Nineteen seniors at North New Summit School will receive their diplomas at Thursday’s graduation service.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the school.

North New Summit does not rank students or designate a valedictorian or salutatorian. But seniors Carli Grantham and Kurt Franklin said the school has given them a good foundation as they continue their studies.

Franklin served as president of the student government, and Grantham was treasurer.

Grantham started at New Summit in seventh grade after attending Pillow Academy through sixth grade. She plans to attend Mississippi Delta Community College and become a dental hygienist.

Carli Grantham


She said New Summit was a big change from Pillow, but she liked the small classes and the opportunity to work with teachers one on one. She said she had done well in science but didn’t settle on majoring in it until last year.

“I started thinking about what I wanted to do, and I like having clean teeth, so I figured that’d be good,” she said.

She said New Summit teaches science well and specifically praised the principal, Keith Davis, who teaches anatomy and physiology. “I learned a lot from him,” she said.

Franklin came to New Summit in fifth grade after attending Bankston Elementary. He will go on to Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, and study to become a nurse anesthetist — the same kind of work his father, David Franklin, does.

Kurt Franklin


Kurt Franklin said he had shadowed his father at work and found it met with his interest in science. “The human body just fascinates me,” he said.

He also praised Davis’s teaching and North New Summit’s small classes. “If you had a question about anything, they’d answer it,” he said. “If they couldn’t answer it, they’d find a way to answer it.”

Grantham and Franklin have earned college credit through the dual enrollment program at MDCC. Both took classes in art appreciation and public speaking.

“He’s naturally a good public speaker,” Grantham said. “I’ve never been one on public speaking.” But she did say she became more comfortable with it by the end of the course.

Franklin said he had enough experience speaking at Bible classes and other church activities that he wasn’t nervous about it, but he also benefited from the MDCC coursework.

Grantham and Franklin both said they’ll carry good memories of North New Summit and their classmates and teachers. They said there weren’t cliques, as there might be at some places with larger classes, and they also bonded on school trips.

“We’re basically family,” Franklin said.

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