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Gleason Graduates 44 in Friday Commencement
GLEASON (May 12) — Gleason High School graduated 44 seniors
during commencement exercises on Friday, May 12 in the gymnasium
of the school.
As parents, friends, and other loved ones watched, the students
marched into the gymnasium and took their respective seats at
the floor level.
Mrs. Trice Price, principal, said the students were completing a
long journey, but in many ways, it seems like it all began just
yesterday. She challenged the students to remember “who you are
and where you came from.” She asked them to look away and see
those who supported them through their journey and their
investment in them.
Price said “right is right” and for students to trust their
inter-compass to avoid heading in the wrong direction. “If you
search for good, you will find it. Be kind, help others, and
make our world a better world.”
Class President Maycie Michelle Rollins addressed her fellow
graduates and the audience by saying that the students started
13 years ago and graduation was the resolution of the journey.
The graduates will now start a new chapter in their lives. Each
student had played a part in their fellow graduates life’s
story. She challenged her fellow graduates to not forget from
where they came.
Salutatorian Savanna Blair Scarbrough said “together we did it.”
She encouraged them to trust in the Lord, be present in
everything they do, and celebrate the end of the high school
Valedictorian Lillian Claire Nichols said the Gleason community
truly cares. When she moved to Gleason as a sixth grader, she
was welcomed and found teachers and administrators who believe
in their students. They pushed students to be the best
academically and personally.
Sometimes in life, one’s biggest disappointments can be their
biggest accomplishments, said Nichols. She encouraged fellow
graduates to follow their dreams.
Mrs. Price said the Gleason graduates had an average score of
21.6 on their ACT, which represents the highest of any
graduating class in Weakley County for 2017. Students, enrolled
in dual credit classes, also accumulated 289 college credit
Participating in the presentation of diplomas was Mrs. Price,
principal; Lee Lawrence, assistant principal; Mr. Lindell Roney,
school board member; and Jake Bynum, mayor, Weakley County. The
top 10 graduates were: Lillian Claire Nichols, Savanna Blair
Scarbrough, Khali Ann O’Connor, Maycie Michelle Rollins, Rachel
Elizabeth Paige Hughey, Murrie Alyse Blassingame, Kelsey Dawn
Borneman, Frazier Evans Wilson, Mitchell Lee Moore, and Daniel
Students graduating with distinction were: Clayton Lawrence
Cook, Lucas Anthony Gatewood, Steven Anthony Gray, Michael Wayne
Hicks, Rachel Elizabeth Paige Hughey, Mitchell Lee Moore, Daniel
Stout Morris, Lillian Claire Nichols, Khali Ann O’Connor, Maycie
Michelle Rollins, Savanna Blair Scarbrough, and Frazier Evans
Wilson. Source: McKenzie Banner.
Salutatorian Savanna Blair Scarbrough,
Class President Maycie Michelle Rollins
Gleason TVA Plant Makes Donation For
Gleason High School Holds Academic
Senior class top ten Front Row: (L to R) Lillian Nichols, Savanna Scarbrough,
Khali O’Connor, Rachel Hughey and Frazier Wilson; Back Row: Maycie Rollins,
Kelsey Borneman, Murrie Blassingame, Mitchell Moore and Daniel Morris. Photo
courtesy Cristi Wallace
Junior class top ten Front Row: (L to R) Chandler Brawner, Braxton Vickers,
Cameron Harrison, Seth Bowers and Aubrey Wallace; Back Row: Jayden Green,
Jayne-Shaye Bailey and Ericka Denton. Not pictured are Brittany Corum and
Tobi Dillard. Photo
courtesy Cristi Wallace.
Sophomore class top ten Front Row: (L to R) Chloe Martin, Dalana Veazey,
Edward Castleman, Cassie Griffin and Hannah May; Back Row: Will Morris,
Autumn Wilson, Shelbie Burton, Whitney Clark and Branden Arant. Photo
courtesy Cristi Wallace.
Freshman class top ten Front Row: (L
to R) Martha Nichols, Kenady Atkins, Cody O’Callaghan, Lily Shannon
and Katie Freeman; Back Row: Marissa Laws, Lillie Freeman, Elizabeth
Smith and Madison Fuzzell. Not pictured is Josie Long.
Photo courtesy Cristi Wallace - .Source:McKenzie
Lady Bulldogs Join
GLEASON — Gleason Lady
Bulldog basketball team members Kelsey Borneman and Lillian Nichols
were recently honored for scoring 1,000 points respectively in their
prep career. Borneman reached the 1,000th-point plateau against
Hollow Rock-Bruceton while Nichols netted her 1,000th point against
McKenzie. (L to R): Lady Bulldog 1,000-Point Club honorees Lillian
Nichols and Kelsey Borneman. Photo
courtesy of Christi Wallace.
Source: Dresden Enterprise
Gleason Teen Named Volunteer Star
(February 3) — Jayne-Shaye Bailey a junior at Gleason High
School was named Weakley County’s youth recipient of the
Governor’s Volunteer Stars Award. The award recognizes the
efforts of 84 volunteers statewide who strive to improve their
communities through service. One youth and one adult volunteer
were selected from participating counties to receive the award.
judged based on the community’s need of the volunteer service
performed, initiative taken to perform the service, creativity used
to solve a community problem
and impact of the volunteer service
on the community.
volunteered for six years at AseraCare and Avalon Hospice,
completing over 2,000 hours of service. Her efforts included annual
planning of memorial services, assisting with yearly veterans
programs, wrapping Christmas gifts for patients, attending health
fairs, shopping for patients and families, addressing and mailing
Christmas and birthday cards and helping the nursing staff set up
for new patients.
Bailey is a member
of the First United Methodist Church in Gleason and an active member
of the Methodist Youth Fellowship
group. She is a member of the Gleason High School
Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team. She
is junior class secretary, FFA president, co-captain of the
award-winning Gleason High School cheerleading squad and the winner
of several pageantry titles. Despite her incredible schedule, Bailey
stands out as a Weakley County volunteer.
The volunteers from
53 counties will be honored at the Ninth Annual Governor’s Volunteer
Stars Awards ceremony at the Franklin Marriot Cool Springs in
Franklin on February 12, 2017. Miss Tennessee 2016, Grace Burgess
will present the awards. Source: McKenzie Banner;
by Joel Washburn/The McKenzie Banner.
Lampkins Talks Football at Gleason
(January 23) — Coach Noah Lampkins was the featured speaker at the
Gleason Rotary Club on January 23. Lampkins, a Gleason High alum and
head football coach, talked about his career and football in
Lampkins filled the room with his passion for the
game and his love for coaching. With humorous anecdotes, the mood
was kept light as Lampkins explained his transition from
pharmaceutical sales to gridiron coaching. One phone call from the
late Sam Guthrie brought him back to Gleason.
With no coaching experience, Lampkins was at the helm
of small football program, but with the support of Gleason he was
off and running.
For Lampkins it’s not all about the wins and losses,
it’s about his players. In recent years, the coaching staff and
players have worked to improve team facilities. Currently, the
team’s weight lifting facility is under renovation complete with all
new equipment. Lampkins stated the project reached approximately 85%
of its funding goal.
The Gleason Rotary Club meets every Monday at 6:00
p.m. at Simply Southern Café. Source: McKenzie Banner.
Magical Designs Gleason
Gleason 5th graders recently participated in a Library contest
by creating a design for the magical coin described in the book,
HALF-MAGIC, by Edward Eager. With an emphasis on creativity,
judges selected winners from both 5th grade classes. In Mrs. Amy
McKenzie’s 5th grade class the winners were: 3rd place coin
design was a tie between Baker Atkins and Brooklyn McDowell, 2nd
place coin design: Paris Smith, and 1st place coin design:
Marcel Goulding. In Mrs. Brittany Bargery’s 5th grade class the
winners were: 3rd place coin design: Donald Shell, 2nd place
coin design: Kendall Thomas, and 1st place coin design: Josh
Floyd. Pictured left to right are (standing) Paris Smith, Marcel
Goulding, Josh Floyd, Kendall Thomas, Donald Shell, and (seated)
Brooklyn McDowell and Baker Atkins. Source: Dresden
Gleason High School Observes "Pink Out" Night
In order to enhance cancer awareness in
the Gleason community, Gleason High School Observed 'Pink Out Night' between
games as the Gleason Bulldogs boys and girls teams took on the Huntingdon
Mustangs and Fillies for the second time this year on the Gleason home court. A
number of local cancer survivors were recognized and honored .
GHS 50-year Class Reunion - Class of
The Gleason High School Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th class
reunion during Tater Town festivities on August 30, 2014. The
reunion was held at Mallards Restaurant in Huntingdon, with
classmates having additional time to catch up on old times friends
at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon.
L-R: Rosemary Jorge, Suzette Edmonston, Martha Boone, Brenda Pickler,
Judy Mansfield, Karen Dellinger, Sonja Godwn;
Back L-R: George
Sawyers, Ronnie Dilday, Iva May Lowery, Wanda Maddox, Betty
Bradberry, Sandra Tilley, Martha Brewer, Carol Sue Delinger, Mrs.
Floyd and Mr. Floyd (Class Sponsor), John Bradberry (Note - maiden names used for
Gleason High School Class of 1962:
The Gleason High School Class of 1962 celebrated their second annual
follow up to their 50th class reunion during Tater Town
festivities on August 30, 2014.
Barbara Clement White,
Ronnie Parks, Ferrellin Webb Cassidy, Coy Segraves, Curtis Mayo,
Linda Ray Bevis,
Sammy Tilley, Joyce Holland Straughn, John Ozment, Joyce Stewart
Jones, Bobby Langley, Linda Elinor Boone, Kenneth Doster, Linda
Travillian Langford, Terry Bunnell
Click on the Above Link for all 50-year Reunion Pages
GHS 50-year Class Reunion -
Class of 1963
The class of 1963 had their 50
year class reunion on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Members of
the class participated in the Tater Town Special parade by riding on
a "Class of 1963 ~ 50-year Reunion trailer. A member of the Class of
'63, the former Sandra Taylor who was the 1963 Miss. Gleason rode in
a red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette owned and driven by Dale Nunnery, also
a member of the Class of 63.
The 50-year reunion was held
at the First Baptist Church on Saturday evening. The festivities
were also attended by several well wishers from other Gleason High
School Classes from the early to mid 1960's. A good time was
had by all!
Below is a picture of those
members of the Class who were in attendance.
Class members attending included,
pictured from left to right are:
Front Row: Carol
(Tucker) Dycus, Delois (Boane) Shaw, Kaye (Billington) Owens, Sandra
(Taylor) Johnson, Wanda (Hodges) Pritchett, Patricia (Reed) Segraves
Back Row: Robert
Smyth, Pat Dewberry, Bobbie Lou (Williams) Chandler, Janis (Hodges)
Featherstone, Jean (Burrows) Cunningham, Dale Nunnery, LeRoy
Click on the Above Link for More Class of '62 Pictures
Gleason High School Class of 1962:
50th Reunion - 2013
of the Class of 1962 followed up on their last
year's 2012 Tater Town 50-year reunion by having a get
together on Saturday, August 31st at at Hig's
Restaurant in McKenzie. All members of the Class of
1962 and other friends were invited.
As can be seen
from the picture below, the turn out for this follow-up was great,
with 16 Class of 62 members attending and having a good time
interacting with old classmates and other friends from Gleason
of the Class of 1962 attending included, FRONT ROW:
Joyce (Stewart) Jones, Ferrelin (Webb) Cassidy, Linda (Elinor)
Boone, Joyce (Holland) Straughn, Linda (Ray) Bevis, Lynda (Travillian)
Lankford, Barbara (Clement) White. BACK ROW: Terry Burnell, Curtis
Mayo, Bobby Langly, Ronnie Parks, Coy Segraves, Pert Pritchitt, John
Ozment, Jim Lawrence, Sammy Tilley. (Picture compliments of Linda
Click on the Above Graphics to go to the Reunion Web
Click Below for Multiple
Class of 1963 Reunion WebPages
Click on the Above Link for all Class of '63 50-year Reunion Pages
Gleason HS Class of 1962
GLEASON (September 1) Gleason High School Class
of 1962 celebrated their 50th reunion during Tater Town festivities
on September 1, 2012. Class members attending included, pictured
from left: (front row) Barbara Clement White, Lynda Travillian
Lankford, Kitty Wray Oliver, Lynda Elinor Boone, Joyce Stewart
Jones, Linda Ray Bevins, Joyce Holland Straughan, Ferrellin Webb
Cassidy and Wanda Dilday; (back row) John Ozment, Pert Pritchett,
Curtis Mayo, Jim Lawrence, Coy Segraves, Terry Bunnell, Bobby
Langley, Sam Tilley and Ronnie Parks.