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Students top list of good news for week

High school students topped the list of good news for the past week, with several at West Lincoln affirming their commitment to college or careers. The school hosted its annual Decision Day, an event for academic students similar to those held for athletes who commit to play for a college.

Miss Mississippi Asya Branch was the featured speaker. “Make those decisions that are going to help prepare you for your future. Make those decisions that are going to propel you further,” she told the students.

Twenty-two students chose Copiah-Lincoln Community College for their next step, while 11 picked Southwest Community College. Two chose Mississippi College, four chose Hinds Community College, one picked Academy of Hair Design and another picked Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy. Three have made plans to pursue a career path. Two students — Megan Gerald and Dylan Griffin — received a combined total of $40,000 in scholarships to attend the University of Southern Mississippi. Jonathan Mathis earned an $18,000 scholarship to Mississippi University for Women and Emilee Leake will receive a $23,000 scholarship to attend William Carey University.

Below is a look back at more good news headlines.

• Robb Massengill was recently named CEO of Bank of Brookhaven. “Robb has been with the bank since its formation in 2000,” said Board Chairman Bill Sones. “He has been an important part of management at our bank for some time, and we are excited about his expanded role as CEO. He is not only a talented banker, but is an excellent community-minded citizen, as well.”

• Relay for Life of Copiah-Lincoln took place Friday as part of the annual Spring Fest and Fair. The event’s fundraising goal was over $60,000.

• Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Concert Band recently performed at the 10th annual Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicago.

The festival welcomed only four bands from across the nation to perform at the annual event held in Studebaker Theater. Other bands invited were the University of Nebraska at Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Parkway High School Wind Symphony and Avon Lake High School Symphonic Band. The performance featured works by Grainger, Séjourné, Jenkins and other prominent composers.