Hattiesburg High School students attend summer graduation - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Hattiesburg High School students attend summer graduation

Posted: Updated:

After a long journey of taking the required state test more than once, two Hattiesburg High School students celebrated their mark on graduation by walking across the stage on Friday to receive their diplomas.

It was a packed house in the dome at Hattiesburg High School for two young women who put forth extra time and effort to reach this milestone. Superintendent of Hattiesburg Public Schools James Bacchus said he is especially proud of these two young women for not giving up during such a crucial time in their lives. Brittany Chapman and Keiyah Mckeller offer words of advice for students entering their senior year in high school.

"I learned a lot in high school, but I stayed away from bad people and kept my mind on track," Chapman said.

Keyiah Mckeller says staying focused and studying is key.

"Don't mess up, because those tests will be hard, but the English test requires reading everything and underlining everything," she said.

Both graduates say that although the state test was not an easy feat, they feel proud to have graduated. Chapman will be attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to study mortuary science, and McKeller will be attending Pearl River Community College to study criminal justice.

  • LOCALLOCALMore>>

  • A rally to prevent drop-outs

    A rally to prevent drop-outs

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 06:00:12 GMT
    Gautier schools came together this Thursday for a Destination Graduation celebration. Destination Graduation is a drop-out prevention program put in place by the Pascagoula School District to raise theMore >>
    Gautier schools came together this Thursday for a Destination Graduation celebration.
    Destination Graduation is a drop-out prevention program put in place by the Pascagoula School District to raise the graduation rate to 100% over the next five years.








     
    More >>
  • Lee Vance named Jackson's new Chief of Police

    Lee Vance named Jackson's new Chief of Police

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:16 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:16:23 GMT
    Mayor Tony Yarber has officially named Lee Vance as Jackson's new Chief of Police. Vance is a 27 year veteran with the Jackson Police Department.  He has held several leadership positions within theMore >>

    "He has proven leadership and respect in the community and among the rank and file in the Jackson Police Department," Yarber said. "He also shares the administration's vision for a holistic approach to crime-fighting and crime prevention."More >>

  • Teen pregnancy prevention at college level

    Teen pregnancy prevention at college level

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:00:18 GMT
    Mississippi colleges could soon be tasked with teaching some life lessons. A bill signed into law by the governor this year targets pregnancy prevention at a college level. Kell Smith with the CommunityMore >>
    Mississippi colleges could soon be tasked with teaching some life lessons. A bill signed into law by the governor this year targets pregnancy prevention at a college level.More >>