Mayfield Law Firm awards scholarships to high schoolers

From left are Juaneisha K. Finnie, Kerrigan Buck and Tyra Alexandria Floyd. (Courtesy photo)

From left are Juaneisha K. Finnie, Kerrigan Buck and Tyra Alexandria Floyd. (Courtesy photo)

By JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A Nettleton High School student was chosen as the recipient of this year’s annual $1,000 Mayfield Law Firm Scholarship at last week’s Mayfield Law Firm Charity Ball.

Juaneisha K. Finnie was selected for her response to the essay question, “Do you believe that public prayer should be allowed in our schools,” as well as her resume.

Two $500 scholarships were awarded to runners-up, Kerrigan Buck and Tyra Alexandria Floyd, each of Tupelo High School.

The essays were judged by Dr. Donald Cole, assistant provost and assistant to the chancellor concerning minority affairs at the University of Mississippi.

“So much of our talent leaves us for others states so we try to do our part to keep people in this great state,” said Eloise Mayfield. “We encourage the scholarship recipients to enroll in a Mississippi college. We want to make sure they get a good education from an institution of higher learning and then we encourage them to come back to Mississippi and give back to the community once they’ve graduated.”

Finnie’s resume boasted being a past student government president, a band and choir member, a 4-H fashion show winner, and being on Nettleton High School’s all A honor roll.

The scholarship is awarded each year to three high school seniors from Lee, Chickasaw, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Itawamba, Monroe and Union counties who attend the annual charity ball and submit their essay and resume.

jb.clark@journalinc.com