JCJC, WDAM host 2017 ‘Top of Class’ to honor high school students

JCJC, WDAM host 2017 ‘Top of Class’ to honor high school students
Students honored at 2017 top of class. Photo credit WDAM.

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - A select group of high school students from around the Pine belt were honored Wednesday morning on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

Valedictorians and Salutatorians were treated to refreshments and certificates for their academic achievements.

Guest speakers included WDAM General Manager and Vice President Jama Killingsworth, Meteorologist Patrick Bigbie and JCJC President Jesse Smith.

"This has been a long partnership with WDAM and Jones County Junior College to recognize these outstanding seniors who have achieved in the classroom. The Valedictorians and Salutatorians are exceptional. We're just very fortunate to be a part of this with WDAM to recognize this group," Smith said.

Students were also congratulated on their success and given tips on what to expect as they get ready for college.

"It is high stakes and it's a lot of pressure. Kids give up a lot of social time to be there, so it's only fitting that we recognize them for their efforts," Smith said.

Columbia Academy seniors Kenny Price and Madelyn Ham were just a couple of the students honored Wednesday morning, and they were grateful for the experience.

"It's good that it's finally starting to pay off. We're seeing the benefits of all the late-night studying," Ham said.

Price said, "It's good to be recognized for your accomplishments. You spend the last four years of your life investing in studying and hard work, and we have a very competitive class so it's nice to be at the top of it."