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Krewe of Ceres escorts will lend maid an arm and a smile

On Feb. 24, the Krewe of Ceres will hold its annual charity ball. The men selected as escorts will have the duty and privilege to escort the ball maids that evening. Following are bios for each escort.

Daniel Clark

Daniel Scarbrough Clark is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Clark. He is the grandson of Regan Pendleton and Dr. and Mrs. Dan Scarbrough and the late Frances Clark and Glenn Clark.

Clark is a 2016 special honors graduate of Brookhaven High School where he was salutatorian, Star Student and a Mississippi Scholar, receiving the Krewe of Ceres Scholarship. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, the academic team and the quiz bowl team. Clark was named to the BHS Academic Hall of Fame and the Athletic Hall of Fame, as a five-year varsity member of the tennis team. Clark was the District 7 male recipient of the Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete Scholarship. He was most honored to be the recipient of the Will Valentine Scholarship. Clark is an Eagle Scout and was very involved in the Brookhaven Little Theatre while in high school.

Clark served as a U.S. Senate page and attended the Senate Page School during his junior year of high school. While there he received academic awards in physics, English and political science. He was also awarded the Citizenship Award.

Clark is currently a sophomore at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, double majoring in physics and religion. He is a Johnson Scholar, a University Ambassador, an RUF leader and a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity where he served as pledge class president and is currently serving as chaplain. He was also elected as his class representative on the Student Judicial Council for his freshman and sophomore years. He was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and was named to the President’s List. Clark served as trainbearer in 2009. His brother, Peyton Clark, served as an escort in 2015.

Clark is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

JT Cline

Jon Taylor Cline is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Cline. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Herrington, the late James D. “Mann” Raiford, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cline.

Cline is a 2016 graduate of Brookhaven Academy and a Mississippi Scholar recipient. He was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Teenage Republicans. Cline played on the football, soccer and baseball teams. He was awarded multiple football awards and the Coach’s Award in soccer his senior year.

Cline is currently a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall majoring in forestry. Cline enjoys duck hunting and training his duck dog. Cline is a member of First Baptist Church.

Joseph Driskell

Joseph Alford Driskell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Grady Driskell. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Grady Driskell, and Mrs. Clyde Hiram Walters and the late Clyde Hiram Walters.

Driskell is a 2016 Mississippi Scholar graduate of Brookhaven High School. He was selected Most Valuable Player on the BHS golf team for three years and was voted Best Dressed by his senior class. He was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served on the First Baptist Church of Brookhaven’s mission team to Casa De Fe, Mexico.

Driskell is currently a sophomore at Mississippi State University majoring in finance. He received the Mississippi State University Mississippi Scholars Scholarship. He is a member of the Beta Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Fraternity where he has served as Greek Week representative and on the rush committee.

Driskell’s grandfather, Donald Grady Driskell, served as king in 1997. His father, Glenn Grady Driskell, served on the court in 1980. Driskell’s sisters, Hannah Driskell Butts and Caroline Driskell Harrison, served as trainbearers in 2002 and 2004, and served on the court in 2011 and 2013. Driskell served as a trainbearer in 2009.

He is a member of First Baptist Church and attends Pinelake in Starkville.

Ed Henderson Jr.

Edward Carlisle Atkinson Henderson Jr., is the son of Mr. Carlisle Henderson of Brookhaven and Mrs. Emily Smith Wright. He is the grandson of Dr. Anne Atkinson Henderson and Dr. and Mrs. Edward Henderson and Mr. and Mrs. Marion Smith, and the great-grandson of the late “Dr. Jack” Atkinson and Eleanor Atkinson.       

Henderson is a 2016 graduate of University High School in Carmel, Indiana, where he played on, and was captain of the soccer, lacrosse, and basketball teams. He was a member of the Model U.N. program, the debate team and participated in the Boys’ State program in Indiana. Lisle achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

Henderson attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on scholarship, where he played lacrosse and became a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He moved back to Mississippi in 2017 and transferred to Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He plans to continue his education in the fall majoring in psychology. Henderson is a member of the Anglican Communion and attends the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Henderson’s father, Carlisle Henderson, served as an escort on the court in 1987. His aunt, Ellie Henderson Phillips, and his cousin, Maggie Cupit-Link, both served as queens.

Jon-Mark Mathis

Jon-Mark Mathis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mathis. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Meade Mathis, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank James.

Mathis is a 2016 honor graduate of Brookhaven High School and a Mississippi Scholar recipient. He was a member and letterman of the varsity football team, as starting quarterback and punter and was a team captain. He was also a member of the powerlifting team. Mathis was one of the Moyer Warriors, who lead the BHS baseball team as senior captains, and was named “Mr. Hustle” two years in a row. Mathis was inducted into the National Honor Society and was members of the National Technical Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a member of the Pride of Ole Brook Drumline and served as a freshman homecoming escort.

Mathis is currently attending Copiah-Lincoln Community College and plans to transfer to Mississippi State University majoring in biology and agricultural engineering.

Mathis is a member of First Baptist Church. His father, Mark served as an escort on the court in 1979.

Jordan Nations

Alex Jordan Nations is the son Mr. and Mrs. Lance Nations and Mr. and Mrs. Trey Summers. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Brabham and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Nations.   

Nations is a 2016 honors graduate of Brookhaven High School and was a Mississippi Scholar recipient. He was a member and letterman of the varsity football team where he was twice named King’s Daughters Medical Center player of the week. He was a member of student council, National Honor Society, the powerlifting team, and was voted Class Favorite and a beau. He was involved in the community by serving as a volunteer assistant coach for a Little League baseball team. He received the Academic Excellence Scholarship and Insurance & Risk Managers Scholarship.

Nations is currently a sophomore at Mississippi State University majoring in marketing with a concentration in insurance risk management. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity where he served on exec as the 2016-2017 recruitment chair. He also served as a chairman on Junior Inner-Fraternity Council and has made the Dean’s List.

Nations attends Nola Baptist Church and also Pinelake Baptist Church in Starkville.

Taylor Pendley

Taylor Bradshaw Pendley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Terry Pendley and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Raymond Reeves. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Doyle Pendley and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Freeman Foster.

Pendley is a 2016 honors graduate of Brookhaven High School. He was a member of the speech and debate team for three years, where he served as assistant captain and won 20 awards in various categories. He played the trumpet for the BHS marching band and was varsity soccer player. He was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2014 and competed on both the academic and quiz bowl teams.

Pendley is a sophmore at Mississippi College majoring in marketing. He was a member of the Freshman Leadership Initiative Program. He is currently a member of Shawreth Service Club and serves as club historian. He is also a member of the Christian life Coordinator team.

Pendley is a member of First Baptist Church.

His sister, Julia Pendley Miller, served on the court in 2011, and his sister, Sallie Fowler Pendley, served on the court in 2014.

Reid Roberson

Reid Wilson Roberson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brad Roberson. He is the grandson of Mrs. Dianna Reid Roberson and the late Mr. Ronnie Roberson, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilson.

Reid is 2016 special honors graduate of Brookhaven High School, where he was valedictorian and a Mississippi Scholar recipient. Roberson was member of the debate team where he served as captain for two years. He participated on the academic team and served as president of the National Honor Society for two years. After being chosen by the teachers of Brookhaven High School, Roberson received the BHS Honor Cup in 2016. He was also a National Merit Finalist.

Roberson is currently a sophomore at Mississippi State University majoring in physics. He is a member of Beta Upsilon Chi fraternity. He volunteers at the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus with opportunities to support and meet the needs of the organization. While actively participating in church and his fraternity, he still maintains his President’s List status at MSU.

Roberson is a member of First Baptist Church and attends Crosspoint in Starkville where is in in the praise and worship band.

Garrett Smith

William Garrett Smith is the son of Tim and Julie Smith. He is the grandson of Mrs. Maudell Newell Smith, the late Mr. Howard Eugene Smith and Mrs. Diana Farr Williams and the late John Darrell Williams.

Smith is a 2016 graduate of Brookhaven High School and Mississippi Scholar recipient. He was a member and letterman in varsity baseball, football, and powerlifting. He won the Panther Award in football. He was a member of the National Honor Society, served on the Student Council, and voted Best All-Around.

Smith is currently a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln Community College majoring in accounting. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda. He is the treasurer on the Student Government and was voted Campus Favorite. He plans to continue his education at Mississippi State University. Smith attends New Sight Baptist Church.

Stephen Springfield Jr.

Stephen Matthew Springfield Jr. is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Springfield. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rogers and the late Rev. Larry Springfield. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith and the late Mrs. Jean Smith.

Springfield is a 2016 honors graduate of Brookhaven High School and Mississippi Scholar recipient. He was involved in the National Honor Society, academic team, science bowl, and was a member of the varsity football and powerlifting teams. Springfield was voted “most athletic” his senior year, 2015 State 5A powerlifting champion, Region 3 5A most valuable defensive lineman, and KDMC player of the week. He was named to academic Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the presidential award of excellence, ACT scholarship, Swalm Scholarship, and the Lincoln County MS Association of Supervisors scholarship. He volunteered at the KDMC Summer Program and St. Francis Catholic Church VBS.

Springfield is currently a sophomore at Mississippi State University majoring in civil engineering and minoring in mathematics. He is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, American Society of civil engineers, and the powerlifting team where he serves as vice president. He volunteers for various charitable projects within his fraternity. He is a member of First Baptist Church.