MSA ambassadors met with state legislators and guests at the Mississippi State Capitol Building for Brookhaven Day at the Capitol. It was an opportunity to show off what the City of Brookhaven and Mississippi School of the Arts has to offer. Along with the Brookhaven/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, other government and private businessmen greeted everyone arriving at the Capitol entrance.

Mississippi Department of Education representatives Dr. Kim Benton (MDE Chief Academic Officer) and Wendy Clemons (Director of Special Schools) took special interest in highlighting Mississippi School of the Arts. Jonathan Lancaster, a Class of 2019 Media Arts student, talked to Benton and Clemons about his work in the program. Media Arts is the newest arts discipline at MSA, which goes beyond the traditional curriculum experience with and advanced study of film and cinema production, a first of its kind for the state’s high school students.

Ambassadors attending Brookhaven Day included (Photo L-R): Marley Roberson (Literary 2018), Demi Doty (Vocal 2018), Chris Aaron (Literary 2018), Jonathon Lancaster (Media 2019), Raylen Ladner (Theatre 2019), Shelly Castilaw (Literary 2018), Chrystian Butler (Visual 2018), Anna Wynne (Visual 2019), Ade’ola Ayedun (Visual 2018), and Kenya Moore (Dance 2018).

Also attending the event included Senator Sally Doty, Representative Becky Currie, Representative Vince Mangold, and Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, all from the Brookhaven, Mississippi area. Senator Doty gave MSA students a quick tour on the floor of the senate chamber.


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