Annual student athlete luncheon held at Southern Oaks

Annual student athlete luncheon held at Southern Oaks
Students from 27 area schools were in attendance at the annual event, which is hosted by Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola and The Orthopedic Institute. (Photo source: Forrest General Hospital)
The 54 student athletes were nominated by their coaches and school staff and were honored for their achievements in academics and sports. (Photo source: Forrest General Hospital)
The 54 student athletes were nominated by their coaches and school staff and were honored for their achievements in academics and sports. (Photo source: Forrest General Hospital)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Area high school and junior high student athletes were honored today at a luncheon at Southern Oaks in Hattiesburg.

Students from 27 area schools were in attendance at the annual event, which is hosted by Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola and The Orthopedic Institute.

The 54 student athletes were nominated by their coaches and school staff and were honored for their achievements in academics and sports. This was the 24th year for the event.

"We really feel it's important to help out these kids who work so hard with academics and athletics," said James Coward, Business Development Manager at Hattiesburg Coca-Cola. "We want to come together and help them in our Pine Belt Area and recognize them today, with their parents and their administrators. We just want to show them how much we appreciate and all the hard work they've doing."

The event's featured speaker was coach Steve Knight, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame inductee and head basketball coach at William Carey University.

The following students were honored:

Baxterville Middle School

  • Hannah Rowell
  • Luke Saucier

Dixie Attendance Center

  • Brooke Blanks
  • Josiah Sanders

Forrest County Agricultural High School

  • Daniel Bond
  • Allison Ratliff

Forrest County Agricultural Junior High School

  • Amber Fortenberry
  • Robert Pennell

Hattiesburg Forerunners High School

  • Sarah Arnold
  • Brandon Broome

Hattiesburg Forerunners Junior High

  • Taylore Pittman
  • Emori Sparkman

Hattiesburg High School

  • Ty'keria Vance
  • Jerrian Reedy

Lamar Christian School High School

  • Ross Broome
  • Christa Lott

Lamar Christian School Junior High School

  • Abbey Anderson
  • Cade  Mattison

Lumberton High School

  • Heather Baker
  • Claudio Williams

Lumberton Middle School

  • Antuan Pittman
  • Tessa Schielder

N. R. Burger Middle School

  • Chloe  Thompson
  • Elvin "Jack" Jackson

North Forrest High

  • Xariah Bouldin
  • Hezekiah Davis

North Forrest Junior High School

  • Sequoia Bouldin
  • Gabriel Ducksworth

Oak Grove High School

  • Noah Harris
  • Ansley Brent

Oak Grove Middle School

  • Tamanda McDonald
  • Ulysses Nguyen

Petal High School

  • Valorie Cochran
  • Cody  Dye

Petal Middle School

  • Nate   Jones
  • Natalie Herrington

Presbyterian Christian High School

  • Clay Smith
  • Kailee Swindle

Presbyterian Christian Junior High School

  • Ben Atkinson
  • Daggin Wallace

Purvis High School

  • Ramble Johnson
  • Anna-Claire Barrett

Purvis Middle School

  • Manny Raanes
  • Andee Robertson

Sacred Heart Catholic High School

  • Payton Ware
  • Shae Rutland

Sacred Heart Catholic Junior High School

  • Levi Odom
  • Christina Danford

South Forrest Attendance Center

  • Ethan Bond
  • Alyssa Murry

Sumrall High School

  • Cameron McLaurin
  • Samuel Williamson

Sumrall Middle School

  • Emma Faler
  • Andrew Knight