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Five Holmes students named to Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team

Holmes Community College students Je’la McLin of Jackson, Kennedy Keyes of Brandon, Jamya Faith Benson of Grenada, Lucas Price of Kosciusko and Lindsey Turner of Sallis were all named to the 2022 Phi Theta Kappa honor society All-Mississippi Academic Team. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. McLin was named First Team, and the others were named to the Second Team.

Je’la McLin 

McLin, a biological sciences major on the Ridgeland Campus, is active on campus as a vice president for Phi Theta Kappa, a member of STEM Club and a President’s List scholar. Off campus, she is a Chick-Fil-A team member and has served as a volunteer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Children’s Hospital. She plans to attend Mississippi State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a pre-dental concentration. Her career goal is to become an orthodontist.

 Kennedy Keyes 

 Keyes, an software engineering major on the Ridgeland Campus, plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Mississippi State University upon graduating from Holmes. She is a President’s List scholar, Phi Theta Kappa member, 2021-2022 Holmes Foundation (Renasant Bank) Scholarship recipient; a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship recipient. She was also voted a Class Favorite. Outside of Holmes, Keyes works part time, volunteers with the DoSomething Organization and is an international Coding Black Females club member. She occasionally tutors her peers, as well. In her free time, she codes websites and mobile games, collects out of interests and watches thriller, sci-fi and DC films.

Jamya Faith Benson 

Benson, an elementary education major on the Grenada Campus, is a President’s and Dean’s List scholar, an English Composition Award recipient and a Mississippi Hobnob attendee. She is active on campus as Student Government Association (SGA) president, Phi Theta Kappa honor society vice president of communications, a member of the Baptist Student Union and a student worker for the Office of Admissions. Benson was also selected as the Grenada Campus Student Body Maid during Homecoming 2021. Off campus, she volunteers with the Grenada Soup Kitchen and serves as a math tutor, vocal coach and church pianist. Upon graduation from Holmes, she plans to attend the University of Mississippi where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in music. She looks forward to teaching students and motivating them to be great leaders.

Lucas Price 

Price, an accounting major on the Goodman Campus, was named Mr. Holmes Community College during the 2020-2021 school year. He served as vice president of Phi Theta Kappa in 2021, president of Phi Theta Kappa in 2022 and was on the President’s List every semester. Price is also a member of the Holmes Connection!, Coachmen, Chorale and Baptist Student Union.

Additionally, he is an active member of First Baptist Church of Kosciusko where he serves as a worship leader, youth counselor for Fall Retreat and youth counselor for D-NOW. He also volunteers with Shepherd’s Touch.

Price also served as a work-study student for the Holmes Healthplex in Kosciusko and works at The Aisle Mississippi Wedding Venue on the weekends. After graduation from Holmes, he plans to continue his education at Mississippi State University to pursue a career in accounting. His goal is to obtain a bachelor’s as well as a master’s degree in accounting.

 Lindsey Turner

Turner, a biological science major on the Goodman Campus, is a member of Holmes Connection!, Coachman singers and the Chorale. Additionally, she is involved in Baptist Student Union and serves as a Phi Theta Kappa officer. She was named Holmes’ 2022 Most Beautiful in the Parade of Beauties pageant, as well. In her free time, Turner enjoys singing, dancing, rescuing animals and spending time with family. She is also the lead singer in a wedding band called Stylish. Upon graduation from Holmes, Turner plans to attend Mississippi College, followed by medical school or optometry school.

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