Brookhaven Exchange Club announces scholarship winners

Published 1:00 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Students from six Lincoln County schools were awarded a $500 scholarship from the Brookhaven Exchange Club to the school of their choice. The exchange club announced the winners are Jax Leggett, Marion Baker, Gracie Lynn Smith, Allayna Barnett, Brandon Jase Burt and Alaina Mathis. 

Leggett graduated from Bogue Chitto Attendance Center. He is active in his church and community, has served as a volunteer for vacation bible school at Calvary Baptist Church and donated blood. The young man is an honor roll student, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Beta Club. 

In his time at Bogue Chitto, Leggett excelled at football, basketball, baseball and tennis. His parents are Josh and Neisha Leggett. 

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Baker graduated from Brookhaven Academy. She was a class officer and works in the Brookhaven Little Theatre. At BA, she was a member of the science club and math club. Her parents are Larry Baker and Leslie Phillips. 

Smith graduated from Brookhaven High School. She started a charity called Gracie’s Closet to collect clothing for displaced children. In her free time, she volunteers at Brookhaven Animal Rescue League and Aspen Assisted Living. 

She was a member of the Brookhaven Mock Trial Team and the school band. Her parents are Mike and Stephanie Smith. 

Barnett graduated from Enterprise Attendance Center. She served as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School at Clear Branch Baptist Church and Fair River Baptist Church and for Enterprise’s homecoming. 

The graduate was a tennis player at Enterprise, was in the National Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America and served on the student council. She was the yearbook editor before graduation. Her parents are Allen and Lardna Barnett. 

Burt graduated from Loyd Star Attendance Center. He was an All-A’s Honor Roll student and received many athletic awards and recognitions. Burt is active in his church working with Vacation Bible School and the community outreach program. 

He has served as a fill-in pastor, leads bible study and prayer groups and is the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His parents are Duane and Amy Burt. 

Mathis graduated from West Lincoln Attendance Center where she was an All-A student and was named to the school’s hall of fame. She was on the yearbook staff, was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served in student council prior to graduation. 

Her athletic career was spent playing tennis and running cross country and track. Mathis led the yearbook staff as editor, cross country and track teams as captain and student council as president. Her parents are Hugh and Mandy Mathis.