It was a special occasion recently for senior varsity boys' and girls' basketball players and cheerleaders at Thomson High School. The groups were honored with "Senior Night" between the girls' and boys' game against Baldwin County.
Parents and other family members participated, as each of the seniors was announced by the public address announcer. They then walked onto the gym floor where they received applause.
Senior cheerleaders included: Jaylah Jackson, daughter of Alden and Tia Jackson; Megan Connor, daughter of Patricia Connor; Brittany Holderfield, daughter of Mike and Carol Holderfield; Emily Neal, daughter of Glenn Neal; Crystal Reese, daughter of Kimberly Martin; and Mikala Thomas, daughter of Michael and Liz Thomas.
Jackson has been a cheerleader for four years and plans to attend Alabama State University to major in nursing or early childhood education.
Connor has been involved in cheerleading, soccer and student council. She plans to attend college after graduation with the idea of pursuing a career in the medical field.
Holderfield has been a cheerleader for three years and a member of the TCB for five years. She plans to attend Armstrong Atlantic State University to major in physical therapy and work with children who have cancer.
For the past four years, Neal has been a cheerleader, a member of the BETA Club, FCA and HOSA. She plans to attend Georgia Southern University to major in nursing.
Reese serves as co-captain of the cheerleading squad and BETA Club president. She plans to attend the University of Georgia and teach school later.
Thomas, who has been a cheerleader for the past two years, a member of the French Club and student council, plans to attend college to major in communications.
The following senior girls' basketball players and manager also were honored. They include: Etorya Anderson, daughter of Ettoinet Anderson; Andrea Culpepper, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary Culpepper; Brianna Nicole "Bri" Hart, daughter of Ervin and Dorothy Hart; Jacy Janai Jones, daughter of Fred Jones and Jaqueline Jukes; Chiquita Kendrick, daughter of Rodney Kendrick and Wanda Moore; Zakia Wilson, daughter of Sammy Wilson and Renée Ivery; and Shanecqua Parker, daughter of Ricky and Lawanna Parker. The manager of the team is Temeshia Harris, daughter of Beryl Evans and the late Mathew Emanuel.
Harris is a member of the FBLA, Spanish and French clubs and plans to attend North Georgia College to major in education.
Anderson, who has played basketball and participated in track and field for the past four years, plans to Clayton State University to pursue a degree in business and accounting.
Culpepper, who served as drum major of the THS Bulldog Brigade, plans to attend the University of West Georgia to study music and math education.
Hart, who served as editor of the yearbook and president of the student council, plans to attend the University of Georgia with hopes of someday becoming a physical therapist.
Jones, a member of student council who has played basketball and is a member of the track and field team, plans to attend the University of West Georgia to major in speech/language pathology.
Kendrick, who has played basketball for the past four years, would like to study business or physical education after graduation.
Parker, a member of the Honor Ensemble in band, plans to major in nursing or business.
Wilson, who has played basketball for four years, is the reigning Miss THS Homecoming Queen.
Six senior boys' basketball players also were honored. They included: Darius Eubanks, son of Stephanie and Shawn Walker; Richard Johnson, II, son of Richard Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Roberts; Marvin Ramsey, son of Marvin Ramsey and Phyllis Morgan; Brandon Turman, son of Yetonia and Kaven Hutchinson; Radney Tutt, son of Randonph Tutt and Rhonda Johnson; and Dexter Sneed, son of Darrely and Telaine Sneed.