News by Mary Margaret Busby October 17, 2022
Holmes Community College recently announced members of the 2022 Homecoming Court.
Ridgeland Campus court members include: Student Body Maid Olasike Olagbegi of Jackson, Sophomore Maid Arian Felton of Madison, Sophomore Maid Morghan McDonald of Madison, Freshman Maid Kennedy Manning of Brandon and Freshman Maid Jamaiya Williams of Canton.
Olasike Olagbegi, daughter of Miriam and Juwon Olagbegi, is a pre-med major who is active on campus. She is an Ambassador as well as a member of Student Government Association. Off campus, she sings in her church choir at Refuge Temple Church.
In addition, Olagbegi and her family have a non-profit organization called Abraham’s Table. Abraham’s Table was established in August of 2021 when her little brother (Abraham) was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder that changed his life forever. Abraham’s Table began when the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him a wish of his choice. Out of anything in the world that he could have chosen, Abraham decided to continue to feed the homeless (something the Olagbegi’s had always done as a family, before his condition).
“Although this unfortunate circumstance happened to my family, God used our story to show His glory!” Olagbegi said. “My family and I go out to Poindexter Park every third Saturday and we feed, sing and minister to the homeless. It is truly amazing to see their big smiles and gratitude. As my brother would say, ‘It is a blessing to be a blessing!’”
In her free time, Olagbegi likes to read her Bible, hang out with friends and go to the beach. After graduation from Holmes, she plans to further her education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her long-term goal is to attend medical school and pursue her dream of becoming an OB-GYN. Olagbegi will be escorted by Jaylen Grays of Jackson.
“While on my path toward my goals, I plan to grow God’s kingdom by drawing more people to Christ and by helping Abraham’s Table prosper,” Olagbegi said.
Arian Felton, daughter of Monique Moore, Johnny Winston and Edwin Felton, is a business administration major. At Holmes, she is Student Government Association secretary-treasurer and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Off campus, she is an Amazon influencer and Shein ambassador. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping and playing with her dog. Upon graduation from Holmes, Felton plans to attend Jackson State University and major in business administration. She plans to become a realtor. Felton will be escorted by Jordan Holly of Clinton.
Morghan McDonald, daughter of Mahalia McDonald and Larry Kennedy, Sr., is a criminal justice major. She is a member of the Student Government Association on campus. McDonald is also a member of Mt. Center Baptist Church where she participates in the youth department, youth choir and usher ministry. She is also the Sunday school secretary. McDonald works at the Chick-fil-A in Madison, where she serves as a training champion. She volunteers at the Madison County Library, as well. In her free time, McDonald enjoys dressing up and going out with her friends, hanging out with family and watching Netflix documentaries. She is also teaching herself Chinese on the side.
McDonald plans to graduate early from Holmes in December 2022. She has not chosen a college yet, but will transfer to a four-year college in January. Once that college is chosen, she will continue to pursue her ultimate goal of earning a doctorate in criminology. Her final goal is to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigations in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. McDonald will be escorted by Jaylon Boarden of Ridgeland.
Kennedy Manning, daughter of Samantha and Mark Manning, is a pre-nursing major. Manning is a Holmes Ambassador and is employed as a personal assistant at an accounting firm in Flowood. Some of her hobbies include watching TikToks, tanning and visiting her best friend in Starkville. Upon graduation from Holmes, Manning plans to apply to nursing school with the goal of becoming a travel nurse who travels/works across the country. She will be escorted by Tommy Jacobs of Brandon.
Jamaiya Williams, daughter of Shameka Williams and Edward Williams, is a general studies
In her free time, she enjoys shopping, getting manicures/pedicures and going to the Reservoir. Her long-term goal is to move out of state and open a medical clinic one day. Williams will be escorted by Sean Jordan of Byram.
The queen and her court will be presented during halftime of the Bulldogs’ Homecoming Game against Southwest Mississippi Community College on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Goodman. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
For more information about Homecoming, contact Alumni Coordinator Katherine Ellard at (662) 472-9134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured are the Holmes Community College 2022 Ridgeland Campus Homecoming Court members. They are (left to right) Freshman Maid Kennedy Manning of Brandon, Freshman Maid Jamaiya Williams of Canton, Student Body Maid Olasike Olagbegi of Jackson, Sophomore Maid Arian Felton of Madison and Sophomore Maid Morghan McDonald of Madison.