The 2008 Poplarville High School Hall of Fame seniors were announced earlier this month. Hall of Fame is seven students that are from the top twenty-five of the senior class that are picked by select members of the faculty. They are chosen according to their outstanding achievements both in and out of the classroom.
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Brett Barlow is the son of Bob and Shan Barlow and the grandson of Charles Ray and Sally Perry of Henleyfield and Robert and Faye Barlow of Oak Grove. His siblings are Katey and Cade Barlow. Brett is the Valedictorian of the 2008 graduating class.
Brett is a National Merit Finalist and the PHS STAR Student for 2008. He has received numerous subject area awards, including Algebra II, U.S. History, English III, Chemistry, Geometry, Mississippi Studies and several band awards, as well as the All A Honor Roll throughout his school career. He was also chosen by his peers as Beau his junior and senior years.
Brett is involved in many activities. He has been in the Poplarville High School Band, where he served as trombone section leader for 3 years. He has been on the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Poplarville team for 4 years. He was captain of the team that won 2nd place at the regional competition his sophomore year and captain of the team that won 1st place at the regional competition his junior year, going on to compete at Stoney Brook, New York for the national competition where his team won the Admiral J. D. Watkins Sportsmanship Award. Brett has been Vice-President of the Beta Club for 4 years, Vice-President of Student Council for 2 years and Representative in Student Council for 1 year. He has also served as an officer in several more clubs on campus, including CLOC Club, Spanish Club, and Peers Club. Brett also served as web editor for the school district web site his junior year.
Brett is involved in many community and civic activities. He has served as a First Priority Serve Team Leader, where he was involved in chartering the club at Poplarville High School. He has served on the Youth Leadership Team and the Worship Team at First Baptist Church of Poplarville, where he plays guitar. Through his band, Jones Unleashed, Brett has helped to organize community worship events and played at many churches in the Gulf Coast area. Through First Baptist youth, he worked for Habitat for Humanity. He also worked as a camp counselor for Camp Imagine.
Brett plans to attend Mississippi College in the fall where he will major in Biology and minor in Spanish and Christian Studies. His career goal is to become a Medical Doctor in Pediatric Oncology.
Torrey Harriel is the son of Shelton and Cindy Harriel. He has received several awards throughout his high school career at Poplarville, including the Algebra I Award, the Art Award, the Zoology Award, recognition for perfect scores on the state Algebra and Biology Exams, and All A Honor Roll Grades 9-12. Torrey has been part of the Art Club, the BETA Club, Christians Living on Campus (CLOC), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and Ocean Bowl. He has played tennis since his freshmen year, and as a senior he is the Varsity Team Captain, a member of the Varsity Soccer Team since his sophomore year, and a member of the basketball team his freshmen year. Torrey has also been an Ocean Bowl Team Captain and a BETA Quiz Bowl Captain. He plans on attending William Carrey University, where he will major in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Weston Smith Harwell is the 18 year old son of Minor and Hilda Harwell and the grandson of Monroe and Dorothy Bilbo. During his high school years he has been very active in numerous school clubs. He has been a member of the Beta Club all four years of high school and served as a Beta Club officer. West also plays many sports. He currently is playing tennis and soccer, and was elected Captain of his soccer team. West has held very high academic standards for himself throughout high school. He plans to maintain these high standards, as well as continuing school involvement while he attends college. Weston has been awarded an Academic Excellence Scholarship and is a recipient of the Mississippi Luckyday Citizenship Scholarship from the University of Southern Mississippi where he will be pursuing a degree in ACS-certified Biochemistry.
Jessica Holliday is a senior at PHS. She is the 18 year old daughter of Melissa and Walker Holliday, and the sister of Will Holliday. She is a four year member of the PHS soccer team and was selected this year as the MVP and Best Defensive Player. She is also a four year member of the PHS Track and Field team, and a two year member of the PHS Cheerleading squad. She is also a four year member of the PHS Student Council in which she is the Student Body Vice President. She is currently fifth in the Senior Class and has a 4.0. She has also signed with Southwest Mississippi Community College to play soccer and plans to major in Biology.
Michael Kammer is the son Bruce Kammer and Kay Kammer. Bruce owns Coldwell Banker Realty in Poplarville and Picayune. Kay works as an aerobics instructor at Pearl River Community College. Michael has two older sisters, Tiffany and Kristen. Kristen is in the Hall of Fame herself.
Michael was the captain of the soccer team his senior year, and has been on the tennis team. At the moment, he has a winning record in tennis, and is on his way to the district tournament. He has been on the Scholar Athlete team all four years. He has a 4.0 grade point average, is 10th in his class, and is on the honor roll. He received the Journalism award his junior year. He plans on attending Loyola University in New Orleans, where he was awarded the Deans Scholarship. He plans to major in Music Industry Studies, and will be in the honors program.
Michael is a member of St. Joseph Catholic church, where he is acting as Interim youth minister. He is also a part of the youth group at First Baptist Church of Poplarville, where he started, and still is part of the praise band. He also plays guitar for a local Christian rock/worship band, Jones Unleashed, which has been together for over four years.
Mary Beth is the daughter of Mike and Linda Patten. She has two brothers Ray and Tommy. She is the granddaughter of Sara Patten and Jean Wedig. She is graduating with high honors as an IHL graduate. She has been a member and officer of the Student council and Beta club. She received the English, Band, and Leadership award in the ninth grade. She was voted Senior Class favorite. She is very active in sports. She is a five-year letterman in soccer and was an all-district player. She was also a member of the Methodists Church where she is an active youth member and president of the youth. She plans to attend Pearl River Community College where she has received a soccer and academic scholarship. She then plans to pursue a degree in medicine.
Savannah Smith is the daughter of Shane and Sue Smith and the granddaughter of Ray and Lois Gipson of Poplarville and Therman Smith and June Smith of Picayune. Her siblings are Maverick and Stettson Smith. Savannah is ranked third of the 2008 graduating class.
Savannah has received numerous subject area and leadership awards, including Chemistry, Biology, AEST, Citizenship, and Leadership awards, as well as All A Honor Roll throughout her school career. She was chosen by her peers as a Beauty her junior year and Miss PHS and a senior homecoming maid her senior year. She is also involved in many activities. She has been a member of the PHS Honeybees dance team for 4 years where she served as captain and has been awarded as an American All-Star Dancer for the past two years. She has also been a member of the high school tennis, softball, and soccer teams and also a member of the PHS players. Savannah has also been a member and officer in clubs including Student Council, Beta club, Cloc club, FCA, and Peers Club.
Savannah is also involved in many community programs and activities. She is a volunteer at Brothers Keeper Ministries, a Special Olympics volunteer, and also a Relay for life volunteer. She is also very involved in her church and youth group at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Savannah has served on many interstate missions trips and last summer was a member of a missions team to Romania. She is currently planning her return trip this summer.
Savannah plans to attend Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, where she will major in Biology and minor in Missions. Her career goal is to become a Family physician