The first campus visit was Tougaloo College where the PACES members toured the campus and visited the newest dorm on campus. After the campus visit, the PACES members went to the Mississippi State Capitol where they were greeted by Senator Samson Jackson and Representative Michael Ted Evens.
The first campus visit was Tougaloo College where the PACES members toured the campus and visited the newest dorm on campus. After the campus visit, the PACES members went to the Mississippi State Capitol where they were greeted by Senator Samson Jackson and Representative Michael Ted Evens.
Each year about 40 of Kemper County High School seniors participate in the PACES Project program. Kemper County Economic Development Authority’s PACES Project (Parents and Community Equals Educational Success) is an all-volunteer, self-supporting educational advocacy and mentoring program that help prepare Kemper County High School students for life beyond high school by increasing community awareness of the value of higher education and increasing student access to information and resources about post-high s chool education and career opportunities.

This year during the fall semester the PACES members had the opportunity to visit 3 of Mississippi’s best colleges: Tougaloo, Rust, and Mississippi State. The students toured the college campus and got insights on what it takes to get into these institutions and the effort required to remain a student.

The first campus visit was Tougaloo College, which is in Tougaloo, MS, where the PACES members toured the campus and visited the newest dorm on campus. The students also learned that to get a full ride to Tougaloo they need a GPA of 3.5, 27 and above or an ACT or 1220 on SAT. After the campus visit, the PACES members went to the Mississippi State Capital where they were greeted by Senator Samson Jackson and Representative Michael Ted Evens. Representative Michael Ted Evan gave the students insight on the rich history of the Mississippi capitol.

The second campus visit was Rust College, which is in Holly Springs, MS, where the PACES members toured the campus and visited the Leontyne Price Library. During their meeting with the admission counselor the students learned that a 3.0 GPA, 17 ACT could earn a student a $10,000-academic scholarship. Afterwards the Rust College Student Ambassadors discussed in detail the importance of meeting deadlines for applications, maintaining college application records, college campus social activities, and the need to develop a support network.  Within a month of our visit to Rust College, 5 members of PACES were extended major scholarship offers to Rust College.

The third campus visit was Mississippi State University, which is in Starkville, MS, where PACES members got the chance to learn even more about student college life. Among which included that MSU freshman can request an upper-class mentor to help guide them around campus. While touring the MSU the students received a truly inspiring surprise. A PACES alumnus, Thomas White, was the subject of a huge video display board.  Thomas White –                     Class of 2012, a PACES and American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholar had been designated as a Mississippi State University Featured Founder for his entrepreneurial achievements as a Business Major at MSU.

As in the past years, after the members of PACES have had the opportunity to visit college campuses, to visit the state capitol and observe legislative processes.  Those activities being completed the members of PACES begin the entry into the new year with the possibility of being selected to serve as a Legislative Page. This year PACES sponsored the experience for four members to serve as Pages for Senator Sampson Jackson and Representative Michael Ted Evans, including their lodging, food and providing a chaperone during the first week of March.  Assigned as Pages to Senator Jackson were: Keanna Robertson and Kelsey Hearn. Representative Evans Pages were Trinity Davis and Brianna Burton.

PACES will close out the year for the Class of 2019 with a trip to John C. Stennis Space Center on 28 March, which will be followed by the PACES Reality Store experience for the entire 9th grade class and the PACES Award Banquet in late April or early May time frame, and a Graduating Senior “Next Step Prep Workshop”.

PACES Project is a Kemper County Economic Development Authority, all-volunteer, self-sustaining organization whose mission is to instill in the students of KCHS a hunger and discipline for learning that inspires them to set lofty life goals, leads them to take advantage of all educational opportunity available to assist them toward those ambitions, and motivates them to return the favor by giving back to the community. More information may be found at www.PACES-KCEDA.com or Facebook.com/PACESInfo.