Just Among Friends
Congratulations to Sonar Technician Third Class Emily Berry (STG3 Berry) who was awarded the prestigious honor of Jr. Sailor of the Year!
It was no easy task to win this award. First, Emily had to win Sailor of the Quarter to even be considered. She accomplished this first step and then, wearing her NSUs, she appeared before a board where she was interviewed and answered questions. Finally, she changed into her dress blues and competed against the sailor of the quarters for the rest of the year before another board where she answered more questions.
Emily was presented the award at an “all hands call” in front of her ship, the USS Gridley, because it was Sailor of the Year for the ship. Her very proud parents are Brian and Emily Whitaker Berry. Emily is a graduate of Neshoba Central High School. It is comforting to know that our military is composed of exceptional members of all branches of the service of which Emily is a shining example. We are all thankful for their service!
Operation Christmas Child is happening now with members of Spring Creek Baptist Church and East Philadelphia Baptist Church busy filling the Christmas boxes with items for children in several different countries where poverty is rampant and Jesus is unknown. Churches all over the world participate in this program which sends thousands of boxes out each holiday season. The contents are small in size, but large in love and caring. The recipients treasure the items packed inside the boxes and are so excited to open them. For some children, this is the first gift they have ever received. This program is another way of spreading God’s love in a tangible way.
It is sponsored by Samaritan's Purse whose mission is to share the good news of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations. Since its beginning in 1993 when 28,000 boxes were distributed, more than 209 million children in more than 120 countries have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. Tens of thousands of volunteers around the world partner with Samaritan's Purse to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ at festive outreach events where children are surprised with these shoebox gifts. Packing will continue at various local churches during November before the deadline. What an amazing program!
Neshoba Central High School selected Brooke Mars as Teacher of the Year. Tiffany Plott, Neshoba Central Elementary principal, was chosen as Administrator of the Year. Neshoba Central Elementary School selected Lynda Gayle Robertson Teacher Assistant of the Year; Support Staff of the Year is Stanley Hickman; Teacher of the Year is Angie Coward. The District Support Staff of the year is Lydia Berry. Congratulations to each and every one of these honorees on jobs well done!
The Neshoba Central High School's golf team played in the state golf tournament recently. They had a great time and made their fans proud. Congratulations!
You are cordially invited to Mary Mosley Pickering’s WINTER WONDERLAND “No Mo Chemo” and Birthday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Philadelphia Country Club. Please come and help her celebrate both of these monumental milestones in her young life! Her parents, Blake and Jessica Long Pickering, will be so pleased to have you share in their joy!
Congratulations to Leake Academy senior Raylea Atkinson who has received a scholarship to continue her education at Southwest Mississippi Community College. Raylea signed to continue her fast-pitch softball career at the college. Her parents are Amber and Robert Atkinson