TUPELO – In addition to graduates from Tupelo and Lee County, three others were honored at Sunday’s Tupelo-Lee County Baccalaureate Service at the St. Paul United Methodist Christian Life Center.
Randy McCoy, superintendent of the Tupelo Public School District, Rev. Dr. Robert J. Jamison and Rob Hudson of Hudson Management Corp. were given the Good Soil Awards at this year’s event.
“So often (students) are told they shouldn’t, they couldn’t, they can’t,” Hudson said. “Shame on anyone who has told you that…I expect nothing less from you than what I expect from my own children. You can, and you will.”
Jamison said he hopes he will be remembered as someone who “tried to help everybody be somebody.”
McCoy was unable to attend Sunday’s service, so his award was given to Tupelo High graduating senior Lekeshia Anderson, who will give the award to McCoy later. Jamison spoke of McCoy’s willingness to help and encourage students.
The students also heard from sermonist Kresta McIntosh, a local minister at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance. She touched on the service’s theme, “God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things.”
“I dare you to be extra – extra, extra,” McIntosh said to the graduates. “No matter what people say about you, you can change your fate…Make it extra, extra, and we will read all about it.”
Tupelo High School Voices choir sang selections such as “Grateful” and “How Excellent.” As “Wind Beneath My Wings” was performed, students gave roses to their family members.
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