Above and Beyond

Well-Done to our high-achieving students! PA wants to recognize the following students who have excelled in different areas of school and community. These students have gone “Above and Beyond” by putting hard work and dedication above all and by making the most out of their academic experiences.  Congratulations!

Congressional Award

4-H PRIDE students, Jessica Fulgham and Mary Kathryn Shaw, were presented the Congressional Award by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (MS) and U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (MS-03) on Sunday, October 14, at the Old Capitol Museum at the Mississippi Statewide Ceremony. The Congressional Award is presented through Mississippi 4-H and Mississippi State University Extension.

Congratulations Jessica and Mary Kathryn!

4-H P.R.I.D.E.

Jessica Fulgham, Mary Kathryn Shaw and Austin Bennett

The Leflore County Extension Service has developed a leadership development program for youth. Participants complete steps to receive the Bronze Medal level of the Congressional Award program. To qualify each participant will complete 100 hours of community service over an 11-month program that involves working with other participants locally and statewide. The 4-H P.R.I.D.E. program allows youth to learn about self-concepts, interpersonal relationships, diversity, goal setting and teamwork. These are life skills needed for youth and leadership development in all young people to become productive, responsible adults. Congratulations to these students!

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Sunjay Chawla has been honored by President Donald Trump.  He received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  This award was established to honor volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping others. The special recognition encourages citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

HOBY Certificate of Recognition

Sunjay Chawla recently received the HOBY Certificate of Recognition.  This special recognition was based on Sunjay completing 260 hours of Volunteer Service through HOBY’s Leadership for Service program.   HOBY has recognized Sunjay’s outstanding leadership skills and his desire to give to others and the community.

Congratulations Sunjay! Pillow Academy is proud of you and your accomplishments.

Commended Student in the 2019 Nation Merit Scholarship Program

Commended Students place in the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition.  Students began the competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Students receiving this commendation have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.  Sunjay is recognized for his accomplishments and congratulate for his academic success.

Lott Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students

John Hollis Tackett and Sunjay Chawla

The program combines college course work in political science (for transferable college credit) with general college preparation. Participants have opportunities to meet college administrators, student leaders and community figures while engaged in current event debates, discussions and decision-making activities. The program concludes with a weeklong trip to Washington, DC, during which students observe the Federal Government, hear from national politicians and tour the Capitol.

A committee comprised of University officials will select 40 total applicants. Students will be ranked on demonstrated interest in public service, leadership, concern for others, and academic achievements. The committee will attempt to form a class with diverse interests and experiences.

The Trent Lott Leadership Institute sets its sights high. Their mission is to identify talented young people and prepare them for leadership positions in our state and nation. This program believes that the names of today’s Public Policy Leadership graduates will resound through the halls of state legislatures, Congress, U.S. embassies, and other institutions that serve the public good in future years.

Congratulations Sunjay Chawla and John Hollis Tackett!

Mississippi Boys State

Graydon McCool, Floyd Melton IV, Hardy Vemer, Conner Hutson, ,Sunjay Chawla, and Cole Tyler

Boys State is the premiere leadership program for rising high school seniors in Mississippi. Delegates are challenged to not just learn about Government, Leadership, and Service; but to put their knowledge into practice.

Boys State offers numerous opportunities for participation. A delegate can run for and participate in political office, compete at athletic or academic competitions, take part in legal simulations, and work in broadcast and print journalism. Delegates are advised throughout the week by staffers who are all graduates of the Boys State. The goal of the program is to learn by doing.

Throughout the week, delegates will have the privilege of hearing from elected officials from across the state of Mississippi, as well as to compete for scholarships.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

This past summer Shane Houston Stephens attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.  Stephens joined 180 other high school youth leaders from around the state of Mississippi to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.

For five decades, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) has worked diligently at helping young people make a difference and become positive catalysts for change—in the home, school, workplace and the community.

Shane Houston is a junior at Pillow Academy. He has maintained an academic GPA of 4.89 while following Pillow Academy’s University Honors track.  Outside of the classroom, Shane Houston is involved in many campus organizations such as Green & Gold Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta plus several other clubs.  Athletically, Shane Houston participates in football, basketball and baseball.

Congratulations Shane Houston!

Apex Leadership Summit

The 10th Annual Apex Leadership Summit at Ole Miss was held this past summer. Selected rising seniors (Class of 2019) experienced a program packed with leadership development, team building, and sessions covering ethics and social responsibility, problem-solving, developing a leadership resume, and community outreach. Ole Miss Staff and Student Leaders supervised team-building sessions. Students also participated in the Rebel Challenge Ropes Course, community outreach projects, and informational meetings with various academic programs.

Selection to this program is on a competitive basis -participants must have demonstrated leadership and leadership potential in their high school and community. Pillow Academy was well represented by senior Mallory Kirk.

Congratulations Mallory – we are proud of you!

The Greenwood Leflore Hospital Junior Volunteer Program

The Greenwood Leflore Hospital Junior Volunteer Program gives high school students the opportunity to explore careers in health care firsthand, as well as provide service to the hospital and our patients.

The program provides high school students the opportunity to learn new skills, explore career possibilities.  Students interested in going into health care will benefit from being part of The Greenwood Leflore Hospital Junior Volunteer Program. Acceptance is very competitive with only 15 applicants selected.

Katherine Hammons-11th
Alex Sanford – 11th
Ashlyn Upchurch – 9th
Dia Chawla – 9th
Emma Kate Wallace – 9th
Dani Pielemeier- 11th    

YELL – Young Emerging Leaders of Leflore Program

Sarah Mooneyham, Caroline Makamson, Ann Lamar Jefcoat, Mackenzie Williams, Memrie-Ellis Ouzts, Aubrey Williams Hunter Taylor, Cavitt Cookston, Jacob Bush, Jonathan Barnes, Asa Hausner, Jack Reichle

YELL is a comprehensive year-long leadership program for area high school juniors. Beginning in August and continuing through April, the program is limited to 20 students. Students chosen for the program are exposed to the community and have the opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars, and activities pertaining to leadership, team-building, conflict resolution, diversity, problem-solving, job skills, and more.  Students must have a 2.5 GPA and must show an interest and willingness in being a leader in their school and in their community.

Lott Leadership for 9th Graders

Christopher Winter and Dia Chawla

The Lott Institute for Rising Ninth Graders, a part of the University of Mississippi’s Lott Leadership Institute, is a program designed to develop critical thinking and leadership skills in soon-to-be high school freshmen. Its aim is to cultivate and inspire honest, compassionate, and responsive leaders who will focus on responsibility and stewardship. The overall goal being that students who complete the program will return to their high schools and put the new skills to work for the betterment of their school and community. Participants must have an overall 3.3 GPA 6th, 7th and 8th grade years and have standardized achievement test scores at or above the present grade level.

Congratulations Dia Chawla and Christopher Winter!

Mississippi Governor’s School

The Mississippi Governor’s School (MGS) is an honors program established in 1981 by Governor William F. Winter and Mississippi University for Women (The W).  MGS is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences for a select number of rising high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement in their studies and who show high intellectual, creative, and leadership potential.

The MGS brings students from across the state of Mississippi for a two-week experience that blends cultural, academic, social, and recreational components into a rich and natural learning environment.  The MGS curriculum strives to provide a unique growth experience for high school juniors and seniors.

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