The Class of 2020 toss their graduation caps in the air.
The Class of 2020 toss their graduation caps in the air.
Leake Academy held graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 at the school last Friday on the football field.

Graduation was pushed up from May because of the coronavirus pandemic. But it was their time as the 2020 classmates received their diplomas and then celebrated by throwing their caps. There were 33 graduates.

Savanna Greer was the class Valedictorian. She is the daughter of Amy and Phillip Greer of the Standing Pine community. 

Throughout this school year, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has earned the title of valedictorian. Savanna will be receiving multiple academic scholarships from East Central including the valedictorian scholarship, the U.S. Motors scholarship, and the President’s Award for her ACT score. 

She will also receive the Friends of L.A. scholarship granted to her through the school because of the donations of many individuals.

Hayden Hannis was both the class Salutatorian and the STAR Student. He is the son of Hollie Hannis and Daniel Hannis, and is graduating with a 4.0 gpa.

He has been accepted to attend the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. He has received the Elbit Systems of America Dependent scholarship award, the 1848 scholarship, the LuckyDay Success scholarship and the Chancellor’s Leadership scholarship.

Hannis was also named STAR Student for the 2019-2020 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council. The M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsors of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program.

Hannis is acknowledged among the over 330 STAR Students in Mississippi for their academic achievements. Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student. The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors. Each STAR Student designates a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.

Hannis named Missy Jackson as STAR Teacher for 2020.