Wesson, Enterprise honor ’21 Val, Sals
Published 8:00 am Sunday, June 27, 2021
Even though the 2021 school year has already come to a close, the efforts of a few academic high achievers should not go unnoticed.
Like many schools in the district, Enterprise Attendance Center and Wesson High School waited almost until graduation to announce their Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
The Valedictorian of the Enterprise class of 2021 is Hib Johnson. Born and Raised in Jayess, Johnson grew up attending Topeka Tilton Attendance Center. After his freshman year at Lawrence County High, he moved to Enterprise Attendance Center. Johnson involved himself with basketball, tennis, cross country, and Beta Club.
“I loved basketball and tennis. I only did cross country so that I would have more endurance for basketball though,” Johnson said.
One of Johnson’s favorite high school memories is the first game of basketball that Enterprise played against West Lincoln this year.
“West Lincoln always beat us by about forty points every time, but this game it was the other way around. All of us were on fire, and our crowd was screaming at the top of their lungs. It was by far the most fun game of basketball I have ever played,” Johnson said.
Johnson is planning to attend Copiah Lincoln Community College after he was awarded the ACT scholarship, Mississippi Scholar scholarship, valedictorian scholarship, and the Dr. Donald Cotten award. He wants to later attend a major university to study physical therapy.
The Salutatorian title went to Kadence Regouffre. During her thirteen years at Enterprise, Regouffre was a mascot, cheerleader, and dancer. She was president of the Student Council, Senior Beta, FBLA, and the Academic Team. She was also the editor of the yearbook and a member of the ACT 25&Up Club and Diamond Dolls.
She credits some of her best high school memories to be with her involvement on the dance team. “I danced for two years and was the captain senior year. I would do anything to dance again! I loved it all. It’s just the adrenaline rush of everything-football games, pep rallies, and competitions.” She said.
Regouffre is planning to attend Louisiana State University after receiving the prestigious Transformation Merit Non-Resident, Aline May Memorial and Kings Daughters Medical Center Scholarships. She considers being part of the LSU Class of ’25 to be her greatest achievement.
“I have worked so hard, and I’m so grateful to be able to be living my dream come August,” Regouffre said. She is majoring in biomedical chemistry in hopes to pursue a career as an anesthesiologist.
Kayla Barfield, the salutatorian of Wesson Attendance Center, also grew up going to the same school.
In her time at Wesson, Barfield was on the student council, yearbook staff, a National Beta Club Member, First Priority Member, a Varsity cheerleader, and Cobra Baseball Statistician.
Barfield loved her time in school, but also in her extracurricular activities.
“I believe clubs and sport groups are an amazing way to get involved in your school and community. From being a part of these groups, I have made memories and friends that will last a lifetime. I highly encourage those thinking about getting involved to take that step out of your shell, and experience all the benefits clubs and sports have to offer,” she said.
Barfield credits her favorite class at Wesson to be Mr. Daniel Hux’s history class.
“He always made sure that he provided us with the utmost information in order for us to form our own logical opinions on serious matters. He was truly a character, historian, and great mentor to all!” she said.
Barfield is planning to attend Copiah Lincoln Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi to study speech pathology. She is a recipient of the Co-Lin Taylor Presidential, Copiah County Ministerial Alliance, and Ann Gullette Junior Auxiliary Scholarships.
Story by Emmaline Wolfe.