Sophomores on the 2012 East Central Community College baseball team were honored during pre-game activities of the Diamond Warriors’ doubleheader with Pearl River Community College Wednesday, April 25 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus. Honorees, who were joined by family and friends for the special recognition, include (from left) manager Jake Frazier, a product of Carthage High School; outfielder Fred Hampton (10), Nanih Waiya; right-handed pitcher Evan Humphries (19), Louisville; catcher Carlos Leal (13), Colegio San Ignacio High School, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; first baseman/outfielder Ricardo Velez (20), Colegio LaMerced High School, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico; and right-handed pitchers Brock Ward (15) of Louisville and Casey Wells (11) of West Jones. The talented squad members were congratulated by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson during the ceremony.
East Central Community College freshman baseball player David McAdory (3) of Louisville is congratulated by teammates after his solo homer in the sixth inning of the opener with Pearl River Community College Wednesday, April 25 tied the contest at 7-7. East Central added three more runs in the inning and held on for a 10-7 victory. The Diamond Warriors were unable to complete the doubleheader sweep and fell 15-6 in the nightcap of the key MACJC South Division battle held at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
More than 410 graduates are scheduled to receive diplomas Saturday, May 12, 2012, when East Central Community College holds its 83nd Commencement beginning at 11 a.m. in the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.
Included in the total are those who completed degree requirements following the 2011 summer and fall terms, according to Dr. Lavinia Sparkman, Vice President for Instruction.
Those participating in the program include graduating sophomores Raychal Reed of Louisville, who will give the invocation; LaTia Peavy of Carthage, commencement speaker; and Dustin Cullen of Carthage, benediction. Polly Vaughn of Decatur and Matthew Dempsey of Louisville will present the musical selection “For Good.”
Dr. Sparkman will present candidates for graduation and College President Dr. Phil A. Sutphin will award degrees and certificates to the following:
CANDIDATES FOR MAY GRADUATION
BRANDON: Tracey M. Giles;
BYRAM: Rebekah Buck-Alawine;
CARTHAGE: Lindsey Renee Adams, Lashondra Dantrice Brown, Samantha Ann Coleman, Dustin Lamar Cullen, Haley Randall Cumberland, Lauren Michelle Demeranville, Jacob Moray Frasier, Kimberly LaDalya Johnson, Jeremy Todd Johnson, Keri Martin, Erin Brooke Moore, Ashley Elizabeth Moore, Antonio D. Nash, Tyler Jordan Neal, Christina LeeAnna Nollie, LaTia DeShae Peavy, Julie Michelle Shepard, Danny Carl Smith Jr., April Thompson, Joyce Leanne White, Augustus C. Wilcher, Gerald Willis, Jr., Karli Danielle Withers and Marla Denise Chamblee;
CHOCTAW: Eli Isadore Tubby;
CLINTON: Yolanda M. Jones and Millicent Kay Williams;
CONEHATTA: Audrey Suzanne Haralson, Reno King, Kelsi Renee Shelley, Chiral RaShae Stephens, Samantha Nicole Thrash and Haley Elizabeth Vance;
DECATUR: Kimberly A. Amerson, Dwayne Arrington, Nikki Lynn Cumberland, Edward Holmes, Michaela Lee, Guy Durand Loper, Algie Wayne Mapp, Jr., Patricia Claudel McIntosh, Carlos McIntosh, Andrea Lynee McSwain, Cassandra Munn, Whitney Lynn Myers, Katie Elizabeth Reeves, Tyler Jacob Reeves, Carrie Elizabeth Rushing, Tiffany La'Mesha Sims, Rachel Sims, Brandon L. Thompson, Susan Tillmon, Paula Joy Vaughn, Tyler Lewis Yates and Takeshia LaVette Lafayette;
DEKALB: Cheryl M. Scott;
FOREST: Cody Adcox, Edgar Agustin Alvarez, Donna Banks, Penelope Bates, Ashli Briana Bell, Megan Elizabeth Boswell, Kelcia Bufkin, Justin B. Cabe, Carmen Marenda Coleman, Justin Earl Collins, Freniben Desai, Colton Wayne Gibbs, Lindsay Alane Gibbs, Anita Hatcher-Williams, Rosalia Hernandez Chim, Darnell A. Hughes, Sharonda N. James, Sean Gregory Johnson, Juanita Jones, Ryan Dion McClendon, Clarissa B. Murrell, Trinisha VaShawn Murrell, Kristen Grace Nettles, Rachel M. Ramirez, Titania Robinson, Larissa Tierra Ryans, Mason G. Shelley, Rachel D. Smith, Keli Suzanne Thornton, Randy Keith Thrash II, Phillip Larkin Vance and Amanda Marie Williamson;
GONAZALES, LA: Miguel A. Medrano;
HEIDELBERG: Brenda Sue Bell;
HICKORY: Matthew Thomas Blackwell, Kameron Jean'Nea Boulton, James Ethridge, Dustin K. Harris, Aaron Jones, Christopher Morgan and Robert W. Roberts II;
HOOVER, AL: Kelsey Erin Ladnier;
HORN LAKE: Inessa Adams;
JACKSON: Frederick Damon Davis, Jr., Gina Denise Dorsey, Alantha L. Hunley and Zachary Marcellus Pendleton;
KOSCIUSKO: Chaunderial K. Bell and Genae Rochelle Tew;
LAKE: Josh Bennett, Dorothy D. Chapman, Shawna M. Clark, Delvegas Gray, Sharon D. Hunt, Jacoquyn Kentrel Rasco and Sheryl J. Riley;
LAUREL: Casey Wells;
LAWRENCE: Marcus E. Gardner, Lauren Elizabeh Lurk and Lynford Seibel;
LENA: Callie Brooke Allen and Layna Michelle Phillips;
LISMAN, AL: Callisa Triniece Harris;
LITTLE ROCK: Connie F. Swift, James Charles Colvin, Virginia Faye Holyfield, Caleb Raines and Ashley Elise Walker;
LIVINGSTON, AL: Kevin Chase Lewis;
LOUIN: Charlotte Shunta Clayton, Kenyotia K. Moncrief, Sarita M. Wheaton and Richara L. Williamson;
LOUISVILLE: Trent Lee Boswell, Channing Bucklew, Brittany Leigh Burton, Bobby Demetrics Carter, Linda Christian, Jocelyn LaShara Coleman, Matthew R. Dempsey, Brittany Duncan, Charles Graham, Jr., Bonnie Kathryn Hailey, Fred Hampton, Bailey Marie Hartness, Emily Hathorn, Erin Hathorn, Morgan Tabor Hillhouse, Hillary E. Hobby, Samatha Holdiness, Evan Humphries, Jacob Johnson, Kayely Faye Kinard, Cortney K. Miller, Cottrell Miller , Deaerious Miller, Madison Claire Nowell, Timothy S. Palmer, Kyrstin Phillips, Alexis Nikole Prisock, Raychal Ann Reed, Brittany Renee Rigdon, Allison Renee Rogers, Tate Rogers, Ronald Earl Spears, Christopher Tatum, Jr., Brock Kendalll Ward, Synethia J. Warren and Brittany Young;
MCCOOL: Deonta Hawthorne, Metreck Juwan Ball and Milton J. Roach;
MERIDIAN: Wesley A. Clark, Rickardo Fields, Amanda Hope Huitt, Brittany Diane Pounders, Shelby Taylor Powell and Morgan Cumberland Strickland;
MORTON: Jean Latham Harvey, William Maxwell Harvey, Kristi Shea Hunter, Myrtle Renee Johnson, Taylor Melissa Lynch, Patice Yentel Moore, Beau S. Rhinewalt and Lee Taylor;
NEWTON: Leona Tremont, K'Iesha L. Beason, Krystle Danielle Bender, Nyiesha Bolds, Margie Chapman Brown, Richmond B. Caraway, Susan Duffield Cash, Haley Nicole Chaney, Keyairra Lachelle Chapman, Monica C. Chapman, Charles Edward Curry, Jr., Hailey Dunavant, Austin Neil Griffin, Emily Dawn Lucy, Kelsie Rae Mann, Kavon Marquez Moore, Ryan Morrison, Shadairus Robinson, Alicia Lashonda Thames, Jackson Randall Therrien, Katherine L. Thompson, Martines M. Townsend, Francesca Windham and LaDarian LeShun Johnson;
NOXAPATER: Hope Batts-Young, Corsica J. Carter, Vickie Collins, Robert Doss, Jr., Brody Lamar Horne, Alexandria Prezley Thomas, Alyse Nicole Webb and Nathan Lamar Wells;
PACHUTA: Carmon Anetra Hamilton and Jessica Rushing Davis;
PAULDING: Myron Jones;
PHILADELPHIA: Chrissa C. Bennett, Brittany Nicole Boatner, Hannah Kirby Case, Nancy Renee Coats, Ruben Cruz, Vickye Jean Davis, Sheldon D. Donald, Kathryn Nichole Dowdy, Colton Mitchell Eakes, Christopher Lewis Evans, Melissa Nannette Farmer, Jessie Lee Flake, Shelby Burnside Griffin, Justin Hundley, Keylon Johnson, Byron Kasey Johnson, Truitt James Kilgore, Valerie Nicole Lillis, Sandra Darlene Lyon, Rachel Y. McClendon, Jessica Paige McDonald, Tanner McGee, Michael Colby McLain, Audrey Denise Moody, Comisha Moore, Felicia Rene Patrick, Tegan Renee Nicholson Pettis, Jean M. Pfeifer, Sequita D. Phillips, Kristy Maree Posey, Sophia Ferbee-Riley, George Terry Sciple, II, Lakeisha Stafford, Whitney Stokes, Wanoka L. Thomas, Madison Upshaw, Pollyanna Sockey Willis and Carollyn Young;
PRESTON: Shandreka Hunt, Matthew G. Mitchell and Kitty Lynette Burnham Stewart;
ROSE HILL: Haylee Nicole Roberts;
SCOOBA: Jahmyia Janee Dickinson;
SEBASTOPOL: Anna Marie Leach;
SHUBUTA: Sydney Rae Mosley;
SMITHVILLE: Kelsi Taylor Watson;
STRINGER: Brandy Michelle Patterson;
STURGIS: Rachel Sharp;
TAYLORSVILLE: Billy Joe Clark and Shakeela Denise Flournoy;
TOOMSUBA: Kimberly D.Terrell;
UNION: Ashley J. Andersen, Ashley Teshai Campbell, Alex Austin Chappell, James R. Cumberland, Megan Elizabeth Dollar, Shelby Leigh Hall, Travis Loper, Paula Danielle Pierce, Loren Elizabeth Pullin, Benjamin Scott Rivers, Jodie Marie Roberts, Kristen Alese Sistrunk, Breanna Marie Terrell, Bailee Michele Viverette, Ava Marie Adkins, Kayla Irene Dickerson, Brooke Nicole Livingston, Robyn Taqui Seals, Karen Alice Smith, Brian Jay Sullivan, Karen C. Townsend and Richard Braxton;
WALNUT GROVE: Adrian Canady, Derron Gates, Krystle Shanta Hardy and Brian A. Yates; and
WEIR: Derick Demond Potts.
AUGUST 2011 GRADUATES
BRANDON: Tiffany Brooke Fletcher;
CARTHAGE: DeAnna Ben Hernandez, Sonya Jones-Jenkins, Gerald Mann and Lauren Murphy;
CHOCTAW: Magglenda Willis;
CHUNKY: Jake Cain;
COLLINSVILLE: Chelsea Jones;
CONEHATTA: Twana Renee Polk;
DECATUR: Kalvin Smith, Jesse Lee Holloway, Kimara G. Lyons, Weymouth Gunnar Gentry and Kory Travis Brown;
DEKALB: Sharon Rena O'Neal;
ENTERPRISE: Tamara Pittman and Ashley Dearman;
FOREST: Mandy Gail Revette and Suzanne Settlemire;
GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO: Carlos J. Leal Guaynabo
HATTIESBURG: David Scott Dement;
HICKORY: Tyler Robinson;
LAKE: Melissa Simmons and Andreal Channel Ross;
LITTLE ROCK: Cindy Tucker;
LOUISVILLE: Lori Marie Vernon Young, Kristi M. Fulcher, Stephanie S. Owens, Hynesha Rashasa Pernell, Mallory Kate Sloan and James Whitmire Holdiness;
MERIDIAN: Summer E. Hodge, Meissa Dekatherine Thomas, Triana L. Parker, Angela Walker, Stephanie D. Williams and Ashley S. Simmons;
MORTON: Giselle Scarleth Wash, Morgan Craig, Leslie Ann Crawford, Shannon L. Gallaspy, Justin Michael Little and Olivia Irene Capetillo;
PHILADELPHIA: Lawrence Stribling, III, Shana Monroe, Felicia L. Sharp, Paula Guthrie, Angela Franklin Najera-Perez, Kowana Nickey, Lauren A. Breedlove, Tausha Renee Evans, Nicholas Lewis, Courtney D. Lovern, Mary Katelyn Thompson, Brittany King, Tracy McWilliams, Lisa Denise Marshall, Stacey Lynn Boyd and Felicia Jacnelle Howell;
RALPH, AL: Andre Lucious;
ROSE HILL: Cara Leigh Germany, Cherry D. Hardaway and Catherine Tribble;
UNION: Jennifer Marie Graham Felton and Duong V. Nguyen; and
WALNUT GROVE: Latoria Holifield and Lance Mark Jones.
DECEMBER 2011 GRADUATES
BRANDON: Christopher J. Martinson;
CARTHAGE: Damon J. McQueen and Aleta Sanyatta Shade;
CHOCTAW: Victor L. Isaac;
CONEHATTA: Katie Danielle Hedrick;
DECATUR: Brooklyn Addy, Kimberly Michelle Thomas and Melissa Renea Winters;
FOREST: Darlene Robin Hughes, Kimberly Noblin, Andrea LaShun Slaughter, Leslie Ellen Theriot and Bobby James Thigpen;
GRAMBLING, LA: Khalid Wilson;
HICKORY: Rachel Latoshia Morgan;
LAKE: Joyce Amis;
LITTLE ROCK: Caleb E. Alexander;
LOUISVILLE: Dana Christian, Stephen J. Coleman, Chestina Ingram, Jason Matthew Mangum, Charles J. Mays and Shekeisha Triplett;
MERIDIAN: April Denise Croft and Brittany T. Bailey;
MORTON: Sandra Lynn Phillips;
NEWTON: Ashley N. Broach, Shatorry A. Logan and Stephanie Christine McElhenney;
NOXAPATER: Rose Mary Eichelberger;
PHILADELPHIA: Willard Bacon, Jr., Olivia Jackson, Stephanie Anne Peters, Marvin Darryl Young and Joshua L. Yeager;
PORTERVILLE: Demetra Tabbs;
QUITMAN: Brandi Altman Bradley; and
UNION: Rhoda Valerie Griffin-Davis.
A second-straight state championship was not to be for the East Central Community College fast-pitch softball squad which fell 4-3 to Northwest Mississippi Community College Thursday afternoon in first-round action of the MACJC State Softball Tournament hosted by Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
EC trailed 3-0 after five innings but scored twice in the top the sixth following an RBI single from Haylee Roberts, which scored Haelie Allen of Leake Academy, and a run-scoring triple by Brittany Pounders of Southeast Lauderdale, which brought home Roberts.
The Lady Diamond Warriors tied the contest at 3-3 in the seventh on Allen’s RBI single which scored Lajoya Griffin of Philadelphia. Griffin had walked earlier in the inning and later stole second base.
Northwest scored the winning run on an RBI single by Stormy Robinson, which scored Codie Jones who singled earlier in the inning and advanced to second on a ground out
Allen led EC hitters with two singles and an RBI. Pounders finished with a triple and RBI, and Roberts and Griffin each had singles. Roberts also knocked in a run.
Tenna Patterson took the loss on the mound, allowing three earned runs on five hits through 6 1/3 innings. She also fanned six batters. Patterson is a product of Lexington (Ala.) High School.
The Lady Diamond Warriors complete the 2012 campaign with a 31-15 record under head coach Scott Hill and assistant Kristin Chaney.
After rallying for a 10-7 decision in the opener, East Central Community College’s baseball squad was unable to maintain an early 5-0 lead and fell 15-6 in the nightcap of a doubleheader with Pearl River Community College Wednesday, April 23 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
The Diamond Warriors will take a 25-18 overall record and a 12-10 mark in the MACJC South Division to the regular season finale at Copiah-Lincoln Community College scheduled Saturday, April 28. Doubleheader action begins at 2 p.m. on the Wesson campus.
East Central is currently third in the tight division race, led by Jones County at 14-7. Hinds is 13-8 followed by Gulf Coast (13-11), Pearl River (10-12), Southwest (9-13) and Co-Lin (6-16). The top four teams in the MACJC South and North divisions qualify for the state playoffs.
In the opener with Pearl River, EC grabbed an early 3-0 lead then fell behind 6-3 in the fourth inning before responding with three runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the contest.
The Wildcats reclaimed the lead at 7-6 in the fifth inning but the Warriors reclaimed the lead for good in the sixth inning thanks to a solo blast by David McAdory of Louisville, a two-run single from Fred Hampton of Nanih Waiya and an RBI single by Tim Anderson of Hillcrest (Ala.) High School.
Anderson also contributed a double and led the team with three RBIs. Hampton also hit a single.
Terrence Steele of Neshoba Central led EC sluggers with three singles. He was also credited with two RBIs.
Other hitters were Xavier Franklin of Newton County, two singles; and Kyle Henson of Starkville Academy and Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High School, singles each. Henson also knocked in a run.
Right-hander Fernando Gonzalez of Puerto Rico went the distance in picking up the win. He allowed one earned run on six hits and fanned eight batters. He also walked four batters.
In the nightcap, EC jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to two-run doubles by Hampton and Rubert Alcantara of the Dominican Republic and an RBI double by Franklin.
The Wildcats responded with four runs in the second inning and used a seven-run seventh inning to seal the victory.
Alcantara led EC’s offense with two doubles and two singles and finished with a pair of RBIs. Hampton added a single to his double and also finished with two RBIs as did Franklin.
Other hitters were Henson, May and McAdory, singles each.
Right-hander Jordan Mixon of East Webster took the loss in relief, allowing two earned runs on four hits through two innings. He also fanned a batter. Starter Severina Signa of Deer Creek went 3 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs on six hits. The right-hander fanned three batters and walked four. Right-handers Brock Ward of Louisville and Marc Cruso of Harrison Central and southpaw Coy Sorenson of Kosciusko made brief appearances on the mound.
EC’s baseball program is lead by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.
Bay Springs High School basketball standout Demarcus Clayton (seated center) is shown signing a national letter of intent to continue his career in 2012-13 at East Central Community College in Decatur. Clayton, a 6-4 small forward, averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game and received numerous honors, including All-State, All-Tournament, District Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year. The new Warrior is pictured with (seated from left) his mother, Amanda Moore and ECCC men’s head basketball coach Maurice Bowie; and (standing from left) his aunt, Janiece Clayton and cousins, Twanna Clayton and Charlotte Clayton, all of Bay Springs. The scholarship signing ceremony was held April 24, 2012, in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building lobby.
Looking forward to the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends, life-long educator Haywood Reeves of Forest announced his retirement last month.
“I have some anxiety about leaving a job I have mostly enjoyed for 44 years,” he said. “However, I am eager for whatever doors of opportunity God may open for me.”
Reeves is completing his 14th year at East Central Community College in Decatur, where he currently teaches college algebra, finite math (math applications), business calculus and business statistics.
In deciding to become an educator Reeves said he was influenced by his high school sports coach John C. Williams, who also taught math classes.
“I greatly admired and respected him and thought I could perhaps make a difference in someone’s life as he had in mine,” Reeves said. “Coach Williams made a difference in my understanding of math concepts. I also appreciated the positive influence he made on the players he coached. He was consistent and firm with both students in his classroom and players on the athletic fields. He also took a personal interest in each of us and was active in the school, church and community.”
East Central is a place he said he has loved since being a student at the College years ago.
“I have always been proud to tell others I graduated from ECJC,” Reeves said. “Any effort I can make toward the success of this College is small compared to the benefits I have received from my association with the fine people who count themselves members of the ECCC family.
“Some of the most enjoyable years of my career have been teaching at ECCC.”
He said the best part of his job is his daily interaction with the students.
“My favorite thing about education is the opportunity to interact with students,” Reeves said. “I try to impress upon students that we have a common goal in their being successful. Certainly there are requirements that they have to meet with effort and preparation, but these are more easily accomplished in a good student-teacher relationship.”
He said it is disappointing to see those students who have the ability to succeed but fail to do so because of a lack of effort. However, Reeves added, “It is most encouraging to work with students who may not have the same intellect as other students, but by sheer persistence and determination become successful in class and then in a career. I can identify with those students.”
Reeves said his college instructors also had a great impact on his career.
“At ECJC I was taught by the best group of teachers that I had at any time during my student days,” he said. “Mr. (Ovid) Vickers, Dr. (Richard) Ethridge, and Mr. (Frank) Rives, Mr. (George) Mason and Coach (Joe) Clark each taught me more than one semester, so I felt their positive influence the most. Their personal attention and desire to prepare us for our future served as a challenge to me each day to have a similar impact on the students I teach.
“I appreciated Mr. Rives leading me through the world of calculus. Mr. Mason reminded me of one of my favorite uncles so I enjoyed his classes in physical science. I’ve always wished that I could hold the attention of my classes as Mr. Vickers did in the English Literature classes I had.”
Reeves said there were special people who influenced his time as an instructor at ECCC but they are too numerous to name.
“All of them, however, seem to have one thing in common,” he said. “They were all true educators following after the greatest Teacher of all. They also educated the mind, body and the spirit and had a servant’s heart for students.”
Reeves said each one of the four different courses he teaches has a different flavor.
“I enjoy the upper level courses (stats and calculus) because most of these students I have taught in earlier courses and therefore know them better,” he said. “One of my most memorable moments occurred a few years back and dealt with the height of a podium. Instructors share classrooms so in the early weeks of a semester it seemed to me that the previous instructor was exchanging the podium in Room 1 where I teach for a shorter one in Room 3 on a daily basis. So when I got to Room 1 to teach my afternoon class I had to swap the shorter one back for the taller one which I preferred. On the third day of the swap back as I prepared to exit Room 1 with short podium in hand one of my students asked if it might be possible to adjust the height of the podium using the knob toward the bottom of the podium. Having neither a response nor a better idea I realized my mistake. Mr. (Kevin) Ryals delights in embellishing that episode and probably already has shared it with most everyone on campus.”
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Reeves and his co-worker Robin Fulton sponsor the College’s engineering club, Alpha Alpha Epsilon.
Reeves’ first stint at East Central was as a student athlete.
“It had been a dream of mine to follow in my brother’s footsteps to play basketball and attend ECJC. Joe Clark, who was the basketball coach at ECJC, came to my high school to sign Robert Green and myself to scholarships. I remember being so nervous that I could hardly sign the papers. Little did I realize that I was going to have so many future opportunities that came from the initial commitment to the College,” he said.
As a student, Reeves served as president of the Baptist Student Union (BSU), was a member of Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, and lettered in both basketball and baseball.
“Playing sports and schoolwork required many hours of my time at ECJC. However I was blessed to become a part of a special group of people in the Baptist Student Union,” Reeves said. “As a freshman, about the only activity I could participate in were the noon-day devotionals, which were held upstairs over the student center. As a sophomore, I was involved in a leadership position.
“Miss Gladys Bryant was the BSU director and because of a leadership role I had I spent a lot of time in her office planning activities for the BSU. She also reminded me often to put God first in everything I tried to do.”
Reeves was also a part of the BSU executive council, which planned the activities for the group. He said being around his fellow council members allowed him to form lasting friendships.
“Working with this group of outstanding Christians and Miss Bryant, I was taught about sharing my faith,” Reeves said. “Seeing the importance that the members of the council gave their faith certainly has strengthened my faith in Christ to this day.”
When Reeves played on the Warrior basketball team, all the team lived on the bottom floor of the old Scott Hall.
“Coach (Ken), Mrs. (Alice) Pouncey, and a baby daughter lived in an apartment across the hall,” Reeves said. “We were celebrating one of our victories late one night when a ‘knock’ sounded on our door. Coach was there to request that we tone it down. We agreed that the door would not be that hard to remount.”
Reeves said his fellow teammates on the basketball and baseball teams were a large influence on his life in that the teams spent much time practicing and traveling together.
After graduating from East Central, Reeves completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Mississippi College in Clinton. He also earned an education specialist degree from Mississippi State University.
Reeves began what would become a 28-year career in the Forest Municipal School District, where he was twice selected STAR teacher at Forest High School.
“In 1970, I came to Forest to teach math and coach the girls’ sports (basketball and track),” he said. “In 1998, I left having served the last three years as high school principal. It was a great experience working with the students and staff in Forest. I treasure many memories of the athletes and students as well as the staff, with whom I shared those years.”
Reeves’ coaching highlights include three girls’ basketball teams (1975-1977) in Forest who played in the state finals. As FHS principal, he was selected to attend the Principal’s Institute at Harvard during the summer of 1996.
Reeves’ teaching and coaching experience also includes a stint at Terry High School and Meridian Community College.
He said there are many advantages to being an educator.
“As a teacher, you have the opportunity to build many relationships with fellow teachers, students, and staff,” Reeves said. “I’ve always believed that we come in contact with one another not from coincidence but with some purpose. The enjoyment in teaching is seeing the smile of satisfaction on a student’s face when they overcome a challenge. I believe the instructors and staff all work together to form a team with a common goal and it is enjoyable when we reach our goal.”
Since becoming a fulltime mathematics instructor at East Central, he was selected to attend the Lamplighters Conference in 2002, which honors the state’s outstanding community/junior college faculty members, and was the HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day: Working Towards Academic Excellence) instructor of the year for 2005-06. Also in 2006, Reeves was chosen the Academic Instructor of the Year.
Reeves said teaching has always been one of the main passions of his life.
“If you have a passion for teaching then that requires you to put forth much effort to teach each class with a positive attitude and a caring spirit,” he said. “That can be discouraging when you sense a student is not as concerned about their outcome as you are. However, if you have one student who regardless of ability is striving to grasp the material you will not be discouraged for long. Fortunately, along the way, I have been blessed with many more of those who will make a great effort than not.”
Reeves is a member of Forest Baptist Church, where he teaches Sunday school and has served on the board of deacons. He is a past president of the Forest Athletic Booster Club and the Forest Parent Teacher Association. He is also a past member of the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Reeves is married to the former Patricia Shepard of Walnut Grove. They have one son, Ryan, and a daughter-in-law, Britni Harvey Reeves. Ryan Reeves serves as assistant camp director at Timber Creek Camp in Pulaski.
These Philadelphia High School seniors were among the approximately 900 area students participating in Senior Day activities held April 11-12, 2012, at East Central Community College in Decatur. The special campus visitors received information on the various academic, technical, career and extracurricular opportunities available at ECCC and were entertained by several music and other performing groups. From left are Dareyl Carter, Erika Sledge, Tiara Calloway, Melakia Hughes and Damien Lewis, who are shown with Dr. Randall E. Lee, ECCC Vice President for Student Services. ECCC serves Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties and the surrounding areas.
These Newton High School seniors were among the approximately 900 area students who participated in Senior Day activities held April 11-12, 2012, at East Central Community College in Decatur. The special campus visitors received information on the various academic, technical, career and extracurricular opportunities available at ECCC and were entertained by several music and other performing groups. Pictured are (front row, from left) Shaneka Hughes, Qyneitha Finley and Terry Norman, and (back row, from left) De’Osha Moore, Jasmine Curry and Danielle Walker, who are shown with Romonica Evans, ECCC Career Center Director/recruiter. ECCC serves Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties and the surrounding areas.
These Forest High School seniors were among the approximately 900 area students who participated in Senior Day activities held April 11-12, 2012, at East Central Community College in Decatur. The special campus visitors received information on the various academic, technical, career and extracurricular opportunities available at ECCC and were entertained by several music and other performing groups. From left are Tahkizzalyn Wright, Emily Cox, Brady Power, Eliud Alvarez and Kelsey Cox, who are shown with Romonica Evans, ECCC Career Center Director/recruiter. ECCC serves Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties and the surrounding areas.