Pine Belt students honored at Top of Class

JONES COUNTY,MS (WDAM) - High school students from all over the Pinebelt gathered at A. B. Howard Gym at JCJC for this year's Top of Class.

The students were treated to breakfast and some inspirational words by our very own Randy Swan, JCJC alumnae, and President Jessie Smith.

"Everybody loves achievement. We want it to be an example for those that if you work hard, you make good grades, that college is going to be a very logical and easier step. The harder you work in high school the better the chances are that you are going to succeed in college , and the better your chances are you are going to succeed in life," said President of JCJC Jessie Smith.

Students Joann Bushardt, Valedictorian of PCS senior class, who worked hard over the years to be the best in their class appreciated the recognition.

"I am excited about it. I have been working toward this for a long time. Ever since I was in 7th grade and my sister was salutatorian," said Bushardt.

Jeffrey Collins, Salutatorian of PCS senior class feels the same way.

"It's a really nice feeling being here to be recognized for that. It's been something I have kind of been working towards for a long time now. I always kind of dreamed of being ranked fairly high in my class at least, and it is really nice to be the salutatorian," said Collins.

Steven Wild, Salutatorian of Oak Grove High's senior class is going far away from home to continue excelling in his education.

"I plan to go to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York this coming fall, and hopefully go there and possibly pursue a graduate program after that. Ultimately, Cornell is where I feel I fit the best, most desirable academic and social environment," said Wild.

President Smith says JCJC also offers the Valedictorians and Salutatorians a full ride to the college.

"We have for all valedictorians and salutatorians through the state the presidential scholarship program. It's a guaranteed scholarship program that ensures that the room, board, tuition and books are covered," said Smith