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WHS senior is Callahan scholar

Grayson Cole Coates, a Wesson High School senior, is among sixteen Mississippi high school seniors who have been selected as Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes for the Class of 2023.

The honorees — one boy and one girl from each of the Mississippi High School Athletic Association’s (MHSSA) eight geographical districts — were chosen for their academic accomplishments as well as their participation in high school athletics and extracurricular activities. Wesson High School is in District VIII. The recipients were chosen by a committee made up of MHSAA partners and school administrators.

Each of the 16 honorees will receive a $1,500 college scholarship through the support of MHSAA partners.

The Scholar-Athlete awards were launched in 1996 to honor Mr. Lindy Callahan, a long-time athletic director and coach at Gulfport High School and an eight-time Hall of Fame inductee. In addition Coates, this year’s honorees were:

  • District I. Elijah Zane Chapman, New Albany High School, and Caitlyn Paige King, New Site High School

  • District II. Everett Kent Johnson, East Union Attendance Center, and Lindsey Elizabeth Dillard, Ingomar Attendance Center

  • District III. Kameron K. Jenkins, Leland High School, and Zoreya Beckworth, Amanda Elzy High School

  • District IV. Elijah Zaccheus, Neshoba Central High School, and Laney Dianne Boatner, Noxapater Attendance Center

  • District V. Mitchell Lloyd Butler, Northeast Lauderdale High School. And Brooke Nicole Gibson, Clarkdale High School

  • District VI. Joseph Reece Welch, Puckett High School, and Kaitlyn J. Walker, Clinton High School

  • District VII. Coates and Natalie Grace Deer, North Pike High School

  • District VIII. Braylon Lavon Coleman, Gautier High School, and Stevie Elizabeth Cooksey, Bay High School


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