Forty seniors at Leflore County High School will celebrate their graduation Tuesday.
The school’s ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. outside the Leflore County Civic Center, as will be the case for all the high schools within the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District.
Graduates will walk onto a stage erected in front of the center to receive their diplomas. Each graduate is limited to one car for friends and family.
This year’s top two students are Anthony Johnson, the valedictorian, and Brekieya Williams, the salutatorian.
Johnson will attend Mississippi Valley State University and is considering majoring in business administration or computer science.
He said he’s still figuring out his career options as well. He’d like to own a business and be his own boss, but he has also thought about joining the U.S. Cyber Command.
Johnson was a part of the school district’s student advisory committee, was vice president of his class, represented his school as Mr. Leflore County and ran track. What he’ll miss most about school, he said, are the football games and the school spirit, as well as track.
Though the coronavirus disrupted the last semester of his high school career, he said it ended up being a “blessing in disguise.” Alumni banded together to “adopt” seniors and bought the students graduation gifts, something Johnson said he appreciated.
“We had more opportunities than we normally would’ve had,” he said.
Williams said she’ll attend Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead to study nursing.
In school she got involved with the journalism club and Lions Club. In general, Williams said her favorite memories from school came when she got to spend time with her class.
One particular memory was back in eighth grade, when Williams said she and some classmates made posters with the saying “Class of 2020 the best” and posted them around the school. Their display of school spirit ended up getting them in trouble, though, and they had to spend the whole day in school suspension, Williams recalled.
She said she’s disappointed that the coronavirus “took away our whole senior year,” forcing the cancellation of senior night and the senior picnic and altering the graduation ceremony.
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