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MC Welcomes Private High School Student Leaders

January 21, 2009

Driving from Central Academy to the Mississippi College campus in Clinton was well worth the trip for a delegation of students from the private school in Macon.

They soaked up knowledge about leadership, heard outstanding speakers from military ranks and the ministry and took part in elections of new statewide student council officers.

On the historic day after Barack Obama took the oath of office as America's 44th president, the delegation from Central Academy was fired up and ready to participate in Wednesday's sessions at the Mississippi Private School Association's 2009 Student Council Convention.

"We want to see what other schools are doing and pick up ideas," said Hunter Campbell, 16, a junior at Central Academy. The group of Student Council representatives from Central Academy was among the 500 students arriving at MC from 33 private schools in Mississippi and neighboring states like Louisiana.

Campbell is also thinking about his college years ahead. While on the campus of Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College, "I want to see more of it and take a tour of the school," he said.

Others making the trip from Macon Academy included students Harrison Hadaway, Hannah Martin, Julianna Persons, Kelly Hill, Megan Banks and Cole Newman.

Sitting in the upper deck of Swor Auditorium, Gib Brantley, 15, a sophomore at Leake Academy in Madden, said the leadership sessions will prove helpful as he polishes his leadership abilities. He's serving as the secretary for the sophomore class.

Reached by phone, Headmaster Jerry Crowe at 550-student Leake Academy said the event at MC "it is great for students to talk with other students and bring back good ideas." Located about 15 miles from Carthage, Leake Academy sent 16 students to the one-day conference.

The students heard rousing speeches from candidates on stage before they elected new leadership. Caleb Covington of Brookhaven Academy was completing his year as president of the statewide student council organization, with Stephanie Stanford of Clarke Academy finishing her term as vice president. Rob Pyron of Copiah Academy was completing his year's stint as treasurer with Shana Ford of the Washington School in Greenville stepping down as the council secretary.

This is the second consecutive year Mississippi College has hosted the convention sponsored by the Pearl-based Mississippi Private School Association. Other schools represented stretched from Christian Collegiate Academy in Gulfport to Indianola Academy in the Delta. During their stay, the student leaders also found time for lunch at the MC cafeteria and the opportunity to fellowship at the Christian university.

Photo: Private high school student leaders gather in Swor auditorium at Mississippi College.

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