreciation and<br />

respect for our employees continues to<br />

foster the world-class service that our<br />

guests have become accustomed to.”<br />

Beyond the great food and great<br />

service, Shaggy’s on the Rez is unique to<br />

its sister stores in that it has a stunning<br />

private party space overlooking “the<br />

big water.” The room, which is located<br />

on the second floor, has a private<br />

balcony, a full-service bar, and can<br />

accommodate up to 200 people.<br />

“With insanely beautiful views, the<br />

room really does speak for itself,” says<br />

Collin Carrana, marketing director of<br />

Shaggy’s Restaurants. “There is a<br />

private balcony and full-service bar,<br />

meaning we can cater to events of all<br />

shapes and sizes. We designed this<br />

room with the community in mind,<br />

to give everyone a space to escape<br />

but in a more personal setting.”<br />

Boasting at over 7,000 square feet,<br />

Shaggy’s on the Rez, is more than a<br />

restaurant—it is a colorful destination<br />

that is ideal for the entire family! It is<br />

the place for celebrations, girls’ night<br />

out, and dinner with friends and<br />

family—you name it!<br />

Shaggy’s on the Rez is open daily<br />

at 11am with trivia every Monday,<br />

karaoke every Tuesday, Singo every<br />

Wednesday, and live music Thursday<br />

thru Sunday.<br />

Visit www.shaggys.com or follow<br />

them on Facebook and Instagram to<br />

see the full menu and to get in that<br />

“vacation state of mind.”<br />

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SALUTE<br />

to First Responders<br />

Why did you decide to be a paramedic/fireman?<br />

Ever since I was little, I always wanted to help people. I had<br />

contemplated joining the military during high school. As a firefighter/<br />

paramedic, I’m able to serve the community that I grew up in.<br />

It makes a difference serving not just a city, but the people you<br />

grew up around and know.<br />

How long have you been with the Madison Fire Department?<br />

I have been at the Madison Fire Department for six and a half years.<br />

I started as an EMT and then obtained my firefighter certification in<br />

2016. I graduated from paramedic school in 2019 and was promoted<br />

to lieutenant at the end of June of this year.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

My parents were born and raised in Jackson and have been married<br />

for 36 years. My dad, Hoyt, is a pastor in Terry at Bethesda Baptist<br />

Church. My mom, Sandra, works at River Oaks Hospital in the<br />

admissions department. My sister, Allora, also works at River Oaks<br />

Hospital in information and screening. My wife, Bailey, works as<br />

a preschool teacher and is expecting our first child in November.<br />

We met at Ridgecrest Baptist Church and have been married almost<br />

two years. I can’t wait to meet our little girl! They are my biggest<br />

support group. I wouldn’t be able to do my job effectively if I didn’t<br />

have my family by my side.<br />

Lieutenant/Paramedic<br />

Cody<br />



What is the toughest thing you have experienced in your job?<br />

The toughest thing about my job is seeing the grief and heartache a<br />

family goes through after suffering a loss. Most people don’t realize<br />

that we take on their pain. As a paramedic, you do everything in your<br />

power to save those who you can save. Unfortunately, that’s not<br />

always possible. We try to deal with it in our own way. Some cope<br />

with unhealthy habits. I’m thankful God has given me so much<br />

support from my crew, my friends, family, and church family to get<br />

through the hard times that I could never get through by myself.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in your spare time.<br />

When I’m not at the fire department, I enjoy going to church,<br />

spending time with family and friends, and going hunting. We all<br />

need downtime to decompress. Going to church and spending time<br />

with God helps refuel my spiritual battery to keep going. Spending<br />

time with my family and friends reminds me why I do what I do.<br />

Going hunting allows me to be in nature, hear the silence, and take<br />

in God’s beautiful creation.<br />

What are three things on your bucket list?<br />

I’ve traveled a decent amount growing up due to school trips or<br />

Boy Scouts. The three things I would like to do are see Yellowstone,<br />

go to Greece, and maybe go skydiving.<br />

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Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

The person I admire the most would be my dad. He’s always there<br />

for everyone and isn’t afraid to be real. He’s not perfect, but no one is.<br />

He’s a great man and a great dad. He’s definitely set the bar high for<br />

what it means to not just be a father, but what it means to be a man<br />

of God and a dad.<br />

If you could give one piece of advice to a young person,<br />

what would it be?<br />

Don’t give up. Life is going to throw some curveballs your way.<br />

Roll with them and place one foot in front of the other. Life isn’t<br />

about making large steps in the right direction. It’s about making<br />

small consistent steps. When the time comes when you can’t do it<br />

yourself, cry out to God to give you strength. He will carry you through<br />

the hard times. I know it’s true. He does it for me all the time.<br />

What is your favorite thing about the city of Madison?<br />

The heart of the community. There are so many good people living<br />

inside the city. I grew up in Madison and graduated from Madison<br />

Central. It is truly an honor to be able to work and serve the people<br />

that I know and call family.<br />

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Advertiser Spotlight<br />

Waterpointe Living<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

These days, it seems our lives are so fast paced.<br />

Always rushing here and there to shop, exercise,<br />

meet with friends, then head back to the suburbs<br />

only to close the garage door and lock out the world.<br />

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Wouldn’t it be great to return to a simpler time, where<br />

neighbors know one another, where you can walk to the corner<br />

grocery, dry cleaner, or coffee shop? Imagine stepping out of<br />

your office to take a walk, stopping to throw a ball with kids<br />

in a neighborhood park. Or perhaps you would like to retire<br />

to a place where you can enjoy outdoor gardens, cooking<br />

classes and other activities.<br />

All this and more is what you’ll find at Waterpointe, off<br />

East Metro Drive in the heart of Flowood.<br />

A central town center will feature buildings with liveabove<br />

units designed for a luxury lifestyle. Downstairs will<br />

be a unique mix of shops, restaurants and businesses that will<br />

make life more interesting and convenient. Radiating out<br />

from the town square will be more homes, some smaller with<br />

minimal yards, which means minimal time doing yard work.<br />

Gus Brand, part of the Waterpointe team, says they are<br />

excited to the see the project coming to life. “We’re excited to<br />

work with Gary and Wayne Lyles of Lyles Signature Homes.<br />

The homes they build are first class. Mike Thompson, the<br />

town architect, has a very traditional style that will help make<br />

Waterpointe timeless. We’re fortunate to have a local architect<br />

who works on these neighborhoods like these throughout the<br />

United States,” says Gus. “This neighborhood is second-tonone,<br />

and a big reason for that is that most of the team lives<br />

in Rankin County so this isn’t just a project for them. This is<br />

their home.”<br />

Like other projects, the team has had to deal with<br />

challenges such as supply chain issues, but the project is on go.<br />

The groundbreaking was in late 2018, and Hemphill<br />

Construction has completed the dirt work and utilities<br />

installation. “Wayne and Gary poured the first slabs in<br />

Spring 2021, and those homes are nearing completion.<br />

They plan to build out the remainder of the street for<br />

everyone to get a feel for how cozy the neighborhood will be.<br />

And then they will start on the townhomes.” In addition to<br />

single family homes, a 220-unit luxury loft project will break<br />

ground in 2023.<br />

Rhoads Lake is the centerpiece of the project, “That’s<br />

what brings the neighborhood to life,” says Gus. “There will<br />

be all sorts of activities and events around the lake, including<br />

lakeside dining, a farmer’s market, concerts, parades and<br />

more. It will also give people a chance to connect with others<br />

in the community. It’s fun to think about what can be here.”<br />

Waterpointe will also have a 100-unit luxury senior<br />

living community. “That project offers independent living<br />

to memory care and will be developed by a group out of<br />

Arkansas,” says Gus. The P.Allen Smith-inspired project<br />

will feature outdoor gardens and activities such as cooking<br />

classes. It will even have a playground for grandchildren.<br />

“That project will break ground later this year.”<br />

The town center is anchored by Community Bank’s<br />

86,000-square-foot headquarters. “Community Bank built<br />

a gorgeous building,” says Gus. “It’s been a lot of fun to see it<br />

come together.”<br />

Thompson Placemaking is headquartered in downtown<br />

Brandon. “We are working with classic Southern home styles<br />

found in Mississippi,” Mike Thompson explains. “Homes<br />

will feature front porches and sidewalks so folks can get to<br />

know their neighbors, and cars will park on the streets, which<br />

slows traffic. We want to encourage interaction. The town<br />

center will be modeled after a lot of Mississippi Main Streets<br />

and towns with squares. Buildings will be simple, made of<br />

brick, with stores, shops, and restaurants on the ground floor<br />

and 75 to 100 living units with balconies upstairs.” The<br />

development will tie into the walking trails in Flowood.<br />

“It is designed to be walkable and with easy access.”<br />

Adam Savage with Trihelm Properties is the commercial<br />

broker for the project. “The big takeaway for me with this<br />

project is that it will give Flowood an identity. It will create<br />

a downtown, so to speak, for everyone to enjoy. Waterpointe<br />

will have a unique tenant corridor.” The project will have<br />

90,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. “I’m excited,<br />

personally, about this because I am a Rankin County resident.<br />

This is a place where I will be going to eat and shop with<br />

my family.”<br />

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a community<br />

UNITED in<br />

SPIRIT<br />

LYDIA<br />

SNOPEK<br />

For Madison native Lydia Snopek, her campus community<br />

pushes her to become a better version of herself every<br />

day. From the opportunities in the athletic department for<br />

a future career in Sports Nutrition to her involvement with<br />

the Honors College, she embraces every challenge and<br />

hopes to leave a legacy of dedication.<br />

From a warm smile on the morning walk to class, to a<br />

jubilant “Hotty Toddy!” during a football game, students<br />

at Ole Miss will find a welcoming, safe community<br />

constantly in motion. We invite you to visit our campus<br />

and experience our community that is united in spirit,<br />

passion, and purpose.<br />

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Chrystelle Thames<br />

“The survival and usefulness of any service<br />

agency is dependent, in large measure, upon<br />

its capacity and willingness to change.”<br />

Today The Baptist Children’s Village<br />

(formerly the Baptist Orphanage) celebrates<br />

125 years of ministry and these words of former<br />

Executive Director Paul N. Nunnery exemplify<br />

the ministry from the first day until now.<br />

In 2022 the BCV serves hundreds of<br />

children through residential care in homes<br />

throughout Mississippi; through a non-residential<br />

program where families are mentored<br />

and encouraged; through a domestic violence<br />

shelter providing a safe place for children and<br />

their moms; and finally, through referral<br />

services offering families options to help meet<br />

their needs.<br />

The ministry that began in a small house on<br />

Capitol Street in Jackson, has seen many changes<br />

in its journey to the statewide ministry it is<br />

today. The success of God’s plan is evidenced by<br />

His work in and through the lives of His people.<br />

Recently the BCV held its alumni reunion<br />

bringing generations of former residents<br />

together who shared stories about how God<br />

had used people through the ministry to change<br />

their lives and rescue them from devastation.<br />

Amongst all the chatter is an abundance of<br />

evidence that, “changing one life at The Baptist<br />

Children’s Village changes generations.”<br />

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The Baptist Children’s Village has cared for<br />

thousands of children since 1897 but the impact<br />

to children and families is incalculable because<br />

each of those alumni have become adults who<br />

have careers, ministries, children and grandchildren,<br />

and circles of influence. One such<br />

picture of a changed generation is seen in the<br />

BCV’s very own communications associate,<br />

Kassidy, whose grandfather lived at the Baptist<br />

Orphanage in the 1940s. His children and<br />

grandchildren today are positively impacting<br />

the Kingdom because of the investments made<br />

in his life so many years ago.<br />

And consider Carla, who, because BCV<br />

staff showed her who she was in Christ, was<br />

able to let Him use the pain in her life to<br />

minister to others in her capacity as an EMT<br />

and critical care nurse. Judges, lawyers,<br />

pharmacists, missionaries, pastors, homemakers,<br />

businessmen and women fill the roles of<br />

alumni who God has and is using for His glory.<br />

This author’s own family is an example of<br />

how God uses houseparents, case managers<br />

and administrators to facilitate a changed<br />

generation. The Baptist Children’s Village<br />

exists, as a part of the Mississippi Southern<br />

Baptist Church, to take the good news of Jesus<br />

Christ to at-risk children and families. This<br />

work is accomplished through modeling<br />

Christian family values in a BCV home staffed<br />

with houseparent missionaries who God calls<br />

to this specific work. It is accomplished<br />

through case managers acting as the hands and<br />

feet of Christ, meeting physical, spiritual, and<br />

emotional needs for families.<br />

Perhaps every person has moments or<br />

seasons in life where it seems impossible for<br />

God to make good from something so<br />

devastating or so challenging. As we reflect on<br />

our family, we marvel at how God brought<br />

together, in Mississippi, one from Washington<br />

state and one from Michigan—orchestrating<br />

circumstances so that, at The Baptist Children’s<br />

Village, our lives would be touched by<br />

housemothers, couples, and professionals, all<br />

of whom were used to show us the hope found<br />

in Christ and the potential for a healthy,<br />

God-honoring family. Our children are now<br />

adults with careers and a circle of influence of<br />

their own. They now have the opportunity to<br />

continue the legacy through their children (our<br />

grandchildren.) As God works in their hearts,<br />

their lives become the testimony of those who<br />

He used to impact each of our lives.<br />

This incalculable number of impacted lives<br />

are the testimonies of every staff and partner<br />

in the ministry including prayer warriors,<br />

donors, and volunteers. The BCV continues<br />

to be 100% privately funded, receiving no<br />

government funds. God has, throughout its<br />

125-year history, used His people to provide<br />

for the needs of children and families served<br />

in the ministry. The needs of children and<br />

families are still great and, mindful of the<br />

challenge set forth to meet those needs and to<br />

take the gospel to more of those children and<br />

families in an ever-changing culture, The<br />

Baptist Children’s Village is asking, “who are<br />

we missing” and “how do we get to them.”<br />

The pursuit of those answers will likely lead<br />

to more change and new ministries that open<br />

doors to reach more children and families with<br />

the good news of Jesus Christ. Those lives will<br />

be evidence of a successful agency who has had<br />

“the capacity and willingness to change” as<br />

God directs.<br />

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Come enjoy our special programming at the<br />

museums this fall!<br />

Country Music Trivia Night - Sept. 1<br />

Women in Country Music: Songs and<br />

Conversation - Sept. 15<br />

Country Music Fashion Show - Oct. 20<br />

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the Gordons<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Michael, 27 – enjoys playing golf and watching the Rebs play<br />

baseball and football.<br />

Peyton, 27 – third generation Ole Miss Rebel. Loves spending time with<br />

family and traveling to Oxford for a fun weekend. Also enjoys attending<br />

OrangeTheory in Madison.<br />

Reese, 2 – Loves to dance and watch “ball” with her Dada.<br />

We tailgate with our neighborhood crew and call ourselves the<br />

“Deerfield Rebels”. We’ve had the same five-tent set-up for about<br />

10 years now, next to Ventress Hall. We have been known to have over<br />

100 people come through our tailgate on a big SEC game weekend!<br />

How did you meet and how long have you<br />

been married?<br />

We met and started dating the summer before our senior year of high<br />

school. Michael grew up a Mississippi State fan, so our first Egg Bowl<br />

was an interesting one. However, we both ended up at Ole Miss our<br />

sophomore year of college, and he saw the light. We love our rebels<br />

and visit Oxford every chance we get! We have been married for four<br />

years but together for over 10.<br />

What brings you the greatest joy as parents?<br />

Our greatest joy is knowing no matter what craziness life throws our<br />

way, we have a little girl that loves us unconditionally and can bring a<br />

smile to our face in an instant. She is our number-one fan and is always<br />

excited to see us.<br />

What drives you to have the job you have?<br />

Peyton – I am a CPA for FORVIS, LLP in the tax compliance and tax<br />

consulting group. We are a public accounting firm in Jackson. For a long<br />

time, I planned to move out of the state to Nashville or Birmingham.<br />

However, I decided to come back home, and it was one of the best<br />

decisions I ever made. Working and helping companies around my<br />

hometown and all over the state motivates me and drives me to the<br />

success that I have had so far.<br />

Michael – I am an salesman for AAA Insurance. Helping people protect<br />

their loved ones and assets gives me the drive to succeed at my job.<br />

What do you love about your team/school?<br />

Oxford/Ole Miss is a second home to our family. We love the beautiful<br />

campus and friendly town. Game days in the Grove are an unmatched<br />

experience. From the fun evenings spent on the square to cheering on<br />

our Rebs in the Vaught, the memories are abundant. The perfect Oxford<br />

game day would be tailgating in the grove all day, watching the Rebs<br />

win, and then capping off the night on the square at Funkys.<br />


Hawaiian Ham & Swiss<br />

Sliders<br />

• 24 slices of deli honey ham<br />

• 6 slices of Swiss cheese, cut into fourths<br />

• ⅓ cup mayonnaise<br />

• 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds<br />

• 1½ Tbsp. Dijon mustard<br />

• ½ cup butter, melted<br />

• 1 Tbsp. onion powder<br />

• ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce<br />

• 24 sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls<br />

Cut rolls in half and spread mayo onto one side.<br />

Place a slice or two of ham and a slice of Swiss<br />

cheese in roll. Replace the top of the rolls and<br />

bunch them closely together into a baking dish.<br />

In a medium bowl, whisk together poppy seeds,<br />

Dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and<br />

Worcestershire sauce. Pour sauce over rolls,<br />

just covering the tops. Cover with foil and let<br />

sit for 10 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for<br />

10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover<br />

and cook for additional 2 minutes until tops are<br />

slightly browned and crisp. Serve warm.<br />

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Tell us about your family. (Mother/Daugher)<br />

Faye, 70 – loves volunteering at church<br />

Virginia, 38 – hobbies are reading and volunteering in the community<br />

How long have you lived in Madison County?<br />

Virginia has lived in Madison six years after deciding to purchase a house<br />

in the downtown Madison area. Faye lived in Ridgeland from 1979 to 1985.<br />

Tell us how you came to love your school,<br />

and how that has affected your family.<br />

Faye - I came to USM for the education department, specializing in special<br />

education, led by Dr. Cotton at the time. In the fall of 1970, when I arrived<br />

as a freshman, Dr. Cotton had taken the head position at Ellisville State School.<br />

Though I was disappointed he had left, I continued my education because of<br />

the University’s strong academic program. My experiences at Southern Miss<br />

led me to encourage Virginia to apply for a wide variety of scholarships and to<br />

look at their many degree programs. She was hesitant to follow in my footsteps,<br />

but we see now that Southern Miss was the right choice for both of us.<br />

What are some of your favorite things about<br />

Madison County?<br />

Virginia - I love the small-town feel. There are wonderful locally-owned<br />

shops, selling Mississippi-made products. Also, you never know who you<br />

might bump into while out running errands. There is always a welcoming<br />

smile around the next corner!<br />

What brings you the greatest joy?<br />

Virginia - Fall Saturdays in the South ignite pure joy that rank in the top five<br />

of life! Selecting which black and gold attire, jewelry, and other accessories<br />

to wear for the day, while listening to College Game Day just sets the mood.<br />

A drive down Highway 49 is filled with stories of the past that leads to<br />

catching up with forever Southern Miss friends. Standing in the Rock with<br />

my friends and mother, singing the words of our alma mater that have always<br />

meant the most to me- “Southern mem’ries we shall cherish, Loyalty we<br />

pledge to thee,” right before the Golden Eagles run on to the field. These<br />

are the days I live for!<br />

What drives you to have the job that you have?<br />

Faye - As a retired educator, I enjoyed my time at St. Joseph Catholic School.<br />

I met and worked with people who were interested in seeing Madison grow<br />

and become a place people wanted to live.<br />

What do you love about your team/school?<br />

Virginia - We may have our years that we struggle but we always come<br />

back, just when others are doubting our abilities we soar above the rest!<br />

Also, while I was a student at USM, walking across campus I always saw<br />

someone I knew. Southern Miss gave me the opportunity to get involved<br />

in so many ways and make so many connections. No one was a stranger.<br />


Corn Dip<br />

• 2 cans Mexicorn, drained<br />

• 1 cup sour cream<br />

• 1 cup mayonnaise (Dukes preferred)<br />

• 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded<br />

• 1 can green chiles<br />

• 8 green onions, chopped<br />

• 4 jalapenos, chopped<br />

(Faye’s special add-in)<br />

• 1-2 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning<br />

(Virginia’s special add-in)<br />

Combine all of the above ingredients and<br />

refrigerate 1-2 hours before serving with Fritos.<br />

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the Hearsts<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Marc, 39 - hobbies are golf, MSU sporting events, spending time outdoors<br />

Rachel, 38 - enyoys running, working out, and traveling<br />

Perry, 11 - hobbies are running, playing football and soccer<br />

George, 9 - hobbies are swimming and playing with friends<br />

Mary Elizabeth, 5 - loves playing dress-up and ballet<br />

How did you meet and how long have you<br />

been married?<br />

We met in 1999 while watching the Egg Bowl. The bulldogs won the game<br />

known as “the Pick and the Kick” in a nailbiter. We dated some in high school<br />

and again later towards the end of college. We got married in Starkville<br />

because we both loved the Chapel of Memories on campus. We will<br />

celebrate 13 years of marriage in November.<br />

What brings you the greatest joy as parents?<br />

Watching our kids grow up and actually make good choices based on how<br />

we have tried to raise them. Our two oldest accepted Christ in the past two<br />

years which was awesome to be a part of. We also love watching our kids<br />

compete in sports, dance, etc.<br />

What are some of your favorite things about<br />

Madison County?<br />

We think Madison is a great place to raise a family. We love our church,<br />

Broadmoor, and the many families we have gotten to know while living here<br />

for the past 15 years. We love the running trail along the Natchez Trace,<br />

taking the kids to Liberty Park, or playing some golf at Annandale.<br />

What drives you to have the job you have?<br />

Marc - I love what I do every day. In banking, I get to work with business<br />

owners every day to help grow our city and county. Community Bank is a<br />

community-first bank that truly believes in investing in their communities,<br />

whether it be cooking hot dogs for Swing into Summer, sponsorships of<br />

our local schools and civic clubs, or teaching financial literacy at or schools.<br />

Rachel - I have the privilege to treat and care for patients daily at Baptist<br />

Heart Clinic. Helping patients feel better and live healthier lives brings<br />

much joy to my workdays.<br />

What do you love about your team/school?<br />

Marc is a 2nd generation State grad, I worked on campus, and we are 15+<br />

year season ticket holders in football. We have been Bulldog fans our whole<br />

lives. My favorite part of being a Bulldog fan is going to Dudy Noble and<br />

getting to see how the players interact with our kids after games. It is<br />

probably our favorite of the big-three sports to attend as a family.<br />


Crock Pot Chili<br />

• 1 Tbsp. olive oil<br />

• 1 lb. lean ground beef<br />

• 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped<br />

• 3 cloves garlic, finely minced<br />

• 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes<br />

with green chilies<br />

• 3 8 oz. cans tomato sauce<br />

• ½ cup beef broth<br />

• 2 Tbsp. chili powder<br />

• 2½ tsp. ground cumin<br />

• 2 tsp. paprika<br />

• 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder<br />

• 1 tsp. granulated sugar<br />

• ½ tsp. ground coriander<br />

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper<br />

• 2 15 oz. cans dark red kidney beans,<br />

drained and rinsed<br />

• 1 15 oz. can light red kidney beans,<br />

drained and rinsed<br />

• Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving<br />

Heat olive oil in a large and deep non-stick<br />

skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion<br />

and sauté three minutes, then add garlic<br />

and sauté another 30 seconds. Pour into<br />

a 6- or 7-quart slow cooker. Return skillet<br />

to medium-high heat, add beef and cook,<br />

stirring occasionally, until browned.<br />

Drain most of the fat, leaving about 2 Tbsp.<br />

Pour browned beef into slow cooker,<br />

add remaining ingredients and season<br />

with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and<br />

cook on low for 5 - 6 hours.<br />

Children: What’s your favorite thing to do<br />

as a family?<br />

Perry - tailgating at Mississippi State football games<br />

George - going on family vacations<br />

Mary Elizabeth - going to the beach<br />

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the Sawyers<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Christopher Tyrone, 48 – I am a law enforcement officer and firearms<br />

instructor. I’ve been in public service for 25 years. I serve as a deacon and<br />

head of security for our church, The Gathering of Believers Church. I love<br />

spending time with my family, going to the movies and training.<br />

Samanda, 42 – I am an EntrePRAYneur®, a results-driven leader who is<br />

passionate about educating, empowering, and evoking action in others to<br />

proactively pursue their God-given purpose. My hobbies are traveling with<br />

family, online shopping, reading devotionals, listening to Gospel music, and<br />

watching TV with my husband.<br />

Kristen, 25 – I attend Tougaloo College and enjoy hanging out with friends<br />

and taking spontaneous road trips.<br />

CJ, 22 – I work for UPS and enjoy movies and time with family and friends.<br />

Cailyn, 6 – I love art, painting, and drawing. I also enjoy singing, dancing,<br />

and church, but most of all, I love my family!<br />

How did you meet and how long have you<br />

been married?<br />

We met on Sweetest Day Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Veteran’s Memorial<br />

Stadium tailgate in Jackson, Mississippi. That was the day of the JSU<br />

homecoming, but the game was forfeited by Grambling State University.<br />

Although Grambling didn’t show up, I am so glad we did. We have been<br />

married since September of 2015.<br />

What brings you the greatest joy as parents?<br />

Knowing that our children know and have a relationship with Jesus Christ,<br />

and to watch them grow into their own independence!<br />

What accomplishments make you proud<br />

during your time living in Madison County?<br />

Purchasing our first home together, and joining and serving on the PTO at<br />

Madison Crossing Elementary to support the efforts of getting more parents<br />

involved. My desire to be who God created me to be motivates me to do<br />

what I do as a woman who wears many hats, personally and professionally.<br />

I embrace opportunities to let God’s light shine through me to encourage<br />

others.<br />

What do you love about your team/school?<br />

What do I love about Thee I Love? I attended JSU 1993-1996 and played<br />

football on the practice squad in 93 and 94 under Big Daddy Carson, so<br />

I bleed BLUE!! My baby brother Charles “Dusty” Paige also played football<br />

2015-2018 and he’s a graduate from Germantown High School in Madison<br />

County. So, I love The Boom and the sounds of old school Motown....<br />

“Get Ready” by the Temptations. It’s the football team and tradition of<br />

winning from the ‘80s when W.C. Gordon walked the sidelines—and oh,<br />

the tailgating and sea of colors of blue and white! But most of all it’s the<br />

unity and the accent of red bringing it all together. That’s Tiger Land.<br />


Red Beans & Rice<br />

• 2 cans of seasoned pinto beans<br />

• 1 can of Louisiana Cajun beans<br />

• 1 package of turkey sausage<br />

• 1 box of red beans and rice seasoning<br />

• 1 pack of seasoning blend<br />

• ½ cup of ketchup<br />

• Garlic powder, to taste<br />

• 1 pack of Lipton onion/herb soup mix<br />

• 1 cup of white rice boiled to tender,<br />

but cooked separately<br />

Pour three cups of water into a large pot and<br />

stir in all ingredients except white rice. Bring to<br />

a boil on medium heat for 45 minutes or until<br />

mixture thickens. Cook rice separately until<br />

tender. Do not overcook!<br />

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Patriots Football<br />


August 11 7:00 pm Home Greenville Christian<br />

August 19 7:00 pm Home Natchez Cathedral<br />

August 26 7:00 pm Away Oakland<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Home Pulaski Academy<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Home Simpson Academy<br />

September 13 7:00 pm Home Raleigh<br />

September 16 7:00 pm Away Jackson Academy<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Home Jackson Prep<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Away Presbyterian Christian<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Away Magnolia Heights<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Home Parklane Academy<br />

October 28 7:00 pm Away Hartfield Academy<br />

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Winners at Every Level<br />

Martha Maxey<br />

MRA strives for excellence in all we do and the following highlights<br />

and accomplishments from the 2021-22 school year illustrate this<br />

goal and our mission to educate each student’s mind, body, and<br />

spirit. These achievements are due to the exceptional faculty and<br />

staff, outstanding student body, and supportive parent constituency<br />

who all continue to contribute to the overall success of our school.<br />

MRA’s 2022 STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition)<br />

Student is senior John David Phillips and high school faculty member<br />

Mr. Matt Bramuchi was named STAR Teacher. MRA’s valedictorian is<br />

Sloane Vinson and salutatorian is Hunter Thompson. Hunter also<br />

received the Don Souder Award given to the most outstanding<br />

student athlete in the MAIS.<br />

MRA’s tradition of having students receive appointments to our<br />

national military academies contines with Will Triplett (Naval<br />

Academy) and Tylor Latham (Air Force Academy).<br />

MRA junior, Malee Davidson, was chosen as Madison County’s<br />

Distinguished Young Woman and competed for the state title this<br />

summer. She won the categories of scholastics, talent, and<br />

self-expression.<br />

MRA’s ACT average continues to increase with 21 members in<br />

the 30+ Club. Congratulations to the following students who have<br />

received a composite average of 30 or higher on the ACT: (seniors)<br />

Matt Brownlee, Gus Crotty, George Dew, Jack Downer, Davis Edwards,<br />

Will Gallaspy, Hudson James, Tylor Latham, John Laws, Catie Mann,<br />

Hunter Thompson, John David Phillips, Drew Sartin, Jacob Taylor,<br />

Braedan Watters, (juniors) Ryan Adkins, Josh Braman, Malee<br />

Davidson, Madeline Duncan, Presley Horn, Cole Heard. MRA<br />

seniors, Josie Smith and Hunter Thompson, were named 2022<br />

Christian Leaders of the Future by Mississippi Christian Living<br />

Magazine.<br />

MRA junior, Victor Grantham, and senior, Will Grogan, recently<br />

earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of Boy Scouts.<br />

MRA athletic teams have accomplished seven state championships<br />

and numerous athletes have garnered individual honors and<br />

scholarships. Featured on ESPN, our varsity football team won its<br />

third straight 6A State Championship joining state championships in<br />

girls’ cross country (5-peat), swimming, archery (2-peat), varsity boys’<br />

track (3-peat), varsity girls’ track (4-peat), and dance. Sophomore<br />

Will Hooks repeated as the 6A No. 1 singles champion. One notable<br />

athletic milestone was reached by junior, Josh Hubbard, who<br />

became the leading boys’ scorer in MAIS basketball history.<br />

Our performing arts program continues to reach levels of<br />

excellence, and this year’s spring musical, Seussical the Musical,<br />

was no exception! Our students’ talent level was amazing; the set<br />

design, costumes, and scenery were phenomenal; the backstage<br />

crew and parent support were outstanding; and the acting,<br />

choreography, and vocals, that directors Dawn Blanton and Brittnye<br />

Aven encouraged and developed in these students, was exceptional.<br />

MRA received nine nominations from The Orpheum High School<br />

Musical Theatre Awards. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the<br />

Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards recognizes<br />

achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre. Winners<br />

are: Sydney Holladay - Outstanding Supporting Actress; Malee<br />

Davidson - Outstanding Featured Actress; Rayley Aven - Bravo<br />

Award. Nominees are: Audrey Holt - Outstanding Lead Actress;<br />

Hudson James - Outstanding Featured Actor; Julia Kate White -<br />

Outstanding Featured Dancer; Brayden Nelson, Mack Mcintosh,<br />

Anna Grace Whitver; Emerson Mills - Outstanding Lighting; Creative<br />

Team, Gertrude’s Tail - Outstanding Artistic Element; Lisa Agent<br />

- Outstanding Poster. With the wonderful middle school production<br />

of Annie, Jr. and this production, performing arts at MRA are second<br />

to none.<br />

Seven MRA alumni and seven current students traveled to<br />

Malawi, Africa, to serve students in need through Project Juembo,<br />

a mission project in partnership with the African Bible College.<br />

They distributed the school backpacks collected at MRA, distributed<br />

250 pairs of shoes to a village, led soccer and basketball camps<br />

where they shared the gospel, led devotions via translators, played<br />

soccer on the beach with local children (and gifted the kids the<br />

soccer ball to squeals of delight.) Key components of MRA’s Portrait<br />

of a Graduate–Grounded in the Gospel and A Servant to Others–<br />

are beautifully represented by this group from MRA.<br />

Campus transformations have become a trend at MRA, and this<br />

summer was no different! We have renovated four kindergarten<br />

classrooms, completely transformed and enhanced the elementary<br />

library, updated the elementary entry and administrative offices,<br />

added a new classroom in the high school, expanded high school<br />

restrooms, built a new Patriot Store in the gym lobby, totally<br />

refurbished the gymnasium, and also added video scoreboards.<br />

Award-winning academics, arts, athletics, and spiritual offerings in<br />

an enhanced, personal environment–MRA provides it all to our<br />

students and families. We look forward to a great 2022-23!<br />

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Bruins Football<br />


August 19 7:00 pm Home Copiah<br />

August 26 7:00 pm Away Cathedral<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Away East Rankin<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Home Jackson Academy<br />

September 16 7:00 pm Home Tri County Academy<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Away Simpson<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Home Leake Academy<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Away Sacred Heart<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Away Lamar<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Home Park Place<br />

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Well-Rounded, Faith-Grounded<br />

College Prep Education<br />

Terry Cassreino<br />

Elizabeth Coleman gently etched designs on clay, while Truus Alford<br />

decorated the hand-crafted, student-created ceramic crosses – one<br />

of the last art projects for the spring 2022 semester at St. Joseph<br />

Catholic School.<br />

Coleman and Alford, St. Joe students, created the crosses in honor<br />

of Ukraine, the European nation Russia invaded early this year. Money<br />

raised from the sale of the crosses went to the Catholic Diocese of<br />

Jackson’s relief efforts to help the people of Ukraine.<br />

“Art at St. Joe has been a great growing experience that has allowed<br />

me to express myself,” Coleman, who graduated in May as a member<br />

of the Class of 2022, said recently. “This project allowed our class to<br />

express our support for Ukraine.”<br />

While “Crosses for Ukraine” marked the end of the 2021-2022<br />

school year, the school has continued to sell them. The fundraiser is<br />

just one example of projects and programs that make up St. Joe’s<br />

award-winning fine arts department and the entire school.<br />

St. Joseph Catholic School, founded in 1870 by the Sisters of Mercy,<br />

offers seventh- through 12th-grade students a rigorous college prep<br />

curriculum grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church. The<br />

school recently celebrated its 150th anniversary.<br />

St. Joe, 308 New Mannsdale Road in Madison, just west of the<br />

Interstate 55-Mississippi 463 interchange, serves students in metropolitan<br />

Jackson and surrounding areas. The school is accredited by<br />

the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting<br />

arm of Cognia.<br />


At St. Joe, everything revolves around faith and religion. Students<br />

in every grade take theology courses. Every class begins with prayer.<br />

Every grade level participates in one, annual, off-campus retreat.<br />

Students, faculty, and staff attend weekly Mass every Thursday.<br />

St. Joe’s college prep curriculum includes classes in English, math,<br />

science, history, fine arts, Spanish, Latin and theology. Students also<br />

can take advanced placement classes in English, Spanish, math and<br />

history as well as dual credit courses in English and math.<br />

Electives include band, choir, art, ceramics, theater, engineering,<br />

print journalism and broadcast journalism.<br />

Besides academic classes, St. Joe offers students a chance to<br />

participate in more than 20 team sports including varsity and junior<br />

varsity football; volleyball; softball; baseball; swimming; cross country;<br />

track; girls’ and boys’ basketball; and girls’ and boys’ soccer.<br />

All sports teams compete in the Midsouth Association of Independent<br />

Schools. This will mark the second year that St. Joe has joined other<br />

Catholic schools in the Jackson Diocese as a member of the MAIS.<br />

“We offer our students a well-rounded education with strong<br />

academics and a chance to participate in just about any sport they<br />

can imagine,” said Dr. Dena Kinsey, principal of St. Joseph Catholic<br />

School. “Combine that with our core classes, religion classes, and<br />

Catholic background, and St. Joe graduates well-rounded students<br />

ready for the challenge of college and life as an adult. We educate<br />

the whole student, preparing them for their lifelong journey to Christ.”<br />


St. Joe students, faculty, and staff also participate in several<br />

community outreach projects every year, including an Angel Tree<br />

at Christmas in which students and families provide gifts for children<br />

who might not otherwise receive anything.<br />

Last year, St. Joe students, faculty, and staff collected more than<br />

7,500 canned food items at Christmas and again during Lent to help<br />

replenish food banks at St. Richard Catholic Church in Jackson and<br />

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Canton.<br />

In May, students wrapped up the year by raising more than<br />

$16,000 for the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. The<br />

money was raised by the student-run BruinTHON, St. Joe’s largest<br />

annual community outreach fundraising event.<br />

And then there was the smaller fundraiser, “Crosses for Ukraine”<br />

– one of many projects sponsored by the fine arts department.<br />

Fine arts students stage two live theatrical productions each year<br />

in the 500-seat, state-of-the-art campus auditorium. While this year’s<br />

productions have not been announced, last year students staged the<br />

mystery-comedy “Clue” in the fall and “Singin’ in the Rain” in the spring.<br />

Student musicians and singers perform a Christmas concert “Gifts<br />

of the Season” every December and the spring concert every May<br />

– both in the auditorium. The spring concert takes place with the<br />

annual art show, highlighting student work from throughout the year.<br />

It was during the 2022 art show that the fine arts department first<br />

started selling their “Crosses for Ukraine” in Joesy’s, the art store that<br />

features student work. The hand-crafted ceramic crosses are still for<br />

sale. Large ones are $10 and small ones are $5.<br />

“These crosses are just one example of the amazing work our<br />

students create in our art classes and our pottery classes,” said<br />

Vicki Runnels, an art teacher who also chairs the fine arts department.<br />

“Some of the sculptures, paintings and ceramic work will blow you away.<br />

I have been just so impressed to see how serious these students are<br />

about doing something so simple – yet deeply meaningful – to show<br />

their sympathy for and to help the people of Ukraine,” Runnels<br />

continued. “That says a lot about our school and our students.”<br />

Hometown MADISON • 59

60 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Jaguars Football<br />


August 19 7:00 pm Home Warren Central<br />

August 26 7:00 pm Away West Jones<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Away Brandon<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Home Northwest Rankin<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Home Starkville<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Away Grenada<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Home Clinton<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Away Tupelo<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Home Germantown<br />

October 28 7:00 pm Home Murrah<br />

November 4 7:00 pm Away Oxford<br />

Hometown MADISON • 61

62 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Madison Central-<br />

A Place for Everyone<br />

Olivia Heard<br />

Madison Central High School is the best public high school in<br />

the state of Mississippi. Need proof? Here are some of our recent<br />

accomplishments: in the past couple of years, we had two All-<br />

Americans, two academic All-Americans, a baseball National Coach<br />

of the Year, a swimming National Coach of the Year, one of six<br />

students in the world to make a perfect score on the AP Psychology<br />

exam, 139 students scored a 30 or above on the ACT, six speech<br />

and debate All-Americans, a speech and debate Coach of the Year,<br />

a state championship winning speech and debate team, a mathematics<br />

team state championship, a football state championship,<br />

tennis state championships, swim team state championships, and<br />

the highest ACT scores in the state!<br />

We were baseball national champions, won seven state<br />

championships in 2021, had eight All-State honor choir winners,<br />

had a baseball Gatorade Player of The Year, won All-Superior band<br />

for the 30th consecutive year, had 21 National Merit Finalists, won<br />

Mississippi’s Student Press Association’s Yearbook of The Year, and<br />

won Project Lead The Way’s Distinguished School for Engineering.<br />

COVID-19 did its best to bring Madison Central down, but the<br />

school pushed through and thrived, proving that MCHS is the best<br />

place for students with any and all interests and talents to thrive and<br />

reach their highest potential. Olivia Heard, a junior at Madison<br />

Central, said this as she reflects on her time at Madison Central thus<br />

far, “I couldn’t imagine going to high school anywhere else. Madison<br />

Central truly is the best place to spend so much of my time. It is a<br />

place where I feel supported no matter what I am doing.”<br />

“Everyone here truly wants me to succeed. I have grown to<br />

understand what true school spirit is over the past year. There is no<br />

feeling like watching your high school win a state championship or<br />

listening to your friend’s name be called for winning a spot in the<br />

All-State choir or becoming a National Merit Finalist. I am so proud<br />

of my school and everything we have and can accomplish,” she<br />

continued.<br />

Madison Central is a school in which there truly is a place for<br />

everyone. If you drive through the campus at any given time, there<br />

are multiple groups of students working on projects or practicing<br />

sports. It is not a place where students come for four classes a day<br />

and leave. The school is a safe place for its students, and many of<br />

them spend more time at the school than at home.<br />

Whether you’re interested in sports, art, speech and debate,<br />

theater, choir, journalism, film making, engineering, mathematics,<br />

band or almost anything else, Madison Central is the best place to be.<br />

Hometown MADISON • 63

64 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Titans Football<br />


August 26 7:00 pm Home Northwest Rankin<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Home Pearl<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Away Jim Hill<br />

September 16 7:00 pm Away Provine<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Home Callaway<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Home Wilkinson County<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Away Neshoba Central<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Home Vicksburg<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Home Forest Hill<br />

October 28 7:00 pm Away Holmes County<br />

November 4 7:00 pm Away Canton<br />

Hometown MADISON • 65

66 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Reap What<br />

You Sow<br />

Lynne Schneider<br />

At Ridgeland High School, in the 2021-22 school year, students<br />

in teacher Gabrielle Mills’ science classes learned, literally, that you<br />

reap what you sow. These students have been part of a program<br />

supported by a team of community supporters in planning, building,<br />

and growing the school’s Titan Garden. The garden is a long-term<br />

project, but Mills and her students have accomplished much in its<br />

inaugural year.<br />

Mills said she began to work on a plan for the garden in the<br />

spring semester of 2021. She collaborated with a fellow botany<br />

teacher at another school who had successfully created a school<br />

garden program, then planted a garden at her home to experiment<br />

and create the best plan. She then collaborated with other teachers<br />

at RHS, including Chef Levi Williams, one of the instructors in the<br />

culinary academy at the school, to develop a 5-year vision for the<br />

Titan Garden/Homestead Initiative at RHS.<br />

“We envision an outdoor classroom, with garden plots for not<br />

only vegetables but flowers, small animal pens, portable and<br />

stationary student workstations, and a lecture arena.” Mills added<br />

that including animals and teaching about animal husbandry in the<br />

future will expand student learning and opportunity.<br />

Other departments at the school, such as science, engineering<br />

academy, culinary academy, and even the art, history, and science<br />

departments will be involved in future years, as the program and<br />

the garden grow.<br />

In its first year, The Titan Garden has developed and grown quickly,<br />

but will be in a constant state of growth and transition, Mills said.<br />

“The Titan Garden will always be in a state of transition as a<br />

‘work in progress’ because it changes with the seasons.”<br />

Ridgeland Public Works Director Mike McCollum helped Mills,<br />

and her students selected the best planting location and the best<br />

crops to plant for the fall semester, which included crops for culinary<br />

students. Allen and MeMe Martison, owners of Garden Works in<br />

Ridgeland, donated the soil required to build the garden beds.<br />

They also offered planting advice and suggested that flowers could<br />

be grown to increase the value and beauty of the garden for all<br />

students, offer another crop, and even help vegetables by naturally<br />

reducing the growth of weeds. Other supporters included Assistant<br />

Superintendent Ted Poore, the RHS PTO, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful,<br />

and RHS Parent of the Year Jan Richardson, who helped spearhead<br />

the project and brought in district and community supporters.<br />

Mills believes that the Titan Garden will give students more than<br />

just knowledge about gardening and farming.<br />

“Our students are immersed in a culture of instant gratification,”<br />

she said. “They will literally be able to see the ‘fruits of their labor’<br />

as they meet goals over an extended period.<br />

Students who have been able to work in the garden in its first<br />

year have enjoyed this unorthodox method of learning and are<br />

proud to be part of the development of the garden project.<br />

“I’m excited to leave the Titan Garden legacy to my younger<br />

brothers from the Class of 2025 and 2029,” said Lizzie Hood, a<br />

student in Mills’ Zoology II class.<br />

Hometown MADISON • 67

68 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Tigers Football<br />


August 26 7:00 pm Home Velma Jackson<br />

September 32 7:00 pm Home Germantown<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Away Vicksburg<br />

September 16 7:00 pm Home Callaway<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Away Holmes County<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Home Neshoba Central<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Away Forest Hill<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Home Jim Hill<br />

October 28 7:00 pm Away Provine<br />

November 4 7:00 pm Home Ridgeland<br />

Hometown MADISON • 69

70 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Outstanding<br />

Students at<br />

Canton High<br />

Beverly Luckett<br />

The Madison County Business League & Foundation and the<br />

Madison County Community Trust awarded $250 scholarships to<br />

Canton High School scholars Janette Bartolo and Dwight Luckett, Jr.<br />

for their participation in the 2021-22 Madison County Youth<br />

Leadership Class.<br />

“I highly recommend this program. It exposes scholars to the<br />

various career options in Madison County and in Mississippi. It shows<br />

that with hard work, dreams are attainable. It also connects you to<br />

important leaders in your community and shows you the tremendous<br />

impact you can have in your community and in the world,” said<br />

Dwight Luckett, Jr.<br />

“It also helps scholars set goals for their future and help them<br />

meet professionals who can assist them in becoming future<br />

leaders,” said Janette Bartolo.<br />

Another congratulations goes out to Canton High scholar, Kamari<br />

Brooks, whose script was chosen by the Jackson Film Festival to be<br />

produced and directed Maximus Wright Productions. The short film<br />

entitled The Money Grab stars Kamari Brooks, fellow CHS scholar<br />

Caitlyn Nelson, Phillip C. Washington, his grandmother Citikitia<br />

Brooks, and guest stars Palmer Williams, Jr.<br />

“It’s been an amazing experience. I have learned so much. I want<br />

to keep writing and pursue this as a career. I hope this will serve as<br />

a catalyst for others to follow their heart and pursue their dreams,”<br />

said Brooks.<br />

Kamari’s co-star, Caitlyn, says she thought it would be easy, but<br />

it was a lot of hard work shooting numerous takes to get the scenes<br />

for the movie just right. “It was a breathtaking experience. It was a<br />

lot of hard work, but I enjoyed it. You have to be willing to take<br />

constructive criticism and have patience. I am so proud of Kamari.<br />

He is so talented,” said Nelson.<br />

The Money Grab red carpet premiere was held in April at the<br />

Malco Grandview Theater in Madison. Brooks and Nelson were<br />

awarded scholarships for their hard work. The Canton Public School<br />

District salutes these scholars for their outstanding achievements.<br />

Hometown MADISON • 71

72 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Falcons Football<br />


August 26 7:00 pm Away Canton<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Home Yazoo County<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Home Raymond<br />

September 16 7:00 pm Away Yazoo City<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Home Leake Central<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Home Pelahatchie<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Away Pisgah<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Home Puckett<br />

October 28 7:00 pm Away Scott Central<br />

Hometown MADISON • 73

Meeks<br />

Pigott<br />

74 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Soaring to<br />

New Heights<br />

Mistie Desper<br />

The Velma Jackson Falcons are soaring to new heights for their<br />

students not only academically, but athletically as well.<br />

Greg Pigott is entering his 8th year of teaching at Velma Jackson.<br />

There, he has had outstanding accomplishments in teaching personal<br />

finance, computer science, entrepreneurship, engineering, business<br />

law, and college/career readiness. Helping his students acquire the<br />

tools needed for their time beyond his classroom has become a<br />

passion for him. “My goal for my students is that they learn to become<br />

a critical member of society. They are the next leaders of our<br />

communities,” said Greg.<br />

He has brought a lengthy and impressive list of speakers into the<br />

classroom in person and via virtual platforms. From financial experts,<br />

local business owners, engineering professionals to former students,<br />

military personnel, and university recruiters, he is offering his<br />

students a wide variety of knowledge. By offering many speakers<br />

virtually, Greg has been able to span the globe with speakers from<br />

places such as California, New York, Texas, and as far away as the<br />

Caribbean. Providing over 140 guest speakers to date, he is helping<br />

other students in the district by recording the presentations for his<br />

self-titled YouTube channel.<br />

Greg said, “I want my students to be able to realize what they<br />

love and what they can truly accomplish. I choose speakers that<br />

can inspire them and help them realize that there are so many ways<br />

to be successful and not just one way is for everyone.”<br />

By choosing speakers from all backgrounds and with a variety of<br />

methods that led to their success, Greg is equipping his students<br />

with a confidence and motivation that they can blaze their way into<br />

whatever life they can imagine for themselves. He concluded, “It’s<br />

important to me that they understand that the skills they have are<br />

valuable and needed within our communities. I want them to unlock<br />

a passion for their future.”<br />

15-year Velma Jackson Coach Casey Meeks III is taking his<br />

athletes to new heights each year. Coaching boys’ and girls’<br />

powerlifting as well as football, Coach Meeks is motivating and<br />

equipping a generation of athletes to find success on and off<br />

the field.<br />

“Winning is great but what brings me the most joy is when they<br />

come in under me, believe in the program, work hard, and see that<br />

hard work pay off. I always tell them that it isn’t about me. They put<br />

in the work,” said Coach Meeks.<br />

The work ethic instilled in his athletes goes from the classroom<br />

to the locker room and beyond. “No matter what path they take in<br />

life, college or sports or career, the most important thing is to<br />

become a productive citizen in life,” said Coach Meeks.<br />

Coach Meeks has had an impressive winning streak by leading<br />

his boys’ powerlifting team to win the 2022 MHSAA Class 2A Boys’<br />

Powerlifting Championship. More than half of this winning team<br />

was new to the program last year. His girls’ powerlifting team won<br />

back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. Coach Meeks hopes to bring<br />

that victory back to his girls’ team this coming year.<br />

“We push them to their limits in sports. That also translates to the<br />

classroom. I tell them if they can be successful and do what needs<br />

be done in class, they can be successful anywhere. The greatest<br />

thing about coaching is seeing the smiles and joy and happiness<br />

when their hard work pays off in the end for them,” concluded<br />

Coach Meeks. His athletes are already working hard in class and<br />

in training for their upcoming season. He plans to “keep it rolling”<br />

and keep his teams in their top contender positions.<br />

Velma Jackson High School strives to provide the best educational<br />

experience for its students. They are excelling in meeting their<br />

students’ needs to prepare them for life beyond their doors and<br />

giving their students the tools needed to be successful in their<br />

future endeavors of college and/or career and through valuable<br />

life skills learned through their athletic program.<br />

Hometown MADISON • 75

76 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Rebels Football<br />


August 19 7:00 pm Away Indianola Academy<br />

August 26 7:00 pm Home Bowling Green<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Home Central Holmes<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Away Riverfield Academy<br />

September 16 7:00 pm Away St. Joseph Catholic<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Home Canton Academy<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Away Carroll Academy<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Away Adams County<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Home Clinton Christian<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Home Vicksburg Catholic<br />

Hometown MADISON • 77

78 • SEPTEMBER 2022

The Legacy of<br />

Tri-County<br />

Academy<br />

Tammy Childress<br />

Opening its doors in 1970, Tri County Academy was founded<br />

with the goal of serving Madison, Hinds, and Yazoo County students<br />

who desired a well-rounded Christian education. While TCA is well<br />

known for its many sports accomplishments, including winning the<br />

State 4A Football Championship in 2021, TCA excels in the<br />

classroom as well, providing dual enrollment, advanced academic<br />

classes, ACT prep classes, student government opportunities, and<br />

education in the arts.<br />

While campus life at TCA is busy for the students, there is<br />

another group that stays just as busy – TCA grandparents and<br />

alumni. Graduation from TCA does not mean life on campus is over.<br />

On the contrary, many grandparents and alumni stay very active<br />

within the school. Flora Mayor Leslie Childress (’81) states, “There<br />

is no place like Flora to raise a family, and there is no place like<br />

TCA to give a child a quality education to prepare them for the<br />

future. My son Kane graduated in 2008, and my grandson Hawkins<br />

is in kindergarten at TCA.”<br />

This year TCA recognizes seniors Riley Graham, Mary Ella<br />

Brooks, and Keaton Bates as third generation graduates. Graham’s<br />

mother, Kelly Crawford Rivers (‘02), and her grandfather, Spike<br />

Crawford (’71), are both TCA graduates. While TCA excels in both<br />

academics and sports, Spike believes “its greatest claim to fame<br />

is the family atmosphere embraced by everyone involved in the<br />

school. The stands are filled with supporters at every school event,<br />

cheering all the students to do their best in every activity.”<br />

Senior Mary Ella Brooks has three grandparents that are TCA<br />

graduates: Paula Brooks (’71), Shack Brooks (’71), and Lance<br />

Vandevender (’73). Senior Keaton Bates’ father Jonathan Bates (’97)<br />

currently assists TCA in coaching football, baseball, and basketball.<br />

Keaton’s mother, Kristin, graduated from TCA in 2000, and her<br />

mother, Sarah Holcomb, graduated in 1976. Over twenty percent of<br />

the senior class has parents or grandparents that are TCA alumni.<br />

Family legacy is part of the reason Tri County has continued to grow<br />

and succeed in all areas of education.<br />

TCA offers classes for K3 – 12th grade and has an after-school<br />

program. This year’s enrollment now stands at 408. The school<br />

welcomes Mr. Steve Flemming as its new headmaster. Flemming is<br />

a graduate of Mississippi State University where he played football,<br />

then obtained his master’s degree in administrative education from<br />

Delta State. He currently resides in Cruger, Miss., with his wife Lee<br />

Ann. They have one son, Steven, a daughter-in-law, Stephanie, and<br />

one granddaughter, Leila Rose.<br />

Flemming has 24 years of experience in the education field, and<br />

he is looking forward to leading TCA in its mission is to provide a<br />

positive educational experience in a safe Christian environment,<br />

thus enabling all students through integrity, citizenship, achievement,<br />

and growth to accomplish academic potential and secure a<br />

successful future.<br />

Hometown MADISON • 79

80 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Panthers Football<br />


August 11 7:00 pm Home Sylva Bay Academy<br />

August 19 7:00 pm Home Amite School Center<br />

August 26 7:00 pm Away Winston Academy<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Home Riverside High<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Away Oak Hill Academy<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Away Tri County Academy<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Away Central Holmes<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Home Clinton Christian<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Away Benton Academy<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Home Winona Christian<br />

Hometown MADISON • 81

82 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Canton Academy-<br />

Panthers, Friends,<br />

and Family for Life<br />

Courtney Warren<br />

When friends become family, relationships are changed forever.<br />

These friends have found life-long relationships in their fellow<br />

Panthers. Math Chair Kathleen Penn and Administrative Assistant<br />

Sarah Willis have been best friends since they were in elementary<br />

school. “It’s pretty cool to think about how Sarah and I grew up<br />

together being best friends, and we both ended up back in Canton<br />

working at the same school together,” said Penn.<br />

Reese Willis (11th) and Riley Lambert (10th) have been a dynamic<br />

duo since they were both three years old. “She’s always there for<br />

me when I need a laugh or give a hug. She’s a great supporter and<br />

a good friend,” said Willis.<br />

Taylor Pratt (12th) and Chaney Hale (12th) have been terrorizing<br />

their teachers together since they were in K-4. “It’s the best feeling<br />

in the world when you know that you have a friend that will have<br />

your back through thick and thin. I know that if anything ever goes<br />

wrong that Taylor will always have my back. It’s special when you<br />

have a friend that you know you can always count on to be there,”<br />

said Hale.<br />

At Canton Academy, friendships form on the playground but last<br />

long after the grad caps are tossed in the air.<br />

May came much sooner than our seniors were ready for, and<br />

especially for the seniors who know no other school than CA.<br />

As they walked their halls for the very last time, these Panther<br />

babies, who have been at CA since first grade, reflected on their<br />

time and friendships. Barnes Wadford, Graham Lambert, Holden<br />

Chandler, Starr Spivey, Maggie Claire Thomas, Carrington Curtis,<br />

Carter Martin, Taylor Pratt, Zan Ellis and Chaney Hale were excited<br />

to put on their caps and gowns, which was a moment they’ve<br />

watched other CA seniors do every year since elementary school.<br />

Senior Carrington Curtis said, “After being at CA for thirteen<br />

years, I really have a strong connection with all my friends and<br />

faculty. I’m truly going to miss CA and all the people I have met<br />

along the way. CA is a place of comfort to me. I love how when you<br />

walk down the hallways, you know every single person. It’s such a<br />

small and tightly-knit school, and I love that. You can really build<br />

friendships with everyone because of how small the classes are.”<br />

Knowing his school experience is unique, senior Holden<br />

Chandler is grateful for being able to spend his entire educational<br />

career at one school. “I think it’s special, because of not having to<br />

move and make new friends, creating a bond with the people<br />

around me. It has made my school experience the best, because of<br />

all of the memories. It has become a second home for me, because<br />

of my friends and all of the memories that we have shared throughout<br />

the years and all of the time I have spent on campus doing events<br />

and stuff,” said Chandler.<br />

From diapers to senior drapes, family and friendship go hand in<br />

hand at Canton Academy.<br />

Hometown MADISON • 83

84 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Saints Football<br />


August 19 7:00 pm Away Puckett<br />

August 26 7:00 pm Home Salem<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Home St. Patrick Catholic<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Away Richton<br />

September 16 7:00 pm Home McAdams<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Away McLaurin<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Home Sacred Heart<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Home West Lincoln<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Away Loyd Star<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Away Central Hinds<br />

October 28 7:00 pm Home Pisgah<br />

Hometown MADISON • 85

86 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Baby Boom<br />

St. Andrew’s Foundations<br />

Program in Its Second Year<br />

Marlo Marlo Kirkpatrick<br />

St. Andrew’s innovative Foundations program welcomes the school’s<br />

newest class as the Class of 2040 begins their St. Andrew’s journey.<br />

Now in its second year, Foundations includes 75 babies and toddlers<br />

in three class levels – infant, one-year-olds, and two-year-olds.<br />

The program operates five days a week, year-round. Located in a<br />

cheerful, dedicated space in the Early Childhood Center on the South<br />

Campus in Jackson, Foundations is more than just ordinary daycare.<br />

“I was excited to see our first classes of Foundations students<br />

reach countless milestones throughout the school year,” said<br />

Dr. Sheena White, head of Foundations. “Being in a position to build<br />

strong, lasting relationships with their families is the icing on the cake.”<br />

Maeve (’06) and Landon Beard’s son, Liam, was a member of<br />

Foundations’ first infant class. Maeve is one of several alumni who<br />

enrolled their children in Foundations. “I graduated from St. Andrew’s,<br />

so I was excited when I heard about Foundations,” she says.<br />

“Going through the admissions process, meeting Sheena and<br />

others involved, and touring the new facilities gave me so much<br />

comfort and confidence that it would be a great program for Liam.<br />

I’m excited for him to be with other children in such a wonderful<br />

environment. I know Foundations is helping Liam learn and develop<br />

in the best way possible.”<br />

Foundations programming is designed specifically to stimulate<br />

brain development, preparing babies and toddlers for a lifetime of<br />

learning. Children participate in age-appropriate play, exploration,<br />

and social activities, all customized to the needs and developmental<br />

stages of each baby or toddler. Foundations teachers help ensure<br />

babies and toddlers are on track to meet or exceed developmental<br />

milestones. While the Foundations program focuses on personalized<br />

learning and care for each child, it also gives little ones the opportunity<br />

to make new friends they can grow up with through the years to come.<br />

“As a new mom, it’s hard to entrust others with your baby,”<br />

Beard said. “Knowing he’s safe and in great hands at St. Andrew’s<br />

makes it easier.”<br />

Taylor Neely Menist’s (’01) son, John, is just beginning his<br />

St. Andrew’s career as a member of the Foundations infant class,<br />

but he already has ties to St. Andrew’s. John’s father, Tye Menist<br />

(’06), is also an alumnus.<br />

“From our first conversations with St. Andrew’s about the<br />

program, just a few days after John’s birth, we felt right at home,”<br />

said Taylor. “We trust the school to provide what our precious boy<br />

needs at each step -- right now, a safe environment where he’s being<br />

nurtured and loved, developing and learning new skills every day.”<br />

Foundations lays the groundwork for a lifetime of learning,<br />

preparing children for the excitement of St. Andrew’s pre-K3 program<br />

and beyond. In May, the Class of 2037 crossed the sidewalk from<br />

pre-K2 to continue their learning from experienced faculty in the<br />

Early Childhood Center (pre-K3, pre-K4, and kindergarten).<br />

“Tye and I both attribute who we are today to our St. Andrew’s<br />

experience. What better gift can we give John than to start his<br />

journey in this world by instilling St. Andrew’s values?” said Menist.<br />

Led by experts in the learning abilities and development of<br />

babies, Foundations is the first step in a cradle-to-college program<br />

of educational excellence. There is no school better equipped to<br />

develop and lead this program than St. Andrew’s, the state’s<br />

educational leader.<br />

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Mavericks Football<br />


August 26 7:00 pm Away Vicksburg<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Away Canton<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Home Warren Central<br />

September 16 7:00 pm Away Gulfport<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Home Clinton<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Home Murrah<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Away Oxford<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Home Grenada<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Away Madison Central<br />

October 28 7:00 pm Home Starkville<br />

November 4 7:00 pm Away Tupelo<br />

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90 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Leaving<br />

Their Mark<br />

Lt. Col. J.D. Harrill USMC (Ret)<br />

The Germantown High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve<br />

Officers Training Corps (MCJROTC) is one of the top programs in<br />

the nation. Each year, its cadets are awarded ROTC scholarships to<br />

America’s top colleges valued at over $180,000 dollars and has<br />

countless cadets enlist in the military to serve something higher<br />

than themselves. The program has consistently placed in the top<br />

of the state in physical fitness and placed number one in the<br />

Mississippi State Athletic Championship for two consecutive years.<br />

Its drill and color guard teams also place nationally and are regional<br />

champions.<br />

The rifle/shooting team consistently competes at the national<br />

championship and is one of the top two rifle teams in the state.<br />

The MCJROTC programs seeks to develop youth mentally, morally,<br />

and physically, arming each cadet with the tools to excel in<br />

whatever they choose to do in life.<br />

Two senior cadets that deserve special recognition are Captains<br />

Charli White and Emma Reno. Their dedication and leadership to the<br />

program have taken it to the next level and materially contributed<br />

to the Germantown MCJROTC being awarded a National Honor<br />

School (the highest recognition a school can receive). Both<br />

Emma and Charli were invaluable members of the rifle team,<br />

state championship physical fitness team, and regional champion<br />

drill team.<br />

As members of the rifle team, they were invited to attend the<br />

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) shooting camp and were<br />

personally mentored by Olympians and Division I college shooters.<br />

Emma and Charli are two of the top shooters in the state and<br />

qualified in the top ten at-large in the nation for the CMP Marine<br />

Corps National Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, and the national<br />

championship at Camp Perry, Ohio. They both were awarded the<br />

Silver Distinguished Shooter Badge from CMP.<br />

Emma will attend college pursuing a nursing degree while<br />

simultaneously serving in the Air National Guard, while Charli will<br />

attend Mississippi State pursing a degree in animal and diary<br />

science. They earned scholarships from the Civilian Marksmanship<br />

Program, JROTC leadership scholarships, and a host of other<br />

scholarships based on their academic achievement.<br />

Congratulations, Emma and Charli!<br />

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92 • SEPTEMBER 2022

Hometown MADISON • 93

The CHALKBOARD Madison Schools<br />

Madison Central<br />

Student Government Association<br />

Executive Officers<br />

L-R: Nataleigh Nix (treasurer),<br />

Elizabeth Delaney (vice president),<br />

Aiden Allen and Bryman Williams (presidents),<br />

Genna Ishee (vice president),<br />

Kinsley Wilson (secretary).<br />

Student Government Association<br />

Senior Class Officers<br />

Front L-R: Casey Pierce (secretary), Elizabeth Delaney<br />

(executive vice president), Aiden Allen and<br />

Bryman Williams (executive presidents),<br />

Genna Ishee (executive vice president), Kinsley Wilson<br />

(executive secretary), Adam Maatallah (representative).<br />

Back L-R: Ava Dear (vice president), Cassie Howell<br />

(treasurer), Kate Fairburn (representative),<br />

Aiden Usry (representative), Alexa Ainsworth (president),<br />

Sam Storm (representative), and Josh Maatallah<br />

(representative), Vic Sutton (representative) not pictured.<br />

Student Government Association<br />

Junior Class Officers<br />

Front L-R: Reed Casio (secretary),<br />

Kyra Davis (treasurer), Harry Singh (president),<br />

Max Zuluaga (vice president).<br />

Back L-R: George Tickner (representative),<br />

John Griffin (representative), Brook Bumgarner<br />

(representative), Nataleigh Nix (executive treasurer),<br />

Reese Moseley (representative), Avery Johnston<br />

(representative), Katie Grace Barbour<br />

(representative) not pictured.<br />

Student Government Association<br />

Sophomore Class Officers<br />

Front L-R: Lauren Heffington (secretary),<br />

Betsy Ball (treasurer), Pearl Magee (president),<br />

Dylan Thomas (vice president).<br />

Back L-R: representatives Ella Trowbridge,<br />

Ree Berthelot, Claire McNeese, Mary Katherine<br />

McIntyre, Lola Williams. Taylor Richards<br />

(representative) not pictured.<br />

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Yearbook Financial Staff<br />

Front L-R: Truitt Mayhue, Elizabeth Delaney, Olivia Stevens<br />

(business manager), Genna Ishee (business manager),<br />

Kate Fairburn (business manager), Olivia Davidson.<br />

Middle L-R: Reed Cascio, George Tickner, Brooke Bumgarner,<br />

Callie Nation, Elle Sandifer, Sara Powell Taylor, Lauralee<br />

Hetzel, Mae Mae Davis, Avery Johnston, Ty Miller,<br />

Cole Flesher.<br />

Back L-R: Gavin Parrow, Claire Thomas, Nora Bates,<br />

Mivie Barrett, Bailey Donahue, Rivers Biggs, Neily Claire<br />

Collums, Warren Hutchinson.<br />

Yearbook Production Staff<br />

Front L-R: editors Olivia Heard, Elizabeth Walters,<br />

Audrey Jenkins.<br />

Middle L-R: Rebecca Warren, Landry Gates, Fancier Shi,<br />

Angel Kaur, Izzy Goddard, Lucy Hawk, Anna Edgar, Sarah<br />

Corley, Rachael Carpenter, Rhyin Singleton.<br />

Back L-R: Southern Callahan, Hannah Davis, Lola Williams,<br />

Ella Trowbridge, Lillian Heard, Brooke Fairfield.<br />

Newspaper Staff<br />

Front L-R: James Phillips, Avery Holland, editor Anna Kimbrell,<br />

Lohen Romero, Jenny Nguyen.<br />

Back L-R: copy editor Hannah Schossler, editor Caroline King,<br />

social media manager Allie Hurt, business manager<br />

Meredith Morrow, Brittan McFadden, Dylan Thomas.<br />

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The newest location of PriorityOne Bank will be a full-service retail banking and lending establishment<br />

featuring three drive-thru lanes, a commercial deposit lane, and an Interactive Teller Machine.<br />

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TheTime COIN<br />

Camille Anding<br />

“Have you always been a walker?” the technician<br />

asked as he turned off the treadmill.<br />

Obviously just completing the stress test and still standing was an accomplishment for my age.<br />

The question followed me out of the waiting room and into my vehicle. Always a walker??<br />

Yes, perhaps I have been. I walked miles of trails through my childhood home place and<br />

declared my walk to the school bus the furthest of any of my friends. It was a terribly long walk<br />

to begin the school day but a joyful run when I headed home.<br />

Walking down a cotton row that has a beginning with no end is a perspiring walk. Add a hoe or<br />

a cotton sack and whoa Nelly! I’m just grateful those walks were short-lived during my teen years.<br />

I was always a walker on the Ole Miss campus. My part time job at the infirmary<br />

was at the extreme west end of the campus. Some of my classes were across the<br />

bridge to the education department on the extreme east end of the campus.<br />

Did I walk? Yes and with a load of books in my arms. I studied for part of my degree<br />

and walked for the other part!<br />

One of my most memorable walks was down the aisle of my home church,<br />

heading to my future spouse standing next to my pastor. It wasn’t a long walk, but<br />

it was an endless walk of commitment to our marriage.<br />

Little did I know that my walking was just beginning. Together we walked<br />

colicky babies and babies that wanted holding instead of their cribs. We walked to<br />

athletic fields, up bleachers, down bleachers, to gymnasiums, and to stadiums.<br />

I walked the floor with eyes on the driveway and ears listening for that teenager’s<br />

car that would slow down on the highway and turn up the drive. There were miles<br />

of walking down grocery aisles, through malls on shopping sprees and on mountain<br />

vacation trails.<br />

There were thrilling walks down hospital corridors to the nursery window to see brand<br />

new grandbabies. Now the walks follow similar paths of repeat activities and sports, following<br />

the grands.<br />

Walker? Yes, but none of us can determine how many steps remain in our walk. That’s why<br />

we walkers through life need to stay on God’s path that’s absolutely headed in the right direction.<br />

98 • SEPTEMBER 2022

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