Congratulations to Macy Martin!  She passed the Mississippi State Board Exam and is an official Registered Nurse.  Macy graduated from UMMC's nursing program in May.  She has her first job at Blair E. Batson Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Macy also has a Bachelor's Degree in psychology, but has always been interested in becoming a nurse.  Her dream has become a reality, and her family is so very happy and proud.  She is the daughter of Ike and Carla Cox Martin of Philadelphia.  Her Philadelphia grandparents are Tom and Shirley Cox.

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Grace Dabbs received the distinction of being named to the 2019 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll.  She was one of the twelve girls on the Mississippi State University Bulldogs' softball team who made the Honor Roll. A total of 87 Bulldogs were selected in different areas of sports.  She is the daughter of Dr. Andy and Jenny Dabbs. 

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It's a long drive to Philadelphia, Mississippi, from Macon, Georgia, but Jennifer Alford Walker and her family. husband, Glen, and their children, Emily, Joseph, and Grace Ann, love to make the trip as often as they can to visit her parents, Mack and Sherry Alford.. 

Their most recent trip was for a week beginning on June 17 and ending on June 23.  They came to help Mack and Sherry Alford harvest the crops from the huge garden Mack had planted and give moral support.  Mack was recovering from a heart attack in the hospital before they arrived. I think that Jennifer and her family were the best medicine of all to help him recover!  He came home from the hospital in time to enjoy being with some of his favorite people in the world.  Sherry always loves to have her grandchildren and her daughter and son-in-law spend time visiting in Mississippi.  

The Walker family had a great time.  They picked blueberries, wild blackberries, corn, and cucumbers.  The corn was picked, shucked and put up.  The wild blackberries were transformed by Jennifer into wild blackberry jelly at home in Macon.  The cucumbers became dill pickles, since the dill pickle maker was not pickling this year, She used Mack's recipe and tried her hand at pickle making.  It's a great recipe for tasty pickles.  

They spent time fishing, running through the sprinkler, visiting with the children's Great Grandmother Costilow, taking walks, riding in the truck, and doing all kinds of things they enjoy when visiting in the country.  

They packed their car with fresh vegetables and fruit to take to Macon and said goodbye to the Alfords with a promise to come back the next month for the Neshoba Country Fair which they love to attend.  Although their leaving was sad, they will be back soon.

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Sarah Sanders graduated from Newton County High School and as a senior trip, her grandmother, Maudean Sanders, took her to Honolulu, Hawaii.  What a fabulous gift!

Sarah and Maudean arrived in Honolulu where Genie Hall was waiting for them.  She had arrived earlier and had been exploring on her own.  The three stayed in a condo at the Waikiki Banyan Resort with the Waikiki Beach close to them.  The resort was beautifully landscaped with lush tropical foliage and flowers everywhere.  There was a waterfall cascading down black volcanic rocks into a pool filled with colorful koi fish.  The resort was named for the banyan trees which are native to Hawaii. They are fascinating with their many trunks intertwined and are part of the scenery.

The trio began touring the island as soon as they unpacked.  They went to Pearl Harbor and visited the museum containing artifacts from the infamous Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese in WWII.  The Memorial itself was closed for renovation, but the museum as fascinating.  After Pearl Harbor, they climbed to the top of Diamond Head. They went to Waimea Valley on the North Shore where they saw beautiful waterfalls and more fabulous scenery.

A sunset dinner cruise on a huge ship was another exciting event.  The lights on the shore and the sunset were gorgeous.  A tour of the Dole Pineapple Plantation on the Pineapple Express train was interesting. The Polynesian Cultural Center provided visitors with a look into Hawaii's history and cultures.  There were shows of traditional old Hawaiian dances and music and displays of ancient types of boats.  Of course, the traditional hula dance was performed.  It was a very colorful sight with all of the costumes and head dresses worn by the people.

     The Scenic Highway tour was another favorite activity.  They stopped at the Halona Blowhole Lookout to watch as the ocean waves pushed water through a natural hole in the rocks along the shore.  The beaches were amazing.  The Waikiki Beach near their hotel and the Hapauna Bay Nature Preserve beach offered wonderful spaces to sit and soak up the beauty of Hawaii.  There was something beautiful to see wherever they looked.  It was truly a glimpse of Paradise.  The city also offered awesome shopping excursions.  Restaurants all over served scrumptious food. Each day was filled with new and exciting experiences. The week passed by too quickly.  It was time to return to Mississippi by way of Seattle, Atlanta, and finally home.

    This certainly was a fabulous senior trip for Sarah.  She will have many memories to think about when she begins at East Central Community College in the fall where she will be a member of the Centralettes.