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Students lead the way on good news

Students once again led the way when it comes to good news. Below is a look back at positive stories from the past week.

• Two local Mississippi School of the Arts students recently received awards in an art competition hosted by the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Hannah Arnold, a senior, received one Gold Key and five Honorable Mentions at the Regional Scholastic Art Competition. Katherine Westbrook, a senior literary student from Wesson, received a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention.

In all, MSA students won two American Visions Award Nominations, 24 Gold Keys, 18 Silver Keys and 43 Honorable Mentions at the competition.

• The Bogue Chitto Bobcats recently placed first in the region powerlifting meet in their home gym. Winning trophies for weight lifting isn’t something new for the Bobcats. They’ve now won a region title for 10 straight years.

“I’m really proud of our guys efforts,” said BC coach Chad Norton. “They’ve been really working hard starting this summer through football season and on through to the region meet. Ten straight years of winning region is quite an accomplishment for all the previous lifters and this year’s team.”

• The Brookhaven Academy fourth and fifth grade boys’ basketball team recently finished their season with a 7-1 record. The Cougars played home-and-home games with Parklane, Copiah Academy, Bowling Green School and Columbia Academy.

• A Mississippi National Guard unit is coming home from deployment to the Middle East, with the first 300 members of the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team returning to Mississippi on Monday after leaving this past April. More than 4,000 guard members deployed to Kuwait to deter and react to threats as part of Operation Spartan Shield, the unit’s third deployment to the Middle East since 2001. More than 3,500 of those soldiers came from the 155th. Hundreds of family members and friends came out Monday night to Thompson Field, the guard’s air base at the Jackson airport, to meet the first two flights home, carrying gifts, balloons and signs. The Tupelo-based brigade has units in Monticello, McComb, Senatobia, Starkville, Amory and Meridian.

• The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves had a dominating second half against Meridian Community College to run away with an 81-50 win recently in Wesson. The win, Co-Lin’s fourth straight, was head coach Gwyn Young’s 950th career win at Co-Lin, which places him second among active NJCAA coaches and third all time.