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Meridian High School Senior Awards Night
 
 

Star Student - Daniel May
Star Teacher - Lynn May

In 1965 the Mississippi Economic Council instituted a statewide program to recognize the importance of scholastic achievement, encourage greater effort by Mississippi students, and honor the teaching profession. This is called the STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Award.

The Star student is selected on the basis of ACT score and scholastic average. The Star student then selects the teacher who has made a significant contribution to his or her scholastic achievement.

Daniel scored an impressive 33 on the ACT and is ranked at the top of his class. Daniel’s honors and activities include: National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, National Honor Society, Eagle Scout, MS Governor’s School Scholar, HOBY Ambassador, Leadership Lauderdale Youth; a member and captain of MHS Academic Team, MHS Tennis team and vice president of MHS Art Club. Daniel is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. He plans to attend Swarthmore College and purse a degree in economics.

As Star Student, Daniel chose the teacher that has had the most impact on his educational career. Daniel stated, “there have been many teachers to significantly impact my life. However, the teacher I feel had the most significant impact is my second grade teacher who I know as ‘Mom’. Mrs. Lynn May has been with me every step of the way from first teaching me to read to now making my coffee in the morning. It is for all these reasons I selected her as my STAR teacher.” Mrs. May taught for 16 years in Louisiana and Mississippi. She received her B. S. degree from University of Southern MS and Masters from University of Louisiana.


National Merit Scholar
Daniel May

From approximately 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 were named semifinalists. In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a semifinalist had to become a finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of high academic performance. Daniel May was selected as the winner of a National Merit $2500 Scholarship.


MHS TOP TEN
Student selection is based on cumulative GPA from 8th grade through the first semester of 12th grade. The 2012 TOP TEN, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Bishop, Evan
  • Both, Pieter
  • Coleman, KaShyra
  • Evans, Kelly
  • King, Maya
  • Langston, Alexis
  • Lewis, Aujarimere
  • May, Daniel
  • Price, Christopher
  • Scruggs, Brooke

GOOD SAMARITAN SERVICE AWARD
National Honor Society

This year the recipient of the Good Samaritan award collected over $350 for Love’s Kitchen with their turkey feather collection at Thanksgiving. They participated in “Have a Heart” fundraiser in February raising more than $180 for the American Cancer Society. Personal items were collected for a local nursing home. They also participated in the MHS Homecoming Parade, and have served as hostesses for different programs throughout the year at MHS. The club is sponsored by Ms. Shauna Waters.


I. A. Rosenbaum Scholarship
Jeremiah Colwell

This award is presented to a graduating senior who exhibits a high degree of leadership qualities. Excellence in scholarship is also considered, as is participating in athletics or extracurricular activities. Recognition as a leader by fellow students is carefully weighed, but none of these is the sole determining factor. It is also the intention of the award that personal integrity and all-around citizenship be carefully considered in awarding the benefits of this trust. ($3,000)


Meyer Davidson Leadership Award
Pieter Both

This award is presented to a senior who exhibits the qualities of leadership. Personal integrity, all-around citizenship, and acknowledgement of leadership abilities by fellow students are standards of selection. Excellence in scholarship and participation in extracurricular activities are also considered. ($1500)


Lt. Sandra King Young, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship
Maya King

This scholarship is presented to a member of the girls' basketball team. Dr. Young was a 1984 graduate of Meridian High and was a girls' basketball starter in 1983 and 1984. After graduating from MHS in 1984, Dr. Young went on to play for four years at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. After graduating from UAB, she joined the U. S. Navy and played fir years for the All Forces Team. She received her Masters' Degree and went on to the Naval Acadamy as a Commissioned Officer and received her Ph.D. in psychology. This memberal scholarship is funded by Dr. Young's husband, Sandy Young, (who also graduated from MHS in 1984), and her parents, Zeno and Mary Alice King through the Community Foundation of East Mississippi. ($1000)


Charles and Doretha Young Scholarships
Shabria Amos
Toniziun Ball

This scholarship(s) is awarded to students who plan to attend a Historically Black College or University. Scholarship recipients were chosen based on cumulative GPA. Selection process also included an essay on the topic of "How would attending a HBCU affect your life socially, economically and educationally." ($1000 each)


Betty Kimbrell Top Female Athletic Award
Maya King

This award is presented by family and friends to a female athlete who strongly exemplifies the spirit of Betty Kimbrell. Mrs. Kimbrell was a longtime Meridian High School employee who served as activities director, counselor, and student council advisor for many years. She loved MHS students and influenced many students who are in influential positions around the state and country today.


Brian Keith Cole Scholarship Award
Toniziun Ball
Jibril Cox

These awards are presented to a graduating male and female student athlete who excel in athletics and exhibit excellent leadership qualities. The recipients of this award should display a competitive and tenacious spirit for success on the athletic field. This award is designed to assist the recipients in continuing their education upon graduation. Brian Keith Cole was a 1997 graduate of MHS and played baseball with the New York Mets until his death in 2001.


Melinda Weathers Award
Shelton Cole

This award is presented to an all-around student who excels in academics and extracurricular activities with a special emphasis on athletics. The recipient should exhibit leadership skills and a positive attitude.


Jennie Ruth Crump Award
Denisha Crowell

This award is presented to a senior girl who exhibits the qualities of scholarship, leadership, and good citizenship. Special consideration is given to students who plan to enter the field of education.


Class of 1968 Virginia Graham
Shabria Amos

The class of 1968 and friends of the late Mrs. Virginia Graham, a beloved teacher and counselor on the MHS faculty for many years, established a trust fund providing a scholarship to encourage worthy and promising students to continue their education. Selection is based on scholarship, academic promise, leadership and service.


Top Male Athlete Award
Pieter Both

This year's award carries with a $250 scholarship. This donation has been made by Reverend Wayne and Lita Williams, who are graduates of MHS, 1978. Reverend Williams was a member of the basketball state championship in 1978 and wanted to commemorate the MHS football team's accomplishing of the 2008 State Championship. He hopes this scholarship is used to encourage a young student athlete to pursue his dream on the college level.


Larry Scott Memorial Award
Lakendrick Sims

This award was established by teammates of Larry Scott after he lost his battle with cancer. Larry Scott was a 1975 graduate of Meridian High School and was an outstanding basketball player.


Eris D. Jordan Spirit of Excellence
Andrea Palmer

The MHS Class of 2010 has established an award in honor of Ms. Eris Jordan, who served as a counselor at MHS for over 25 years. The Class of 2010 was her last graduating class of Meridian High. This award is presented to a young layd who exemplifes the qualities that Ms. Jordan possesses. These qualities include: strong leadership skills, humility, well-rounded, charm, outstanding personality and good citizenship. She should also be active in school and community activities.


Academic Team  
   
Senior Members
Academic Team
Pieter Both
Daniel May - Team Captain
Manpreet Singh
   
Academic Awards  
Social Studies (AP Government) Daniel May
Physical Science Evan Bishop
Biological Sciences Daniel May
Mathematics Daniel May
Maude Smith Excellence in English Daniel May
Spanish Shelton Cole
Sarah Eykelboom French Award Lesslie Evans
Choral Music Shakari McDuffie
LaQuandra Harvey
Theory and Senior Piano Gabriel Spells
Business/Technology Wal'Darius Silliman
Outstanding Video Programming Stevonda Goodwin
   
Visual Arts Awards  
Art I Andesia Brown
Art II Lakia Collins
Drawing Anna Kanellos
AP Art History Daniel May
AP Studio Art Andy Currie
Ceramics Paige Bajus

 

Performance & Service Awards  
Outstanding Female Reverie Staff Member
Outstanding Male Reverie Staff Member
T'Keyah Clark
Pierre Dunigan
Student Council President Kelly Evans
Linda Smith Cheerleading Award Brooke Scruggs
Spirit of Prom Award Brittany Davis
   
Mr. and Miss MHS Shabria Amos
Pieter Both

 

Meridian High Service Awards
Service Awards are presented to students who have consistently shown a desire to be helpful in various areas of the school. Names are recommended from various sources and the actions that deserve the aware are as versatile as the individual.

  • Shanderian Bell
  • Kelly Evans
  • Rebekah Fields
  • Daniel May
  • Shakari McDuffie
  • Ashley Onyia
  • Andrea Palmer
  • Rondejhana Rush
  • Brooke Scruggs
  • Manpreet Singh
  • Aubrey Williams
  • Charles Williams
  • Mariah Williams

 

Principal's Honor Medals
Principal's medals are presented to seniors who have displayed excellent in achievement and who have been afforded recognition of service by their fellow students and teachers. Teachers and awards committee members may recommend students, but the final decision is the Principal's.

  • Pieter Both
  • Jeremiah Colwell
  • Kelly Evans
  • Rebekah Fields
  • Maya King
  • Alexis Langston
  • Christian Jackson
  • Santana Jenkins
  • Daniel May
  • Shakari McDuffie
  • Ashley Onyia
  • Christopher Price
  • Yvonne Zuchowski
 

 

Academic Letters
Academic Letters are awarded to students who have achieved academic excellence. In order to receive an Academic Letter, a student must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or above on a 4.0 or higher scale.

Third Year Year Academic Letters  
  • Shabria Amos
  • Paige Bajus
  • Evan Bishop
  • Pieter Both
  • T'Keyah Clark
  • KaShyra Coleman
  • Jeremiah Colwell
  • Kelly Evans
  • Rebekah Fields
  • Allen Goldman
  • Emma Goodwin
  • Aliesha Houston
  • Maya King
  • Alexis Langston
  • Aujarimere Lewis
  • Daniel May
  • Christian Moss
  • Andrea Palmer
  • Kadesia Parker
  • Christopher Price
  • Brooke Scruggs
  • Manpreet Singh
  • Gabriel Spells
  • Aubrey Williams
  • LaQuandria Williams
  • Yvonne Zuchowski
Second Year Academic Letters  
  • Jessica Hopson
 

 

National Honor Society
  • Shabria Amos
  • Paige Bajus
  • Shanderian Bell
  • Evan Bishop
  • Dawntricia Clark
  • KaShyra Coleman
  • Tiffany Collins
  • Kelly Evans
  • Allen Goldman
  • Emma Goodwin
  • Jessica Hopson
  • Aliesha Houston
  • Maya King
  • Aujarimere Lewis
  • Daniel May
  • Andrea Palmer
  • Kadesia Parker
  • Christopher Price
  • Brooke Scruggs
  • Gabriel Spells
  • Ja'Kerria Wilson
  • Yvonne Zuchowski
 

 

Presidental Academic Excellence  
  • Javonte Adams
  • Shabria Amos
  • Paige Bajus
  • Toniziun Ball
  • Angelique Barfield
  • Spence Baucum
  • Shanderian Bell
  • Evan Bishop
  • Pieter Both
  • Christina Brookins
  • Justin Brown
  • Derrick Brunson
  • Dawntricia Clark
  • T'Keyah Clark
  • Shakerria Cole
  • Shelton Cole
  • KaShyra Coleman
  • Tiffany Collins
  • Jeremiah Colwell
  • Jibril Cox
  • Denisha Crowell
  • Andrew Currie
  • Brittney Davis
  • Shaniece Davis
  • Jessica Diana DeLeon
  • Justice Dean
  • Raven Dubose
  • Pierre Dunigan
  • Tyler Edwards
  • Kelly Evans
  • Lesslie Evans
  • Rebekah Fields
  • Christopher Ford
  • Christina Gaddis
  • Syndarryl Gause
  • Allen Goleman
  • Emma Goodwin
  • Stevonda Goodwin
  • Deandria Gowdy
  • Elizabeth Grace
  • Emmanuel Grand
  • Mitchell Gressett
  • Tobias Griffin
  • Tianna Hampton
  • Felicia Hayes
  • Andrea Henderson
  • Kwanzaa Hill
  • Jessica Hopson
  • Aliesha Houston
  • David Hughes
  • Ty Hunter
  • Melissa Jack
  • Christian Jackson
  • Santana Jenkins

 

  • Terrell Johnson
  • Anna Kenellos
  • Mirai Kaneshi
  • Maya King
  • Alexis Langston
  • Breosha Lanier
  • Jasmine Lawson
  • Aujarimere Lewis
  • Jared Lewis
  • Daveyona Loyd
  • Diamond Manuel
  • Daniel May
  • Fayla McCoy
  • K'Shaytria McDonald
  • Shakari McDuffie
  • Jacinta Mesadieu
  • Phillip Mosley
  • Tashia Mosley
  • Christian Moss
  • LaBresha Naylor
  • Cabresha Odoms
  • Ashley Onyia
  • Andrea Palmer
  • Kadesia Parker
  • Jadarius Patton
  • Ashley Peden
  • Jamal Phillips
  • Faith Pigford
  • Cambrionna Pratt
  • Christopher Price
  • Nia Price
  • Andre Razey
  • Ashley Reynolds
  • Ryan Sanders
  • Brooke Scruggs
  • Wal'Darius Silliman
  • Cohlby Sims
  • Manpreet Singh
  • Katherine Spaulding
  • Gabriel Spells
  • Tony Stanton
  • Laneetra Thames
  • Kala Thomas
  • Mariah Walters
  • Merrick Watkins
  • Miller Watkins
  • Justin Whitsett
  • Eumika Wiggins
  • Aubrey Williams
  • Charles Williams
  • LaQuandria Williams
  • Taylor Williams
  • Ja'Kerria Wilson
  • Yvonne Zuchowski

 

 

Ross Collins Awards
Electricity Demondre Cole
Culinary Arts Ashley Peden
Welding Tumara Larkin
Teacher Academy Jasmine McGhee
Building Trades Anthony Walker
Drafting Phillip Mosley
Career Pathway Christina Gaddis
Aubrey Williams
Shanderian Bell
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