2010-02-10 / Front Page

Recognition Night for 2010 Seniors

by: Glenda Bailey

Seniors and their parents were honored at half-time. Seniors and their parents were honored at half-time. Last Friday night was so bitter sweet as Pirate fans watched 13 seniors walk out during half-time of the boys and girls’ games. Each senior, along with their parents, walked midcourt to be recognized and honored. These seniors were being honored at the last regular season game for their contributions to their school, Miller County High. Basketball members and cheerleaders are as follows.

Ericka Benton, the daughter of James Benton and Kathy Benton, is a first year member of the MCHS Cheerleading and Competition Squad. Ericka has participated in the Beta Club for three years, HOSA for three years, FFA for four years and FCA for one year.

Katrina Crankfield, the daughter of Vevelon and Steven Crankfield, is a four year member of the Lady Pirates Basketball Team. She made Second Team All Region in 2009. Katrina has participated in the track program for three years where she was named region runner-up as a sophomore. She plans to attend Darton College to pursue a nursing career.

MCHS Seniors and their parents and guardians are honored. MCHS Seniors and their parents and guardians are honored. Sukena Diamond, the daughter of Melvin and Melanie Williams, is a four year member of the Lady Pirates’ Basketball Team. Sukena was also a member of the Cheerleading and Competition Squad for two years and a two-year track team member where she won 2007 Region 1-A first place in the 4x100. She was selected to serve on the home courting court her ninth, 10th, and 11th grade years, is a 3-year HOSA member, served as a sophomore server for Prom 2008, 11th grade vicepresident, member of Student Council for 11th grade and was an 11th grade Community Leadership member.

Jordan Foster, the daughter of Blake Foster, is a 3-year member of the MCHS Cheerleading and Competition Squad. Jordan is a 3-year member of FFA, HOSA, and Beta Club, and a 2-year member of FCA. She was selected as a 12th grade homecoming court representative and maintained AB honor roll for four years. Her plans are to attend Bainbridge College and transfer to Florida State to become a nurse practitioner.

Chelsea Freeman, the daughter of Louie and Sheila Freeman, is a 4-year member of the MCHS Cheerleading and Competition Squad. Chelsea was in the Beta Club and FFA for all four years, maintained A honor roll all four years and selected to participate in People to People as a student ambassador for Georgia. She plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in pharmacy.

Janell Denise Grant, the daughter of Janice and Burnell Grant Sr., is a 4-year statistician for the Lady Pirates’ Basketball team. She is a member of Beta Club, FFA, FBLA, and HOSA. Janell plans to attend Darton College and major in Criminal Justice and later transfer to Valdosta State or Florida A&M University.

LeAndra Kelley, the daughter of Tony and Dawn Kelley, is a 4-year member of the MCHS Cheerleading and Competition Squad where she currently serves as cocaptain. LeAndra is a 4-year tennis team member, 4-year member of FFA where she served as sentinel, treasurer, and president, Beta Club member for 4 years, FCA member for 2 years, served as junior marshal, was selected for Who’s Who Among American High Students, and is a Georgia Merit Scholar. LeAndra has maintained A honor roll all four years of high school. She plans to attend Georgia Southern in the fall to get a pre-pharmacy degree, then later transfer to a pharmacy school and get a pharmacy degree.

Breche Roberts-Leonard, the daughter of Rhonda and Allen Leonard, is a 4-year member of the MCHS Cheerleading and Competition Squad where she currently serves as captain. She is a 3-year member of HOSA, 2-year tennis team member, FFA member for 4 years, served on the homecoming court 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades and was selected as Homecoming Queen for 2010. Breche placed second in the math concepts competition and will compete in Athens March 4-7 in the second round of competition.

Will Martin, the son Tim and Bonnie Martin, is a 4-year starter for the Pirates Basketball Team where he plays point guard. Will recently scored his 1,000th career points, was selected 2008 All-Region 1-A Team and 2009 All-Region 1-A Offensive Player.

He was a one-year member of the Pirates football team, a 4-year Beta Club member, and participated in weightlifting for three years. Will’s plans are to attend Georgia Tech to major in engineering or business and hopes to receive a basketball scholarship.

Kyla Moye, the daughter of Carey and Jane Moye, is a 3-year member of the MCHS Cheerleading and Competition Squad. Kyla is a 4-year member of FFA, 3-year HOSA member, and was chosen for Who’s Who Among American High School Students. She plans to attend Columbus State University and major in either psychology or political science.

Cosby Salters, the son of Sylvia Jackson, is a 3-year member of the Pirates’ Basketball team. He was selected Second Team All-Region as a sophomore. Cosby has also participated in the football program for 4 years where he has received numerous awards and was recently selected to participate in the Georgia/Alabama All-Star Football game in March. Cosby’s future plans are to attend college and play football at the next level.

Marquez Shuler, the son of Phyllis Burney and Willie Shuler, is a 4-year member of the Pirates’ Basketball Team. He has participated in FFA for 2 years. Marquez’s future plans are to attend South Georgia Technical College and major in physical therapy or dental hygiene.

Zenario Shuler, the son of Pamela Shuler and Terry Levatte, is a 4-year member of the Pirates’ Basketball Team. Zenario also participated in the football program for 4 years where he received various honors and awards, baseball team for two years, and track for one year. He was a member of HOSA and FFA. Zenario’s future plans are to attend Valdosta State and major in something in the medical field.

These 13 young ladies and young men have participated in the basketball and cheerleading programs at Miller County High School over the past four years. It has been a pleasure watching each and every one of you play or cheer your hearts out and it will be even harder to watch each of you graduate in June. I wish you all the best that life has to offer. You can make your dreams come true, make your place in this world and always remember to work hard at whatever you choose to do.

It was awesome watching Will Martin hit those three pointers and hit the 1000 points; to see Cosby lay the basketball up, Zenario shoot the ball any where and it would go right in and officials’ hands go up for a three-pointer, and Marquez come in and play hard.

Sukena and Katrina, you will be missed. Just watching you two on the court has been an excitement. Ericka, Jordan, Chelsea, LeAndra, Breche, and Kyla, watching all of you cheer has been fun.

Every one of you holds a special place in my heart. Please take these next few months and cherish each and every moment with your classmates and teachers. Whether you will admit it or not, along with your parents, it is the teachers and staff who have made a big impact on your lives.

One last thing; always remember this—no matter where you go or what you do, you were a Miller County Pirate first! gb

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