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A Caring & Friendly Atmosphere Treating Children, Adults, and Seniors Cleanings • Fillings Extractions • Whitening Dentures • Crowns Root Canals • Implants and More Metro Player of the Year Johnson signs to play college football Ahmad Johnson is following in the footsteps of Mississippi State Bulldog safety JP Purvis, who last year not only was a Player of the Week, but he was the Blitz 16 BankPlus Player of the Year. Johnson attended the Player of the Year Banquet at the Mississippi Sport Hall of Fame on December 10, where he also received that honor. "It’s a blessing to be a student athlete, but signing is all God’s plan," said John- son. "I want to thank my family, friends, mom and dad for blessing me with this talent…Special thanks to Pelahatchie High School (PHS) for allowing me to play the game of football and represent our community the right way." "None of this would be possible with the best coach in Mississippi, Coach Williams," said Johnson. "He prepared me for the next level, and I want to give special thanks to PHS for believing in me to be the athlete I am today." On December 14, Johnson played on the Mississippi team at the All-Star game against Alabama, which Missis- sippi won 17-16. The 6'1" lb. 215 line- backer also currently plays center for the Pelahatchie Chiefs’ basketball team. He was also on the track team. Johnson, who attended Pelahatchie schools for 12 years, hopes to join the professional football league after col- lege. Coaching is his major. According to Coach Sam Williams, "Ahmad is a kid who overcame a lot throughout his career. He has been an extremely talented player from the minute he stepped on campus, but he By Susie A. Wolfe Photo by Pelahatchie News Two Pelahatchie students recognized by RCSD Special to Pelahatchie News The Rankin County School District (RCSD) recognized two Pelahatchie Atten- dance Center students in their November monthly awards. Pelahatchie High School student Meghan Herrington, pictured left, was named RCSD Second- ary District Student of the Month, and Pelahatchie Elementary’s Lucas Gard- ner was named the November RCSD Character Trait of the Month. ERA recognizes Duke TIP students Special to Pelahatchie News East Rankin Academy (ERA) reports that over 60% of the seventh-grade class has qualified for the Duke TIP Program by scoring in the top 5% of the nation on their fifth or sixth grade achievement test. These students earn the honor of being TIP stu- dents and will take the ACT in February. ERA Duke Tip students pictured (l to r) front row, are: Cole Miller, Cole Cotnam, Brody Hill, Jonathan Soto, Kylee Holifield, Abby Raines, Brooke Shedd, Lesley Scarberry, Adam Rowell, and Lydia Collipp; second row: Sydney McCurdy, Lane Riemann, Rosa Garcia, Rachel Smith, Raylin Smith, Evan McIlwain, Mackenzie Phillips, Audrey Mayatte, Cheyenne Derrick, Marlee Rakinic, and Audrey Hawk; and third row: Gavin Hales, Jon Irby, Parker Davis, Ben Wilson Huffington, Jordan Porter, Jackson Fountain, Gabe Nutt, Will Burrow, and Chylen Williams. Ahmad Johnson signed his letter of intent to play football at the University of Louisiana Lafayette on December 18. Pictured (l to r) with his family, first row, are: grandmother, Sandra Johnson; mother, Tra- cy Johnson; Johnson; and dad, Chester Ferrell; and second row: aunt, Stacy Collier; and great-grand- mother, Queen Johnson. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PELAHATCHIE, MS PERMIT NO. 4 Pelahatchie News P.O. Box 771 Pelahatchie, MS 39145 January 2020 Volume 9 Issue 1 Pelahatchie, MS Good News You Can Use INSIDE THIS ISSUE How to recognize and handle deer with Chronic Wasting Disease - pg. 3 Lee named PES Teacher of the Year- pg. 8 continued on page 2