By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A new college scholarship honors the memory of a Tupelo police officer who was killed while serving his community. On Thursday, the first winners of the Gale Stauffer Memorial Scholarship were recognized during a ceremony at the CREATE Foundation. The funds are for children of first responders who […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County School District recognized on Tuesday its students who have excelled in the Special Olympics. Taylor Rosenthal, who graduated from Shannon High School on Saturday, will compete in golf at the Special Olympics World Games, which will be held July 25 to Aug. 2 in Los […]

SCOOBA (AP) – Retiring East Mississippi Community College President Dr. Rick Young will spend his final six weeks at the school by campaigning for a new men’s dorm and a new athletic operations center to be built for the main campus in Scooba. The Meridian Star reports Young, Vice President Dr. Paul Miller, head football […]

Q. What is the best thing students can do to stay sharp during the summer? A. Read! James Patterson said, “There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading and kids who are reading the wrong books.” As an educator and a parent, I totally agree. If your […]

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Shannon High School senior Guadalupe Sanchez sits with his fellow graduates with his name written on top of his cap.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Shannon High School graduates had their minds on the future as they waited backstage before Saturday’s graduation ceremony at the BancorpSouth Arena. Salutatorian Taylor Smith said she hoped her speech would encourage her classmates to be forward-thinking about their transition from high school to their next steps. “This […]

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Mooreville Valedictorian Mikayla Johnson, left, gets a big hug from classmate Taylor Barefoot before her speech on Saturday.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Mooreville Principal Lee Bruce reminded his seniors during graduation ceremonies that nothing good comes without hard work. “The faculty and staff of Mooreville High School have given you the potential to do great things,” said Bruce. “But success takes effort. Don’t rest on your laurels. Go out and […]

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The Saltillo High School Class of 2015 tosses caps in the air as they celebrate graduation.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Salutatorian Haley Barron told her Saltillo classmates that their education will not end with the completion of the 12th grade. “Go out into the world and soak up as many lessons as possible,” said Barron, who will continue her education at Mississippi College, majoring in biology and medical […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Verona Elementary School first-graders in teacher Kierra Tumblin’s class waited out the final dismissal bell of the year Friday with a game of word bingo. “It’s bittersweet,” Tumblin said. “Teaching first grade, you get attached. I feel like I am saying ‘goodbye’ to 23 of my own children. But I […]

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Baldwyn High School's Matthew Gates, center, uses a selfie stick to take a selfie of all the class of 2015 before the start of the graduation ceremony on Friday night at the high school.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal BALDWYN – Baldwyn High School valedictorian Austin Daher challenged his class of 65 graduates “to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield” in his speech at Friday night’s graduation ceremony. Daher said he hopes the quote from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses” encourages his classmates to look toward their […]