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Honoring Our Graduates

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French Camp Academy is Still on Mission! French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God. When students left campus for spring break, no one knew what changes were lurking ahead. Modifying the campus schedule and traffic prevented us from enjoying the laughter, energy, walking them through personal issues, and cheering them on in sports. Though life changed on campus, FCA staff pivoted with the new challenges. House parents continue to work hard to keep those relationships with young people and their families strong. Improvements to student homes are being made in the down time. Teachers went into action post Spring Break and established a distance learning program to help students complete their educational goals. Dining Hall staff created a new plan to keep those on campus well fed and healthy. Administrative staff were creative in how their office tasks were handled. Coaches are working on their fields and maintenance has done an amazing job making significant upgrades to campus. Though young people were not as plentiful on campus as they were pre-COVID-19, we are gearing up for their physical return this summer. We are excited to welcome home a small number of residential students in June. Rest assured that the young people are at the heart of everything we do here at French Camp Academy. We are still on mission! v

Projects around campus March and April were productive months for oncampus staff. Landscaping, swimming pool refurbishment, dining hall face-lift, classroom enhancements, window replacements in student homes, renovating Lake Ann’s dam, and other projects kept FCA staff hard at work preparing for other young people to assimilate back into campus. v


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The President’s Perspective:

French Camp TODAY

The Problem with “Normal”

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a people who have reaped a Over the past several months, normal is not any- harvest of faith, even when the where in my vocabulary. It seems as though everything world proclaims the cupboards has been touched by the worldwide pandemic of the are bare! Coronavirus.  The first couple of weeks in quarantine put me through my paces with emotions across the Better Than Normal board.  When you are leading a ministry like French Some say we never will be back to “normal.” Camp, uncertainty in planning will not do.   I am a There is a big part of me that wants to get back to planner; I like to be proactive rather than reactive; and my old routine that is known. There is also a part I kept trying to line up A to B to C.  The problem was of me that battles for the new ground of “not normal B was nowhere to be found and C has altogether left anymore” —specifically,  those things that have been the planet.   I am sure we can all relate to similar feel- revealed through the raw openness of my mind and ings of anxiousness, confusion, frustration, and things heart.  Meanwhile, I certainly do not want to downbeing out of control. play the  hundreds and thousands across our nation and world that have suffered and hurt over the loss of loved ones, work, health, missed ballgames, and gradFaith Grows in the Dark—So Does Character In Scripture, time and time again, we are told that uations.  This pain is real and costly.  As believers in God uses hard circumstances to build us.   If we are Christ, the time for coming alongside people during honest, we do not like having to go through difficul- their pain is now!  Do you know someone you could ties.  Amazon does not sell Faith or Character online— reach out to today?   Do not think about it, do it! 

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and even if they did, there’s no free shipping! God knows us better than we know ourselves.   As promised, He uses all things in the life of the believer to mold them more into the image of Himself, even Coronavirus.  Our current circumstances have found us all peeling back the layers of our “normal” lives toward the bitter core of who we are.  My life journey over these past months has been marinated in uncertainty and thus driven me to a place of reliance and trust that I otherwise would have never known.  I have been confronted by flaws in my thinking and practice that, although ugly, I am thankful to have them uncovered.

The Anchor IS Secure

Times like these are also good opportunities to remind ourselves and others that none of this has caught God by surprise.  His plans and purposes for His people have not been sidetracked.   Our eternal hope of Heaven, purchased for us by Jesus’ death on the cross, is as secure as Heaven’s gates.   Peter reminds us that our inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, unfading, and is kept in Heaven for those that have placed their trust in Him.  He goes on to say of us, that we are being guarded through faith by God’s power for a salvation that is yet to be revealed (1 Peter 1).  Take comfort in that fact, dear Christian, and may our courage be clearly Do Not Waste the Opportunity As America begins to reopen, I hope the lessons I shared in these days with a watching world.  have learned about trusting God and less of myself will All of us at French Camp Academy would like to stick with me.  As the days begin to look a little more like they used to, I pray I will not slip back into think- thank you for continuing to stand with us in these ing that I am in charge.  How about you?  It is not too days. Pray for our young people as they grapple with late to take some intentional time to reflect on what these same uncertainties that they may taste and see you have learned through this worldwide pandemic. that the Lord is good.   Opportunities to look deep into our ugly lives of sin and mistrust do not come often.   May we be found

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French Camp Academy One Fine Place French Camp, MS 39745-9703 662-547-6482 or 662-547-9464 www.frenchcamp.org BOARD OF TRUSTEES Sharkey Burke..................................Brandon Scott Castleman..................... Ocean Springs Dave Fair............................................ Oxford Glenn Galey, Secretary............... Hattiesburg Toxey Hall III..................................... Canton G. Carey Hauenstein........................... Laurel Carson Hughes, Vice Chairman........ Jackson Scott Kiewit........................................ Laurel Lee Lampton..................................... Jackson John Lynch................................. Brookhaven Chuck McBride................................Madison Brooks Mosley.................................. Jackson Tommy Peaster, Vice Chairman............ Flora Hugh Potts, Jr., Chairman.............Kosciusko

Mission Statement

French Camp Academy, a Christcentered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God.

Jordan Jones, Class of 2021, was accepted this summer into Foundations of Chick-fil-A, a leadership program designed for students 18 years or older who want to make a difference in the world and be a contributing member of the Chick-fil-A family. Congratulations Jordan!


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God’s Perfect Design By Erin Ulerich We  never know how God will take a thread and weave

it throughout our lives, in and out of sight, creating a pattern. There is no way to predict or trace it, only to name it when it surfaces. 

When my husband and I heard Ravi Zacharias speak at the Urbana Missions Conference in 1993, standing with thousands of other young adults, we were impacted by his words. In times since, whenever I’ve heard one of his sermons, his consistent compassion for the lost rings clearly through each message.  It  is  though  he  never forgot  what it was to be lost  and in desperate need of Christ.   In January of 2019, he preached at the funeral of the Naik children, students, and dear friends of French Camp Academy. I listened to his words through my own fog of grief as he spoke on the compassion and sovereignty of God. He preached on the importance of the words, “Jesus wept.”  Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, and yet He stood in front of that tomb and wept. Why? Why did the Lord of glory and the Lord of hope shed those tears? Because He knew what you and I would feel at the loss of a loved one, having to wait over a period of time before we would see the ultimate story revealed. He knew the pain that you and I would endure.  Because of His compassion, God can strengthen and sustain us in our grief. We have a suffering Savior, a wounded Savior, and for the wounded heart, the wounded Savior is the best answer, the best source of sustenance (Ravi Zacharias).  His words brought my gaze  back  to God’s character, love, and His perspective on the tragedy.    God’s  Ultimate Story is written, in love, with one goal in mind—bringing people into relationship with Himself. These words reminded me that in God’s capable hands even tragedy can be redeemed as His Story unfolds.  Then, in May 2019, he graciously traveled  to our small town and spoke at FCA’s commencement in honor and memory of Sharron, Aaron, and Joy Naik. His words were gentle and encouraging to our graduates. His challenge to live Christ-like lives in a world in need was clear. And during his short time with us, we were able to encourage him as well. He spoke of his time in French Camp, saying in a Facebook post, “French Camp Academy ministered to me that day. The young people that I met at French Camp Academy gave me hope for the future. They radiated the hope that Jesus alone can give.”   The threads of Ravi Zacharias’ life, his beginning, his conversion, the people he impacted through words and actions, the family he raised, the wife he loved, even the cancer that he suffered; these threads were in God’s Hand, every day designed for him before it ever came to be. He is now where he was created to be, in the Presence of his Lord whom he loved and served. And the words he left behind, written in books, spoken in sermons, will continue to do what they have always done; shine light into darkness, pointing others to our great God.  v   Erin and her husband, Stephen, have worked at French Camp Academy for 15 years.

Cornerstone Community Provides Consistent Care and Involvement The consistency of your monthly gift is a cornerstone for our mission by providing guaranteed income that covers the daily needs of young people within French Camp’s care. FCA can deliberately plan programs with the knowledge that you are sustaining its mission monthly.

How it works • Each month your gift to French Camp Academy is automatically applied to your credit card or bank account. You can adjust your giving amount at any time by simply editing your online profile or by calling 662-547-6482. Of course, you can mail your gift each month as well.  • You will receive a tax receipt for your cumulative annual contribution at the end of each fiscal year.   • Sign up online to join the Cornerstone Community as a monthly donor. • Call 662-547-6482 for more information. House parents, teachers, program helpers, and all of us at FCA want you to know how much we appreciate your desire to help young people grow.  


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Online Education

As public and private schools around the State began to shut their doors in March, FCA knew that adjustments had to be made quickly to accommodate the educational needs of its young people. Rusty McKnight, FCA High school principal, stood for the challenge leading a committee of teachers to work through the details. A week later an online educational component was launched using internet-based software. In fact, over 90% completed their online studies, which is tremendous compared to other schools. The pictures here capture experiences from various students working online toward their educational goals. A private graduation celebration was held to honor our senior students. Students and their families participated in a drive-through graduation ceremony to ensure the safety of the graduates and their families. Well done, graduates! v

Board Member: Hugh Potts, Jr. Hugh Potts, Jr., has served as the Chairman for the French Camp The Lord has used FCA to minister to Academy Board of Trustees since September 2015. students and families since 1885. While we are grateful for those who have conHe retired as chairman and CEO of Merchants & Farmers Bank and tributed to the rich legacy of FCA, we 1st M&F Corp in 2013.  He presently serves on the Committee for embrace the opportunity to serve the Lord Mission to the World in the Presbyterian Church in America. today and into the future as the Lord As a French Camp Academy board member Potts serves as a member provides. Lives are being changed, turned of the Resource & Development Committee, the Audit & Investment around, and given the tools for building Committee, WFCA Radio Committee, and Chairman of the Board. a successful future through the generous giving of faithful supporters. FCA is a Mr. Potts, whose father, Hugh S. Potts was a board member before long-standing ministry with a bright fuhim, has served faithfully on the FCA Board since August 1992. He ture being led by dedicated leadership and and his wife, Judy, live in Kosciusko, MS and have four adult children. is definitely worthy of your investment.  They are active members of First Presbyterian Church where he serves as an elder and Sunday School teacher. Everyone at French Camp Academy is grateful for Hugh’s support, leadership, and encouragement. Thank you, Hugh! v When asked about French Camp Academy, Potts had this to say:


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FCA Students Earn Eagle Scout With our current world situation, many events are being cancelled or postponed, but the young men of Troop 109 have not let this slow them down, in fact, three FCA students are charging full speed ahead thanks to the town’s scouting program! Recently, Bradley Edwards, one of FCA’s 2020 Seniors, completed all the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout. A major requirement to qualify as an Eagle Scout is to plan and lead a major project benefitting the community. Bradley chose to create multiple receptacles for old, worn out American flags. Most people do not know how to properly dispose of a frayed and tattered American flag. These receptacles will provide places for the public to turn in old flags so that the young men of Troop 109 can gather and retire them in a solemn ceremony. In addition to earning Scouting’s highest rank, Bradley also earned two Eagle Palms for the merit badges he earned above and beyond those required for Eagle Scout. Anderson Ulerich is a sophomore at FCA and chose to redesign and preserve an important historical artifact well known to the town of French Camp. The entrance area of Town Hall needed a facelift that required the removal of all vegetation. After the ground was prepared, the scouts under Anderson’s guidance, framed the area and poured concrete to upgrade the entrance to the Town Hall. Finally, after all was set, a monument was created to be the final resting place for the old town bell. This bell was a common sight (and sound) throughout the early years of French Camp. Originally the bell was mounted outside the old post office, then was rung by the Postmaster as soon as all the mail was placed in post office boxes and ready for pickup. In addition to Anderson completing his Eagle Scout, he also earned three Eagle Palms for the merit badges earned above and beyond what was required for Eagle Scout. Finally, Bradley McCoy, another FCA sophomore completed all the requirements for Eagle Scout. Bradley took on the challenge to repair a safety problem in the courtyard of the French Camp Presbyterian Church. There were six 5x5 areas in the existing concrete that were filled with landscape bricks. The old sinking bricks had created a tripping hazard. Bradley’s project removed the brick, filled the holes with cement and then built two flower planters and two benches to fill the courtyard. The result was a beautiful addition to the French Camp Presbyterian Church Courtyard. In addition to earning his Eagle Scout, Bradley also completed enough merit badges to qualify for three Eagle Palms. More Scouts behind these three hard-working young men eagerly await their turn to earn an Eagle Scout. In the meantime, they continue to serve the small community of French Camp bringing smiles to many during these difficult days. v

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April “Minutes to Win It!” Challenge­—A French Camp Academy supporter once said, “Whenever I hear others talking about the ministry of French Camp Academy, they describe the adults working there. It is a remarkable place because remarkable people labor at FCA.” Staying in shape in every way is important. Being physically fit is a key factor to the success of French Camp. Keeping up with high energy young people takes…energy! The Wellness Committee at French Camp is charged with encouraging staff to stay in shape, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The month of April focused on “movement.” Teams were chosen and a competition to get the most minutes of exercise was launched. Walking, jogging, lifting weights, yard work, and many types of activities were counted to keep us focused on staying physically healthy. At the end of the month, Lisa Henning’s team took home the Blue Ribbon and bragging rights. Luke 2:52: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” v


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Class of 2020 Valedictorians

French Camp Academy is proud to announce the Class of 2020 Valedictorians. These four outstanding students have earned the privilege to share this honor. Each is graduating with a perfect 4.0 gpa!

BRIANNA GRICE

Something I have learned at French Camp is the Lord is always good. He may not give you French Camp Acadanswers immediately or not give you what is emy to me has been wanted, yet He is still good!   the  biggest blessing and   the best high school exMy advice for fellow classmates is to put perience. I am thankful down your phone, go outside, and simply enjoy for all teachers who have the beautiful nature.   poured the Word into me   throughout all my years.  I am planning on going to Ole Miss and ma  joring in Communication Sciences and DisorThe staff member that ders. I cannot wait to see what else the Lord has has made the most impact on me is Mrs. Watin store for me.  kins. She has been my life coach for the past two   years and was also my softball coach. She has JEFFREY JONES  shown me what a true leader in Christ is to be   like. Also, she has led me even closer to Christ French Camp Academy is special to me bethese past two years. The light of Christ shines bright through her words and actions! I am so cause the teachers not only teach us about academics but also about grateful to have her in my life!  life.      While at FCA, something good that I learned, Coach Wright has and will carry with me forever, was the memomade an impact on my rization of 1 Peter 1 with Mr. Cox! This chapter was so powerful and is something I will go back life. He has been my football coach for 6 to time and time again.  years, and he has set a   My advice to every student would be to never good example of what take high school and all that comes with it for having a close walk with Christ looks like.  granted!       I have learned at FCA how to defend my In the fall. I will be attending  Itawamba Community College where I will be majoring faith effectively, which I learned in Mr. Cox’s in Nursing. After two years there I plan to con- Christian World View class.    tinue my studies at The University for Women. My advice to the younger students is to just be   involved in the different aspects and programs  KATE WINTER  French Camp Academy is a wonderful school at FCA, whether that be sports, Beta Club, atdedicated to the success of students. Not only tending events, etc. You will not regret it.    do the staff want to help After graduation, I plan to attend Holmes young people in their acCommunity College for  two  years, and then ademics, but also in their transfer to Mississippi State University to purrelationship with the sue a degree in biomedical engineering.  Lord. When walking into the halls of FCA, one can Jeffrey also has the honor of being 2020 clearly feel and see the FCA Star Student with an ACT score of 30. light and love of Christ being lived out daily.     Mr. and Mrs. Glen Barlow, Miss Johnson, and Little Miss have all impacted me greatly. Each has taken the time to listen, advise, and encourage me. I know I can go to these people about any situation in my life.      

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REESE MCINTIRE   French Camp Academy helped prepare me mentally and spiritually for the next chapter of my life.    The staff member who has influenced me the most is my life coach, Mrs. Meredith Leathers. I enjoyed learning from her because we have similar personalities, so it was easy to apply the advice she gave to my life.    While at French Camp Academy, I have learned that everyone is different. No one has the same personality or the same life story, so you never know what another person is going through that day.    If I could leave one piece of advice, it would be to cherish every single moment during high school. It ends way too fast, so make memories that will last a lifetime.    Next year, I plan to attend Holmes Community College in Goodman. After a year, I plan to transfer to Mississippi State University to major in Interior Design. 

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A Christ-Centered CONGRATULATIONS! Home and School FCA Hall of Fame Caroline Anderson Holt Barlow Seth Box Brianna Grice Abbie Hunt Jeffrey Jones Julian Kay Kate Winter

Class of 2020 verse

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.—Proverbs 19:21


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Caroline Grace Anderson

Javen Javon Anderson

Jeremy Kade Barlow

Michael Holt Barlow

Seth Thomas Box

Isaiah Joseph Bruun

Phillip Caradine

Alex Jay Chord

Kevin Joseph Cundiff

Christopher Bradley Edwards

Brianna Faith Grice

Kati Lei Griffis

Katarina Chloe Hanten

Samuel Payton Hill

Jarren David Holmes

Abbie-Grace Braswell Hunt

Mary Grace Elizabeth Johnson

Charles Jeffrey Jones

Christopher Bradley Edwards,* French Camp, MS Parents: Chris Edwards and Suzanne Edwards Activities: Football, Honor Roll, Beta Club, Baseball, and Vo-Tech Plans: Attend college   Brianna Faith Grice,* French Camp, MS Parents: Travis and Shawna Grice Javen Javon Anderson, Activities: Cheerleading, Chorus, Honor French Camp, MS Roll, Missions, Beta Club, Basketball, Parents: Waymon and Marlo Anderson Phillip Caradine, Southaven, MS Fastpitch, and Slow-pitch Softball Activities: Football, Basketball, and Base- Parents: Carien and Phillip Caradine Plans: Attend Itawamba Community ball Activities: Football, Honor Roll, Basket- College then Mississippi University for Plans: Attend Holmes Community Col- ball, and Track Women lege then Mississippi State University  Plans: Attend East Central Mississippi   College Kati Lei Griffis, Ackerman, MS Jeremy Kade Barlow,* French Camp, MS   Parents: Kay Abadie and William Griffis Parents: Scott and Tonya Barlow Alex Jay Chord, Cleveland, TN  Activities: Yearbook, Softball, and VoActivities: Football and Vo-Tech Parents: DJ and Kelli Chord Tech Plans: Join the U.S. Navy and attend col- Activities: Missions, Yearbook, and Plans: “Extreme” tour for the summer, lege for mechatronics Vo-Tech Holmes Community College and then Plans: Enlist in the Navy the University of Mississippi Michael Holt Barlow,*     French Camp, MS Kevin Joseph Cundiff, Baton Rouge, LA Katarina Chloe Hanten, Parents: Scott and Tonya Barlow Parent: Nancy Cundiff French Camp, MS Activities: Football, Honor Roll, MisActivities: Cross County and Track Parents: Jay Ferguson and Jennifer sions, Beta Club, Basketball, Baseball, Plans: Attend Baton Rouge Community Ferguson and SGA College, produce for underground artists Activities: Softball and Vo-Tech Plans: Attend nursing school and become and work on music  Plans: Attend Holmes Community a nurse College in Grenada and then either     Caroline Grace Anderson,* French Camp, MS Parents: Van and Shellie Anderson Activities: Cheerleading, Honor Roll, Missions, Beta Club, Softball, SGA, and Homecoming Court Plans: Attend Holmes Community College then Mississippi State University to major in Physical Therapy Assistant

Seth Thomas Box,* French Camp, MS Parents: Kevin and Tracie Box Activities: Football, Honor Roll, Beta Club, and Baseball Plans: Attend Holmes Community College Isaiah Joseph Bruun,* Longview, WA Guardian: Wendy Smaultz, Aunt Activities: Quiz Bowl and Honor Roll Plans: Attend college

Julian Grant Kay

Jenna Saragrace King

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given unto him. —James 1:5

Mississippi State University or the University of Mississippi Samuel Payton Hill, Pope, MS Parents: Ron Hill and Janyne Cathey Activities: Chorus and Vo-Tech Plans: Attend trade school  Jarren David Holmes,* Eupora, MS Parents: Jonathan and Kim Holmes Activities: Baseball Plans: Attend the Mississippi Fire Academy then go to the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Training Academy   Abbie-Grace Braswell Hunt,* McCool, MS Parents: Thomas and Laura Carraway Activities: Cheerleading, Honor Roll, Missions, Beta Club, Basketball, Yearbook, and Homecoming Plans: Attend Holmes Community College and major in Nursing Mary Grace Elizabeth Johnson,* Tupelo, MS Parent: The late Amanda Johnson and Grandparents: Richard and Marguerite Johnson Activities: Honor Roll, Missions, and Yearbook Plans: Attend San Antonio College in Texas


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Stephon Daunte Thompson

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Amber Dawn Nesbitt

Haleigh Sumner Outlaw

Madysen Elizabeth Van Zutphen

Charles Jeffrey Jones,* McAdams, MS Parents: Randy and Michelle Jones Activities: Football, Honor Roll, Missions, Beta Club, and Tennis Plans: Attend Holmes Community College and then Mississippi State University to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering    Julian Grant Kay,* Jackson, MS Parents: Michael Kay and Karen Kay Activities: Football, Honor Roll, Track, and Boy Scouts Plans: Attend Navy ROTC and enlist with the Navy   Jenna Saragrace King,* French Camp, MS Parents: Greg and Christy King Activities: Chorus, Honor Roll, Beta Club, and Basketball Plans: Attend East Central Community College and then the University of Mississippi    Kendall Reese McIntire,* French Camp, MS Parents: Chris and Cheryl McIntire Activities: Cheerleading, Honor Roll, and Beta Club Plans: Attend Holmes Community College and then Mississippi State University to major in Interior Design  

Michael Rube Vance

Anna Kate Peoples

Colby Ryan Walters

Elizabeth Ruth Posey

Amy Kate Winter

Wesley Cothran Prewitt

Benjamin Hayes Purvis

Savannah Marie Wright

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6

Amber Dawn Nesbitt,* Ocean Springs, MS Grandparent: Mary Nesbitt Activities: Chorus, Honor Roll, Missions, Beta Club, Softball, and 4-H Plans: Attend University of Mississippi and major in Criminal Justice   Haleigh Sumner Outlaw, Kosciusko, MS Parents: Brian and Stephanie Outlaw Activities: Cheerleading, Chorus, Basketball, Softball, and Vo-Tech Plans: Attend Holmes Community College   Anna Kate Peoples,* Brenham, TX Parents: Johnny and Kristen Peoples Activities: Cheerleading, Honor Roll, Missions, and Softball Plans: Join the Military

Benjamin Hayes Purvis,* Flowood, MS Parents: Brian Purvis and Mary Swayze Koller  Activities: Chorus and Honor Roll Plans: Attend Delta State University   Stephon Daunte Thompson, Weir, MS Parents: Stevie Thompson and Lisa Thompson Activities: Football Plans: Attend East Mississippi Community College   Madysen Elizabeth Van Zutphen, Biloxi, MS Parents: Jon and Kathy Van Zutphen Activities: Chorus, Honor Roll, and Yearbook Plans: Attend cosmetology school and then Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to major in Business

Elizabeth Ruth Posey, Metamora, MI Parents: Steve and Dee Posey Plans: Plan a trip to Ukraine and visit family Wesley Cothran Prewitt, Starkville, MS Parents: DeAnne and Barney Prewitt Activities: Football, Honor Roll, and Baseball Plans: Attend East Mississippi Community College and then Mississippi State University 

Michael Rube Vance, Pearl, MS Parents: Michael Vance and Denise Cherry Activities: 4-H Plans: Attend Nursing School Colby Ryan Walters,* McCool, MS Parents: Scott and Meagan Walters Activities: Football, Honor Roll, Baseball, Vo-Tech, Cross County, and Track Plans: Run track in college and continue exploring career options 

Amy Kate Winter,* French Camp, MS Parents: Don and Mary Jane Winter Activities: Chorus, Honor Roll, Missions, Beta Club, Quiz Bowl, and Library Council Plans: Attend college and obtain a masters in speech pathology  Savannah Marie Wright,* French Camp, MS Parents: Nathan and Holly Wright Activities: Honor Roll and Homecoming Plans: Attend Holmes Community College and then Mississippi State to become an elementary school teacher *Honor Graduates


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Congratulations Mr. & Miss FCA Congratulations to Holt Barlow and Abbie Hunt for being selected 2020 Mr. and Miss FCA! To be considered for this honor, a senior must have attended FCA for both their junior and senior year and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA. Mr. and Miss FCA are elected by vote of the staff and student body.

trips, serving the homeless on the streets, I have learned to be more grateful for the things God has blessed me with.”

Abbie Hunt is the daughter of Thomas and Laura Carraway of McCool, MS. Miss FCA 2020 has a heart for missions. She  genuinely cares for others and  goes out of her way to help and encourage them. She maintains a joyful spirit whether steadily serving on the forefront or humbly serving in the background.

Holt says, “The staff member that made the biggest impact on me was Hunter McKnight. He showed me what it’s like to absolutely love what you’re doing and showed me as a student that he loved all of us. No matter what we did he tried his absolute best to make us enjoy it and I want to be able to do the same thing in my life. I want to be able to make someone smile and laugh even if whatever task we’re doing isn’t the most glorious. He gave me a love for science that I didn’t have before which led to me deciding what I want to do with my life.”

Abbie says, “One thing that I have learned while at French Camp Academy is to be more selfless. After attending school with students whose background might not be as fortunate as mine and attending the Fort Worth mission

Holt Barlow is the son of Scott and Tonya Barlow of French Camp, MS. Dependable,  hardworking,  well-rounded, courteous, strong competitor, inclusive, respectful, and servant-hearted are descriptors for Mr. FCA 2020. This young man of integrity has a vision for his future that drives him to diligence and excellence. 

Perhaps this summer can be a time when you honor the people you love? For a donation of $25, FCA will send a loaf of bread to a person living within the continental USA. Send your summer gift to French Camp Academy or go online at frenchcamp.org. v

Start planning for Harvest Festival, the 2nd Saturday of October! Harvest Festival is an event that pulls the French Camp community together and offers an opportunity for people to support the mission of French Camp Academy and local churches in its area. Handmade quilts, crafts, furniture, and other items are auctioned off to the highest bidder. Build, quilt, or create something unique and donate to French Camp Academy. We’ll auction off at Harvest Festival and the proceeds will benefit the young people at French Camp Academy. v


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Honor gifts show appreciation to a living person­–such as teachers, pastors, parents, etc., while helping students at FCA. To make an Honor Gift, you may use the form/envelope provided, designating the type of gift you are making. The honoree will be notified of your thoughtfulness. Amounts of gifts are never divulged.

January ALLEN, GINGER, Maitland, FL Mrs. Polly Hope Allen BALL, MARJORIE S., Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas D. House DALE, DR. AND MRS. ROBERT A., Tupelo, MS Mrs. Lanier H. McCullough DICKSON, TOM AND SYLVIA, Germantown,TN Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Dickson ELLISON, H. C. AND LYNDOL, Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen LARY, BRYANT, Greenwood, MS Mrs. Rose Mary Lary MCGINNIS, TONYA E., Annapolis, MD Mr. and Mrs. James M. White MYERS, REV. AND MRS. DANNY, Smyrna, GA Mrs. Athena B. Davies SHERIFF PIKE, Jasper, AL Mr. Joey Clingan SMIT, REV. AND MRS. JOEL, Marietta, GA Mrs. Athena B. Davies

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SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous TOWNSEND, ANN, Columbus, MS Mr. and Mrs. Clyde L. Stokes WEEKS, JO ANN TYNER, Canton, MS Mr. Ivan H. Cunningham

ELLISON, SCOTTY, Memphis, TN Mrs. Polly Hope Allen HOWELL, BOBBY AND FAYE, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Dowdy KINSEY, VICKI, Brookhaven, MS Mrs. Kathleen P. Harbour LARRY BRATTON FAMILY, Calhoun City, MS Ms. Norma P. Caviness MARTIN, MR. AND MRS. J. B., Natchez, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin MARTINSON, ALLEN AND MIMI, Ridgeland, MS Mr. Grady Simpson Robinson RAGSDALE, LANCE, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bill Johnston STANFORD, BILLY, Clinton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bennie R. Nutt

February

ALFORD, MACK Mrs. Billye Sanderson Morton BAKER, RUSSELL B., Louisville, KY Mrs. Susie W. Moran BARNETT, REBECCA, Philadelphia, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes BENTLEY, KATHY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bill Johnston CAUSEY, BILL AND MARY, Lexington, MS Mr. Albert Maury Shurlds COPENHAUER, ELLA, Birmingham, AL Mrs. Susan H. Hixson

March

AKERS, RUSS AND CAROLYN, French Camp, MS Mrs. Nannette V. Alford BAKER, JR., MRS. RALPH, Chapin, SC Mrs. Susie W. Moran

BROWN, TAMMY ORMAN, Eros, LA Ms. Sue S. Nowell CAGLE, BARBARA, Memphis, TN Mrs. Jean M. Taylor CAIN, SKIP AND GERRY, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen CHEEK, JUDY, Sevierville, TN Mrs. Jean M. Taylor CRAFT, RANDY AND BRENDA, Ackerman, MS Mrs. Annie K. Melton DOWNING, LYNN AND DIANNE, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Jacks FUCHS, SAVANNAH, Ogden, UT Mr. Joey Clingan GODBEY, JEANNIE, Cuba, AL Ms. Sue S. Nowell GREEN, JOHN AND PAT, Terry, MS Mr. and Mrs. Walton A. Worthy HARPOLE, PAT, Maben, MS Mr. Albert Maury Shurlds INGRAM, MONIQUE Ms. Yolanda Ingram

JONES, HENRY J. AND LEONE B., Florence, AL Mrs. Jana Jones Shultz MCKAY, LARRY AND CAROL, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lanny F. McKay OWENS, RON, Fort Worth, TX Mrs. Jean M. Taylor PHILLIPS, MARY FAITH, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Nissen ROACH, RACHEL P. Mr. Christopher Roach RUCKERT, ERNIE AND GINNIE, Durham, NC Roessner Family Foundation SMITH, DON AND MIDGE, Weir, MS Mr. Larry Bennett SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous THORTON, DOUG AND MARGARET, Kosciusko, MS Judge and Mrs. Vernon R. Cotten

Memorial Gifts

e strive to answer memorials and notify relatives as quickly and accurately as possible after they are received. When you send in a memorial, please include the name of the deceased, the complete address of the person you wish notified and your complete address. Important: IF YOU DO NOT INCLUDE A NAME and ADDRESS OF A RELATIVE OR FRIEND OF THE DECEASED, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO NOTIFY ANYONE OF YOUR GIFT. Follow the same procedure for honor gifts. (A blank form and envelope appear in this issue.)

January ABEL, NORA DARLENE SCARBOROUGH, Jasper, TX Mr. Dwight Lovelady Ms. Janice Giordano Mr. and Mrs. Dan Martin Ms. Janice Giordano Mr. and Mrs. Craig Weinstock Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hannah Mr. and Mrs. Randy Bratton Ms. Nancy Blackwelder Mr. Conard Dunlap Mr. Michael Catt Mr. John Roche Mr. John Hibbs Mr. Gene Money Ms. Dannette Wassenich Ms. Auna Hallford and Sue Davis Ms. Estefania Escobar Mr. and Mrs. Haynes Smith Mr. Danny Seymour Ms. Jeanette Dansereau Ms. Dannette Wassenich ALLEN, CAROL JANE HASSELL, Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts BALL, JERALD DAVIS, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas D. House BENNETT, MACK Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bond BOYETTE, RICH, Grenada, MS Mrs. Joyce Armstrong BRIDGFORTH, CAROLYN BYRD WATKINS, Pickens, MS Mrs. Ann Dabbs Presley Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Cato Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bond Mr. and Mrs. John F. Phillips III BROCK, HENRY DONALD, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Cascio Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Nunley Mr. and Mrs. Bob Draper Planters Bank & Trust Rev. and Mrs. Bill Barrett Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Jones Mr. Mark P. Caraway Mr. and Mrs. Dean Kidd Ms. Frances Flautt Zook Mrs. Jane L. Moss Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Caldwell III Mrs. Geraldine Singleton Mr. and Mrs. John S. Seabold Mr. and Mrs. Meredith B. Allen Ms. Elizabeth Gray SuperValu, Rose Potter, Ann Potter and Glenn & Tamra Helms Mr. and Mrs. John M. Sumner, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dale A. Persons Ms. Rosie Glover

Mrs. Cornelia P. Lawrence Mrs. Sarah Anthony Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Merkel, Jr. Mr. Marshall G. Bennett Mrs. Barbara Williams Dr. and Mrs. G. Crawley Stubblefield Mr. and Mrs. George F. Ellis, Jr. Dr. Henry Flautt, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John B. Neville Mr. and Mrs. Toxey Hall III Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Harris, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Burnham Mr. John Stewart Ms. Madeleine Persons Mrs. Pauline M. Strain Mrs. Melanie Bowman Mrs. Kay L. Hull Mr. Harold P. Hammett, Jr. Mrs. Betty Jo Ellard Mr. Clinton Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Harris F. Powers, Jr. CARTER, MARY ANN, Weir, MS Miss Karen Fuller CAUTHEN, SR., TERRY L., Vaiden, MS Mrs. Joyce Armstrong CLANTON, JEWEL, Eupora, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spraberry COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record COOK, BILLY Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spraberry COOPER, ANTHONY Mr. Michael Anthony DAVIS, BILLY CLARK, Deland, FL Mrs. Hope C. Ellis DAVIS, MARY VIRGINIA, Brandon, MS Ms. Nancy M. Frederick DONALD, CHARLES UNGER, Goodman, MS Smithson Farms LLC ELLIS, MARGARET P. Mr. Roy M. Tipton ELLISON, JUDITH CHLOE FORBES, Ridgeland, MS Mr. Price Halford EPPERSON, DURRELL Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp EVANS, THOMAS DWYTE, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray FUTVOYE, PATRICIA, Ridgeland, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Dieckman Mrs. Martha G. Vance Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert R. McSpadden, Jr. Mrs. Barbara Bobbie Murray Mrs. Marlene Liddell Mr. and Mrs. Wirt A. Yerger, Jr. Mrs. Nannette V. Alford Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada GAYDEN, LAURIE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. William Tom Wasson GOODWIN, ROBERT C., Valparaiso, IN Mrs. Roberta C. Breyfogle

GRAFTON, CHARLES HERMAN Smithson Farms LLC GRAHAM, FRED P., Washington, DC Mr. and Mrs. Glenn L McCullough, Jr. HAMMOND, HELEN PEGGY TOLBERT, Germantown, TN Mr. Robert Y. Hammond, Jr. John Green and Company Mr. James Lefler HEARON, JR., T. ROSCOE, Hattiesburg, MS Mrs. Anita R. Hearon HECKLE, PHOEBE WELLONS, Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts HODGES, HARRY, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Morgan HOLLAND, PATRICIA, Warner Robbins, GA Ms. Melinda B. Livingston HOWELL, RICHARD, Starkville, MS Mrs. Mary Frances Dawkins Flood JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins JOHNSON, CAROLYN Mrs. Faye T. Allbritton KIMBLE, JR., VERSI WILLIAM, Franklin City, MS Ms. Margaret Vicki Kinsey LATHAM, NINA KAY EVANS, Bellefontaine, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spraberry LITTLEJOHN, JOSHUA PAUL, French Camp, MS Ms. Sue Iten LONG, RAYMOND, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bond MAXWELL, B. H., Canton, MS Mrs. Edith M. Aldridge MCCLURE, MARILYN The Graeber Family MCCOOL, EARLINE KIRKLAND Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hugh Cooper MCGEE, DOROTHY, Jackson, MS Mrs. Martha G. Vance MCGRAW, CHARLINE Mrs. Faye T. Allbritton MCKEE, HELOISE MARSHALL, Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts MCMASTER, FRANCES, Grenada, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spraberry MILLER, DEAN M. Mrs. Ann Dabbs Presley MOORE, MILDRED E., Marks, MS The Graeber Family MOTHER OF GAY WILLIAMS Mrs. Helen Ruth Bright MURREN, JEAN Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray MUSGRAVE, JOSEPH ROBERT, Tunica, MS Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts The Graeber Family NASH, GERRY, South Hill, VA Mrs. Athena B. Davies NICHOLS, ALFRED LEE Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt

NOBLIN, J. T., Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle NUNAN, T. RUSSELL, Decatur, GA Miss Sarah Elizabeth Nunan OLIVER, STEPHEN, Kosciusko, MS Mary Thornton Bible Class First Presbyterian Church, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. T. Lester King Mrs. Hope C. Ellis PARKER, MABEL Mr. and Mrs. William Fox PATTERSON, JERRY, Gore Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spraberry PERRY, JR., GEORGE C., Jackson, MS Ms. Edith L. Perry PIERCE, BOBBY FRANK, Bellefontaine, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spraberry PROFITT, WILLIAM, Brandon, MS Mr. Julian B. Watson, Jr. PURVIS, ROSEMARY, French Camp, MS Mrs. Regina Phillips Mrs. Ann Angle Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Manis Mr. and Mrs. James D. Ellington Dr. and Mrs. Anthony N. Brannan Mr. Bill Webb Mr. and Mrs. Phillip L. May, Sr. RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record RICHARDSON, JANICE, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bane ROSSON, KATHRYN ELIZABETH, Ridgeland, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mabry W. Linn SCHULTZ, TOM Mr. and Mrs. Duke Garraway SEAY, LESLIE, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reid SPENCER, CATHY KETCHUM Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt STAFFORD, LARRY MICHAEL Mrs. Shirley Stafford STANLEY, IMOGENE, Memphis, TN The Graeber Family Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp STEVENS, III, ANDY J., West, MS Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey L. Hathcock, Jr. STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STEVENS, MR. AND MRS. KERMIT, Brierfield, AL Mrs. Helen Thomasson SULLIVAN, KAREN JEAN, League City, TX The Graeber Family WATKINS, LINDA, Madison, MS Mrs. Bonnie L. Black Mrs. Martha G. Vance Miss Glenda Louise Black WILCOX, RICHARD D. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp WILLIAMSON, SALLY BARRETT Mrs. Ann Dabbs Presley

WILSON, ERMIS KING, Sterlington, LA Mrs. Frances R. Gardner WOYCKE, JAN, Long Beach, MS Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R. Branch WOYCKE, LINDA, Lake Bluff, IL Mr. Adam Kooperman CultureFit WYNNE, JOHN, Pickens, MS Mr. Julian B. Watson Jr. YANCEY, JAMES Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT, Conroe, TX Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates

February ABEL, NORA DARLENE SCARBOROUGH, Jasper, TX Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Abel Ms. Laura Kaase Mr. Delbert Kulbeth Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Donald Mr. Michael A. Turner Mr. and Mrs. D. Gregg Jones Mr. and Mrs. George P. Cossar, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Massoletti Ms. Shirley Magee Ms. Patricia J. Turner BAIRD, JR., JAMES MCKENZIE, Brandon, MS Mr. Victor B. Clark Mrs. Thomas L. Llewelyn and Family Ms. Josee S. Gavin Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Dykes Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Dale Linton Dr. and Mrs. William F Sneed Mr. and Mrs. Chris Shapley Mr. and Mrs. Leon C. McWilliams Mr. and Mrs. William David Shull Dr. and Mrs. William A. Long, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. A. Jerry Sheldon Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lamar Maxwell, Jr. Mrs. Jan Wade Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McCaffery Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Abernethy Ms. Ama Lighting Gunner Kennels Dr. and Mrs. Walton Lynn Stringer Ms. Kimberly Bolin Mr. Bill Wiltshire Miss Helen Elizabeth Cook Mrs. Aleene R. Walters Carriae Court Homeowners Dr. and Mrs. Allen R. Yates Ms. Susan Spotts Turner Mrs. Julia Yandell Mr. and Mrs. James Longstreet Minor III Rev. and Mrs. Frederick Fowler Mr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Howell Mr. and Mrs. P. Zeb Jones Mrs. Susan L. Griffith Mrs. Grace Hull


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CRS Update

Camp of the Rising has had the privilege of sharing the life-changing love of Christ to children through experiencing creation hands on, building relationships, and having a lot of fun for forty summers. It is with extreme sadness we made the difficult decision to cancel all summer camp 2020 programming due to the health risks of COVID-19 crises and resulting government restrictions. Camp of the Rising Son has been incredibly blessed by the understanding and outpouring of love and support from our camper families during this difficult time. Some of the comments we have received: “We recognize the change your camp has made in our daughter, so it is important to our family that CRS continue its mission!” “Thank you so much for the love, thought, and prayer you have put into everything. We love y’all and you better know our boys will be ready for next summer without a doubt!!” “We will miss you all so much this year. Of course, we understand and respect your decision and agree it is best in keeping everyone safe at this time. Already looking forward to summer 2021!” To our campers and staff, camp is a summer home where they reconnect with friends and grow closer to the Lord. We all mourn not being able to come together on the shores of Lake Ann to laugh and sing and hear the gospel. What is important to remember is although camp is the place that brings us together and allows us to grow and make memories, it is really the people that make camp special. Each of us who experiences camp is stronger because of the impact it has on our lives and we get to keep that with us. Camp keeps going because each of our campers and staff are what truly makes camp awesome, and this epidemic is a great time to share this with the people around us!

Building Lives through Athletics! Tennis

Fastpitch Softball

The tennis team got off to a great start with a record of 5-1 only dropping a close match to Grenada High School.  A lot of the players put in extra hours of practice on their own and it really made a difference.   Out of our twelve starters only one will not be returning next season so expectations are high.   Shout out to our only Senior Jeffrey Jones for his hard work and commitment to the team.

The girls put in a lot of hard work in anticipation of a great season. Unfortunately, they were only able to play five games with a record of two wins and three losses. Coach Chesser said that the season looked to be a bright season for the team, as they began to come together toward the end. The Lady Panthers would like to wish our three seniors Brianna Grice, Haleigh Outlaw, and Katarine Hanten a special send off!

Baseball

The Panthers Baseball team was off to a great start in 2020. According to Maxpreps, the Panthers were the tenth best team in the state from 1A to 6A by record.  After beginning the year undefeated (with six wins), everything came to a screeching halt with the help of COVID-19. The team was showing signs of being something really special. Led by seniors Jarren Holmes, Seth Box, Javen Anderson, Holt Barlow, and Bradley Edwards, and with a great supporting cast around them, the team was showing great poise for so early in the season.  We will never know just how good this team might have been.  We were having a great time, with great enthusiasm and camaraderie and it was This summer may not look like we had hoped, but we painful to see it all end so early.  Thanks to each player who made the “season that might trust that God will use it for His glory. We are so grateful have been” so special.  for the love and support of the CRS family and ask that you continue to keep camp and all our campers, staff, and Track families in your prayers.   Despite being cut short, the 2020 Panther Track Team looked forward to a bright season. Led by senior Colby Walters, the young Panther Track Team posted several great If you would like to consider donating to help keep performances during a Relays Meet at Pearl High School. The boys’ team, while small, the mission of reaching children with the gospel strong offered some strong performances, and the ladies, while knocking on the door of a few for future generations, please see our website: www.cam- records, delivered nothing short of exciting. While thankful for the memories, we have poftherisingson.com. v no doubt this season would’ve been one for the books. CRS will be offering engaging online content this summer to ensure that kids still get a taste of camp as well as some fun games for the kids to get creative with and do at home. Our staff are also already looking toward implementing additional safety and sanitization practices to prepare for future camp activities.


www.frenchcamp.org Memorials continued

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey Mr. and Mrs. N. Pat Autry Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada BELL, CLAY, Olive Branch, MS Mrs. Virginia C. Steadman BRANNING, JAMES WELTON, Ridgeland, MS Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Bounds Ms. Patricia M. Foster Mr. and Mrs. William Prewitt Ms. Jean Holmes BRAWNER, JO ANN Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp BROCK, HENRY DONALD, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bardin Redditt Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Key Ms. Christine McBee Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Muirhead Henderson Building and Supply Co. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster BYRD, NANCY Mrs. Dora Lee Clark CALDWELL, WILLIAM JAMES Mr. James C. Shafe CHANEY, MARY Wednesday Coffee Group CHRISTIAN, NAN Mrs. Jean Taylor COOK, MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM, Jackson, MS Miss Helen Elizabeth Cook CUNETTO, IDA LOVING, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Clayton H. Richardson III Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Hoover Mrs. Ellen D. Mauldin Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey G. Barnhart CURLEY, GERALD FRANCES Mr. Grady Simpson Robinson DAVIS, ANN COLLUMS Buddy and Barbara Chain DAVIS, ANN, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith DAVIS, MARY VIRGINIA, Brandon, MS Ms. Jeannie Logan Angela Logan Emily Martin EARLY, JANIS CAROLYN BOWEN Mr. and Mrs. George L. Blackledge ELLISON, JUDITH CHLOE FORBES, Ridgeland, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tim Folse EVANS, THOMAS DWYTE, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Fielders, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Matthai FERRELL, GRACE, Vienna, IL Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mitchell FREDENBURG, MARY EVELYN, Cadiz, KY Mrs. Athena B. Davies GARDNER, FRANK AND BETTY Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tannehill GORDON, RAE, Philadelphia, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes GORDON, WAYNE, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Donald HAMMOND, HELEN PEGGY TOLBERT, Germantown, TN Mrs. Pauline M. Strain Mr. and Mrs. Don W. Henley HARRINGTON, BILLY, Starkville, MS Dr. and Mrs. James E. Long HISAW, CAROLYN, Clinton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Douglas H. Vinzant HOLLADAY, BILL AND JO Mr. Robert Lawson Holladay HOLTSFORD, ANNE Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp HORTON, AUDIE Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp JOHNSON, EDWARD, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bruce H. Johnson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Wicke III Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McCaffery Mr. and Mrs. T. Bruce Payne, Jr. Mrs. Beatrice P. Woodard JONES, CHARLES H., Southlake, TX Mr. Julian B. Watson, Jr. JONES, JESSIE DEEN, Tchula, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy JONES, WILLIAM EVERARDE, Mileston, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy KILLEBREW, JOHNNY, Vicksburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray KIRKPATRICK, TOM Dr. and Mrs. James E. Long KNIGHT, GARY, Port Gibson, MS Dr. and Mrs. C. Dunbar McCurley LONG, NANNIE LOU, Ackerman, MS Mrs. Annie K. Melton LONG, RAYMOND, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster LOVE, III, KIMBLE Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Muirhead

French Camp TODAY • SUMMER 2020 • 13 MANN, JAMES W. Buddy and Barbara Chain MARTINSON, BILLY, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Porter Mr. Grady Simpson Robinson MCBRIDE, JIMMY, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw MCELHENNEY, MARCUS DARRELL, Decatur, MS Mr. Julian B. Watson Jr. MCGEE, DOROTHY, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lee G. Turnage MCLEOD, BILLIE, Lucedale, MS New Augusta Presbyterian Church MCMINN, SAMMY, Sturgis, MS Mrs. Irene Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Morgan MCNEESE, JR., HENRY B., Pickens, MS Pinnacle Motors, LLC Mr. Thomas E. Linn Mr. Tommy Worthey Mrs. Laura Leathers MOORE, MILDRED E., Marks, MS Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Green MR. MUIRHEAD Advanced Rehabilitation, LLC MURPHY, GUS, Jackson, MS Ms. Donna M. Myers OLIVER, STEPHEN, Kosciusko, MS United Realty, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw ORR, DONALD, Vaiden, MS Ms. Terri Holt PAGE, ELIZABETH ANNE DILLON Mrs. Susie W. Moran PARKER, THOMAS E., McComb, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carl Voss PEEPLES, GRACE, Florence, MS Mr. and Mrs. Joe O. Tubb PHILLIPS, MARY LOUISE HALE GLENN Mrs. Mary Margaret Tatum PHILLIPS, REBECCA BUFKIN Mrs. Dora Lee Clark PIERCE, DON DAVID, Logansport, LA Mr. and Mrs. T. Bruce Payne, Jr. POPE, JANE OWEN LUCAS, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw POWERS, CHASE, Actamonte Springs, FL Mr. and Mrs. Mac Alan Blaine PRATT, JOSEPHINE Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp PRICE, WILLANA T., Forest, MS Mrs. Carolyn Liddell PULLUM, STANLEY Ms. Helen T. Derryberry PURVIS, ROSEMARY, French Camp, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen Mr. and Mrs. Charles Guy SMITH, CHARLES W. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sheffield SPENCER, KATHY KETCHUM, Southaven, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt STAUB, MARY ELIZABETH POVALL Ms. Jane P. Wilkie STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens THOMAS, EUNICE BRANNING, Clinton, MS Mr. and Mrs. William Prewitt THOMAS, MAURICE Mr. and Mrs. William Prewitt TOMPKINS, GREG, Kilmichael, MS Mr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Fielders, Jr. VANDERVER, F. C., Benton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jon D. Gatlin WATTS, HERMAN, Long Beach, MS Mrs. Brenda G. Robertson WEEKS, NORMA, W., Henderson, KY Mr. and Mrs. Larry M. Weeks WHITTINGTON, JOSEPH C., Summit, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jack Barnett WILLIFORD, OWEN, Brookhaven, MS Mrs. Marlene Liddell WOODARD, JR., JAMES WALKER, Terry, MS Mrs. Beatrice P. Woodard YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT, Conroe, TX Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates

March

BAIRD, JR., JAMES MCKENZIE, Brandon, MS Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut Mrs. Athena B. Davies Mr. and Mrs. Van Johnson Mr. and Mrs. James Walter Newman IV Mrs. Nannette V. Alford Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle Mr. and Mrs. John C. Hewlett BALLARD, BLAKE Ms. Wynelle H. Sciple BARRENTINE, FRANCINE Mr. and Mrs. William Lloyd

BARRETT, ELIZABETH POPE BRECKENRIDGE Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III BELL, ELIZABETH, Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen BELL, JAMES Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins BENNETT, JR., MALCOLM M., Carrollton, MS Mrs. Mary Allen Bennett BEUTIN, TERRY, French Camp, MS Mrs. Lynn Broomfield BISHOP, JR., WYMAN Mrs. Sandra Bishop BOONE, GEORGE, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Duncan II BRANNING, JAMES WELTON, Ridgeland, MS Ms. Faye Parsons Ms. Deborah C. Parsons BRIDGFORTH, CAROLYN BYRD WATKINS, Pickens, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Montgomery BROCK, HENRY DONALD, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. James E. Pool, Jr. Mrs. Linda Thomas BURKS, RITA HAILEY, Hattiesburg, MS Ms. Margaret Vicki Kinsey BUSH, ROY, Marion, LA Mrs. Gloria Bush BYERS, BIM, Harrison Township, MI Mr. and Mrs. John Terry Gibbs CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Freedman CAMPBELL, GLENDA, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. John A. Campbell CARSON, THOMAS GORDON, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Jo Ann Carson CARTLEDGE, M. CLYDE AND GOLDIE, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Stotts CASSEL, CHARLENE, Whitehall, PA Mrs. Lynn Broomfield CHAIN, RUBY BLACK, Olive Branch, MS Mr. and Mrs. George Ted Merrill CHAMBERS, FAYDEAN WAGONER Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp CHATHAM, JR., GERALD, Hernando, MS Mrs. Beth Jenkins CLARK, JANIE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record COOK, ANNIE WADE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Stotts COOK, MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM, Jackson, MS Miss Helen Elizabeth Cook COOK, WAYNE AND BEATRICE Mr. and Mrs. David Stotts CRAFT, THOMAS, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey CUNETTO, IDA LOVING, Starkville, MS Ms. Jamie W. Senyard Mrs. Mary S. Bell CURTIS, JOHN GALLOWAY Ms. Torrey Curtis DEAS, MILDRED Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Thornton, Jr. DICKERSON, GLYN, West, MS Mr. and Mrs. James H. Briscoe FAUR, ED Mr. and Mrs. Richard Whittington FORRESTER, IRVING, Richland, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen FRANKS, PAUL Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins FULGHAM, PAT Ms. Wynelle H. Sciple FULGHUM, MICHAEL, Vicksburg, MS Mr. Richard L. Harrison FULMER, PATRICIA C. Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut FUTVOYE, PATRICIA, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Jane Baird GALATAS, MIKE Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III GALEY, RUBY EMBRY, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Vance Mr. and Mrs. J. Dexter Barr, Jr. GAMBRELL, CANDY Rev. and Mrs. Timothy R. Smith GARRETT, CHARLES Ms. Shirley G. Koiner GAYDEN, LAURIE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins GORDON, JUDY Mr. and Mrs. Dyer Atkinson GREEN, EDWARD, Lena, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Hedgepeth GRIFFIN, JESSE A. Mr. and Mrs. James R. Gulley, Sr. GULLEY, JR.,GEORGE H., Brookhaven, MS Mr. and Mrs. James R. Gulley, Sr.

HALL, CHARLES H. Mrs. Irene Morgan Mrs. Lou Wallace HALL, WILLIAM NELSON, Meridian, MS John O’Neil Johnson Motor Co. Ms. Carolyn Preston HAMMOND, HELEN PEGGY TOLBERT, Germantown, TN Mrs. Nancy Nordan HARRELL, MARGARET, Carthage, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Herrington HARRINGTON, BILLY, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. George III HERRING, III, ROBERT M. Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchell HILL, GWEN, Louisville, MS Mrs. Jane Estes HOYLE, BETTY SUE Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III HUTCHISON, SUE Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins JENKINS, JOAN, Vestavia, AL Mr. Harrell Lee Jenkins JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins KAIN, JOHNNY, Lacombe, LA Mr. and Mrs. Frank Biggs KENNARD, THOMAS BOSWELL, Starkville, MS Shea and Carol Hailey KOESTLER, BETTY Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III LEDBETTER, BILLY AND DOT Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Robertson LEDBETTER, JOSEPHINE, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Grace Hull LITTLE, LOUIS Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut LOFTIS, JR., JOHN L., Conyers, GA Mr. John L. Loftis Sr. LOGAN, JR., CRAWFORD R., Tchula, MS Mr. and Mrs. George M. Shute LOTT, FRAN Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III LOTT, JOAN ELAINE Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Bleakney, Jr. LOWE, RICHARD Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins MAGEE, MARTHA, Madden, MS Mr. and Mrs. Billy J. Curtis MCMINN, SAMMY, Sturgis, MS Mrs. Mary S. Bell MCNEESE, BILL Mrs. Pat Bobo MCNEESE, HENRY Mrs. Pat Bobo MCNEESE, JR., HENRY B., Pickens, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Montgomery Mr. David McCrory MCQUISTON, ANN Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Holland MIDDLETON, HELEN KELLY, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Triplett NICHOLS, HENRY C., Glendora, CA Mrs. Betty Anne Nichols NIXON, OPAL REAN Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp NORRIS, ROY, Pearl, MS Mr. and Mrs. William Walker Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Stone Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stone OAKLEY, GEORGE Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchell OLIVER, STEPHEN, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins ORR, DON, Vaiden, MS Mrs. Joyce Armstrong PACE, HENRY B., Oxford, MS Dr. and Mrs. J. Larry Tyler PERRY, JR., GEORGE C., Jackson, MS Ms. Edith L. Perry PERRY, JULIA G., Jackson, MS Ms. Edith L. Perry PHILLIPS, EARLINE BRISTER Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III PHILLIPS, MARY Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut PIERCE, SR., LUDWELL AND TESSIE Mr. and Mrs. Ludwell C. Pierce, Jr. PITTS, BESS Mrs. Ann Porter Miller POWER, HELEN VIRGINIA, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record REED, CREWS REYNOLDS Mr. David Hogue RICH, ELLA ROSE THORNTON, French Camp, MS Mr. Charles A. Rich RIDGEWAY, SUSAN Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III

ROGERS, JR., HAL T., Amory, MS Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lamar Maxwell, Jr. ROGERS, ROBERT W. Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut SANTMEYER, MARGARET JEANNE Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III SCHWALENBERG, INEZ Ms. Wynelle H. Sciple SEABROOK, VIRGINIA S. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp SECHLER, PAUL ANDREW Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Sechler, Sr. SHOEMAKER, W. C., Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins SITTON, DAVID Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp SPENCER, LINDA, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. James L. Spencer STARNES, HELEN E., New Orleans, LA Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STOTTS, DEWEY AND GOLDIE Mr. and Mrs. David Stotts SULLIVAN, CHARLES LESTER, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. Earl Walker, Jr. SUMMERS, ANGELA Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins TALABER, KATHY Mrs. Lynn Broomfield TRUELOVE, BERTHA Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins UNCLE OWEN Mrs. Elizabeth Worley VANTREASE, JR., DAVID Ms. Irene M. Vantrease WALDROP, NANCY ANN, Aiken, SC Mrs. Susan W. Emerson WALLACE, ANN Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Gilchrist WATFORD, E. FRED AND BERNICE SOWELL, Canton, MS Mrs. Lelia Watford Eldridge WATSON, JO HELEN, Greenville, MS Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III WELLS, WILLIAM J. Ms. Sandra N. Gullo WILLIAMSON, ELLEN A., Sumrall, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Bleakney, Jr. WILLIFORD, THOMAS OWEN, Brookhaven, MS Mrs. Ann Angle Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Aycock Mrs. Athena B. Davies Mrs. Lawrie G. Gulley Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bise IV Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Sullivan WOOD, RUTH MADDUX Dr. and Mrs. Gordon H. Meador, Jr. WOODS, ED, Ridgeland, MS Ms. Irene M. Vantrease YARBOROUGH, KATHRYN Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT, Conroe, TX Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates


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Molding and sculpting lives is what we do best at FCA. As you can imagine, we miss our young people and look forward to seeing them again this summer back on campus!

Alumni News

Though Alumni Day was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, plans are underway to host Alumni Reunions at Harvest Festival, 2nd Saturday of October. All Alumni are encouraged to attend Harvest Festival and make it one of the biggest ever!

2019 – 1 year 2015 – 5 years 2010 – 10 years 2005 – 15 years 1995 – 25 years 1970 – 50 years Class of 1970, this is your big year! It has been 50 years since you trod the halls of French Camp Academy! Make plans now to attend on October 10th.

NEEDS LIST

Please call Lance at (662) 547-6482 to let us know if you can help out with any of these: • Summer fun games: board games, outdoor games, frisbees, badminton, footballs, tennis balls, etc. • 4x4 work truck for grounds crew • Side by Side or four wheeler for maintenance department • Shovels, rakes, gardening tools for landscaping

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

French Camp Academy admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin.


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House parents sending care packages —House parents and staff on campus got to work in late March looking for creative ways to reach out to homebound students. Gift boxes filled with lots of encouraging words and fun items were mailed to each residential student. The pictures below reflect the creativity, thoughtfulness, and love placed in each box.

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Instagram—Everyone will agree that social media has made the whole world a stage. Though COVID-19 disrupted French Camp Academy’s plans on campus, it didn’t slow us down! We are using Instagram to stay in front of our young people. Videos of staff members sharing encouraging words and other posts were pushed onto social platforms to let our young people know how much we love and miss them.


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Rainwater Observatory Rainwater Observatory was busy in the Spring with several projects. Exterior buildings were renovated, landscaping and parking were improved, and old telescopes were refurbished. Though its annual Mid-South Star Gaze was cancelled in April, that didn’t stop Edwin Faughn from rolling off the roof to uncover a C-14 telescope. FCA staff children and parents enjoyed viewing the Apennines Mountains on the Moon and a quick peak at Venus. To say the least, they had a blast that evening.

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