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Hinds CC Hi-Steppers plan Oct. 27 gala, Oct. 28 alumni performance for Centennial
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15 September

Hinds CC Hi-Steppers plan Oct. 27 gala, Oct. 28 alumni performance for Centennial

The Hinds Community College Hi-Steppers alumni will get together Oct 27 for a gala dinner and program in honor of the Hinds Centennial to celebrate their fame as one of the nation’s oldest college precision dance teams.

The gala will also raise money to pay for a beautiful new mural commemorating the history of the Hi-Steppers.

The gala will take place at Bee Hall on the Raymond Campus, home of the Hi-Steppers and named for longtime director Anna Cowden Bee. A reception and silent auction are at 6 p.m. with a dinner and program to begin at 7 p.m.

The next day, Oct. 28, the alumni Hi-Steppers will perform at the game that begins at 2 p.m. “It is my hope to have a record number of ladies returning to participate in both of these events,” said Carol Warren, president of the Hi-Steppers alumni chapter. “No matter what year you were a Hi-Stepper, the sisterhood that was formed and the love we have for having been through the program is immeasurable.”

The Hinds Hi-Steppers performed at the American Legion Convention in 1953.

The Hinds Hi-Steppers performed at the American Legion Convention in 1953.

Originally called the High-Steppers, the Hinds Hi-Steppers got their start in 1950 when the majorettes who accompanied the Hinds Junior College Band transitioned into a precision dance and drill team like the ones becoming all the rage at that time.

The first true group of Hi-Steppers as a dance team featured 22 young women. The Hi-Steppers made their first out-of-state appearance on New Year’s Day 1952 at the Oleander Bowl Game between Hinds and San Angelo Junior College in Galveston, Texas. The group also performed in February 1953 in the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, and, in May, at the Cotton Carnival in Memphis.

The Hi-Steppers began to take off when Anna Cowden Bee was hired by then-President George McLendon as the director in 1953. Mrs. Bee modeled the Hi-Steppers on the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, who are noted for their high leg kicks and jazz movements in a single-line formation.

In 1967, at the first New Orleans Saints game, the Hi-Steppers performed with Al Hirt.

In 1967, at the first New Orleans Saints game, the Hi-Steppers performed with Al Hirt.

Over the years, the Hi-Steppers have performed both in and out of state and internationally more times than can be counted. Among their many notable performances over the years was in 1954 at the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the first New Orleans Saints home game in 1967, annual appearances at the Neshoba County Fair, until Mrs. Bee retired, the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City, N.J. and World’s Fair expositions in New York City, New Orleans and Toronto.

The Hi-Stepper Alumnae Association organized in 1981. For a number of years, beginning in 1996, the Hi-Steppers hosted an annual gala to raise money for the Anna Cowden Bee Scholarship. Mrs. Bee served an astonishing 55 years as director until she retired in 2007. She died in 2013. Replacing her as director was former Hi-Stepper Angela Hite, who is the current director.

The Hi-Steppers today perform with the Eagle Marching Band at football games, exhibitions, parades and community and charitable events.

 

Tickets for the gala are as follows:

Gold Patron Sponsor of $500 includes four tickets to the Gala and a half page ad in the Commemorative Program.

Silver Patron Sponsor of $250 includes two tickets to the Gala and a listing in the Commemorative Program.

Friends of the Hi-Steppers Sponsor of $50 includes one ticket to the Gala.

For information contact Libby Posey at 601.857.3350 or olivia.posey@hindscc.edu.

 

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Former beauty queen Lucas still smiling thanks to Hinds CC
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10 July

Former beauty queen Lucas still smiling thanks to Hinds CC

Note: The following story appears in the summer issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

MAGEE – After graduating from Mendenhall High School, Gloria Patrick Lucas felt as many young people do when they leave the nest.

Confidence and a ready smile weren’t a problem. The fine points of academics and other means of self-expression were another matter. But she found help at Hinds as well as an identity.

Gloria Patrick Lucas

Gloria Patrick Lucas (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“When I graduated high school, I’d never heard of an essay,” Lucas said, crediting her freshman English instructor Anne Hardy with helping her double down on studies. “She taught us how to break it down and write paragraphs from note cards and just had us feeling good about it. Feeling good about yourself is just as important as anything you learn in a textbook.”

Challenging herself meant trying out for the Hi-Steppers precision dance team without prior experience. Still, she had no problem impressing the program’s legendary longtime director Anna Cowden Bee.

“I can remember being at marching practice early one morning when she came and patted me on the butt and told me, ‘Well, I can tell you were a majorette!’” she said, barely able to contain her laughter. “No! I wasn’t! I don’t know what it was, but I was trying hard to try to be one.”

Gloria Patrick Lucas' homecoming queen photo from 1966

Gloria Patrick Lucas’ homecoming queen photo from 1966

She also took the Homecoming Queen title for 1966 as well as winning Miss Hinds and the Eagle Beauty Revue pageants.

She completed her bachelor’s degree at Blue Mountain College, where she majored in elementary education. She taught math in Mississippi and Alabama for the better part of 30 years, along the way winning the Starkville Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Year honor in 1991. She had married longtime high school football coach Tommy Lucas after graduating from Hinds and had two children, Doug and Kara. Tommy Lucas died in 1999.

What’s endured from her Hinds days is numerous longtime friendships with former roomies and fellow former Hi-Steppers.

“Even today, she’ll light a room up and make you always feel like you’re her best friend,” said Bonny Burnham Tigrett, a former dorm roomie who often did the young beauty queen’s hair. “She likes making people feel special and has a servant’s heart.”

Years spent attending sports and academic dinners, banquets and parties produced a knack for hosting events, which helped set the tone for her life after teaching.

In 2002, Lucas purchased The McAlpin House, a quaint little manor tucked away off Highway 49 in Magee. Built in 1903, the home bears the name of Erman and Emma McAlpin, who for years ran a department store in town. Today, Lucas rents it out for wedding receptions and other special events.

“After hearing the house was for sale, I immediately fell in love with it and could see the potential of a new life back home,” she said. “With the help of my daughter, Kara, who’s an interior designer, the house was restored, making it a unique Southern venue for special events.”

More recently, Lucas has purchased a second venue for weddings and getaways – one that surely comes with a nod to Mississippians’ love for the outdoors.

Gloria Patrick Lucas, in front of the house her uncle built and she purchased in 2015

Gloria Patrick Lucas, in front of the house her uncle built and she purchased in 2015 (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Completed in 1971 and named for her uncle, the Johnny Knight tree house is situated in the middle of a thick patch of woods in Mendenhall. Knight, an Army veteran once stationed in Cheyenne, Wyo., developed a love for the mountains and the outdoors in general thanks to his stateside assignment, she said.

Sold upon his death in 2003 to artist Gail Hederman, the structure is supported by cypress trees and split logs and is essentially a domed postcard photo in the middle of a pine forest. Inside, exposed beams that meet at the roof’s peak support a heavy chandelier that illuminates a bedroom, bathroom, loft, kitchen and living areas all open to one another. A separate, smaller cottage on the property is a “dressing room” of sorts for prospective brides preparing to walk down the spiral staircase to the altar, which is just north of the main house.

The architectural wonder was put up for sale again in 2015, and Lucas and her children got it back in the family. It’s an added draw for couples desiring a new kind of “destination wedding,” she said.

“A lot of girls here want the barn wedding, the woodsy and rustic look,” she said. “Since I bought it, I’ve added a deck and the wedding site.”

These days, Patrick is satisfied seeing her clients all-smiles and happy, just as she was in her tiara and homecoming gown in 1967.

“Life needs to be all about happy, finding contentment and a reason for being,” she said. “What joy it is for me, seeing the happiness in the eyes of bride and groom as they prepare for their special day and their life together.”

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Alumni of Hinds CC Hi-Steppers perform at Homecoming
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05 October

Alumni of Hinds CC Hi-Steppers perform at Homecoming

Alumni of the Hinds Community College Hi-Steppers precision dance team each year practice and perform at the halftime show during Sept. 22 Homecoming.hinds-cc_alumni-hi-steppers

Alumni Hi-Steppers who participated this year include, from left, Teresa Edwards Delaughter of Clinton, Mary Beth Pinner Reeves of Brandon, Ranchelle White Wyatt of Clinton, Shanika Powe of Picayune, Carol Roberson Warren of Madison, Leslie Fant Fortenberry of Wesson, Deidre Wilson Harwell of Pearl, Cindy Madura Godfrey of Florence, Tracy Horton of Jackson, Amanda Huckaby Clark of Clinton and Becky Morrow Fowler of Brandon.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC band students, Hi-Steppers move in for start of Aug. 17 classes
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04 August

Hinds CC band students, Hi-Steppers move in for start of Aug. 17 classes

Kasey Kimery of Pearl, a sophomore studying dental hygiene at Hinds Community College, hangs wall decorations in her room in Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall on the Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 3.  Kimery, a captain in the Hi-Steppers, was among students moving in early to participate in band camp.

Kasey Kimery of Pearl, a sophomore studying dental hygiene at Hinds Community College, hangs wall decorations in her room in Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall on the Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 3.
Kimery, a captain in the Hi-Steppers, was among students moving in early to participate in band camp.

Hi-Stepper Lindsey Jeselink of Clinton moves into Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus with the help of her grandmother Lanette Jeselink.  Jeselink is a sophomore student studying radiologic technology.

Hi-Stepper Lindsey Jeselink of Clinton moves into Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus with the help of her grandmother Lanette Jeselink.
Jeselink is a sophomore student studying radiologic technology.

Tessie Hall of Flowood decorates the walls of her room in Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall on Monday Aug. 3. Hall, a freshman nursing student, moved in early with fellow members of the Hi-Steppers to participate in band camp.

Tessie Hall of Flowood decorates the walls of her room in Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall on Monday Aug. 3. Hall, a freshman nursing student, moved in early with fellow members of the Hi-Steppers to participate in band camp. 

Hinds Community College band members and Hi-Steppers moved into residence halls early to participate in band camp. The Hi-Steppers, which perform with the Eagles band for halftime shows and other special events, are one of the oldest precision dance teams in the country.

Residence halls open for new Hinds Community College students on Aug. 13 and for returning students on Aug. 14. Classes begin at Hinds Community College on Aug. 17. For information on registration, see the Hinds website at www.hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC announces 2015-16 Hi-Steppers
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05 May

Hinds CC announces 2015-16 Hi-Steppers

Front row, from left: Alyssa Vernon, of Richland; Symphonia Harris, of Jackson; Brielle Davis, of Byram; Lindsey Jeselink, of Clinton; captain Jessica Decell, of Clinton; lead captain Bekah Summerlin, of Pearl; captain Kasey Kimery, of Pearl; Meagan Barnhart, of Florence; Rocio Torres, of Richland; and Brooke Vernon of Richland. Back row, from left: Angela Hite, director; Versace Devine, of Jackson; Kendra James, of Vicksburg; Sara Katherine Dew, of Yazoo City; Hope Lundstrom, of Pearl; Tessie Hall, of Flowood; Emileigh McKinnon of Florence; Emily Childs, of Jackson; Darviera’ Jones, of Memphis, Tenn.; Jenny White, of Clinton; and manager Javadric Kelly, of Bolton. Not pictured is Kayla Cook, of Richland.

Front row, from left: Alyssa Vernon, of Richland; Symphonia Harris, of Jackson; Brielle Davis, of Byram; Lindsey Jeselink, of Clinton; captain Jessica Decell, of Clinton; lead captain Bekah Summerlin, of Pearl; captain Kasey Kimery, of Pearl; Meagan Barnhart, of Florence; Rocio Torres, of Richland; and Brooke Vernon of Richland. Back row, from left: Angela Hite, director; Versace Devine, of Jackson; Kendra James, of Vicksburg; Sara Katherine Dew, of Yazoo City; Hope Lundstrom, of Pearl; Tessie Hall, of Flowood; Emileigh McKinnon of Florence; Emily Childs, of Jackson; Darviera’ Jones, of Memphis, Tenn.; Jenny White, of Clinton; and manager Javadric Kelly, of Bolton. Not pictured is Kayla Cook, of Richland.

RAYMOND – Auditions are complete and members have been selected for the Hi-Steppers precision dance team for the 2015-16 academic year.

This year’s Hi-Steppers are:

  • Meagan Barnhart, of Florence
  • Emily Childs, of Jackson
  • Kayla Cook, of Richland
  • Brielle Davis, of Byram
  • Jessica Decell, of Clinton, captain
  • Versace Devine, of Jackson
  • Sara Katherine Dew, of Yazoo City
  • Tessie Hall, of Flowood
  • Symphonia Harris, of Jackson
  • Kendra James, of Vicksburg
  • Lindsey Jeselink, of Clinton
  • Darviera’ Jones, of Memphis
  • Javadric Kelly, of Bolton, manager
  • Kasey Kimery, of Pearl, captain
  • Hope Lundstrom, of Pearl
  • Emileigh McKinnon, of Florence
  • Bekah Summerlin, of Pearl, lead captain
  • Rocio Torres, of Richland
  • Alyssa Vernon, of Richland
  • Brooke Vernon, of Richland
  • Jenny White, of Clinton

 

All those selected were awarded scholarships for the upcoming year.
“We have a great group of talented young ladies who have been selected as Hi-Steppers for this next year,” Hi-Steppers Director Angela Hite said. “I look forward to working with them and feel confident that they will represent Hinds well.”

For more than 60 years, the Hinds Hi-Steppers have upheld a tradition of excellence by performing at football games, parades, exhibitions and charity events. Known as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassadors, they have given their time and energy to numerous worthy causes.

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Hinds CC tailgate party planned for high school seniors, parents
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06 October

Hinds CC tailgate party planned for high school seniors, parents

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Hinds CC tailgate party planned for high school seniors, parents

 

RAYMOND – More than 200 high school seniors and their parents participated in a special tailgate called Thursday Night Lights at the Oct. 2 home football game at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. The tailgate allowed them to meet with Hinds recruiters and administrators to discuss admissions, scholarships, housing, majors and more. They were also able to meet with coaches from all of our athletic teams, as well as band, cheer and Hi-Steppers and then attend the football game.

For more about Hinds, see www.hindscc.edu. For more about athletics, see www.hindsccsports.com

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

 

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Hinds CC announces 2014-15 Hi-Steppers
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08 May

Hinds CC announces 2014-15 Hi-Steppers

The Hinds Community College Hi-Steppers have been announced for the 2014-2015 school year.

They are front, from left:  Natalya Burton, Jackson; Anney Pearson, Brandon; Alyssa Vernon, Richland; Brianne Johnston, Pearl (captain); Bekah Summerlin, Pearl (lead captain); Kaylee Scroggins, Brandon (captain); Kasey Kimery, Pearl; Sarah Thames, Pearl; Brooke Vernon, Richland; and Shelby Byrd, Florence.  Second row, from left:  Taylor Bobo, Florence; Caitlyn Embry, Clinton; Lindsey Jeselink, Clinton; Jessica Decell, Clinton; Meagan Barnhart, Florence; Symphonia Harris, Jackson; Brooke Barnes, Pearl; Brielle Davis, Terry; and Chelby McBee, Raymond.

For more information, visit www.hindscc.edu/HiSteppers or contact director Angela Hite at 601.857.3346 or email ALHite@hindscc.edu.

For 61 years the Hinds Hi-Steppers have upheld a history of excellence serving as one of the oldest precision dance lines in the nation. They have performed for audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe. The Hi-Steppers perform at football games, exhibitions, parades, and community and charitable events. Known as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassadors, the dancers have given their time and energy to many worthy causes.

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Hi-Steppers selected for 2013-2014
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29 May

Hi-Steppers selected for 2013-2014

2013-2014 Hinds Hi-SteppersThe Hi-Steppers are, front, returning Hi-Stepper Genevieve Walker of Vicksburg, captain, Vicksburg High School; middle row from left, returning Hi-Stepper Khadejah Beasley of Jackson, Callaway High School; returning Hi-Stepper Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg, Warren Central High School; returning Hi-Stepper Malorie Gibson of Florence, Florence High School; Shelby Byrd of Florence, Florence High School; returning Hi-Stepper China Maxwell of Vicksburg., Vicksburg High School and Kasey Kimery of Pearl, Pearl High School; back, Alyssa Vernon of Richland, Richland High School; Courtney Ederington of Vicksburg, Warren Central High School; Anney Pearson of Brandon, Northwest Rankin High School; Sarah Thames of Pearl, Pearl High School; Brooke Vernon of Richland, Richland High School; Xiandria Long of Brandon, Northwest Rankin High School; La’Tristia Scott of Jackson, Wingfield High School; Brianne Johnston of Pearl, Pearl High School and Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, Hartfield Academy.

For more than 60 years the Hinds Hi-Steppers have upheld a history of excellence serving as one of the oldest precision dance lines in the nation. They have performed for audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe. No group in the U.S. has received more invitations to nationally televised bowl games, professional football games, or national parades than the Hi-Steppers. The Hi-Steppers are still a favorite today as they perform at football games, exhibitions, parades, and community and charitable events. Known as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassadors, the dancers have given their time and energy to many worthy causes.

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