Golden Triangle scholars graduate from EMCC

Taylor Lairy of West Point was among the 650 students who graduated from East Mississippi Community College Tuesday, May 8, during ceremonies at the college’s Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses. (submitted)
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CHARLIE BENTON
Staff Writer

East Mississippi Community College held three commencement ceremonies for its class of 2018 Tuesday.

In total, more than 650 students graduated from the institution across the ceremonies, including one ceremony on the Scooba campus and one each for academic and career/technical students on the Golden Triangle campus.

In his address, EMCC President Thomas Huebner emphasized to students to not stop here, and never forget what’s important. He also thanked graduates’ families and recognized the efforts of EMCC faculty.

“Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends, students, can you remember the day you decided you were going to go to school, that you were going to take the next step?,” Huebner said. “Maybe you were sitting in your living room, maybe it was around your dining room table, but at some point in your life, not long ago, you said ‘you know what, I’m going to do this. I’m going to go to school. I’m going to start school.’ It was a natural transition for you, but you decided that you were going to go to East Mississippi Community College.”

Huebner congratulated the students on coming so far, and thanked those who had helped them make the journey.

“Now you’re here, and congratulations to each one of you for making it here today,” Huebner said. “It’s a big deal. Here’s the deal. No one in this room, no one sitting here could’ve made it alone. You know, you don’t reach some pinnacle of success. You don’t reach a goal without lots of people propping you up, sometimes people you don’t even know propping you up.”

Huebner also referenced the story of professional baseball player Stephen Piscotty, who left his multimillion dollar contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017 to join the Oakland Athletics, so he could be near his mother as she faced ALS, or Lou Gerhig’s Disease.

“It’s easy to stay in hot pursuit of the top, whatever the top is, but the second thing I want you to remember is this, don’t do so at the expense of what’s truly important,” Huebner said.

Starkville native Marlee Maples, who graduated with an Associate of Arts called the occasion “bittersweet.”

“ I’m from Starkville, so it made sense to come over here, but I definitely didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but I love the friendships and the memories made here, so I’m actually kind of sad to leave,” Maples said.

Maples hopes to transfer to the Mississippi University for Women and pursue a nursing degree.

“I’m excited, “ Maples said. “I’m proud to be done, and I’m proud to be moving forward to my career."

GOLDEN TRIANGLE AREA GRADUATES

CHICKASAW COUNTY

Houston: Clay Faulkner, Victoria Ferguson, Clarence Frison

Okolona: Kaleb Charles, Kiara Foster, Arlisha Sada

CHOCTAW COUNTY

Ackerman: Latoya Baber, Brady Cagle, Christopher Dean, Jaiye Gillon Matthew Lawson, Michael Miller, Isaac Newman, Kyle Pittman

Mathiston: Linda Fuller

Weir: James Dylan, Jabaubi Nash, Angelia Wade

CLAY COUNTY

Cedar Bluff: Tyler Houston, Emerson Shinn, Hannah Albert, Paul Bridges, Rachel Bridges, Kadaijha Johnson, Matthew Ray

Pheba: Jacob Davidson, Lucas Foster, Brittany Jones, Edward Perkins, Zachery Walker

West Point: Robert Allen, Angel Bensend, Lakendra Bentlystrong, Jordi Card, Ana Chandler, Richard Chandler, Kandice Clinton, Brandon Dailey, Demondtae Donald, Adrianna Fulgham, Jose Garcia, Jessica Haga, Ann-Marie Harris, Taylor Harris, Jordan Hawkins, William Hays, Ashley Hoskins, Zachary Hudson, Alexandar Jones, Elizabeth King, Taylor Lairy, Jamaya Matthews, Kennedy Morgan, Austin Pennington, Kamaria Pigram, Constance Powell, Lexus Price, Johathan Rainey, Karina Reyes, Logan Sims, Brandon Smith, Katelyn Vest, Mylesha Walker, Trevia Walker, Taquanta White, Matthew Wilkerson, Alice Wooten.

LOWNDES COUNTY

Artesia: Quintasia Brewer, Kalan Harris

Caledonia: Summer Arnold, Ali Easley, William Glasgow, Rachel Guyton, Holley Hastings, Elijah Hemphill, Van Hurley, Brandi McCullough, Garrett McWilliams, Kaleb Morris, Colby Ponds, Jared Reed-Wood, Jordan Sanderson, Melissa Saraiva, Emilee Wilcox, Macy Williams,

Columbus: Alex Adair, Christopher Adair, Ty’jay’a Alsobrooks, Chase Austin, Devione Bailey, John Barrett, Nautica Barry, Joanna Barton, Skylar Baswell, Jamie Beams, Karl Bell, Kristina Blanton, Leah Boiardi, Izola Bonner, Jarvis Bonner, Rebecca Bounds, Victoria Bradley, Sylvester Brandon, William Brewer, Dwayne Brown, Rachel Bruce, Tyree Calvert, Christine Carpenter, Sean Carpenter, Daniel Carter, Johnna Chaney, Christina Clark, Austin Clemmons, Ashley Cunningham, Joshua Dantzler, Nicholas Debbaut, Garrett Dees, Destiny Dickerson, Kirsten Dickerson, Sh’kaitlin Dickerson, Jasmine Dismuke, Carolyn Dixon, Clint Docher, Austin Dodson, Daniel Doty, Chloe Draper, Brady Duggin, Michael Duncan, William Duncan, Parker Earhart, Doris Easley, Byronn Edwards, Shadrica Edwards, Kiersten Elliott, Daylon Ferguson, Dusty Fields, Laura Fondren, Darius Gandy, Marissa Gandy, Carrie Gayle, Aidan Glover, Zyria Golden, Joseph Gray, Amanda Groves, Kailey Hall, Haylee Hamilton, Haley Harper, Tyzaviya Harris, Christon Hearn, Emily Hickman, Jaquan Hines, Katelyn Holliman, Rachel Hood, Tyler House, William Hoyt, Kalee Huddleson, Kendra Ingra, Betty Jackson, Devagus Jenkins, Neely Jenkins, Asia Joiner, James Jones, Laclaudia Keaton, Isaac Kimble, Alexus King, Resharda King, Ashley Lingle, Eric Lloyd, Marshall Lockett, Peyton Loper, Kathryn Mackey, Linda McBride, Scylind McCloud, Rochard McCollum, Leon McIntosh, Brandon McCay, Drucilla Meggs, Dylan Meggs, Meisha Miller, Stefphon Moody, Latanya Moore, Justin Nichols, Jared Oakes, Cameron Oliver, Tyborris Perkins, Christion Petty, Stacey Petty, Margaret Phillips, Tyrone Porter, Ivy Powell, Anthony Prowell, Joshua Pusha, Ryan Ramsey, Matthew Richards, Abigail Richardson, Kayla Rogers, Bradley Rollins, Trevan Samuel, James Sharp, Christopher Sisson, Zachary Slaven, Ashton Smith, Kathy Smith, Charles Stanback, Kiana Staples, Amy Stennett, Bailey Stewart, Dahlia Stewart, Brody Stokes, Rachel Strickland, Jarmorris Swanigan, Tambria Tate, Whitney Tate, Orlando Taylor, Zachary Taylor, Alicia Templeton, Keiown Terry, Caleb Thomas, James Thomas, Davinda Tuggle, Timothy Upton, Brittani Valentine, Chelsea Veazey, Avery Velek, Renee Walls, Keyanna Washington, Markeita Watt, Shaquile Wells, Breeze Whitmore, Audrianna Wicks, Jordan Williams, Christopher Winter, Zackery Wright, Deborah Young

Crawford: Ebonee Humphries, Amber McCarter, Edleishia Sherrod

Steens: Precious Gilleylen, Jorden Hollowell, Christina Lee, Jacob Lowery, Ethan Monahan, Avery Prowell, Tylesha Washington, Brittany Younger

MONROE COUNTY

Aberdeen: Steve Collins, Robin Culver, Annie Edmond, Daniel Harrington, Logan Tate, Ivy Way

Amory: Bailey Doolittle

Hamilton: Samuel Bertrand, Melanie Caulder, Malerie Guess, Peyton Jones, William Logan, Emma McGhee

Prairie: Jamoni Pulley

Noxubee County

Brooksville: Shameka Colom, Janeshia Dancer, Zakeia Gavin, Talisa Holmes

Macon: Antavious Belgrave, Lukas Borntrager, Zaneshia Brandy, Tyrique Brown, Damion Conner, Deanberia Grassiree, Johnathan Heflin, Christian Holder, Jasmine Johnson, Janeequa Jones, Tea Lewis, Clemmia Little, Donesha Macon, Kent Macon, Lashena McCoy, Tony Neal, Jazsmine Perry, Traneka Reed, Brooke Simmons, Samantha Sims, Wiley Stevenson, Quincy Stokes, Lacoiya Turner, Dominique Wilson, Tyhendreon Wilson

Shuqualak: Chiquita Dunn, Jaquana Jenkins, Jasmine Stewart, Gabrielle Thomas, Terrance Thomas
 
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY

Starkville: Audrea Powell, Charlie Armstead, Molly Bears, Ashley Benton, Christopher Bishop, Fanny Bonilla, Damon Bostick, Susanna Bowman, Austin Brown, Sarah Buice, DeAngelo Bush, Christian Chandler, Olen Coatney, Joshua Coggins, James Conner, Lindsay Cook, Katrina Crowley, Olivia Daves, Amber Davis, Jonathan Duncan, Brittany Eakes, Victor Forrester, John Foster, Christopher Galloway, Eric Gandy, Sharita Gandy, Takelia Garrett, Matthew Gent, Courtney Gibson, Billy Guillotte, Jabriel Hardiman, Henley Hardin, Keith Harris, Jacob Hemphill, Hayden Henderson, Hayes Henderson, Alexandria Hendrix, Dominic Henn, Thomas Holley, Carmen Howell, Leedward Jefferson, Charles Jenkins, Zandalynn Jenkins, Jade Justice, WL Kelly, Kayla Landrum, Chau Thi Tran Le, Lataviyon Lee, James Leech, David Long, Michael Long, Lauren Lucious, Rokia Madison, Marlee Maples, Bryan Marheine, Duncan Massey, Madalyn McBride, Christopher McHann, Nathaniel McNair, Zakia Merritt, Amanda Miller, Alexus Milons, Stephen Moore, Brittany Mosley, Gabrial Muhammad, Will Murphree, Shuntiva Neely, Abigail Orrick, Andrew Parker, Cage Peterson, Joseph Phillips, Charli Pollard, Kyunna Purnell, Casey Reeves, Kayden Riding, Caleb Roberson,  Kelly Roberson, Katherine Roberts, Anna Robertson, Emily Robertson, Jermarrio Robinson, Kristopher Robinson, Elvia Rodriguez, Taylor Rogers, Daniel Scott, Akash Shaunak, Brandon Shook, Courtney Smith, Fredijha Smith, Hannah Suit, Robert Summers, Matthew Talbot, Nia Tate, Luke Templeton, Zahria Towns, Kdrianna Wade, Matthew Walsh, Alice Ward, Emmanuel Ware, Carnecia Wiggins, Austin Wileman, Jnada Williams, Megan Wingate, Steven Wylie, Haley Yelverton, James Zila

Sturgis: Chandler McCafferty, Casey Sexton, William Watson

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