Despite troubles in previous week, Vicksburg has some things to smile about

Published 11:48 am Monday, March 7, 2016

For the past 37 years, Vicksburg has hosted the Run Thru History, and on Saturday more than 700 runners, walkers and 1-mile fun runners took advantage of the pristine weather. Clinton resident, Peter Kazery was the over-all winner of the 10-kilometer run through the Vicksburg National Military Park. He had a nearly three-minute lead by the halfway point of the race and was never challenged. He finished with a time of 34 minutes, 14 seconds.

“There wasn’t anybody there. I just ran off of effort,” Kazery said. “It’s one of those things where, when there’s no competition you have to run against yourself.”

Vicksburg native, Keri White-Frazier won the women’s championship for the 10th time. She won her first Run Thru History when she was a senior at Vicksburg High School in 2001 and has kicked the dynasty into another gear recently. Saturday’s victory was her fourth in a row and she finished sixth overall.

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More winners this weekend were the Bowmar Builders from Bowmar Elementary School.

The group won the overall championship in at the Mississippi First Lego League competition held Saturday at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

“This is awesome. Our Bowmar Bears lead in so many different ways. These kids have worked so hard at this very hard. They have put in a lot of hours. I’m so proud of them,” principal Tammie Burris said.

The win allows the Bowmar Builders to advance to one of two open First Lego League competitions, either the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., or the Legoland North American Open in Anaheim, Calif.

More positive happenings in Vicksburg this week include:

• St. Aloysius High School is collecting bags for the Warren County Children’s Shelter through Friday.

“The purpose of the bags is for children who come to the shelter without anything to carry their belongings,” said Jordan Amborn, an English teacher at St. Aloysius.

• On Tuesday, Redwood Elementary School honored Gates teacher, Angela Wilson with a balloon release.

Wilson, who had been a teacher at the school for a year and a half, was diagnosed with a rare lung disease called pulmonary fibrosis and died in January.