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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor

               

2016 Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete


Senior A.J. Forrest has made his mark at Grenada High School. During the four years he has attended GHS, A.J. has excelled in academics, sports, and leadership. Forrest stated, “In participating in a variety of activities, I tapped into my ability to step out of my comfort zone. The desire to test my abilities pushed me to join show choir, a huge step into the unknown. I never fathomed performing in front of thousands of people. It’s almost as if I find things I am good at by just trying, so I shall continue to explore.” His determination and perseverance paid off as Forrest was recently named as a 2016 Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete.

Sixteen seniors from across the state were honored recently as 2016 Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes. One boy and one girl were selected from high schools in each of the Mississippi High School Athletic Association’s eight geographical districts based on their academic accomplishments, their participation in high school athletics, and their extracurricular activities. The winners were joined at the 21st annual banquet luncheon held at the Jackson Hilton hotel by family members, school administrators, coaches and MHSAA partners.

Forrest’s accomplishments are numerous. During his tenure at GHS, Forrest earned four letters each in football, soccer, powerlifting, and track. He joined the GHS soccer team during his sophomore year as a first time participant in the sport and earned the title of “Summer Workout Warrior” as a junior. Forrest also excels academically. He has completed Advanced Placement courses in Economics, Government, English, Geography, Biology, and U.S. History. Serving as reporter for the GHS chapter, he attended the National Honor Society conference in Washington D.C. this year. Forrest also participated in Mu Alpha Theta, Rotary Leadership Conference (2015), Boys State Senator (2015); Fellowship of Christian Athletes, GHS Visions Show Choir, Anchor Club International, and Academic Team. A member of the GHS band program since 7th grade, Forrest received the Hardest Worker award as sophomore. He also organizes youth programs at his church and participates in the male choir.

Melanie Hopper, AP Literature instructor at GHS, stated, “A.J. is a joy to have in the classroom. He truly embodies a love of learning and an insatiable desire to learn as much as possible about as many things as possible. He is able to satisfy his own curiosity through his extensions of assignments. He is strong, self-reliant, honest, and intelligent.” Each Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete winner receives a $1,500 college scholarship through the support of MHSAA partners. Forrest plans to attend Mississippi State University after graduation, majoring in Biochemistry with a focus toward Pre-Med.