December 23, 2010
Christmas musical at Holy Family
Hundreds of students, parents, friends and alumni attended the annual Holy Family School Christmas musical. Among them were dignitaries from the Walls Mission, in Walls.
The magnificently decorated Christmas tree, in the vestibule with multicolored poinsettias arranged on the floor along the walls, clearly declared the reason for the season. Beautiful red, green, and white decorations with glitter everywhere continued into the gymnasium where the performance was staged. The giant, breathtaking Christmas tree adorning the stage was testimony that it’s all about Jesus.
Grouped by grade level, students entertained the audience with a range of traditional and non-traditional carols and short Christmas acts conducted and directed by Orlando Parham, the school music instructor.
Rudolph, dressed in red, dancing on an impressive platform mounted in front of the stage, received a standing ovation. The audience rose to their feet and cheered when Parham gave his rendition of “A Mississippi Christmas.”
Santa’s exit from the stage in his decorated wooden sleigh, pulled by six strong students, ended the performance.
During her remarks, Clara Isom, the school principal, invited the Alumni Association to the podium. Willie H. Mallory, the 2010 chairperson, complimented the students and faculty for the awesome performance and presented them a $2,000 gift from the Alumni Association for being the best students and faculty that they could be.
Planning committee 2010 St. Mary’s, CADET, Holy Family alumni members witnessing the gift presentation included Faye Russell Murphy, Lillie Collins Alford, Oliver Peyton, Gwendolyn Lawrence, Curtis Talley, Patricia Boga, Juanita Mitchell, Charles Caldwell, Vivian Wilson Pegues, Willie Mae Tidwell-Alshadly, Annie Clark Reid, and the school’s living angel and 45-year veteran teacher, Sister Ramona Ann Schmidtknecht.
Pearly Jones was introduced as the 2012 alumni chairperson.
Vickie Bennett Sweet receives nursing degree from Union Univ.
Vickie Bennett Sweet was one of 345 students from Union University to receive degrees Dec. 11 during December commencement exercises of the 186th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church.
Sweet, of Oakland, Tenn., received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. Her major was nursing. Sweet is a graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs. She is the daughter of Betty Bennett and Charles Bennett.
Christa Clarkson, the daughter of Mike and Connie Clarkson of Olive Branch, was among the 61 top athletes, social tribe members and student government leaders, all outstanding Mississippi College undergraduates, joining a prestigious national academic honor society. They are the latest at MC to become members of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. The organization has honored the scholastic and community achievements of students on college campuses across the United States for more than 76 years. Christa is seeking a degree in international studies.
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