West Point High School honors seniors

Valedictorian Synthia Mathews, third from right, and Salutatorian Alvin Carter III, third from left, are joined by fellow honor graduates Chamiya Brownlee, Arresta Davis, Daysia Randle and Jayla Smith.
Staff Writer

One is an athlete and smart on top of it. Very smart in fact. One has a well-known name, but plans to chart his own course. And another is about as unassuming as he can be.

They and others were among the top winners at West Point High School's Senior Awards Day Tuesday.

Synethia Mathews, who signed a golf scholarship at the University of Alabama, was named valedictorian for the class of 2018. A science and math whiz, she also was among six students named to the school's Hall of Fame and picked up numerous scholarships.

Alvin Carter III, the son of Clay County Coroner Alvin Carter, was named salutatorian and also walked off with a treasure trove of scholarship honors and awards, including $14,000 from Westlake Chemical. He plans to attend Mississippi University for Women and take advantage of its outstanding nursing program.

He also was one of the six Hall of Fame inductees.

The Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award for academic achievement, community involvement, leadership and public service went to Seth Edwards, another of the school's new six Hall of Fame members. Students are nominated by teachers and the senior class then selects the one it thinks deserves the honor.

Edwards, one of the state's top high school fishermen and a key to the Green Wave baseball team's success this year, also was recognized as a member of ACT 21 Scholars group.

The Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the school's faculty and staff based on character, academics, involvement, and leadership. In addition to Mathews, Carter and Edwards, the other three inductees are Amy Lenoir, Jada Webb, and Arresta Davis.

Lenoir, who scored a 28 on the ACT, was named the school's Star Student and she picked Pam Anderson as her Star Teacher, the educator who'd made a biggest difference in her high school career. The Star Student award is presented each year by the Mississippi Economic Council based on ACT scores and grade point averages.

The other four honor grads are Jayla Smith, ranked sixth in the class, Daysuia Randle, fifth in the class, Chamiya Brownlee, fourth, and Arresta Davis, third.

They will join Mathews and Carter in playing active roles in Sunday's graduation at the Humphrey Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi State University.

Fifteen other students were named honor graduates with a GPA of 90 or above for four years, took a rigorous curriculum and had a 95 percent or better attendance rate. They are: Mattie Chante Edwards, Jshunna Shabray Calvert, Jordan Denzel Brooks, Randy Wayne Miller II, Kyasjiah Yvette Jonae Sinner, Shania Antranette Ivy, Mya Jessirae Powell, Jalen Dawun Lee, Kiara Shante Collins, Christian Allan Wilson, Jada Marie Webb, Amy Mariah Lenoir, Jordan Brianna Perry, Jessica Marie Hodge and Tyteanna Monace Johnson.

The school also had 23 students in the ACT 21 Scholars list and 24 students who were named Mississippi Scholars who scored at least 18 on the ACT, maintained a 2.5 GPA, 95 percent attendance did 40 hours of community service, nd had no suspensions. Students on that list include: Decindia Blair, Jordan Brooks, Chamiya Brownlee, Alvin Carter III, Brandon Carter, Raven Davidson, Arresta Davis, Lekenya Edwards, Kierra Foard, Tatyana Gibbs, Jessica Hodge, Loryn Hood, Shania Ivy, Jalen Lee, Amy Lenoir, Synethia Mathews, Randy Miller, Jordan Perry, Daysia Randle, Brooke Shrode, Jayla Smith, Jessica Sullivan, Jada Webb and Christian Wilson.

The school also had a record number -- 30 -- of students take advantage of the dual enrollment program earning college credits at East Mississippi Community College while still in high school. Eight students took one three-hour course but others did much more, ranging from four hours to Amy Lenoir's 23 hours and Chamiya Brownlee's 32 hours. And Mya Powell almost earned her associate's degree while graduating high school. Powell completed 47 hours at EMCC and plans to finish that degree this summer.
Principal Jermaine Taylor closed out Tuesday's ceremony by announcing this year's senior class has been offered $1,839,110 in scholarships with more offers coming in.