Isaiah Autrey spent an interesting and fun filled week at STEAM Camp which was held at Meridian Community College from June 10-14 during the afternoon of each day.  STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Students who are involved in this program in their regular school year are introduced to these fields with the goal of expanding knowledge and exploring the possibilities of future career choices.

During his time at STEAM Camp, Isaiah explored Marine Biology with hands on experiences, and Gaming and Apps classes.  He also learned to scuba dive using a 45 pound tank on Thursday and Friday.  He made new friends, had great teachers, and expanded his knowledge of different areas.  It was a wonderful experience for him and he thoroughly enjoyed it.  His mother is Pashen Thompson and his Philadelphia grandparents are Johnnie and Ruby Jean Thompson Brazzle.

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     Congratulations to Mrs. Rose Prewitt who was selected as one of the top three bus drivers in the state by the Mississippi Association of Pupil Transportation, Mrs. Prewitt was nominated for this honor after being chosen as School Bus Driver of the Year by the Neshoba Central School District.  She received a plaque during a ceremony on Wednesday, June 19.

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Jerry and Tommie Hardy celebrated an awesome anniversary on June 19.  It was their 69th!  They married young and, according to Tommie, grew up together.  They are the parents of two fine sons, Josh and Shane Hardy.  Next year they will be celebrating their Platinum Anniversary.  Congratulations and best wishes for many more happy years together.
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Neshoba Central's Middle School principal, Cody Killen, was honored recently at the MASSP Conference as the Mississippi Middle School Principal of the Year.  Dr. Ronnie McGehee, Executive Director of MASSP, presented the award to Mr. Killen.  Neshoba Central is very proud of Mr. Killen.  Congratulations!

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Ginny Williams was one very proud grandmamma recently as she watched her grandson, Elijah Crews, hold the American flag and lead the Pledge of Allegiance during his Pre-K graduation ceremonies. She was reminded of a children's book that was so special. 
     Several years ago, Ginny was my assistant teacher in the third grade at Philadelphia Elementary School.  I always read aloud to the children after lunch.  Elijah's experience reminded her of one of our favorite books, "Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?" by Rebecca Caudill.  The book is about a little Appalachian boy the same age as Elijah who went to Little School one summer.  Everyone knew that the highest honor at Little School was to "carry the flag" and lead the line to the school bus.  It's the award given each day to the child who has been most helpful. Each day Charley's family would wait for him at the bus stop and ask, "Did you carry the flag today, Charley?"  It is fun to read about all of the things Charley Cornett learns at school, including watching water flow from a faucet over a sink and how a butterfly's tongue curls up.  It's a charming book and received a medal for literary quality in children's books. Our class seemed to enjoy it as much as we did!

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It's official! Leigh Anne Van Devender is now a certified MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC.  She received notification of her passing the State Board Exams on June 19, and was so excited and relieved to finally be a Certified Nurse Practitioner.  Her husband, Bryan Van Devender, is very proud of his wife's accomplishment.  Best wishes and congratulations!