Columbia High School students recognized at City Hall

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Several Columbia High School students were recognized at Tuesday's Board Meeting for their accomplishments academically and in extracurricular activities throughout the year.

Principal Sheila Burbridge said it's important to give recognition when it is due.

"I know teenagers really get a bad rap," said Burbridge. "But I am here today to advocate on their behalf, because there are a lot of great teenagers and I know that our future is bright because I see these great teenagers everyday. I know how hard they work to achieve the things that they have achieved."

According to Burbridge, the school's band program won the Red, White and Blue Ribbon.

"That means that they won all superior ratings in marching band," Burbridge said. "They won all superior rating in concert band and they won all superior rating in sight reading."

She said the students were given "rigorous" music on the spot and have to perform at an "extremely high level."

Burbridge said their Jazz Band attended the Smokey Mountain Festival in Tennessee, where they won first place.

Ten students from the choral music program were invited to represent Columbia High among 250 people from all over the world to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in April of 2018. She said students had to audition in order to be chosen.

"That is one of the greatest stages in the world to perform on," Burbridge said.

Junior Skylar Boyd won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth Congressional District of Mississippi. Her artwork will be displayed in the U.S Capitol for one year.

Boyd will be traveling to Washington D.C. for a reception for each congressional district winner where she will meet members of Congress as well as the President.

Thomas Hahn will be joining three other students, Katie Norris of West Marion High School and Jacob Brogan of Lamar Christian School, to represent Pearl River Valley Electric this summer in Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Youth Leadership program. They were chosen by writing an essay regarding the PRVEPA.

Students participated in a leadership conference in Jackson in late February, where they met with legislators and took part in leadership training sessions. They will join students from around the country in June to attend the National Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington where they will meet with congressmen and tour the U.S. Capitol.

Burbridge said another student was selected for the Trent Lott Summer Leadership Institute. The goal of the program is to develop skills in high school students and prepare them for college. Only 40 students are selected to participate in the program.

He will spend a few weeks on Ole Miss campus before enhancing his studies in Washington D.C., where he will meet with Congressmen.

"I am so excited," Burbridge said. "It is just wonderful to see students achieve not just academically but in other extracurricular activities that they have done."