2018-02-07 / School & Sports

Seniors Recognized at Basketball Game

by Glenda Bailey


(L-R): JaMichael Grant, Jaimyen Miller, Javaris Butler, Michaela Colgan, Faith Brown, Lyla Jones and Zhaikerria Bush. Not pictured GJ Douglas. (L-R): JaMichael Grant, Jaimyen Miller, Javaris Butler, Michaela Colgan, Faith Brown, Lyla Jones and Zhaikerria Bush. Not pictured GJ Douglas. On Saturday, February 3, eight young athletes and cheerleaders were recognized for their four years of hard work, dedication, and the love of our MCHS in basketball and cheerleading. During half-time of the girls’ and boys’ games, Coach Mike Sauls recognized these eight young men and women; unfortunately, one of our senior athletes was unable to attend due to this dreadful flu that is going around - Mr. GJ Douglas. So in alphabetical order here are the seniors.

First was senior-Faith Brown. Faith is the daughter of Steve and Temika Brown. She has been a member of FFA for three years, FBLA for two years, and One Act Play her senior year. Faith served as Homecoming Representative her junior year. Faith was also chosen as Sophomore Server for Prom 2015. Due to her academic excellence, she has been a member of the National Beta Club four years and earned the honor of being a junior marshal for Graduation 2017. Faith has been a varsity cheerleader for four years serving as co-captain her junior year and currently serves as captain. Also, Faith was recently voted a Senior Favorite by her classmates.

Next was Zhaikerria Bush. Zhai is the daughter of Elrica Bush and Christopher McDougal. Zhai was escorted by her grandmother, Jennifer Brown and uncle, Elree Bush Jr. During her high school career, Zhai has been a member of the Lady Pirate’s Basketball Team for four years, a member of the Pirate Pride Color Guard where she served as cocaptain her sophomore year and captain for her junior and senior years. In track, she has placed seventh in the state for her performance in the 4X4 race during her sophomore year and third in state her junior year. This year, she has partaken in One Act Play where the crew placed second. Zhaikerria is an active four-year member of FBLA as well as the National Beta Club for academic recognition. She is currently serving as reporter for the Senior Class. She plans to attend Georgia State University to major in nursing and dance.

Next up was Javaris Butler. Javaris is the son of Miranda Perkins and Rufus Thornton. Javaris was escorted by his grandmother, Betty Bush and mother, Miranda Perkins. Javaris has been a member of the varsity basketball team for three years, and he was 2nd Team All-Region, a member of the varsity football team for two years, and track for three years. After graduation, he plans on attending college and majoring in nursing. Following J-Rock is Michaela Colgan.

Michaela is the daughter of Mike Colgan and Christy Colgan. Michaela has been a Pirate Varsity cheerleader all four years of high school. She served on Homecoming Court her ninth grade year and was chosen to serve as Sophomore Server for Prom 2016. Michaela was a participant of the One Act Play her junior year and has been a member of FBLA three years. She has served as a four-year member for FFA and the National Beta Club for academic excellence and she was recently voted a Senior Favorite by her classmates.

G. J. Douglas is the son of Mike and Joyce Douglas. G.J. has been a member of the Pirate Varsity Basketball Team his senior year and a member of the football team for four years. For his sophomore and junior years, he received All- Region First Team honors as his positions for middle linebacker and tight end, and he was chosen to represent MCHS in the GA/ FLA Border War. G.J. was recently voted a Senior Favorite and Mr. MCHS by his classmates. G.J. plans to attend college to play football and major in kinesiology while minoring in physical education.

Next was JaMicheal Grant. JaMichael is the son of Lucille Grant. JaMicheal has played varsity basketball for the Pirates all four years of his high school career and ran track for three years. After graduation, he leaves for training on June 26, with the United States Army. Also, JaMicheal plans on pursuing a career in cosmetology, where he hopes to become a licensed barber and own his on barbershop. Following JaMichael is Lyla Jones. Lyla is the daughter of Marla Jones and Richie Jones. Lyla has been a Varsity Cheerleader all four years of high school. She has served as co-captain for one year. Lyla has been a member of the FBLA one year and a three-year member of One Act Play, Literary, and FFA. Due to outstanding academics, Lyla has maintained membership for the National Beta Club four years. She also served as Junior Marshal for being one of the top eight of her graduating class for Graduation 2017. Lyla was also chosen by her classmates to serve on the Homecoming Court for the past three years, and she was recently voted a Senior Favorite by her classmates.

The last senior to be recognized was Jaimyen Miller. Jaimyen is the son of Myesha Miller and the late James Miller, Jr. He was escorted by his mother and grandmother, Mary Madden. Jaimyen has played varsity basketball for three years, ran track and played football for four years. In 2015, he was awarded Second-Team All-Region for defensive back. The following year he was presented Second-Team Honorable Mention for defensive back, and he was chosen to represent MCHS in the GA/ FLA Border War. Also, he was recently voted a Senior Favorite by his classmates. After graduation, Jaimyen plans to attend college and major in sports medicine.

The Miller County High School administration, faculty and staff wished each and every one of the athletes the best that life has to offer. Set your goals and reach high among the stars; and follow your dreams as you go out into this world; but always remember “Once a Pirate; Always a Pirate!”

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