Caroline Phillips (’19) recently joined the staff of Union Elementary School.

and the Forest Lions Club and has served on the board of directors for the Forest Country Club. Kenna and his wife Kery reside in Forest with their sons, Mack, Myers, and Silas. J ones R eceives S taff E xcellence A ward A veteran member of the University of

impairment. He graduated from East Central in 2017 and was selected Mr. ECCC. He went on to receive a degree in chemical engineering from Missis- sippi State University. M ann I nducted I nto SWAC H all of F ame Former Warrior basketball player Mar- cus Mann (’94), a member of the ECCC Athletic Hall of Fame, was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame during ceremonies held in December 2021 in Atlanta, Ga. Following his career at ECCC, Mann played two seasons at Mississippi Val- ley State University, where he is also in the Athletic Hall of Fame, and was the first student there to graduate Magna Cum Laude in 1996. He would go on to be selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 2nd round as the 40th overall pick in the NBA draft in 1996. He currently serves as pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Carthage and a chaplain for Tyson Foods. M c C oy N amed L awyer of the Y ear James

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Lydia Bishop (’20), a Sebastopol native, was recently crowned Miss Starkville 2022

and will go on to compete for the title of Miss Mississippi in June. She is a senior business marketing major at Mississippi State University. Ansley Rigby (’21), a Union native and student at Mississippi College, was recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mis- sissippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program. K enna E lected P resident of MS Y oung B ankers Drew Kenna of Bank of For- est has been elected to serve as president and chief operations officer of Bank of Forest. He has been with the bank for 16 years and serves on the board of directors for the bank’s holding company, First Forest Corporation. He is an ECCC graduate and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University in 2006. Kenna is also a graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisi- ana State University. In addition to his role as president of the MYB, Kenna will serve as a trustee for the Mississippi School of Banking and on the MBA Education Foundation Board. He will also serve a one-year term as ex-officio member on the MBA Board. He is a deacon and a Sunday school teacher at Forest Baptist Church, serves on the Scott County Baptist Association finance committee, and is an active volunteer with Forest youth sports. He is a past president of the Forest Area Chamber of Commerce KENNA of Mississippi Young Bank- ers, a section of the Mississippi Bankers Associa- tion. Kenna serves as president

Southern Missis- sippi University Libraries team is recipient of one of its top honors. Lisa Jones, head of li- brary technol- ogy at USM, was presented the



University Libraries Staff Excellence Award in December 2021. The recog- nition, begun in 2015, recognizes the hard work, dedication, and excellence of a University Libraries staff member. A native of Union, Mississippi, Jones holds an associate degree from East Central Community College and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and accounting from USM. She has served University Libraries for 24 years in a variety of other roles, including as library budget specialist and assistant to the dean for finance and technol- ogy. She has also served as director of the Mississippi Digital Library since 2010. L eifried S tars in W etumpka M usical Gage Leifried was recently featured in The Montgomery

Seth McCoy was named Lawyer of the Year by the Mis- sissippi Defense Lawyers Associa- tion. Pic- tured with McCoy is

(Ala.) Advertiser for his starring role in the We- tumpka Depot’s production of “Big Fish the Musical.” The ar- ticle spoke of Le- ifried’s starring role and how

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Jane Brown, assistant director of the MDLA. McCoy is a 1998 graduate of East Central Community College. He is an attorney with Steen Dalehite & Pace, LLP in Jackson.


he enjoys music and theater despite a genetic nerve loss passed down from his mother’s side that causes hearing



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