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Jonah King Receives Lindy Callahan Scholarship

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - Print Article

Jonah KingWEST LINCOLN – Jonah King, a Senior at West Lincoln Attendance Center, was recently selected as the Lindy Callahan Scholar Recipient for the region by the Mississippi High School Activities Association. Lindy Callahan recipients are selected, based on ACT and academic performance, as well as athletic participation. Sixteen Scholar-Athletes are selected statewide, with 2 from each district (1 girl and 1 boy). Out of the sixteen yearly recipients in the state, a student in Lincoln County School District has received the Lindy Callahan Scholarship for the past 3 years in a row.

According to the MHSAA web site, the scholar-athlete program was initiated in 1996 by then-MHSAA executive director Ennis Proctor in honor of Lindy Callahan and his wife, Ann. Mr. Callahan served as an athletic director and coach at Gulfport High School from 1953 until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Callahan, a football and baseball standout for Meridian High School and the University of Mississippi, has long been admired for his leadership and dedication to the schools and students of his home state.

A former president of the MHSAA, Mr. Callahan was inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame in 1977, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame in 1995, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Hall of Fame in 2010.

Mr. Jason Case (Principal at West Lincoln) and Mr. Terry Brister (Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools) congratulates Jonah King for receiving this honorable award.

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