District Spelling Bee winner

Leland seventh-grader

Madison Bush was

named the 2018 District

Spelling Bee Champion

for Washington County

on Tuesday. Her winning

word was “ontological”.

She will compete next at

the State Competition in

Jackson, MS this April.

Madison is the daughter

of Cedric and Lisa Bush.


Job Shadowing

By Stephanie Patton Publisher/Editor-I enjoyed having Leland High School Senior Rodkell Barber with me at the newspaper office as part of the Career Tech School’s Job Shadowing program. The Job Shadowing program partners local students with area businesses to give the student a real-world experience of what the working environment is like as well as what certain professionals do on a daily basis. Not only did Rodkell show up on time (maybe even a little early), he arrived dressed professionally (very stylishly, I might add), and full of enthusiasm. Before we sat down to learn about the newspaper business, he had some assigned questions for me. We went through those, and I answered them as best I could. I was excited to learn that Journalism was on his list of possible career interests, along with fashion and psychology. I took Rodkell through my typical Monday routine of pulling together the content line up for the week’s edition. Then we organized the ads scheduled for the week, and I showed him how to use the design software to layout the ads and the content. We had fun reading through Recollections and editing it for space. He was such a fast learner, he ended up laying out the whole Recollections page and placing several of the ads for this edition. Had we not run out of time, he probably could have done the whole newspaper this week. I don’t know if I was able to inspire Rodkell to lean more towards Journalism as a career, but he sure did inspire me to be excited about the work ethic potential of his generation. When I asked him what he thought his success so far could be attributed to, he quickly said his family, friends, and church. With support like that, I’m sure he’ll be successful no matter what he chooses to do for a living. I can’t wait to see how far he goes. Good luck Rodkell!!!


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