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Back to School<br />


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It’s hard to believe it’s that time of<br />

year for another back to school<br />

magazine to be on our stands.<br />

Our team always looks forward to putting this issue together as<br />

we get to include so many stories about our schools, students,<br />

and educators. We’re proud of the young people on the cover<br />

who represent the Clinton schools so well.<br />

The city of Clinton has three amazing high schools. For this issue,<br />

each high school chose their own story to “educate” our readers<br />

a bit more about the exciting things happening. You will also enjoy<br />

school spirit photos from Clinton High School, Clinton Christian<br />

Academy, Mt. Salus, and Hinds CC.<br />

As a native Clintonian, Anna Nutt needs no introduction. A graduate<br />

of Clinton High School and Mississippi College, she’s a hometown<br />

girl raising her two daughters alongside her husband, Jonathan.<br />

Anna wears many hats, and her newest hat is executive director<br />

of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. Read more about Anna in<br />

the pages ahead, and her passion for the city of Clinton.<br />

When the school buses return to their routes, it’s a farewell sign<br />

to summer. Schedules, packed lunches, carpools, and life will begin<br />

a new year in another education chapter. The first graders will spot<br />

their nametags on their classroom door, and the seniors will face<br />

the significance of just a few more months until graduation. Time<br />

may rush us through the years, but a valuable education never<br />

leaves us. We at Hometown Magazines are behind you - faculties,<br />

staff, and students. May you have the best year yet!<br />

ON THE COVER Meet these 2022-‘23 seniors on page 56<br />



Tahya Dobbs<br />

CFO<br />

Kevin Dobbs<br />


Mary Ann Kirby<br />


Reader Spotlight 8<br />

Kids Who Care 12<br />

Where Are They Now? 15<br />

Anna Nutt 20<br />

The World of Marty Stuart 24<br />

Superfan Families 32<br />

Clinton Schools 42<br />

2022-23 Senior Q&A 56<br />



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Shae<br />

PARKER<br />

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Why did you decide to make Clinton<br />

your home?<br />

When my husband, Lee, and I were dating,<br />

I was working in Jackson and he was commuting<br />

from Brandon to Vicksburg for work. We started<br />

looking at houses in Clinton because of the<br />

convenience of its location and quickly realized<br />

all it had to offer. The school district and its<br />

reputation played a large role in our decision,<br />

because we were hoping wherever we settled<br />

we could raise our family there.<br />

How long have you lived in Clinton?<br />

Lee bought our house in March of 2003 and<br />

then I moved to Clinton when we got married<br />

in 2004 - so I have lived here for 18 years<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

My husband Lee and I met in 2001 and got<br />

married in 2004. Lee has worked for the Army<br />

Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg since 1999.<br />

I have done lots of jobs over the years in retail,<br />

office management, photography, etc., but my<br />

favorite job has been being a mom to our two<br />

boys. Luke just turned 16 and Charlie is 13.<br />

Currently, I homeschool both boys and keep<br />

my 2-year-old nephew during the week. I have<br />

been keeping him in “SheaCare” since he was 4<br />

months old. He is so much fun and keeps us all<br />

busy and entertained.<br />

Luke loves anything that has to do with<br />

computers or engineering, is learning to play<br />

the guitar, and runs cross country as well as<br />

track. Charlie enjoys all things creative and<br />

animating, he also throws discus and shotput<br />

for Victor’s track & field. We are members<br />

of Morrison Heights Baptist Church where<br />

I work with the student ministry and Luke<br />

and Charlie are both a part of it. Both of my<br />

boys are members of Rankin Performing Arts<br />

and enjoy all aspects of musical theatre. They<br />

most recently played Willy Wonka and Charlie<br />

Bucket in RPA’s production of Willy Wonka Jr.<br />

Our whole family loves RPA and what it<br />

teaches us all. My husband helps build sets<br />

and transport things when needed and my<br />

boys and I enjoy helping with anything that<br />

needs to be done!<br />

What is your favorite memory of living<br />

in Clinton?<br />

We love visiting parks and Mississippi College<br />

to take walks, but some of our favorite memories<br />

were during lockdown when we would draw<br />

obstacle courses on our sidewalk or draw<br />

pictures on our fence and we would watch out<br />

the window as people would come walk through<br />

all the obstacles or admire our pictures. It was<br />

fun to see families slowing down and taking<br />

walks and enjoying the little things.<br />

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Where are your three favorite places<br />

to eat in Clinton?<br />

Froghead Grill, The Bank, and 303 Jefferson.<br />

What are some fun things to do<br />

in Clinton on the weekends?<br />

We love Indian Lanes bowling alley and going<br />

to the brick street markets that are held every<br />

few months in Clinton that highlight local<br />

vendors and craftsmen. We also love the nature<br />

center and parks in Clinton.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing<br />

in your spare time.<br />

My two boys keep us very busy and I love being<br />

involved in their activities with their theatre<br />

groups, homeschool groups and friends. Lee and<br />

I enjoy spending time with the boys when we<br />

all have some down time and watching movies<br />

or cooking. We also all enjoy playing games.<br />

What are three things on your bucket<br />

list?<br />

1. To take Luke and Charlie to a “real” concert.<br />

Neither have ever been to a real concert and<br />

want to go. Both of them love classic ‘80s and<br />

‘90s rock, so we have been looking for the<br />

perfect concert to go to.<br />

2. To have a successful garden in my backyard.<br />

We have tried some container gardens with<br />

small vegetables and herbs the last two years,<br />

but I want a real, in the ground garden and<br />

grow fruits and veggies.<br />

3. To go on a 10-day Disney Cruise. Our 4-day<br />

Disney cruise has been my family’s favorite<br />

vacation to date, but it wasn’t long enough!<br />

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

My mom was the person I admired most on<br />

this earth. She was an amazing mom, wife,<br />

sister, daughter and her favorite was being a<br />

grandmother. She taught me so many things<br />

about life and how to live it to the fullest while<br />

honoring God in all you do. It has been almost<br />

10 years since she passed away unexpectedly,<br />

and I still think of something just about daily<br />

that I would love to share with her or ask her.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

Probably still in Clinton, I don’t think we will<br />

leave unless one of our boys, someday, buys us a<br />

house on the beach! That would be one reason<br />

we would consider leaving our home in Clinton!<br />

My sister and I have always dreamed of one day<br />

having a party planning business, so if we ever<br />

had the opportunity to do that, I think we<br />

would love to do it. I will still be supporting<br />

Lee and Luke and Charlie in whatever they are<br />

doing. I will always be their biggest cheerleader<br />

and prayer warrior in all that they do.<br />

What is your favorite childhood memory?<br />

My favorite childhood memories are trips<br />

with my mom, siblings, aunt, and cousins to my<br />

grandmother’s house on the beach. We lived on<br />

Otter Pops and stayed on the beach building<br />

sandcastles and searching for “butterfly” shells<br />

and sand dollars for hours! We would also go to<br />

the library there and rent old musicals and<br />

watch them over and over. That is where my<br />

love for musicals began that I have passed on<br />

to my boys.<br />

If you could give us one encouraging<br />

quote, what would it be?<br />

Not a quote but my favorite Bible verse is<br />

Exodus 14:14 – “The Lord will fight for you,<br />

you need only to be still.”<br />

What is your favorite thing about<br />

Hometown Magazines?<br />

I love that they highlight local families and<br />

businesses that many people might not know<br />

anything about until seeing them in the<br />

magazine.<br />

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Alena TrotterSusan Marquez<br />

Standing straight and tall, Alena Trotter<br />

exudes grace and poise. The rising senior at<br />

Clinton High School answers questions<br />

confidently, and her warm smile puts others at<br />

ease. As the Hinds County representative in<br />

the Distinguished Young Women scholarship<br />

program, Alena has worked on her leadership<br />

skills, talent, scholastics, and community<br />

involvement to prepare for the state level<br />

competition July 14, 15, and 16 in Meridian.<br />

Alena had never heard of the Distinguished<br />

Young Women before her high school counselor<br />

encouraged her to register for the program.<br />

“Six other girls signed up along with me,<br />

however, I am the only one from my city who<br />

is still involved with the program.” Most of the<br />

local programs around the state have a director<br />

and a committee. As Alena and her mother,<br />

Natalia Trotter, discovered, there was no support<br />

for the program in Hinds County. “There used<br />

to be a great support system,” says Natalia.<br />

“Over the years, it has faded away.” Natalia has<br />

reached out to the past director and has gotten<br />

great support. “Distinguished Young Women<br />

is an amazing program for high school girls.<br />

We are determined to build this program back<br />

in Hinds County,” she says.<br />

It is no wonder why Alena’s school counselor<br />

tapped her for the program. “I related to all five<br />

levels of the Be Your Best Self outreach program<br />

so much,” Alena says. “It was only natural that<br />

I made the decision to participate in the<br />

Distinguished Young Women program.”<br />

As the Distinguished Young Woman of Hinds<br />

County, Alena says she hopes to sow seeds for<br />

future participation so that young women can<br />

raise their self-esteem. “I believe this program,<br />

and the Be Your Best Self outreach, can change<br />

lives for the better. I believe every opportunity<br />

teaches us something new. I know for sure if<br />

some of my female friends and family members<br />

were exposed to this program early enough,<br />

they would not have dropped out of school due<br />

to teen pregnancy.”<br />

The five pillars of the program include<br />

being healthy and fit, being involved and being<br />

studious, responsible, and ambitious. Alena<br />

checks all the boxes. She is a member of the<br />

marching band at Clinton High School, and she<br />

plays trumpet in the Morrison Heights Baptist<br />

Church orchestra for two services each Sunday.<br />

Her talent for the competition is a performance<br />

of “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney on the<br />

trumpet. “With so many wars and economic<br />

depression, I want to focus on today instead<br />

of fixating on yesterday’s troubles.”<br />

Alena is a member of the Clinton Chamber<br />

of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Program,<br />

where she will be running for chairwoman this<br />

fall. “I love public speaking, and I would like to<br />

implement a life skills workshop I am calling<br />

“Goal Getter.” It will be six to eight weeks long,<br />

one time a week.” She also volunteers as one of<br />

Canopy’s youth ambassadors. “Because of Covid,<br />

we have been unable to do work in person, so<br />

instead we spread the message of Canopy on<br />

social media. I also volunteered at a 5K run to<br />

benefit the organization.”<br />

A serious writer, Alena’s poem, “What<br />

Times are These” was published in Write for<br />

Mississippi in 2021. The poem was a response to<br />

the prompt, “What gives me courage?” Out of<br />

the 200 poems submitted, only 75 were published.<br />

One of Alena’s favorite quotes is by Winston<br />

Churchill. “Success is not final. Failure is not<br />

futile. It’s the courage to continue that counts.”<br />

Another favorite quote is from her mother,<br />

“God has not given you a spirit of fear. An<br />

attitude of gratitude is what’s going to get you<br />

from point A to Point B, no matter the struggle.”<br />

Alena takes those words to heart. “I believe that<br />

life is not made up from one experience, but<br />

how we handle a series of experiences that will<br />

compile who we ultimately are in life. My vision<br />

is to give hope to those who don’t believe things<br />

are possible for them, even if there is a lot of fear<br />

involved. My mission is to give back to the<br />

community by speaking about the five levels of<br />

the Be Your Best Self outreach to as many<br />

people as possible and actively demonstrating<br />

all levels.”<br />

With an eye towards going into orthopedics<br />

one day, Alena says she will most likely attend<br />

college in-state, where she will major in pre-med.<br />

“I have learned so much from this process,”<br />

says Natalia. “And I have learned so much from<br />

my daughter. She has been passionate about her<br />

involvement. I am so impressed with her, and<br />

with the Distinguished Young Women<br />

program.”<br />

At the state program in Meridian July 16, Alena was<br />

awarded the overall Be Your Best Self award. She also<br />

won a preliminary talent award with three others for<br />

her trumpet solo. There were 34 contestants in this<br />

year’s program.<br />

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Lauren von Foregger<br />

Where<br />

AreThey<br />

Now? Amia<br />

Edwards<br />

Amia Edwards was born in<br />

Bolton, Mississippi, on a street called<br />

Success Drive. Now, as an accomplished<br />

full-time actress and founder of a non-profit,<br />

Edwards is giving back to the community<br />

that helped her<br />

become who<br />

she is today.<br />

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Edwards is a product, start to finish,<br />

of the Clinton Public School District.<br />

“As a young child, I was always attracted to the<br />

arts and public speaking,” Edwards said. “I did a<br />

lot of church plays and speeches, and I had natural<br />

talent for that. I was always interested in being in<br />

front of a camera. But Mr. Anthony Thaxton’s<br />

program called Arrow Vision, in junior high school,<br />

is really what pushed me to test the waters when it<br />

came to getting in front of an audience.”<br />

Edwards was a bit of a self-described loner in<br />

middle school. But one day, Thaxton approached<br />

her in the cafeteria and told her she would make a<br />

great news anchor. “He asked me if I could show<br />

up early the next morning to try it, and I was there<br />

before anyone else. It was just me and the custodians<br />

until he arrived. I was hooked after that day.”<br />

Edwards was the anchor for Arrow Vision<br />

every Friday of her eighth-grade year. She thought<br />

she wanted a career as a news anchor and enrolled<br />

in the cooperative education program with Mrs.<br />

Barbie Ferguson. She also joined the DECA club<br />

and did public speaking with the group. One day,<br />

Mrs. Ferguson let her students know local news<br />

anchor Mellissa Pace of WLBT was coming to<br />

Clinton High School to speak for career day.<br />

Edwards introduced herself and Pace invited her<br />

to come see the studio. Edwards quickly became<br />

an associate producer there, and later, during her<br />

years as a student at Jackson State University, she<br />

became a full-time producer for the station.<br />

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After college, Edwards moved to<br />

Birmingham, Alabama, to briefly work<br />

for a news station before moving back<br />

home and procuring her real estate license.<br />

Edwards knew, though, that something<br />

was missing from her life.<br />

“I was running from my real dream<br />

of becoming an actor,” she said. “I thought<br />

there was no place for me in Hollywood,<br />

and I never thought I could be successful.<br />

But I made a promise to myself that I<br />

would stop running, and I went to the<br />

very next audition I found.”<br />

Edwards auditioned for J. Lee’s “Karma”<br />

and was awarded the part on the spot.<br />

The rest, she says, is history. Edwards says<br />

she has had a wonderful career so far,<br />

performing in the Hallmark film “Every<br />

Time a Bell Rings,” and the 2021 film<br />

“Card Counter.” She’s done numerous<br />

plays and productions, and even wrote,<br />

produced, and performed her own short<br />

film, “Got a Light,” which won awards in<br />

several U.S. states, along with Germany<br />

and Korea.<br />

More recently, she’s been busy founding<br />

her non-profit, the Amiable Arts Foundation.<br />

The organization seeks to prepare<br />

students for vocation, college and careers<br />

in film, theatre, and performing arts. 3.2.1<br />

Action! is a part of the foundation, a<br />

program dedicated to teaching students<br />

about the writing, production, editing and<br />

marketing of their own films. The students<br />

showcase their productions at an annual<br />

film festival in Jackson. The ultimate goal<br />

of the Amiable Arts Foundation is to<br />

prepare students to enter into higher<br />

education or any career field within<br />

performing arts with the tools, resources,<br />

connections and confidence they need to<br />

succeed.<br />

“I really wanted to offer a place for<br />

parents and students to not only learn<br />

about performance arts, film, and theatre,<br />

but also to learn how to start a career,” said<br />

Edwards. “This is my calling – this is the<br />

way I want to give back to my community.<br />

I want to nurture these gifted artists and<br />

give them everything they need to succeed.”<br />

With a curriculum comprised of scriptwriting<br />

workshops, stage and screenmakeup<br />

application, and casting calls,<br />

Edwards has worked tirelessly to give these<br />

aspiring creatives a taste of what the industry<br />

has to offer. Through her accumulated<br />

relationships in the entertainment<br />

industry, Edwards has brought in several<br />

high-profile industry professionals to<br />

share their knowledge and experience<br />

with 3.2.1. Action! students.<br />

Ultimately, Edwards would like to open<br />

a full performing arts center in Jackson,<br />

where students would have access to everything<br />

from refurbished instruments to free<br />

lessons to visual art creation. This summer,<br />

the Foundation will be offering a program<br />

where students can learn to write, produce,<br />

and edit their own music videos. It will also<br />

serve as an outlet for students to express<br />

their feelings about current issues they<br />

may face in their homes or in their city.<br />

“What keeps me motivated are the<br />

smiles of these kids,” Edwards said. “I don’t<br />

have any kids, but after this program I’ve<br />

got at least 60. To know that I am adding<br />

just a little glimmer of hope, that I am<br />

providing something positive for them to<br />

be a part of—that keeps me motivated.”<br />

To learn more about<br />

3.2.1 Action! or the Amiable<br />

Arts Foundation, visit<br />

amiableproductions.com<br />

and on Facebook at<br />

@amiableartsfoundation.<br />

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Sarah Rein<br />



Anna<br />

Nutt<br />

“There are two ways<br />

of getting home; and one<br />

of them is to stay there.<br />

The other is to walk<br />

‘round the whole world<br />

‘til we come back to the<br />

same place.”<br />

In this celebrated quote, G.W.Chesterton is<br />

referencing a person who might express doubts<br />

about Christianity only to work their way<br />

through those and return to faith. But, to her<br />

credit, Anna Nutt seems to have figured out<br />

that the same principle holds true for her quite<br />

literally. Anna has lived in Clinton her whole<br />

life, attended Clinton’s public schools and<br />

Mississippi College, married a hometown guy,<br />

and is now creating a similarly cozy life for her<br />

own family - and never seems to have even<br />

considered leaving. “Clinton has such a warm<br />

hometown feel. It’s large enough that I am<br />

regularly meeting new people but still has all<br />

the charm of a small town.”<br />

Anna’s father owns a law firm in Clinton,<br />

and she fondly remembers watching him during<br />

her childhood as he poured himself into his<br />

work and their community. While that might<br />

lead some to think that Anna was inspired to<br />

become a business owner herself one day, she is<br />

quick to dismiss that idea. “Honestly, I had no<br />

idea what I wanted to do. If you’d told me that<br />

I would end up with my own store…I couldn’t<br />

have pictured that.” In fact, the way Anna talks<br />

about it, the whole thing practically fell into<br />

her lap.<br />

Her modest story is clearly glossing over a<br />

great deal of hard work and natural aptitude.<br />

She was working at her father’s firm after<br />

college in 2012 when her husband, Jonathan,<br />

recognized that her love of shopping and the<br />

rising popularity of social commerce might be<br />

a perfect fit. In social commerce, the merchant<br />

is able to sell directly to buyers online via social<br />

media. Anna gave it a try in her spare time and<br />

the response was overwhelming. Her online<br />

boutique, dubbed James & Leigh after her and her<br />

husband’s middle names, led to the establishment<br />

of a brick-and-mortar store in Old Towne<br />

that was a Clinton staple for eight years.<br />

Anna and Jonathan, who also has a very<br />

full-time position at Mississippi College,<br />

poured all their extra time and energy into<br />

their small business. “There is so much work<br />

required to get a store off the ground and make<br />

sure it’s successful. You’re never not thinking<br />

about the store - making sure shifts are covered,<br />

selecting new merchandise, going over the<br />

financials. I remember when we first started,<br />

we couldn’t afford to pay my sister cash so we<br />

would let her pick out clothes instead.”<br />

James and Leigh’s storefront was open<br />

until 2021. During that time, the Nutt family<br />

grew with the addition of two daughters and<br />

Anna’s “third child,” as she referred to her store,<br />

was taking up more of her time than she was<br />

comfortable with. “It was hard because the girls<br />

and Jonathan would have the traditional<br />

Saturday and Sunday weekend and I would have<br />

the store on my mind or I’d have to go in and<br />

work.”<br />

During COVID, the store went back to<br />

online sales and Anna, like so many people in the<br />

last couple of years, got a chance to reevaluate.<br />

“It was such a hard, uncertain time for small<br />

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“Anna is not only<br />

one of the hardest<br />

working people<br />

I’ve ever met,<br />

she’s also one of<br />

the most caring.”<br />

businesses. Fortunately, I had a great customer<br />

base and my sales stayed pretty steady.”<br />

Anna was considering James and Leigh’s<br />

future when she decided, almost on a whim, to<br />

apply for the position of executive director of<br />

the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. “Had I<br />

been in my regular store routine, busy all day<br />

long, I might not have ever applied. But I was<br />

at home, with time to think.” And what she<br />

found herself repeatedly thinking was that it<br />

might be time for a new chapter for her family.<br />

James & Leigh is now back to its roots as a<br />

fully online boutique, and Anna is enjoying her<br />

new role as the executive director of Clinton’s<br />

Chamber of Commerce - very much still<br />

woven into the fabric of Clinton business. Her<br />

background makes her intimately familiar with<br />

the challenges facing business owners and her<br />

personality has brought fresh energy to the<br />

Chamber’s role. Nathan Cummins, Clinton’s<br />

Chamber board president agrees; “As a small<br />

business owner herself, Anna knows the ins<br />

and outs of operating a successful business and<br />

how the Chamber can be a value-add to the<br />

businesses in the community. She is a native<br />

Clintonian, which is important in understanding<br />

our city and its residents as well as how<br />

both new and old businesses can service it.<br />

Additionally, she brings a new perspective and<br />

energy that will help the Chamber grow.”<br />

Already, the office has been visibly<br />

revitalized with new paint and decor. It’s<br />

meant to be a manifestation of the refreshed,<br />

modern Chamber of Commerce that Anna<br />

envisions. “We want to begin hosting new<br />

types of events that business owners will really<br />

look forward to. There is nothing wrong with<br />

lunch and a speaker, but we hope to plan some<br />

less conventional experiences as well.”<br />

And what is the message Anna hopes<br />

to spread as a voice to Clinton’s business<br />

community? “That there is room for everyone.<br />

We want your ideas and livelihoods to flourish.<br />

Clinton is big enough to support more than<br />

one clothing store because we have a variety of<br />

demographics and styles represented here. We<br />

want to encourage a business community that<br />

is less focused on competition and more<br />

focused on encouraging each other.”<br />

It’s a sentiment that is clearly informed by<br />

Anna’s own character. David Parker, one of her<br />

oldest friends, puts it this way, “Anna is not<br />

only one of the hardest working people I’ve<br />

ever met, she’s also one of the most caring. I’ve<br />

always admired her ability to do everything at<br />

once. She manages to run a business, help with<br />

Clinton events, invest in her family and friends,<br />

and now - the Chamber too. She can do it all<br />

and make it look easy. Truly, no one could give<br />

back to Clinton more joyfully than Anna.<br />

I’m excited to see the city flourish under her<br />

leadership.”<br />

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Wishing Students<br />

a Happy & Healthy<br />

Return Back to<br />

School!<br />

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P: 601-708-4205<br />

Clinic Director: Matt Thomas, PT<br />

For more information, or to schedule, visit myelitept.com<br />

Elite Physical Therapy is proud to provide<br />

athletic training services to Arrow Athletes!<br />

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a community<br />

UNITED in<br />

SPIRIT<br />

XAVIER<br />

BLACK<br />

Xavier Black hopes to become a Foreign Service Officer<br />

one day and thanks to his dedication to his course work<br />

in International Studies and French, he’s well on his way.<br />

On campus, he’s surrounded by classmates who share his<br />

interests and his peer mentor is always just a text away.<br />

Come see<br />

for yourself.<br />

Scan the QR code to schedule your visit.<br />

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

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

Miss will find a welcoming, safe community constantly in<br />

motion. We invite you to visit our campus and experience our<br />

community that is united in spirit, passion, and purpose.<br />

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24 • AUGUST 2022

Country Music’s Legacy<br />

in Mississippi<br />

When people think of classic country music, they think of the 60s and 70s and the likes<br />

of country greats Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams.<br />

This year is the time to discover the golden age of country music<br />

through the eyes of someone who lived it. Grammy-winning musician<br />

Marty Stuart has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Archives<br />

and History to tell the story of country music with emphasis on its lasting<br />

role within Mississippi. The World of Marty Stuart exhibit covers his life and<br />

legacy of preserving country music’s stories, photographs, instruments,<br />

costumes, and more.<br />

In his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Stuart began playing<br />

music at a young age. He first joined The Sullivans, a family bluegrass<br />

gospel group based in Alabama, and played guitar and mandolin with<br />

them until he eventually met bluegrass musician Roland White, who<br />

invited Stuart to back Lester Flatt’s band. After touring, Stuart recorded<br />

his first solo album, With a Little Help from My Friends, and went on to<br />

perform with various artists like Vassar Clements and Doc Watson<br />

before joining Johnny Cash’s band in 1980. Over time, Stuart collected<br />

memorabilia from shows played by fellow musicians, many of whom were<br />

friends and mentors of Stuart. His ultimate passion to preserve the legacy<br />

of country music strengthened as he continued to produce solo albums.<br />

Stuart later returned to his hometown of Philadelphia and began to<br />

cultivate his large collection of memorabilia. Hundreds of these priceless<br />

artifacts are currently housed at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson<br />

as part of The World of Marty Stuart exhibit, which launched in May.<br />

The exhibit features pieces of the golden age of country music including<br />

Stuart’s first guitar; original manuscripts from Hank Williams; guitars of<br />

Merle Haggard and Pops Staples; and costumes worn by Porter Wagoner,<br />

Dolly Parton, and Johnny Cash, including Cash’s “Walk the Line”<br />

performance suit. Stuart and MDAH have curated a timeless exhibit,<br />

which includes personal pieces from his childhood.<br />

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This is just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, Stuart has over<br />

twenty thousand pieces of country music nostalgia, which will<br />

one day settle in the future home of Marty Stuart’s Congress of<br />

Country Music in Philadelphia. This Congress will be a celebration of<br />

country music and a culmination of the musician’s lifelong goals.<br />

As a young boy, Stuart first experienced rhythm and blues at<br />

the Busy Bee Café, now the Busy Bee Suites in Philadelphia.<br />

Virgil Griffin and Rhythm Kings frequently played there, and<br />

now the group’s original bass drumhead can be enjoyed by guests<br />

at the Two Mississippi Museums. Eagle-eyed visitors will<br />

recognize the namesake for Stuart’s second solo album from 1982.<br />

A school essay also hangs in the halls of the exhibit. A young<br />

Stuart was asked by his teacher, “What do you want to be when<br />

you grow up?” to which Stuart wrote, “a musician.” Now his<br />

answer has come full circle.<br />

The World of Marty Stuart will be open to the public at the Two<br />

Mississippi Museums through December and has a slew of events<br />

on the calendar for this fall. On September 1st, a “Country Music<br />

Trivia Night” will be held to celebrate the exhibit. Cost of entry is<br />

$12 (cash only) per person and will include food, beer, and wine.<br />

The first-place team will win a cash prize. A few weeks later,<br />

women country performers from Mississippi will gather for<br />

“Women in Country Music: Songs and Conversation” on<br />

September 15th. The musicians will share their musical inspirations<br />

and favorite artists and perform a few songs for guests.<br />

On October 20th, the Two Mississippi Museums will host<br />

Manuel Cuevas, the “Rhinestone Rembrandt,” celebrity fashion<br />

designer, for a “Country Music Fashion Show.” Cuevas began<br />

sewing at age seven and is responsible for hundreds of modern<br />

country music outfits including those worn by Marty Stuart,<br />

Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, and more. Manuel will discuss<br />

pieces on display in The World of Marty Stuart exhibit as well as<br />

additional pieces from his private collection. Visitors can be a part<br />

of preserving country music by attending these nostalgic events.<br />

More details can be found at worldofmartystuart.mdah.ms.gov.<br />

Coinciding with the opening of the exhibit was the publication<br />

of Stuart’s memoir, The World of Marty Stuart. The book covers his<br />

life with photographs and artifact reproductions straight from his<br />

collection. It was published by MDAH and distributed by the<br />

University Press of Mississippi. The World of Marty Stuart is<br />

brought to you by the title sponsor, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of<br />

Mississippi, as well as by AT&T and Visit Mississippi. It runs<br />

through December 31, 2022, with regular exhibit hours:<br />

Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday, 11am - 5pm<br />

For more information, visit mdah.ms.gov.<br />

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“What do you want to be<br />

when you grow up?”<br />

... “a musician.”<br />

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SALUTE<br />

to First Responders<br />

Why did you decide to be a first responder?<br />

I wanted to help protect and care for my community. Growing up<br />

as the oldest in a large family I have been looking out for others for<br />

what feels like my whole life. It started out with me looking out for<br />

my siblings and their friends when I was a young man and then for<br />

my wife, children, and fellow Marines when I was older. Having a<br />

servant’s attitude instilled as a child, coupled with my capabilities<br />

with weapons and fighting, thanks to the Marines, made the choice<br />

seem like a good fit.<br />

How long have you been with the Clinton Police Department?<br />

I have been a police officer for the city of Clinton since 2009 after<br />

graduating from Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy<br />

(MLEOTA) in July of that year.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I am the oldest of ten children. I have three adult children from my<br />

first marriage and a lovely wife and stepdaughter who have recently<br />

immigrated to Mississippi from Honduras. My adult children are all<br />

graduates from the Clinton School District from K-12 and I expect<br />

my stepdaughter will be as well.<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

Sergeant<br />

Michael<br />

EVEN<br />


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

The toughest things I have experienced are loss of life and various<br />

tragedies I have responded to in the course of my time as a police<br />

officer. Being present for someone’s last breath after a traffic accident,<br />

notifying next of kin and responding to homes where families have<br />

just had the worst day of their lives is a deeply saddening experience.<br />

The sense of hopelessness at being unable to “fix” the situation is the<br />

most difficult feeling ever.<br />

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

I enjoy woodworking and furniture repair in my shop, spearfishing,<br />

hunting, fresh and saltwater fishing, competitive long-range shooting,<br />

and traveling.<br />

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

Spearfishing a bluefin tuna, getting SCUBA certified, and going<br />

skydiving.<br />

Rodric McClain got out of the car to take a photo<br />

of his best friend, Tia Denise Cook of Jackson.<br />

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

My grandfather. He was a great father, grandfather, Marine,<br />

engineer, and gardener. He was the battalion commander of the<br />

unit I joined after his retirement. He fought in WWII and Korea,<br />

he took good care of his family, and retired to work in his shop<br />

and cultivate a huge garden that fed half the neighborhood.<br />

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

what would it be?<br />

Listen first, speak later. Listen to all the facts, gather as much<br />

information as possible and then speak or act. Responding with<br />

only partial information makes one appear ignorant. Taking<br />

action without all the information can lead you in the wrong<br />

direction.<br />

What is your favorite thing about the City of Clinton?<br />

It is home. It is a great community for families with a great<br />

school district. The school district is the reason I moved here.<br />

The community and feeling of being at home kept me here.<br />

I can go to work, go shopping and find pretty much everything<br />

I need without leaving.<br />

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Andrews<br />

the<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Clint (43), Emily (38), Anna Carol (9), and Gabe (7). Our family is a big outdoors family.<br />

We love hunting, fishing, and camping. We are very active in the Morrison Heights Baptist<br />

Church. Clint serves as a deacon, and Emily helps with the women’s ministry. Anna Carol<br />

dances with Exalt Dance and Cheer in Clinton and has been on their competition dance<br />

team for a year. She also loves singing, piano, and baking. Gabe is a big-time baseball<br />

player who plays travel ball and is always anxious to hold an “Andrews Family Wiffle Ball<br />

Tournament” in the yard.<br />

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

Clint and I met on a blind date in October of 2008. The very first question I asked Clint<br />

was, “Do you like Mississippi State or Ole Miss?” When he answered Mississippi State<br />

I said, “Proceed!” Ha! We were married August 28, 2010, and cut our honeymoon short<br />

by one day so we could make it back in time to watch the first Mississippi State football<br />

game that year with our family and friends.<br />

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

Watching our kids excel in the things they love. When Gabe makes a great play in<br />

baseball or gets a good hit, the smile on his face makes all the practices and hot days<br />

worth it. Watching Anna Carol glow as she dances across the stage brings her mama to<br />

tears. We love watching them grow in their faith at our church and watching them serve<br />

others through service projects and in their own lives.<br />

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

We love Clinton schools; they are the main reason we chose to live in Clinton. We love<br />

going downtown to the brick streets for yummy popsicles or petit fours from Meme’s<br />

Bakery. We love community events like the flea markets, the Caterpillar Parade, farmers<br />

market and the big Christmas parade. Our children enjoy all the different kids’<br />

playgrounds available in different areas around Clinton.<br />

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

Clint has always loved the outdoors, so he works in the forestry industry with Red River<br />

Specialties. He works with landowners and farmers to help control overgrowth and<br />

unwanted vegetation. Emily works as a protocol specialist for the U.S. Army Engineer<br />

Research and Development Center in Vicksburg. She loves people and this job gives<br />

her the opportunity to show true southern hospitality to visitors and her teammates.<br />

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

Mississippi State has been a part of our family since Emily’s Papaw graduated from there<br />

in 1961. He even gave her his university class ring. We have many engineers in our family<br />

and a long-running history of family working for the Corps of Engineers. Mississippi State<br />

is the best engineering school, so naturally it’s where all our family has gone to earn their<br />

degrees. Besides that, the sense of family among Mississippi State is the absolute best.<br />

The fans treat each other, and even opposing teams, with respect and hospitality. Going<br />

to home baseball games, seeing cookouts in the left field lounge, going to home football<br />

games, walking among those tailgating and being able to stop at so many friends’ tents<br />

to eat and hang out is what Mississippi State is all about.<br />


What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?<br />

Gabe - Fishing and hunting with my dad and Pop (and sometimes mama).<br />

Anna Carol - Going camping! I love sleeping in our camper and spending time<br />

around a campfire and making s’mores.<br />


Artichoke Dip<br />

• 8 oz. cream cheese<br />

• A dollop of sour cream<br />

• ¼ cup of mayonnaise<br />

• ¼ cup chopped spinach (either<br />

fresh cooked, or frozen, thawed)<br />

• 2 cans artichoke hearts (in water,<br />

not marinated), drained and roughly<br />

chopped<br />

• Garlic salt and chili powder to taste<br />

• ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese<br />

• A handful of shredded mozzarella<br />

cheese for the top<br />

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm<br />

the cream cheese in the microwave<br />

for 2 minutes on 50% heat to soften it.<br />

Pre-microwaving the cream cheese will<br />

help you mix it with the other ingredients,<br />

so I recommend not skipping this step.<br />

Mix all ingredients in a baking dish.<br />

Be generous with the chili powder!<br />

The cream cheese and sour cream will<br />

act to “cool” the dip, so you can sprinkle<br />

away with the chili! Bake 30-45 minutes<br />

until heated through. Sprinkle on a bit<br />

more mozzarella, then broil until the<br />

cheese is browned.<br />

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Comleys<br />

the<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

We are Rusty and Ali Comley. We have two children: Kyleigh (23) and Briggs (22).<br />

Both our children were born in Hanau, Germany, due to Rusty being in the Army.<br />

We made Clinton our home in 2003 after moving from Fort Rucker, Alabama. Rusty<br />

attended MC Law and is currently an attorney at Watkins and Eager. I’ve spent that last<br />

nineteen years in Clinton Public Schools. We, as a family, enjoy traveling, game nights,<br />

cooking, and watching the Ole Miss Rebels.<br />

How did you meet, and how long have you been married.<br />

We met at Chastain Junior High in Jackson. Soon after, Rusty moved to California,<br />

but we kept in touch. In Rusty’s freshman year at UC Santa Barbara, he visited me at<br />

Ole Miss and transferred a year later. We have been married for 25 years.<br />

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

We have so many reasons to love Ole Miss. My mother worked for Ole Miss (UMMC<br />

School of Nursing), which allowed my siblings and me to attend college with no college<br />

loans, along with an Ole Miss Rebelette scholarship. Rusty was in Ole Miss Army ROTC<br />

on a full scholarship. Both of our children also had academic scholarships that allowed<br />

them to graduate from Ole Miss with no college debt. We will forever be grateful for our<br />

Ole Miss educations, and the lifelong friends we met there. One of our favorite things to<br />

do is watch Ole Miss sports. If ever you are at the Grove, you will see us at our longtime<br />

family spot, across from the pharmacy building under the tent that says “Allen Family and<br />

Friends.” Hotty Toddy!<br />

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

Seeing our children happy and reaching the goals they set for themselves.<br />

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

The small-town feel, the diversity, and the school system. It is a great place to raise a<br />

family. We feel very lucky that we ended up in Clinton.<br />

What accomplishments make you proud during your time<br />

living in Clinton?<br />

We were involved in Clinton Soccer Association where Rusty was the president. We<br />

were also involved in Brilla soccer for many years. I’ve taught for nineteen years at<br />

Clinton Junior High, Clinton High School, and the Career Center. Both Kyleigh and<br />

Briggs graduated from Clinton High School where they both played soccer, were<br />

singer/dancers in Attache’, and Kyleigh was a cheerleader. Briggs went on to play<br />

soccer at Northwest Community College and then transferred to Ole Miss.<br />

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

I love being involved with the students in Clinton. I feel very blessed to have had the<br />

opportunity to work with great teachers, administrators, and students. My favorite thing<br />

about teaching in Clinton is watching my students learn, grow up, and helping them to<br />

become productive young adults. I also hope to help students have a love of mathematics.<br />

I treasure all the students I had the pleasure of teaching over the years.<br />

What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?<br />

Kyleigh – Traveling and visiting new places.<br />

Briggs – I enjoy eating together and playing board games.<br />


Hotty Toddy<br />

Spinach Artichoke<br />

Dip<br />

• 1 onion (finely chopped)<br />

• 6 cloves fresh garlic (diced)<br />

• 1 large container of fresh spinach<br />

(roughly chopped)<br />

• 2 cans quartered artichoke hearts<br />

(drained)<br />

• 1 jar Bertolli Alfredo sauce<br />

• 1 lemon (seeds removed)<br />

• 1 bag shredded Italian cheese<br />

• 1 bag shredded Parmesan cheese<br />

• 4-5 Tbsp. Tapatio hot sauce<br />

• Salt and pepper, to taste<br />

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

skillet, sauté onion, garlic, and spinach.<br />

Add the quartered artichoke hearts for<br />

the last minute or two. Put skillet contents<br />

in a bowl and pour in Alfredo sauce.<br />

Squeeze in one whole lemon. Add cheese,<br />

Tapatio sauce, and salt and pepper. Stir<br />

together well and pour into a 3-inch-deep<br />

baking dish coated with non-stick cooking<br />

spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes,<br />

or until bubbling all over. Serve with your<br />

favorite tortilla chips.<br />

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Golden Eagle Logo is not available for use on all<br />

munications materials. Beyond the Department of<br />

etics, use of this logo is limited to gameday-related<br />

otions, promotional items for student recruitment<br />

oses, and Student Affairs.<br />

ission to use this logo on any communications<br />

erials, advertisements, social media graphics<br />

romotional items must be granted by both<br />

hern Miss Athletics and the Office of University<br />

munications.<br />

Barhams<br />

the<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Benjie, 57 - Pam, 55 - Benjamin, 28 - Brennan, 26 - Barrett, 23<br />

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

married?<br />

Pam and I met at Southern Miss on a “blind date” set up by fraternity and<br />

sorority friends in 1986. We’ve been together since and married 33 years.<br />

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

We lived in Hattiesburg from 1989 ‘til 2002, when a career move brought<br />

us to the Jackson Metro/Clinton. We were attracted to Clinton by friends,<br />

school system, college town atmosphere, and church family, among other<br />

things. We enjoy the chamber and main street activities, the many<br />

family-oriented events throughout the year, well run government body,<br />

safe environment, and history of Clinton.<br />

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

As parents, our greatest joy is witnessing our children growing up,<br />

succeeding in their endeavors, being happy in their relationships,<br />

careers, and lives in general.<br />

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

Pam and I have had the opportunity to enjoy jobs in our time living in<br />

Clinton and they have all provided different things that have introduced<br />

us to lifelong friends, helped us make a difference in others’ lives, and<br />

provided us professional growth. Our motivation has always been to<br />

provide for our family, enjoy the fruits of our labor, and see what a positive<br />

difference we can make in others’ lives.<br />

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

I grew up a Southern Miss fan, so “it’s in the blood.” Pam inherited the<br />

black & gold love as a student. Our children grew up Golden Eagles<br />

attending events and games with friends and family. Southern Miss<br />

is an institution that started in 1910 as Mississippi Normal College grew<br />

to Mississippi Southern College, and finally to the Univ. of Southern<br />

Mississippi. She has endured many obstacles and in spite, has grown<br />

into a one of the Gulf South’s premier research institutions. It boasts one<br />

of the best K-12 educational, business, nursing, polymer engineering,<br />

ocean engineering, computer engineering, and construction engineering<br />

schools in the nation. It has the 3rd best family military support programs<br />

in the country. As a recent, July 2022, new member of the Sunbelt<br />

Conference, our athletes compete for championships in 17 D-1 sports.<br />

Southern Miss is in a vibrant, growing region of Mississippi, but it also<br />

has an intimate feeling on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses.<br />

There is a sense of pride, loyalty, and tradition at Southern Miss that we<br />

experience and that makes it a special place for students, alumni,<br />

faculty, and staff.<br />


Tailgate Dip<br />

• 1 can refried beans<br />

• 8 oz. cream cheese<br />

• 1 can turkey chili<br />

• Diced jalapeños<br />

• Grated sharp cheddar cheese<br />

Layer all ingredients except cheddar and<br />

microwave 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on top<br />

and serve with tortilla chips.<br />

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Jordans<br />

the<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Derrick, Sr. 47 - working out, watching football.<br />

Shivon, 44 - listening to music, shopping, watching football<br />

Derrick II, 21 - working out, running track, watching movies and football<br />

Daylen, 6 - watching YouTube, swimming, watching football<br />

We are a blended family of four that consist of two boys. Our oldest<br />

is a recent college graduate of William Carey University and the<br />

youngest is preparing for 1st grade in the Clinton Public School District.<br />

We are state employees in the public service area. We are active in the<br />

community and attend Agape Fellowship Church.<br />

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

married?<br />

We originally met at JSU and reconnected when we both worked<br />

for the police department. We have been married for six years.<br />

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

Being able to provide for our children and show them what a successful<br />

family structure looks like—along with seeing them succeed and<br />

accomplish their goals as productive citizens.<br />

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

Clinton?<br />

Clinton is a great place to raise a family with great schools, great<br />

neighbors, and a great community setting.<br />

What accomplishments make you proud during<br />

your time living in Clinton?<br />

Seeing our son graduate from Clinton High School and college and<br />

buying our first new home together.<br />

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

Derrick, Sr. - As the newly appointed assistant chief of Capitol Police,<br />

my passion for safe communities drives me. I’m motivated to provided<br />

service that all citizens can feel safe in their communities.<br />

Shivon - As a team member with the Mississippi Department of Education,<br />

I am motivated to provide technical assistance to all school districts in<br />

Mississippi to maintain a safe school environment.<br />

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

THEE I LOVE, we love the academics and culture of Jackson State<br />

University. The rich history of our football team is like none other. We<br />

have the best band in college football. We are overjoyed with current<br />

attention that we are receiving. We are truly a family at JSU.<br />


What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?<br />

Derrick II - Spending time together, watching movies, and football.<br />

Daylen - I like going on vacation and having fun at football games.<br />


Southern Fried Catfish<br />

• 4 catfish fillets, a little over a pound, total<br />

• 1 cup buttermilk<br />

• 1½ cups oil - vegetable, canola, or peanut<br />

• 2 cups cornmeal yellow (not self-rising)<br />

• 1 tsp. salt<br />

• 1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper<br />

• Lemon pepper seasoning, to taste<br />

Pat fillets with paper towel. Place in a large baking dish<br />

or plastic storage bag and pour in buttermilk. Coat well<br />

and allow to sit 10 minutes in the refrigerator. In a large<br />

bowl, add cornmeal, salt, cayenne, and lemon pepper;<br />

stir with fork until blended. Using a cast-iron or heavy<br />

bottom skillet, heat oil over medium heat. While oil is<br />

heating, take a fillet directly from the buttermilk and<br />

place it in the cornmeal. Pat the cornmeal on the fillet,<br />

coating it twice. When oil is around 350 degrees,<br />

begin cooking in batches of two fillets. Do not move<br />

until they’ve cooked for 2½ - 3 minutes. After 2½ - 3<br />

minutes, use tongs and flip the fish over and cook an<br />

additional 3 minutes. Use a thermometer to measure<br />

internal temperature – it is done when the internal<br />

temperature reaches 145 degrees. Remove from oil<br />

and place on a paper towel. Plate fillets and serve<br />

with lemon and tartar sauce.<br />

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40 • AUGUST 2022

Turmans<br />

the<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Grady (50) enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his loved ones.<br />

In his spare time, he sells real estate with NuWay Realty MS and cheers on<br />

the Choctaws at Mississippi College sporting events.<br />

Missa (50) loves to fish with Grady and spend time with family and friends.<br />

Some of her favorite pastimes include supporting the teams her children<br />

coach and rooting for the Choctaws.<br />

Son Grady Jr. (29) is an assistant baseball coach and teacher at Clinton High<br />

School. His wife, Abbey, is a registered nurse at Caring Hands, PPEC.<br />

They have blessed us with a precious grandson, Rhodes.<br />

Daughter Darby Dunn (24) is a teacher and head varsity volleyball coach<br />

at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. Her husband Tripp is a project<br />

manager for a landscape architect and engineering firm.<br />

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

We first met in the 9th grade at Sumner Hill High School. We were Clinton<br />

High School sweethearts, Go Arrows! Grady and I have been married for<br />

thirty years.<br />

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

Bringing our children up in a Christian home and community like Clinton has<br />

molded them into the young, ambitious, and loving adults they are today.<br />

The greatest joy as parents is watching our children pursue their goals in<br />

life while remembering their core values.<br />

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

Our favorite things include the family-oriented community with a small-town<br />

feel. We love the pride of the Clinton school system and the long-standing<br />

history of Mississippi College. The values and traditions of these schools are<br />

part of what makes Clinton home.<br />

What accomplishments make you proud during your<br />

time living in Clinton?<br />

Our greatest accomplishments will always be raising our children. We are<br />

proud that our children graduated from Clinton High School and earned<br />

degrees from Mississippi College!<br />


Fiesta Dip<br />

• 3 tsp. dried parsley<br />

• 1½ tsp. ground cumin<br />

• 3 tsp. dried minced onion<br />

• ½ tsp. salt<br />

• 1½ tsp. dried chives<br />

• 1 cup sour cream or yogurt<br />

• 3 tsp. chili powder<br />

• 1 cup mayonnaise<br />

Combine ingredients and refrigerate 2-4 hours<br />

before serving with Fritos or Tortilla Chips.<br />

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

Mississippi College athletics is a second home for our family! We both<br />

work in the athletic department at Mississippi College. Grady is head of<br />

transportation/athletic grounds/special events (13 years), and I am the<br />

administrative support supervisor (20 years). Athletics has always been<br />

a part of our lives - playing sports in our younger years, watching our<br />

children play sports, and now our children both coach sports teams.<br />

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

The Choctaw Family is what we love most about Mississippi College.<br />

The memories, the support, and the growth we have been a part of have<br />

created a special place in our hearts for Mississippi College athletics.<br />


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42 • AUGUST 2022

Warriors Football<br />


August 12 7:00 pm Home Delta Street<br />

August 19 7:00 pm Home Central Holmes<br />

August 26 7:00 pm Away Amite School Center<br />

September 2 7:00 pm Home ACCS<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Home Carroll Academy<br />

September 16 7:00 pm Away Benton Academy<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Away Riverfield Academy<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Home St. Aloysius<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Away Canton Academy<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Away Tri-County Academy<br />

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Coach Steve Tuttle Ms. Alisha Love Dr. Phillip Broome<br />

44 • AUGUST 2022

Faith-Focused and<br />

Family-Driven<br />

Poppy Williams<br />

Founded and opened in 2008, Clinton Christian Academy’s<br />

mission is to educate every student for lifelong success and to enrich<br />

them with Christian purpose. The school board, administrators, faculty,<br />

and staff members, supported by the parents, work together to create<br />

a Christian learning atmosphere within a physically, spiritually, and<br />

emotionally safe environment.<br />

Clinton Christian Academy is located at 101 West Northside Drive<br />

in Clinton, and it’s a campus filled with happy, smiling faces – from the<br />

administration all the way down to the students themselves.<br />

“Our family-friendly atmosphere, close-knit teachers, and our love<br />

for the Lord and our students make us stand out,” said Alisha Love,<br />

who has been a kindergarten teacher at Clinton Christian Academy<br />

since the school first opened its doors in 2008. “I love my job and my<br />

coworkers. We are one big family who takes care of each other. If one<br />

of us is successful, then we are all successful!”<br />

As an independent, co-educational, self-governing, interdenominational,<br />

non-profit, college preparatory, Christian day school for<br />

students in grades K4 through grade 12, Clinton Christian Academy<br />

believes that the integration of faith - as found in the Word of God<br />

- and learning are essential for excellence in education. The administration,<br />

faculty, and staff on campus at CCA are committed to fostering<br />

excellent learning for all of the students, and this attitude ripples<br />

throughout the school.<br />

In today’s world, choosing where and how to invest in a child’s<br />

school experience is one of the most important, and hardest, decisions<br />

a parent has to make. Clinton Christian Academy’s objective is to<br />

expand the heart, mind, and character of each of their students by<br />

providing academic and personal challenges in an environment rich<br />

with support and encouragement from a distinctly Christian perspective.<br />

Coach Steve Tuttle teaches geometry, Algebra II, and pre-calculus/<br />

trig at CCA, as well as being the head JV football coach and assistant<br />

varsity football coach. He will begin his second year of teaching and<br />

coaching at Clinton Christian Academy this August and said that the<br />

family-atmosphere prevalent around the campus of CCA is infectious.<br />

“The family atmosphere that we have here, and the fact that it is a<br />

smaller school, means all the teachers and coaches know all the<br />

students, and it makes it easier to build a relationship with our students<br />

and instill Christian values in the lessons that we teach.”<br />

Whether students at Clinton Christian Academy choose to start<br />

in 4K or transfer into the school in any grade following, one thing is<br />

certain – they, and their families, can expect a quality academic<br />

education centered on faith.<br />

“Here we believe that students can achieve success in everything<br />

that they do, and we think they can achieve it from a Christian perspective,”<br />

said Coach Tuttle. “In addition to academics, we teach our<br />

students that if they apply themselves and keep God first, they can<br />

accomplish anything they want to accomplish.”<br />

Ms. Love echoed Coach Tuttle’s statement when she said, “I love<br />

teaching my students about God and His great love for us!”<br />

Clinton Christian Academy is SACS and MAIS accredited and<br />

has been awarded the AA accreditation status by the Mississippi<br />

Association of Independent Schools, which is the highest level<br />

attainable. With a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio, students can get the<br />

individualized attention they need to adequately grow and thrive in<br />

all areas – academically, spiritually, physically and mentally.<br />

“All of us at Clinton Christian Academy are optimistic about the<br />

future of our school and are committed to providing for spiritual<br />

growth and a quality education with support services to the students<br />

and families we serve,” said Dr. Phillip Broome, Clinton Christian<br />

Academy headmaster. “You’ll find that Clinton Christian Academy<br />

is a place where you never meet a stranger.”<br />

For more information about Clinton Christian Academy,<br />

visit www.ccawarriors.ms or call 601-910-5990.<br />

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46 • AUGUST 2022<br />

PHOTOS Robert Chapman

Arrows Football<br />


September 2 7:00 pm Away NWR<br />

September 9 7:00 pm Home Brandon<br />

September 23 7:00 pm Away Germantown<br />

September 30 7:00 pm Home Starkville<br />

October 7 7:00 pm Away Madison Central<br />

October 14 7:00 pm Away Oxford<br />

October 21 7:00 pm Home Grenada<br />

October 28 7:00 pm Away Tupelo<br />

November 3 7:00 pm Home Murrah<br />

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48 • AUGUST 2022

Max Lyall,<br />


Robert Chapman<br />

Max Lyall may be Clinton Attaché Show<br />

Choir’s new director, but he is no stranger to<br />

Clinton. A 1994 graduate of Clinton High<br />

and former member of Attaché as well as the<br />

Arrow Band, Lyall has roots in the community<br />

that run to the late 1950s.<br />

Lyall’s grandfather, Dr. Jack Lyall, moved his<br />

family to Clinton where he chaired Mississippi<br />

College’s music department from 1957 until<br />

1983. “My parents still live a block from the old<br />

Eastside school building that’s currently the<br />

district’s central office building,” Lyall said.<br />

With his passion for music nourished<br />

through the Clinton Public School District,<br />

Lyall went on to study the art form in depth<br />

in college. “I studied percussion, piano,<br />

guitar, and voice, which has given me a<br />

unique skillset with teaching, writing and<br />

arranging,” he said.<br />

He’s spent the past dozen years as the<br />

director of choral activities at Madison Central<br />

High School, directing and overseeing multiple<br />

choirs, show choirs and ensembles. When he saw that former directors<br />

David and Mary Fehr were transitioning into their new roles as executive<br />

directors of show choirs, Lyall felt the time was right for him to<br />

come home and steer the national award-winning show choir towards<br />

the future of show choir excellence.<br />

“To say the experience has been surreal would be about right,” he<br />

said. “I have kids in the group whose parents were in Attaché with me.”<br />

Lyall said the move to become Attaché’s director comes with its<br />

share of expectations, but as an alumnus, he understands why those<br />

expectations are present.<br />

“There’s a pretty big learning curve for<br />

an organization of this scope. After dealing<br />

with the pieces that made up Madison’s<br />

program, I understand just how many things<br />

I don’t know about the day-to-day operations<br />

and logistics of Attaché that I’ll need to get<br />

up to speed on,” he said. “Luckily I have the<br />

Fehrs to help with the transition who have<br />

already been so great through this whole<br />

process.”<br />

He values his relationship with the Fehrs<br />

and says they’re all on the same page for<br />

moving Attaché forward. “We all want the<br />

same thing, and that’s for these students<br />

to learn and perform at the highest level.<br />

We want them to experience what so many<br />

people, including myself, have experienced<br />

before. We want them to learn what it is to<br />

reap the benefits of hard work.”<br />

Lyall said over the years his strongest<br />

inspiration has been his wife, Carie, an<br />

educator herself. “Carie is my rock,” he said.<br />

“I can’t calculate how important her words of wisdom have been to<br />

my career. She’s my biggest cheerleader and the most encouraging<br />

person I know. I love her more than anything and can’t imagine<br />

doing any of this without her support.”<br />

With Attaché having a strong tradition that spans more than<br />

three decades, Lyall said he plans to continue the tradition of<br />

excellence that is synonymous with Attaché.<br />

“I’m sure there will be a different feel or tone to some of the design<br />

elements or song choices, but I’m not looking to make some kind<br />

of statement or move us into the ‘Lyall Era,’” he said. “I simply want<br />

Attaché to be Attaché.”<br />

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52 • AUGUST 2022

Christ-Centered<br />

Academic Excellence:<br />

Preparing Students for Life<br />

Mary Kathryn Whittle<br />

Mt. Salus Christian School is excited to provide both engaging and<br />

hands-on educational experiences to our students in the classroom<br />

which enrich their education. In addition to academics, Mt. Salus<br />

students enjoy STEM, art, and athletics, as well as opportunities to<br />

participate in a number of leadership and service projects. Teachers<br />

encourage and support their students as they desire to see them<br />

grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Additionally,<br />

students gather weekly at chapel to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ<br />

taught (and sung).<br />

Mt. Salus Christian School was founded with the mission to partner<br />

with parents to provide quality, Christ-centered education. The way<br />

in which Mt. Salus strives to fulfill this mission of Christ-centered<br />

education that is multi-faceted and not achieved by just putting<br />

students in a Bible class or having them memorize a Bible verse.<br />

Our desire is to provide students with a solid foundation and environment<br />

in which they are presented with the good news of Jesus Christ.<br />

The foundational framework, through which we provide a Christian<br />

worldview education, is guided by God’s Word. Christian worldview<br />

education means that every aspect is filtered through the lens of<br />

Scripture (the infallible Word of God) to discover and learn about the<br />

world God has created and our place in it.<br />

Additionally, our Christian worldview informs how we engage<br />

literature, math, science, technology, art, and athletics, as well as how<br />

we live in relationship with one another, in light of the truth of God’s<br />

Word, the Bible.<br />

Christian Worldview In The Classroom: What does God have to<br />

do with math? What does it mean to be human? How does one’s<br />

perspective impact his or her view of events? What is beauty?<br />

How does this author’s perspective shape this story or song?<br />

What does the Bible say in light of … ?<br />

The reality is every single person has a worldview–a way in which<br />

he or she sees the world, filters all of life, and operates out of it. There<br />

are endless competing worldviews that bombard our students each<br />

and every day as they navigate a world that rejects truth and preaches<br />

a message of self (discovery, happiness, indulgence, etc.) that is<br />

directly counter to the truth of God’s Word. Christian worldview<br />

(education) does not compartmentalize Christianity, but on the<br />

contrary—informs every aspect of life.<br />

As we partner with families, providing a Christian worldview<br />

education means we strive to teach students to think critically and<br />

creatively and to equip them to thrive wherever God calls them.<br />

Mt. Salus Christian School is preparing students for life, not just<br />

graduation.<br />

It is a great privilege to partner with families in the journey of<br />

preparing and equipping students for life. We believe that providing<br />

students with the foundation of a strong Christian worldview equips<br />

them to be successful wherever God calls them.<br />

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he<br />

will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6<br />

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54 • AUGUST 2022

Hinds Eagles<br />


September 1 6:30 pm Home Northeast<br />

September 8 6:30 pm Home Northwest<br />

September 15 6:30 pm Away East Central<br />

September 22 7:00 pm Home Pearl River<br />

September 29 6:30 pm Home Jones<br />

October 6 6:30 pm Away Southwest Mississippi<br />

October 13 6:30 pm Away Itawamba<br />

October 20 6:30 pm Home Gulf Coast<br />

October 27 6:30 pm Away Copiah-Lincoln<br />

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CLASS<br />

23<br />

OF<br />

Of all the things<br />

you’re learning,<br />

what will be<br />

most helpful<br />

after graduation?<br />

56 • AUGUST 2022

MADDIE Bruner<br />

CCA / Softball<br />

One of the most beneficial things<br />

I am learning now is how to embrace<br />

change and keeping my priorities straight,<br />

because life is always changing. The bad<br />

will not always remain bad, and we<br />

have the power to change anything.<br />

Hayden THOMAS<br />

Clinton / Soccer<br />

Clinton High School has taught me that<br />

hard work pays off in the classroom<br />

and on the field. I am developing<br />

a work ethic that will help me<br />

succeed in all aspects of my life.<br />

Drew MARTIN<br />

CCA / Baseball<br />

The most helpful thing for me<br />

is going to be my faith. Sure, I could be<br />

successful in whatever I end up doing<br />

but I can take zero credit for the gifts<br />

and talents that God has given me.<br />

Accepting and showing Jesus’ love<br />

and fully leaning on him is the most<br />

useful thing I could ever think of.<br />

ARROWS<br />

Baleigh Turner<br />

Clinton / Cheer<br />

Being a cheerleader and learning to work<br />

with others is setting me up for success.<br />

There will always be someone that I may<br />

have to collaborate with. So, practicing this<br />

skill now will prepare me for the future.<br />

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OliviaMcGraw<br />

Mt.Salus / Basketball<br />

In the past years of learning, my Bible class<br />

has been the most helpful for my adulthood.<br />

It has given me the knowledge on how to<br />

treat, love, and communicate with my peers.<br />

eagles<br />

Griffin<br />

Berch<br />

Clinton / Football<br />

Something that I have learned playing<br />

football is that you won’t always win.<br />

You will get hit with adversity in life, but<br />

it’s how you push through it that counts.<br />

That’s something Coach Morgan<br />

always tells us, and I know it will<br />

stick with me through adulthood.<br />

William<br />

PAGUE<br />

CCA / Archery<br />

Subjects like science and math have helped<br />

me to better understand the world around<br />

me and how it works. Because of what<br />

I learned in my science classes, I was able<br />

to grow a bountiful garden this summer.<br />

Additionally, my math courses have taught<br />

me how to do minor repairs and build a<br />

bed frame from scratch. I am interested<br />

in going into the medical field, and I know<br />

what I have learned in these classes<br />

will help me get there.<br />

58 • AUGUST 2022

Kameryn Arnold<br />

Clinton / Show Choir<br />

The best things I’m learning<br />

that will be helpful in the future is to<br />

be a hard worker, and be determined.<br />

It’s about being successful in life<br />

no matter what challenges I face.<br />

ARROWS<br />

William JOHNSON<br />

Clinton / Show Choir<br />

The most helpful thing I’m learning is how<br />

to work with people and leadership. Whether<br />

it’s in the classroom, Attaché rehearsal, on<br />

the court, or on the field, having to listen to<br />

others and work as a team is very important.<br />

And in the real world I will need to use those<br />

skills in anything I decide to be.<br />

Kyle JOHNSON<br />

Mt. Salus / Basketball<br />

I’ve learnedleadership. Mt. Salus instills<br />

having faith in God, respecting one another,<br />

and being a leader. Leadership is instilled<br />

in every student through classes,<br />

extracurriculars, and clubs. Being the<br />

only senior on the team this year, it is very<br />

important to me that I set a good example<br />

for the younger team members by being<br />

humble and keeping God first.<br />

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Apple Pie Overnight Oats<br />

• ⅔ cup milk<br />

• ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats<br />

• ½ cup diced apple<br />

• ¼ cup chopped pecans, walnuts,<br />

or almonds<br />

• ¼ tsp. cinnamon<br />

• ⅛ tsp. nutmeg<br />

• 1 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey<br />

In a 12-ounce jar, combine all<br />

ingredients and stir until<br />

well combined. Seal and<br />

refrigerate overnight<br />

or at least 6 hours.<br />

Basic Smoothie<br />

• 8 oz. milk<br />

• 4 oz. low fat or fruit<br />

flavored yogurt<br />

• 1 cup fruit- fresh, canned, or<br />

frozen berries, banana, papaya,<br />

melons, peaches, pineapple–<br />

whatever fruit you like.<br />

Blend everything together in a<br />

blender. If desired, add fresh<br />

spinach, flax seeds, oats, vanilla,<br />

honey, chocolate syrup, sugar free<br />

coffee syrups, peanut butter.<br />

Makes 1-20 serving.<br />

Rustic Tomato & Cheese<br />

Tart<br />

• 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced<br />

• 1 Tbsp. olive oil<br />

• 1 Tbsp. butter<br />

• ½ tsp. Italian seasoning<br />

• 3 ripe tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch<br />

thick<br />

• 3 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded<br />

• 3 oz. provolone cheese, shredded<br />

• 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard<br />

• ½ Tbsp. salt<br />

• 1 tsp. black pepper<br />

• 1 ready-made refrigerated<br />

pie crust<br />

• 1 egg slightly beaten<br />

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a<br />

medium sauté pan with olive oil and<br />

butter. Add red onion, season with<br />

Italian seasoning and a little salt<br />

and pepper. Cook until slightly<br />

caramelized, stirring occasionally.<br />

While onions are cooking, place<br />

sliced tomatoes in a single layer on<br />

several folded paper towels, sprinkle<br />

with remaining salt. Let stand for<br />

approximately 10 minutes. Once<br />

onions are cooked, remove from<br />

heat, and let cool.<br />

Unroll pie crust and place on a<br />

nonstick baking sheet. Spread with<br />

Dijon mustard leaving about a<br />

one-inch border on the crust.<br />

Sprinkle half the cheddar and half<br />

the provolone cheese on crust then<br />

top with half the cooked onions.<br />

Repeat with next layer keeping the<br />

one-inch border all the way around<br />

the pie dough. Arrange tomato slices<br />

in overlapping pattern on top of<br />

onion and cheese. Fold edges of<br />

dough toward center; tucking and<br />

pressing to seal (dough will only<br />

partially cover tomatoes). Brush<br />

folded edge with beaten egg. Place<br />

in oven and bake for 35 minutes or<br />

until crust is golden brown. Notes:<br />

Much like a tomato pie. Makes 6-8<br />

servings.<br />

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Ricotta Peach Tart<br />

• 1 cup ricotta cheese<br />

• 2 eggs divided<br />

• 1 tsp. vanilla extract<br />

• 1 Tbsp. lemon zest<br />

• 2 Tbsp. honey<br />

• 3-4 ripe peaches cored and sliced,<br />

or plums or nectarines<br />

• 1 sheet puff pastry thawed<br />

according to package instructions<br />

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

large-rimmed baking sheet with<br />

parchment paper. In a medium mixed<br />

bowl combined ricotta, egg and next<br />

three ingredients. Set aside. Roll out<br />

puff pastry onto the prepared baking<br />

sheet. Use a paring knife to score a<br />

line around the perimeter of the<br />

pastry, about 1 inch from the edge.<br />

Spoon the cheese mixture over the<br />

dough inside the scored edges,<br />

spreading out to an even layer. Place<br />

the sliced peaches in vertical rows,<br />

overlapping just slightly until the<br />

entire tart is filled. Brush edges with<br />

egg wash. Bake for 25 minutes, or<br />

until crust is golden and edges are<br />

puffed up. Makes 8 servings.<br />

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt<br />

Bars<br />

• ¼ cup raw almonds<br />

• 8 whole graham crackers<br />

• ½ cup creamy peanut butter<br />

• 2 Tbsp. butter<br />

• 16 oz. plain Greek yogurt<br />

• ½ cup fat-free sweetened<br />

condensed milk<br />

• 1½ cups fresh strawberries,<br />

chopped or can use blueberries<br />

or peaches<br />

Line an 8-x-8-inch baking pan with<br />

parchment paper so it comes up a<br />

couple inches above the rim. This will<br />

make it easy to remove from the pan.<br />

Place almonds and graham crackers<br />

in food processor and pulse until<br />

finely ground. In microwave-safe<br />

bowl, melt butter and peanut butter<br />

in microwave for approximately 30<br />

seconds. Stir to combine. Add crumb<br />

mixture, stirring until well combined.<br />

Pour mixture into pan, patting down<br />

evenly and firmly to create the crust.<br />

Place in freezer to set for about 30<br />

minutes.<br />

Clean strawberries and remove stems.<br />

Cut into bite-size pieces. Combine<br />

yogurt and sweetened condensed<br />

milk, stir until well combined. Gently<br />

fold in strawberries. Pour yogurt<br />

mixture in to crust, spreading evenly.<br />

Cover with plastic wrap and place in<br />

freezer for eight hours. Allow to sit at<br />

room temperature for approximately<br />

10-15 minutes. Cut into 16 squares<br />

with a sharp knife.<br />

As a registered dietitian, I’ve always stressed the importance of a balanced diet.<br />

I work for The Dairy Alliance to educate and promote one of the most nutritious<br />

foods–milk. Studies show that after elementary school, our tweens and adults<br />

very seldom consume enough milk or dairy. Dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt,<br />

and cheese, provide much of the calcium, potassium, and vitamin D that is often<br />

missing in our diet as we grow and become adults. The absence of these nutrients<br />

increases the risk for developing osteoporosis and heart disease as well as other<br />

health concerns.<br />

Milk gives you the best value for your dollars spent in the supermarket. For less<br />

than 25 cents per serving, milk provides eight grams of protein, along with other<br />

essential nutrients needed. Plus, for the athletes, chocolate milk is rated as the best<br />

recovery beverage in sports.<br />

We all need three servings of dairy foods every day. Some ways to add this into<br />

your diet are:<br />

• Make grits/oatmeal with milk in the morning<br />

• Have overnight oats in the fridge for a breakfast on the go<br />

• Use plain or Greek yogurt as a protein-packed base for dips instead of mayonnaise<br />

• Make playful salad “kabobs” alternating fresh vegetables with cubes of your<br />

favorite cheese for the kids<br />

• Have an afternoon snack of a fruit smoothie full of yogurt, milk, and fruit<br />

• Keep cheese sticks in your fridge for a healthy and delicious snack<br />

• Freeze yogurt tubes for a creamy summer treat<br />

• For those with a sensitivity to lactose, use lactose-free milk. Most individuals<br />

can still enjoy yogurt and hard, natural cheeses, such as cheddar and Swiss,<br />

which have little or no lactose.<br />

For other dairy delicious recipes visit www.thedairyalliance.com<br />

– Donna Speed<br />

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The CHALKBOARD Clinton Schools<br />

Clinton High<br />

Class of 2022 graduates 335 students<br />

Clinton High School’s graduating class of 2022 closed out<br />

their senior year under the lights of Arrow Field. This year’s<br />

senior class of 335 saw 104 seniors accept scholarships<br />

to 28 different colleges and universities, with a total of<br />

$4.3 million in scholarships awarded to the class of 2022.<br />

Abhay Cheruku served as this year’s valedictorian and<br />

Abigail Vargheese as salutatorian.<br />

Others listed in the academic top ten were, in ascending<br />

order, Julia Moller, Tabitha Hewitt-Rafferty, Jared Miller,<br />

Amber Amis, Gracie Roberts, Mallory Morris, Anna Grace<br />

Brister and Nathan Heard.<br />

With the weather cooperating perfectly on a Friday night,<br />

the CHS Class of 2022 celebrated together to close out their<br />

time as high school students.<br />

CHS Class of 2022 by the numbers:<br />

• 18 seniors scored 30 or higher on the ACT<br />

• 2 seniors scored a perfect 36 on the ACT<br />

• 4 seniors were named National Merit Finalists<br />

• 12 seniors were members of the Phi Theta Kappa,<br />

Beta Psi Upsilon chapter<br />

• 3 seniors were named STAR Students<br />

• Abigail Vargheese was named Mississippi’s<br />

TOP ALL STAR Student<br />

• 89 seniors were members of the National Honor Society<br />

• 60 seniors earned the President’s Award for Educational<br />

Excellence<br />

• 27 student athletes signed letters of intent to 14 different<br />

schools.<br />

• Kimani Hamilton was named MS Gatorade Player of the<br />

Year for boys’ basketball<br />

• 3 MHSAA 6A championships, boys’ basketball, boys’ track<br />

and field and girls’ track and field<br />

• 16 seniors earned band scholarships to 6 different schools<br />

Clinton Public School District’s Superintendent Dr. Andy<br />

Schoggin applauded the graduating class of 2022.<br />

“These students have demonstrated resilience and<br />

perseverance throughout their high school experience,”<br />

Dr. Schoggin said. “Through all the uncertainties and<br />

challenges, they chose to press on and pursue excellence.<br />

They have represented our district with pride and class,<br />

and I expect they will continue to do so in whatever<br />

endeavors they choose.”<br />

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TheTime COIN<br />

Camille Anding<br />

I remember the first-grade teacher with a<br />

rocking chair in the corner of her classroom.<br />

We must have still been lap-babies, because I remember everyone getting a consoling rock<br />

in the lap of that teacher who knew the separation from our mothers bordered on traumatic.<br />

She taught me a lot about empathy.<br />

I remember the student in elementary school who I was drawn to and wanted a childhood<br />

friendship. She taught me what “fickle” meant when I realized her friendship ran hot and cold.<br />

It was a difficult lesson to learn.<br />

I remember seeing other elementary students at lunch time open their brown paper lunch<br />

sacks and pull-out food I never dreamed of finding in my lunch bag. One lunch that’s still etched<br />

in my memory was a cold, fried egg sandwiched in a leftover biscuit. I still remember watching<br />

the girl chomp into the biscuit as I nearly gagged seeing the bright yellow yolk squirt out of<br />

the biscuit and down her chin. She taught me thanksgiving.<br />

I remember a sixth-grade teacher that definitely had her favorites, and it was a blessed day<br />

when I determined that I was one of them. She was a no-nonsense teacher and gave lots of<br />

homework that she expected to be turned in daily. The woman got my attention the first week.<br />

She demonstrated what happened from skipping homework or talking without permission<br />

with the aid of her wooden paddle that looked like a boat oar to me! That teacher taught me<br />

a blend of fear and respect.<br />

I remember a math teacher that taught me to think and find the answers to “why.” I knew he<br />

wasn’t making an envious salary and that he drove the school bus before and after his full day<br />

in the classroom, but he modeled for me the love of teaching and the fulfillment of seeing his<br />

students comprehend and excel. He taught me the beauty of sacrifice and dedication.<br />

I remember the clatter of electric typewriters in high school and the fun our teacher made the<br />

class time. She trained me in a tool that I would never outgrow and would consistently use over<br />

the years. I never imagined that the clatter of the typewriter keys would turn to the clicking of<br />

computer keys. She taught me the joy of learning.<br />

I remember riding the school bus with no seat belts and few restrictions. Our driver covered<br />

a lot of miles in that yellow, overgrown transport and never complained about the frosty rides in<br />

the winter and the stifling trips in the early fall. He was adept at watching the road while seeing any<br />

bully cross known boundaries in the back of the bus. He taught me about patience and endurance<br />

while performing a necessary but thankless job.<br />

I remember a lot about my school days—the variety of teachers that leave impressions on<br />

our lives along with a storehouse of experiences, most of which are antiquated. I consider the<br />

difficulties of the changing times and the obstacles facing those dedicated teachers in today’s<br />

classrooms. Lord, strengthen them with wisdom and unwavering perseverance so that their<br />

students will have wonderful remembrances.<br />

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