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Students lead week of good news

High school students dominated the good news category this past week, with several signing to play football at the college level, and one heading to Mississippi College as a 16-year-old. Below is a look back at some of those positive stories, and more.

• After graduating high school and community college early, 16-year-old Amelia Grace Morehead is enrolling at Mississippi College this year – as a junior. She graduated from Bridgeway Academy Homeschool High School in June 2017 at 14 with a 4.21 GPA and 15 hours of dual enrollment from Co-Lin. In December, she became one of the youngest graduates in the community college’s history. She finished with highest honors as a Phi Theta Kappa member and a 2018 William Winter Student Scholar. She’s also a 2018 State Farm Foundation Scholarship winner.

• Brookhaven’s John Hilbert signed a letter-of-intent to play football with the East Central Community College Warriors. “I feel grateful,” said Hilbert. “Grateful for the opportunity and thankful for the people who helped me get to this point.”

Loyd Star senior offensive lineman Rials Hester signed to continue his football career when he inked a letter-of-intent with the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears. Hester says the Bears saw a skill in his game that their offense requires — a center who is comfortable snapping to a quarterback that is not lined up in shotgun. The Loyd Star Hornets operate out of the I-Formation and that will serve Hester well as he hopes to come in and help the Bears run the ball.

Brookhaven Academy’s Noah Diamond signed a letter-of-intent with the Pearl River Community College Wildcats. “This has always been my dream,” said Diamond. “Once I fell in love with the game, I knew I wanted to play in college.”

 The Copiah-Lincoln Community College football program added 26 players Wednesday when the 2019 signing period opened up. The players include two Brookhaven High graduates — defensive backs Axavian Jones and Jemaurian Jones, formerly with Southern Miss.

• Mississippi School of the Arts’ Interact Club, part of Rotary International, is calling on the community to help buy books for the Mamie Martin Elementary School library for students in kindergarten, first and second grade. The book drive, which continues through Feb. 20, started after the MSA juniors and seniors visited with the younger students as part of a community service project. They wanted to do more than just read to the students, they wanted to foster a love of reading and give them plenty of books to choose from.