Randle, Morgan lead PCA grads

Published 9:50 am Friday, May 20, 2016

The senior class of Porter’s Chapel Academy has completed their final year of high school, and two students had grades that set them apart from the rest.

DiMaya Adale Randle earned the honor of the class of 2016’s valedictorian and Lyndsey Kate Morgan is salutatorian. The two along with 20 other classmates will graduate Saturday at 3 p.m. at City Auditorium.

Randle, the daughter of Lawrence and Frances Randle, is a lifelong resident of Port Gibson who began attending Porter’s Chapel Academy midway through her junior year.

Randle said studying is key to being a good student.

“I’m a person that studies constantly,” she said. “I find when you study, you have a better outcome: study and work hard.”

Randle said her favorite class in high school was Cheryl Israel Grant’s dual enrollment speech course.

She is a president of student council and the National Honor Society, and she is a member of 4-H and Key Club.

Randle is chairman of Gov. Phil Bryant’s Youth Advisory Council, and she is very involved in her church, Walk of Faith Ministry in Hazelhurst. She is a youth member of Nu Kappa Zeta Vicksburg Chapter.

In the fall, Randle will attend Tougaloo College where she will study biology and join ROTC Air Force. After college, Randle hopes to be an officer in the Air Force and she would like to go to medical school.

Randle said she will miss cheer the most after she leaves high school, but she plans to try out for Tougaloo’s squad.

“When I cheer I can be myself,” she said. “When I’m myself, I’m loud, I’m always moving, I’m jumping around and I make everyone laugh. I just enjoy cheering.”

Morgan, the daughter of Stan Morgan and Melanie Gilfoil, was born and raised in Tallulah, La., and she began attending Porter’s Chapel Academy her freshman year.

Morgan attributed her success to paying attention in class.

“I find that if I listen in class, I learn better,” she said. “If I don’t listen in class and I don’t hear it come out of the teacher’s mouth, I’m not going to comprehend it.”

She said her favorite classes were any she took with Grant, including English and speech.

Morgan is secretary of student council and National Honor Society and has earned more than 350 service hours. She was a softball player, and she is involved in Key Club and 4-H.

She attends First Baptist Church in Tallulah.

This fall, Morgan will attend Hinds Community College. After, she plans to transfer to Mississippi College and eventually become and physical therapist.

Morgan said she will miss her classmates the most after high school.

“They’ve always been there for me,” she said. “When I came in ninth grade, they welcomed me. I was the new kid, scared, but they were very welcoming, and I never had a problem making a friend.”

Randle and Morgan both wanted to thank God and their families for helping them achieve throughout their academic career.