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Jr. Ambassadors promote Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber

The 2020 Junior Ambassadors will soon begin their duties as the Christmas season is kicked off by the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. Serving as ambassadors to the business community, this group of young women work to make sure Chamber events go smoothly.

Twenty-six businesses across Brookhaven and Lincoln County will be open Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. to start the season with new merchandise, holiday displays and decorated storefronts. This year’s theme is “Life is Sweet in Brookhaven! Have a Candy-Coated Christmas!”

“We have retailers of all kinds participating,” said Chamber representative Katie Nations. “There’ll be boutique clothing, interiors, gifts, shoes, sportswear, menswear, jewelry, you name it and our local merchants will wrap it up beautifully, ready to go under your tree.”

Each Junior Ambassador must be a ninth-grade student and reside in Lincoln County.

This is the second of a two-part feature.

Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Carroll Donegan

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Carroll Donegan, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Brookhaven High School. She is the daughter of Ron and Sharyl Donegan.

Donegan is a member of BHS’s Red Nation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She is on the A-B Honor Roll.

She is a member of the BHS soccer team and homecoming production. She is also involved in the competitive dance team of Brookhaven Dance Academy and is a member of the First United Methodist Church youth group.

Kailee Rachelle Dunn

Kailee Rachelle Dunn, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Brookhaven High School. She is the daughter of Davy Dunn and Bridget Dunn.

Dunn is a member of the BHS homecoming production and National Jr. Honor Society. She is on the All-A Honor Roll and has received multiple academic class awards.

She is a member of First Baptist Church Brookhaven’s youth group.

Lily Cher Gray

Lily Cher Gray, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Brookhaven High School. She is the daughter of Bruce and Leigh Cher Gray.

Gray is a member of the Red Nation student club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is on the All-A Honor Roll (first-eighth grades), and was awarded highest average in Algebra I and Technology Foundations.

She was on the junior varsity cross country team (seventh and eighth grades) and the junior varsity and varsity tennis teams (seventh and eighth grades, respectively).

Gray is a member of the FCA Leadership Team and National Jr. Honors Society, and a Mississippi Scholar. She is a member of First United Methodist Church’s youth ministries and is a FUMC Vacation Bible School volunteer.

Riley Kate Hinton

Riley Kate Hinton, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Brookhaven High School. She is the daughter of Brent and Cindy Hinton.

Hinton is on the All-A Honor Roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has won math and history awards.

She is a member of First Baptist Church Brookhaven.

MaKayla LeaAnn Huber

MaKayla LeaAnn Huber, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Bogue Chitto Attendance Center. She is the daughter of Sheila Huber.

Huber is a member of the Reading Club, Garden Club and cheer team. She is on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll and won a scholarship from Teen National. She is a member of the STEM team and participated in a 5K run.

She is involved in her church’s youth group, volunteers at PALS and participates in city-wide clean up efforts.

Anna Grace McCreary

Anna Grace McCreary, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Brookhaven High School. She is the daughter of Rob and Melainie McCreary.

McCreary is a member of the homecoming production at BHS, and is her class student government representative and secretary. She is a member of the National Jr. Honor Society and is on the All-A Honor Roll.

She is a member of the BHS tennis team and served as student body president at Alexander Junior High. McCreary is involved in Faith Presbyterian’s youth group. She volunteers with her church’s outreach ministries, Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions, and Lillian’s Legacy.

Isabelle ‘Izzy’ Page Nelson

Isabelle “Izzy” Page Nelson, of Bogue Chitto, is a freshman at Brookhaven Academy.  She is the daughter of Page Nelson.

Nelson is a member of the BA student council, history and science clubs, Jr. High National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She won highest academic honors, is on the Headmaster’s List and has been named Student of the Month.

She has been a member of the cheer, basketball and tennis teams for three years. She has logged more than 75 hours of community service.

Lauren Maria Peters

Lauren Maria Peters, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Brookhaven Academy. She is the daughter of Don and Maria Peters.

Peters is a member of BA’s science club and the National Honor Society, and is on the Honor Roll. She was a member of the archery team.

She attends First Baptist Church Brookhaven, loves to hunt and fish and enjoys the outdoors.

Sara Rodgers Smith

Sara Rodgers Smith, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Brookhaven Academy. She is the daughter of Josh and Sloane Smith.

Smith is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the science and book clubs. She is a Mississippi Junior Scholar, is on the All-A Honor Roll and is in Honors English.

She is a member of the soccer and tennis teams. She is a member of the Trent Lott Leadership Institute for Rising 9th Graders.

She is involved in the Episcopal Church youth group and Lillian’s Legacy.

Ramie Elizabeth Stovall

Ramie Elizabeth Stovall, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Brookhaven High School. She is the daughter of Keith and Teresa Stovall.

Stovall is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the BHS homecoming production. She is on the cross country and soccer teams, and attends Nola Baptist Church.

Maelee Grace Thibodeaux

Maelee Grace Thibodeaux, of Brookhaven, is a freshman at Brookhaven High School. She is the daughter of Buddy and Sheri Thibodeaux.

Thibodeaux is on the A-B Honor Roll, and is a member of the BHS slow pitch and fast pitch softball teams (seventh and eighth grades).

She is an active member of First Baptist Church Brookhaven’s youth group.