Manuel Franco and Victoria Smith
Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for February-Manuel Franco
Manuel Aldair Franco, son of Manuel Sr. and Irene Franco has been selected as the Rotary Student of the Month for the month of February. He is the grandson of Juan and Maria Franco-Tellez as well as Zenaida and Fernando Pech-Ortiz. Manuel’s grandparents reside in Campeche, Mexico.
Manuel has been selected as Mr. CHS (Corinth High School) by his fellow student body, a prestigious award for which he is extremely gratified. He has also been inducted into the Corinth High School Class of 2017 Hall of Fame. He is currently ranked 6th in his graduating class of 120 students at Corinth High School. He has a GPA of 4.29, and his highest achieved ACT composite score is a 27. He has achieved an AICE Diploma with Merit, which he will receive on his graduation in June of 2017. Manuel has received the Principal’s Honor Roll award for the past three scholastic years.
Manuel enjoys attending leadership conferences, where he is privileged to meet fellow youth leaders from distinct areas of our geographical area. He is an alumnus of 2015 Junior Leadership Alcorn. He was also selected to represent Corinth High School along with two other classmates at the 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Conference in Olive Branch, MS. In early 2016, he was also selected to interview for the ACE Power Washington Youth Tour. He attended the 2016 American Legion Mississippi Boys State at the University of Mississippi, where he was selected by fellow delegates from distinguished parts of the state to serve as their City Project Alderman for his particular group. He returned to the University of Mississippi a few weeks later to attend the 2016 APEX Leadership Summit at Ole Miss, for which he was one of the fortunate students accepted from all of the state’s high schools. He and his teammates achieved first place team overall over the course of APEX. His Junior Year, he was also elected by his fellow classmates to serve as the Junior Class secretary/treasurer.
Manuel is bilingual, fluent in the English and Spanish language, which has facilitated him to serve community members who are unable to communicate due to a language barrier. He served as a translator at the 2015 Lighthouse Christmas Toy Store. He has also volunteered at the Corinth Elementary School Fall Festival through the FACS Club, the Alcorn County Basketball tournament through the Interact Club, Caterpillar Youth Adopt-A-Highway through JLA, the Corinth XC annual Color Run, and the Brookdale Retirement Home in Oxford, MS through APEX. As a member of the student council, Manuel was selected to be an escort for the Corinth High School Class of 2015 and 2016 graduations.
As a member of many clubs, Manuel’s favorite has been his 4-year membership of the Corinth Cross Country team. On November 7, 2016, he became an MHSAA 4-A cross-country state champion along with his fellow teammates. Athletically, he has also participated in the Corinth High School track team. Scholastically, he has been a previous member of the FACS Club, Mayor’s Youth Council, Interact Club, and Foreign Language Club. He is still a member of C-club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Corinth Wi-Fi and Video Production Crew, Mu Alpha Theta mathematics club, and the National Honor Society.
Manuel has received various academic awards which include first place in Spanish I and Nutrition and Wellness, second place in AICE American History and AICE Global Perspectives, and third place in Research Using Technology’s Informational Tools. Other honors include his honorable mention and publication in the 2014 Crossroads Poetry Project as well as his induction into the National Honor Society, and Principal’s Honor Roll All Year Award for the past three years.
Manuel will be attending The University of Mississippi in the fall, where he will be attending the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, which he has been accepted into. He will pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering. For his graduate studies he wishes to attend the University of Mississippi Medical in Jackson, MS to become an Orthopedic Surgeon.
Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for January-Caroline Sleeper
Caroline Sleeper has been selected as the Corinth High School Rotary Student of the Month for January. She is the daughter of Ronnie and Natalie Sleeper. She is the granddaughter of Harold and Nancy Patrick of Corinth and Ralph and Janice Cunningham of Florence, Alabama.
At Corinth High School, Caroline is ranked 5th in her class of 120 students. She has a GPA of 4.32 and a composite ACT score of 31. Caroline has been notified that she will receive her AICE Diploma, with Merit, from CHS in June.
She is a member of the 2017 Corinth High School Hall of Fame and was awarded the Cambridge University IGCSE Medallion as well as the Cambridge University IGCSE Outstanding Learner Award in 2016. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Thespian Society, and the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. During her junior year, she won an award for first place in her Public Speaking class and third place in her AICE Sociology class.
Caroline currently serves as the Student Body President at Corinth High School, and was voted Student Council Sweetheart during Homecoming. She is also the president of the Interact Club. Her sophomore year, she was selected as CHS’s Ambassador at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference at Millsaps College. And in 2016, she attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference. She attended the Trent Lott Institute Emerging Leaders Retreat at Ole Miss in December.
Caroline serves as the Vice Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Council and is an alumnus of Junior Leadership Alcorn. She has volunteered for the Rotary Food Basket Project every year since third grade, and it is her favorite of all the projects she participates in. She also volunteers for the Rotary 5K race and Coke 10K race. She serves meals at Living Free Ministries and works the Lighthouse Toy Store Project at Christmas. She was voted Freshman Class Favorite by her peers. She actively participates in the musicals and competition plays at CHS amd is an active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Interact Club, Science Club, and C-Club.
Caroline has been a member of the Warrior volleyball team since her 7th grade year and has played varsity since 8th grade. She is a 5-year letter winner, was selected First Team All-Division this season and was selected by her teammates as “Best Teammate” two years. She also spent many winters playing for the Tupelo Juniors Volleyball Club.
Caroline is really excited about attending Mississippi State University in the fall, where she has been accepted into the Shackouls Honors College. She is currently undecided between Meteorology and Public Relations for her major.
Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for December-Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith has been selected as Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for December for Corinth School District. She is the daughter in Tim and Tracey Smith.
Victoria has received multiple AICE credits and awards, and has a GPA of 3.6. In June, she will graduate with Advanced Level Cambridge Scholars. She has scored college and career ready in IGGSE American History and will leave CHS with 18 hours of college credit. She was awarded 1st place winner in the 2015-2016 Crossroad Poetry Contest and 2nd place winner in 2014-2015.
Victoria has been involved in many organizations on and off campus during her high school career. She has been an active member of C-Club, Drama Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Thespian Society, National Honor Society and a numerous amount of other clubs. She has been a member of the Corinth High School cheer team for 3 years and is currently a Senior Caption. She has also been a member of the Corinth High School volleyball team for 6 years. She participated as a cast member of “Cinderella” and ‘Legally Blonde’ as well as the CHS Competition play in 2015. She competed with the CHS Speech and Debate Team in 2017. Victoria has been very involved in Mayor’s Youth Council over the past four years and has participated in many leadership programs. She attended The University of Mississippi APEX Leadership Conference, and also represented CHS at the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference.
Victoria was recently honored as Miss CHS by the Corinth High School student body. She is currently Senior Class President and Historian for Mayor’s Youth Council. This year she was selected as Pep Club Sweetheart. As a Junior, she served as Vice President of her class and President of the Susie Coleman Powderpuff Scholarship Fundraiser. As a freshman, she was elected as Homecoming Maid and Vice President of her class.
Other projects she has participated in her school and community include volunteering at the Father Daughter Ball, Coke Race, Films on Fillmore, Remembering Corinth, Moon and Magnolias, Rotary Race, Havis’ kid’s Disney breakfast and dinner, Art Smart Camp, Camp Hollywood, Little Cheer Camp, Lighthouse Toy Store, Rotary Christmas Baskets, and several other events.
Victoria is will be attending the University of Mississippi in the Fall.
Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for November-Ashton Murrah
Ashton Murrah, daughter of Joy and Casey Murrah, has been selected as the Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for November.
Ranked at third in her academically competitive class, Ashton has a GPA of 4.32 and an ACT score of 31. She has received the distinct honor of being named a National Merit Commended Scholar. Ashton is on track to receive her AICE diploma before graduation, along with 9 college hours.
Active in many organizations, Ashton is a member of the Academic Team and currently holds several officer positions in clubs she is involved in. She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors Society, C Club, Key Club, Science Club, Interact Club, and many more. She is currently the FCA President, and last year was Interact Club Vice President. Her classmates selected her as Class Representative the past three years, as well as the Science Club Sweetheart. She was a member of the ‘Legally Blonde’ cast in 2015 school musical as well as the competition play, “10 worst Break-Ups”.
Ashton has been a member of the CHS Cheer team for 4 years. She has also won many national titles as a member of the Lancaster’s Cheer Force competition squad over the past eleven years. She participated in Mayor’s Youth Council and Junior Leadership Alcorn County. She has done many other projects within the community, including volunteering at the Lighthouse, packing boxes for the Rotary food drive, CSD Foundation Dinner, the Coke Race, and numerous other events and school functions.
Ashton has been accepted and plans to attend the University of Mississippi. In college, she plans to major in Biomedical Engineering, followed by pursuing a doctorate in dentistry.
Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for October-Baylee Howard
Baylee Hope Howard, the daughter of Eddie and Nicole Howard, has been selected as the Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for October for the Corinth School District. She is the granddaughter of June Howard of Corinth, Pat Jordan of Counce, TN and Jimmy Whitehurst of Hornsby. TN.
Baylee is currently ranked 2nd in her class of 129 with a 4.38 GPA. She has a 35 composite score on the ACT and perfect 36 sub-scores in three areas: Math 36, English 36, and Reading 36.
Last Fall Baylee was presented the Best in the Country Award from Cambridge International for being the nation's top scorer in Pure Math. She was also awarded a medallion to represent College and Career readiness in all subjects tested by the Cambridge Secondary Curriculum. She represented CHS at the District of Innovation Conference at Mississippi State and presented her Cambridge experience to a panel of educators. Baylee has completed all requirements to receive the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma.
Baylee is a four-year member of the Corinth High School Academic Team and has competed in many academic competitions. She was the overall 1st place winner in Advanced Math at the Blue Mountain College Math and Science Tournament. Her team also received 1st place. She was in the top 10% in math at Mississippi College's High School Math and Science Tournament and NEMCC 's High School Math Competition.
Baylee has won many subject awards at Corinth High School. Some being 1st place AP Calculus, 1st place Theater, 1st place US History, 1st Place Global Perspectives, 1st Place AICE Art and was presented the Woodman of the World Award for the best US History Student. She has also been recognized for all A's on the Principal's Honor Roll.
Active at CHS, she has served as Student Body Vice President and secretary of the "C " Club. An athlete, she has been a Varsity Cheerleader for four years and is currently serving as a Senior Captain. She is a four year Diamond Girl for the baseball team. Baylee is an inaugural member of the CHS 30 plus club. She has played the piano for the CHS Beauty Revue for three years and studied classical piano all through school. A Thespian, she has participated in every school musical and every competition play. She represented Mu Alpha Theta as sweetheart in CHS Homecoming. She is active in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, 30 Plus Club. Key Club, Interact, Art Club, Pep Club, Environmental Club, Science Club, Thespian Society, "C" Club and Historical Society.
Very active in the CHS Art Department, Baylee completed a year long portfolio for AICE Art. She also received 2nd place in the State for her award winning artwork entry entitled Biomedical Engineering presented by College Savings of Mississippi and she was awarded a college scholarship.
Active in the community, she is a graduate of Junior Leadership Alcorn and a member of the Mayor's Youth Council. She has completed over 90 hours of community service. Baylee has also put in numerous hours of math and ACT tutoring for students throughout the community. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Corinth.
Three words to describe Baylee are innovator, intellect, and creative...she plans to use these God given talents to pursue a degree in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering with a minor in mathematics and obtain a Doctorate of Medicine to become a Pediatrician.
Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for September-Daniel Villaflor
Daniel Villaflor, son of Greg and Annette Villaflor.
· Currently ranked first in class of 2017
· 4.00+ GPA, 35 ACT score
· Will receive the Advanced International Certificate of Education with distinction through Cambridge upon graduation
· Received awards in: AICE Pure Math, AICE Language, and AICE Chemistry, among others
· Highest score in the nation on AICE US History exam
· National Merit Semifinalist, currently competing for finalist standing
· Member of Corinth varsity tennis team for three years, lettered for three years
· Received the tennis Warrior award following 2016 season for dedication and hard work
· Was a part of the Corinth Warrior Band for two years
· Participated in Mississippi State University honor band in 2013
· Delegate to Mississippi Boys’ State in 2016
School Involvement –
· Student Council representative
· Secretary-treasurer for Fellowship of Christian Athletes
· Member of Interact Club, C Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta
Community Involvement –
· Member of Mayor’s Youth Council for two years
· Participated in the Coliseum’s Haunted Theater, 2015
· Actively involved in FBC Corinth youth group
· Participates in Youth Creative Arts at FBC
· Participates in FBC Singing Christmas Tree
· Help to set up/take down FBC Singing Christmas Tree
· Participated in Feed the Need at Transformation Ranch in Tupelo
· Regularly helps FBC Children’s Ministry: VBS, Fall Festival, Easter Egg Hunt
· Has volunteered at the Lighthouse, with the Lighthouse Toy Store and Thanksgiving meals
Future Plans –
· Hopes to attend either Mississippi State University or Baylor University to major in mechanical engineering and pursue a career in the field