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Eli Gray Class of 2019

Eli Gray of Brandon, MS started his time at Central Hinds Academy in four-year old kindergarten and stuck around until he graduated in 2019 making him an Alpha Omega student. Eli also has strong family ties to Central Hinds as his mother, Cheryl Gray is our school counselor and his brother Tucker is a 2024 Cougar graduate. During his time at CHA he was involved in student government as his class' treasurer. He also played baseball for the cougars during his time on campus. As a senior he received awards for Top Ten Cougar, Community Service, Cougar Spirit, and was chosen as a member of the Hall of Fame. While at Central Hinds he also took many hours of dual enrollment credit through Hinds Community College.
After graduation, Eli attended Hinds where he received full tuition due to all the scholarships he was awarded for his academic achievements. While at HCC he was a member of the Honors Institute and served as an officer in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He continued his education after Hinds at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where he received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing. While at Southern he was chosen to serve as a Nursing School Representative helping new students during orientation and transfer visits.
When asked about how his time at Central Hinds helped to prepare him for success, Eli mentions two faculty members as having a big impact on his life. First he mentions Mrs. Tyanne McCoy who taught him high school English. He says that he never had to worry about being able to write any sort of assignment because she had taught him so much about the mechanics and foundations of writing and how to be an effective writer. He also mentions Mrs. Swayze Clark, one of his math teachers. He says he never considered math an interesting subject until Mrs. Clark's class. She was able to help him be successful and enjoy math for the first time.
Eli is currently employed at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson as a CVICU (Cardio Vascular Intensive Care Unit) nurse. Along with his full time job, Eli is currently studying for his CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nursing) certification. This is the next step he needs to achieve to be able to return to school for his CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) license. When Eli isn't working he spends a lot of his downtime in Hattiesburg where he attends church at 4 Points. Though most of his time is spent working and studying, he mentions he tries to spend as much time thrifting and traveling as possible.
Central Hinds is so proud of Eli and can't wait to do another alumni spotlight on him once he becomes a CRNA! We hope all CHA alumni will click the button and fill out the form so we can find more alumni to celebrate with our spotlight!

Current Alumni Recognition

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Hanna Allen Class of 2020

Hanna Allen is a 2024 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi where she received her Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science. She has excelled in both the classroom and on campus. She was recently award Who's Who which is considered the highest leadership honor for Southern Miss students as these seniors have exhibited campus leadership, academic achievement and service to their college. She also received the Best Citizen Award which is given to the two seniors who exemplify servant leadership and outstanding dedication to their various roles throughout their time at Southern. Lastly, but not least, she also was awarded the William H. Hatcher Award in Political Theory which is given to the top student in Political Theory Classes at the college. We are so proud of our cougar alumni and can’t wait to see more of their future success!

Current Alumni Athletes At the Next Level

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Current Staff Spotlight

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Melissa Nix: Principal

Melissa began her years at CHA as a student. She attended K4 as well as 11th and 12th grades. While here she was voted onto the homecoming court and and was involved in 4H. After she graduated from CHA, she earned her Associates Degree from Hinds, Bachelors in Elementary Education from MC and her Admin Leadership Certification from the MAIS. While in high school and attending Hinds, she worked in the aftercare program with Mister. She says "He was one of the first ones to encourage me to be an educator. He was always so much fun and loved what he does each day and I knew that whatever I chose I wanted to love doing it each day." Melissa has been on staff at CHA for 14 years beginning as a teacher and currently serving as our Elementary Principal as well as filling in as needed until our new Head of School comes fully on board. Her favorite part of her job is building relationships with students and helping make the teachers' jobs easier. She was awarded Teacher of the Year while at Central Hinds. When asked what makes CHA special Melissa says "CHA has some amazing teachers and families that make us such a special place. We are truly blessed with a staff that loves our students and wants to see them succeed." When asked what she has learned during her time at CHA, she says "Through working at CHA, I have learned to rely more on God and His plans for my future. He has opened doors for me to step into a leadership role on campus and through this role I can help lead our students closer to Him and help guide them in building their relationships with Him." Melissa and her husband Hayes currently live in Raymond and Adyson is a cougar fourth grader. We are so blessed to have Mrs. Nix as part of our staff at Central Hinds Academy. Please be in prayer for her as she works diligently to make our school "A Great Place to Learn" every day.