Top Scholars Honored at Coahoma
CLARKSDALE - More than 100 top scholars at Coahoma Community College were honored Wednesday night, April 24, in the Pinnacle before an audience of 500 community leaders, educators, students, family members and friends.
Included in the group were 52 Presidential Scholars with grade point averages ranging from 3.77 to 4.0, and 59 Vice Presidential Scholars with 3.5 to 3.75 gpa.
“I am determined to be somebody someday,” said keynote speaker Venesia Griffin Brown repeating advice to herself as CCC 1991 class valedictorian and a former Miss CCC.
Praising the scholars as students determined to be high achievers, she urged them “to grasp opportunities now,” and offered guidelines to follow.
“What are your goals?” she asked. “Are you motivated, consistent, willing to overcome challenges and to work hard?”
“Success is your own personal responsibility,” she said.
Following her address, Brown was presented a basket of CCC souvenirs from Dr. Vivian Presley, college president and Dr. Rosetta Howard, vice president of academic affairs.
Participating in the program were Yolanda Morton, academic counselor, who gave the invocation; Anne Shelton-Clark, vice president of career-technical who defined the event’s purpose; Kelvin Towers, choral music director and students who sang and Tierra Washington with a praise dance.
Congratulating the scholars and their families, Dr. Presley said, “Sitting in those seats is not easy; this is your night” commented Dr. Presley who invited them to enjoy the special reception buffet prepared by Valley Food Services.