Leflore County High School will hold its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019 on Monday.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the R.W. Harrison Complex on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena.

Forty-five seniors will be graduating. Among them are valedictorian Elmus Stockstill Jr. and salutatorian Kevon Birdlong.

Stockstill, the son of Elmus and Machelle Stockstill of Itta Bena, said finding out that he was graduating at the top of his class was one of the best moments in high school.

Elmus Stockstill Jr.


“Being announced valedictorian in front of my class is the greatest memory,” said Stockstill.

He will be attending Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he will study physical therapy.

Throughout high school, Stockstill was a member of the football team. He is a recipient of the Lions Club Roy Martin Scholarship, the Carlos Palmer Scholarship and the Northwest Leadership Scholarship.

Stockstill said what he will miss most about high school is “my classmates and the students under me.”

His advice for students to achieve academic success is to “stay motivated even when times get tough.”

Joining Stockstill at Northwest will be Birdlong, who plans to study heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology.

Kevon Birdlong


Birdlong, the son of Pamela Swinney and Keith Birdlong of Itta Bena, is the recipient of the Northwest Leadership Scholarship. During high school, he was a member of the football and baseball teams.

“One of my favorite memories was going to the gym and playing basketball with friends,” Birdlong said.

The Class of 2019 salutatorian also enjoyed his time volunteering to help younger students with their reading and math assignments.

Birdlong said what he will miss most is Leflore County High School’s learning atmosphere and teachers.

Birdlong’s advice to other students who want to perform well academically is to “do homework, because it really helps your grade.”

•Contact Ruthie Robison at 581-7233 or rrobison@gwcommonwealth.com.


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