CORINTH – A lot has changed since 1985 when eight bright West Corinth Elementary first-graders gathered to discuss their plans and predictions for the year 2000 when they were expected to graduate from college.
Now high school seniors, the teen-agers have revised their goals but still have lofty dreams of promising careers and prosperous futures.
Judging from their accomplishments so far, they are on target.
Seven of the eight are members of the Corinth High School Academy of Performing Arts Class of 1996. Christy Droke, Sally Frame, Latoga King, Mary Johns McLemore, Tyler Moss, Emily Perry and John Oliver Windsor will graduate June 1.
The eighth, David Sandy, will graduate from the Mississippi School of Math and Sciences at Columbus, where he has been enrolled for the past two years.
All have done well in school. Superlative might be a better term, considering their accumulated accomplishments. The group includes the two Most Likely to Succeed candidates, Mr. and Miss CHS, the senior class president, Most Beautiful, Star Student, two National Merit Scholars, three Hall of Fame members, cheerleaders and outstanding athletes.
At least seven of the graduates plan to continue their quest for a college education.
Christy Droke, 17
Droke, who made a 33 on her ACT exam, wanted to be a teacher and a ballerina when she was in the first grade. Now, she plans to pursue a career in the medical field. She will enter Samford University in pre-medicine or pharmacy this fall on a $30,000 academic scholarship.
Voted the girl Most Likely to Succeed by her classmates, Droke was a class officer for two years; president of Interact, a Rotary-sponsored service club; DAR Good Citizen, Student Council member; Homecoming Sweetheart; and a member of the Hall of Fame. She is the daughter of Clint and Linda Lee Droke.
Sally Frame, 17
Frame, the daughter of Dr. Don and Karen Frame, wanted to be a teacher, ice skater, artist and princess when she was 6. Now she “wants to do something international so I can travel.” Windsor interjects that she might be looking for a country and a prince to fulfill her wish to become a princess. Besides a love for traveling, Frame enjoys dancing.
Frame played on the tennis team for five years and was named Junior Class Favorite. She served as vice president of the Science Club and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Latoga King, 18
King has been accepted by the U.S. Navy and plans to pursue a career in computer programming. The daughter of Michael and Rosemary King played basketball team for four years and has been on the track team since seventh grade. For the past two years, King’s track team made it to the north half championship.
In the first grade, King wanted to be a secretary, movie star and dancer. She now believes her future will be driven by computers.
Mary Johns McLemore, 18
In the first grade, McLemore was so enamored of pop singer Cyndi Lauper, she wanted to change her name to Mary Lauper. Today, she is very satisfied with her own name and a life that mirrors many girls’ dream come true.
The daughter of Gerald and Nancy McLemore, she was selected Most Beautiful, Miss CHS, Football Sweetheart, Sophomore Maid and president of the Key Club. She served as a class officer for two years and a cheerleader for three years. She was vice president of Interact and a member of the Warrior’s Staff and Hall of Fame.
McLemore plans to attend Mississippi State University and become a landscape architect.
Tyler Moss, 18
In the first grade, Moss knew he wanted to be a professional baseball player after majoring in coaching and athletics at Ole Miss. He still plans to attend Ole Miss after a year at Northeast Mississippi Community College but said he is tired of sports. He will devote his energies instead to undergraduate and law school.
Moss also has political aspirations. Moss said Windsor is going to be his lieutenant governor.
A member of the varsity football and baseball teams, Moss was named to the State All-Star Baseball Team and the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association Betterment of Baseball list.
The son of state Rep. Harvey and Linda Moss, he demonstrated his leadership abilities by being selected senior class president and Mr. CHS.
Emily Perry, 17
As a National Merit Finalist who also scored 33 on her ACT, Perry, the daughter of Dr. Robert and Lou Perry, wanted to be a teacher and an artist like her grandmother, Mary Perry. She now has a total of about $30,000 in scholarships offered. She plans to major in chemical engineering at Ole Miss and then enter medical or dental school.
In addition to cheering at CHS for five years, she was named an All Star Cheerleader. She played on the tennis team and was selected Best All Round by her classmates, was treasurer of the Student Council, president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Key Club and sang with Symphony and the high school choir.
David Sandy, 17
Sandy was full of aspirations as a first-grader. The son of Milton and Stephanie Sandy, he wanted to be a scuba diver, cook, artist, ship driver, tennis player, actor, astronaut, astronomer, gold digger and wood seller like his dad. He wanted to make soccer balls, study all the oceans, make chairs, fences, buildings and statues and believed he would someday invent a laser gun.
“Eliminate all those except cook,” said Sandy, who started a cooking club at school. The group recently feted 200 guests with international cuisine.
Sandy plans to study economics and major in investment banking at Washington and Lee in Lexington, Va. “I want to get rich really fast and spend it all running for president” as a Democrat. “All good Mississippians are Democrats,” he said.
A National Merit Finalist, Sandy has a host of academic honors including first place in the state National Geography Bee in 1993. In 1995, he was an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors, a U.S. Chemistry Highest Honor and was an Outstanding Youth Legislator at the state YMCA Youth Legislature.
John Oliver Windsor, 18
In first grade, Windsor had his sights set on attending Ole Miss to study law. A major in political science may or may not lead to law school for Windsor, the son of Corinth attorney Ronald Windsor and Linda Windsor. Since his father plans to retire when he gets his son through college, the younger Windsor said he might have a ready-made client base if he does decide to be a defense attorney.
Windsor received an academic scholarship to Ole Miss. Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Windsor was president of Mu Alpha Theta, the honorary math club. He played tennis and competed in the state tournament for two years.
As they did 11 years ago, Moss and Windsor both agreed that the Mississippi State Bulldogs still “stink.”