Strong, Scott named CCC Class of 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian
CLARKSDALE – La’Deja Strong and Zylphra Scott have a lot in common.

Strong, Scott named CCC Class of 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed May 3, 2017

 Pictured, from left, are L'aDeja Strong and Zylphra Scott.

CLARKSDALE – La’Deja Strong and Zylphra Scott have a lot in common. 

Both Tigers finished up their associate’s degree in just one year by taking advantage of Coahoma Community College’s dual enrollment program during high school.

Upon graduating, both accepted full academic scholarships to attend CCC.

Both became members of CCC’s Alpha Omicorn chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and will use scholarships made available because of their membership to further their education.

Both boast a perfect grade point average of 4.0, and, together, the duo will lead CCC’s Class of 2017 as the valedictorian and salutatorian.

Strong, a native of Clarksdale, MS, is CCC’s Class of 2017 valedictorian.

She said attending CCC was a natural and necessary transition after graduating from Coahoma Agricultural High School in 2016.

“(CCC) felt like home,” Strong said. “I really wasn’t prepared to go off to a university—I realized that once I came to CCC…Now I feel like I’m ready.”

In the fall, Strong plans to use her full-tuition PTK scholarship to continue her education at Alcorn State University, where she will major in Criminal Justice.

Her career goal is to become an attorney.

Scott, a native of Gunnison, MS, is CCC’s Class of 2017 salutatorian

A 2016 graduate of Clarksdale High School, she saw first-hand the opportunities CCC offers.

“My mother and sister both attended Coahoma, so I knew that it was a good school,” Scott said.

Scott plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall and major in forensic science with an emphasis in criminal justice.

She plans to one-day work in a forensics science lab.

Scott hopes to serve as an example that “anything is possible.”

“I graduated from high school as No. 18 in my class, but now I’ve completed my associate’s degree in just one year with a 4.0 gpa,” Scott said. “If I can do it, anyone can do it.”

Strong said she encourages her classmates to continue their educational journey.

“Don’t stop here—continue your education,” Strong said. “Don’t be afraid of the unknown of to make mistake because mistakes make you into the person you need to be.’

CCC will host its 65th annual Commencement Exercise is at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13.