Just Among Friends

Just Among Friends


Philadelphia High School has announced its 2021 STAR Student and STAR Teacher.  Emma Taylor was chosen as the STAR Student and Mrs. Ann Fisacerly is the STAR Teacher.

STAR Students are named by the Mississippi Economics Council M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program. STAR Students choose a STAR Teacher who has greatly impacted their scholastic achievement.  Congratulations to Emma and Mrs. Fisacerly!


Tyler Jordan Greer will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall to begin pursuing a master's degree as a fellow. He will study trombone under the auspices of Professor Brad Kerns.

Tyler has accepted the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship which includes a $15,000.00 stipend, a full graduate tuition scholarship, and a health care plan. Selecting the University of Kentucky from several other universities was not easy to do. He feels he has made the right choice for him and is grateful to everyone who supported him and encouraged him throughout his undergraduate career. 

Congratulations and best wishes as you continue to further your education and nourish your exceptional musical talent!


Sounds of happy voices, laughter, and music filled the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church on the evening of Saturday, March 12. The delightful occasion was the annual Father-Daughter Banquet which had been canceled last year due to the pandemic. This made the event for 2021 extra special.

Proud fathers escorted excited daughters into the beautifully decorated Family Life Center. Many of the daughters wore wrist corsages for the event, others were so tiny that their wrists would not hold a corsage. They were served a scrumptious dinner at tables covered in white cloths with centerpieces of gold crowns holding an exquisite arrangement of white flowers and pink roses.

After dinner, the guests went onto the dance floor where fathers danced with their daughters, some of whom were toddlers whose motor skills were still a work in progress. Some fathers had more than one daughter so they danced together in a small group. It was a charming sight to watch.

A photo op was set up with a shimmery backdrop and an arch of pink, white, and gold balloons in front of it and more balloons floated above the floor. Fathers and their daughters posed for pictures together and groups of girls posed together. The pictures will be reminders of the wonderful time they had at the Father-Daughter Banquet in 2021


Congratulations to the Neshoba Central NJROTC for their first-place finish at the Lafayette drill meet on Saturday, March 10. 

Team trophies include First Place in Personnel Inspection commanded by Lacie Chickaway, First Place in Unarmed Basic Drill commanded by Lindsey Beckham, First Place in Armed Basic Drill, commanded by Oscar Bell, First Place in Color Guard, commanded by Liberty Kaufman, First Place in Armed Exhibition Drill, commanded by Oscar Bell, and Two Man Tandem Drill by Oscar Bell and Damien Clark.


Philadelphia High School held its 2021 Senior Prom on the evening of April 10 at The Venue. The theme was "Mask-erade,” An Elegant Night to Remember," and it really was. The Venue was beautifully decorated with shimmering lights, balloons in white and gold, huge green plants, all of which created an air of quiet elegance. Wide gold ties accented the backs of each chair and matched the gold toppers on the table cloths

The guests danced to the music of DJ Jigga JT whose interaction with the guests added so much fun. His playlist kept the dance floor teeming with activity.

The refreshment table was covered in a floor-length cloth with a shimmering black runner and silver Mardi Gras masks. It was perfect! Guests enjoyed food catered by Ronnie's. Special cookies iced and decorated with the words, "Seniors 2021" and "Prom" written in black icing were served from trays with masks that carried out the theme. Cupcakes added more sweetness to the evening. The cupcakes were made by Nicole Seales and the cookies by Penelope Parks Saxon.

The Prom King and Queen were announced and crowned during the evening. The Queen was Markasia Dupree and the King was Tekavius (Boogie) Bingham.

Prior to the Prom, students were taken to The Dancing Rabbit Golf Clubhouse for pictures in various areas of the beautiful site. Thanks to those who made this possible. It was so special!

Senior sponsors are Ann Fisacerly, Barbie Whitehead, and Danielle Spurlock who decorated along with parents, Amy and Mark Taylor, Candee and Richard Beckham, Melisha Hancock, and Gina Daly. Thank you for all of your time and effort that made this a memorable event.  Chaperones were Dr. Hull, Steve Eiland, Lanetta McKenzie, Trent Hanna, Sarah Alexander, and Georgia Grace.  Thank you for contributing your time to this happy event.


Jane Parker recently celebrated her 84th birthday by having lunch with friends at City Limits.

As the honoree, she sat at the head of the table where she could see all who attended. Her cake, flowers and balloons, as well as her gifts, were on a table near her.

After a delicious lunch, her friends sang "Happy Birthday" to her and watched her blow out the candles.

Enjoying the cake and the celebration were Duaine and Lou Morgan, Tammy Huber, René Wood, Linda Murray, Kaye Rowell, Laura Thrash, Sandi Lewis, Karen McKay, Cindy Brown and Roberta Byars. Several friends were unable to attend but sent their birthday wishes to this sweet friend.

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